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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

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1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
(805) 565-9393
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 17
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    Very good
  • 8
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Real Italian Pizza!!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2014
Jim C
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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49 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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177 reviews 177 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Professional, friendly service and quality food make Via Vai a very worthwhile stop. We were warmly greeted and immediately given delicious warm crusty bread and oil. We ordered the roasted chicken salad and the chicken salad panini at lunch. Both were generous servings and very tasty.

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Crockett, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a small restaurant which gets overwhelmed when they are busy. Service is spotty but not too bad. The food is ok but nothing special. Good solid Italian fare. Not much ambiance and no view. It is very small so if the weather is bad and the outside tables not accessible you might have quite a wait.

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Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Situated only a few minutes from SB viavai has a good real italian food, we went back this year and it was incredible again. the wine list and the menu is very complete, you fell really like in Italy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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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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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
531 helpful votes 531 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 565-9393

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?