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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
(805) 565-9393
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Ranked #141 of 443 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We went to Via Vai last night at 7 and were seated on the patio. All the wait staff is international and they really treat you well. We were served by a waitress who suggested the capucina salad to split between the 2 of us. Great recommendation! I had the spaghetti al coccio and my wife had the wheat pizza... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Since we bought our first ocean-front Santa Barbara-area beach house in 1994, we've been enjoying luncheons and dinners at this casual Italian pizzeria/pasta house and its twin, Pane e Vino. Twenty years of wonderful dining memories, Bravo! Tonight, a waitress named Julia, temporarily serving as a hostess in a mini skirt and knee-high red boots, admitted that she failed to... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a casual Italian restaurant with a cozy interior and nice patio. The food is authentic and the pizza is thin crust and absolutely delicious. The problem with this restaurant is usually the waiter. If you go between 6:30 and 7:30 and are not a regular, do not expect good service...mostly you will be ignored. After 7:30 most of... More

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Santa Barbara
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've been going to Via Vai for many years. The quality is always top-notch, both dine-in and take-out. I don't know how it is so good, but their parmesan cheese is the best I've ever had. Add it to their amazing Italian-thin pizzas with fresh ingredients and perfectly cooked pastas and you have the purrfect Italian meal. I usually split... More

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

After a hard day, this is a terrific place to enjoy authentic Italian pizza....or other Italian foods... with good wine and beer. Friendly staff and cozy atmosphere.

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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is one busy restaurant with waiting staff coming and going in all direction. This is a favourite restaurant of our friends who live in the area. We ordered the Cotto E Funghi (mushroom & ham) pizza and it was good. The pizza crust was thin as a cracker. I don't think I've ever had a pizza crust this thin.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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51 restaurant reviews
349 helpful votes 349 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a well-known local Italian restaurant, cheap by Santa Barbara standards and serving wholesome Italian staples. What's not to like? Food-wise, not much, it all works. But the restaurant and outside tables are both freezing cold in winter and the service is chaotic and pretty hit and miss. It's always busy so I can't even suggest going when it's... More

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Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

We discover this restaurant on our way to Montecito, the pizza is amazing, the salat even better, And the ho use vine........ Maje You feel You are in Italia..........

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Via Vai, which is the sister restaurant to Pane e Vino, has great food, although the risotto is not as good as Pane e Vino. On the other hand their grilled vegetables are grilled for you and haven't been sitting limply around waiting for you. Their pizza is terrific and so are their daily specials. The outdoor area is very... More

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Sydney, Australia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The pizza we had was excellent as was the salad and the bread served before our meal. Being Halloween the place was busy and the service a little slow. Outside has heaters so it doesn't get too cold.

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