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Trattoria Grappolo

3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9577
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Ranked #1 of 17 restaurants in Santa Ynez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Meadowale
Transit: Santa Ynez valley shuttle stops in front of the restaurant.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Boca Raton
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I absolutely loved this place! We had a quiet lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. The ahi tuna salad was amazing with superbly flavorful greens, tomatos, dressing. We also had the Seafood Risotto which was wonderful. The homemade bread was outstanding. I usually skip the bread altogether, but I could not do it at this place. We will... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We found a gem that would be a #1 restaurant in any town and this one is worth going on a trip just for the restaurant. It looks like a converted old house fixed up nicely in a quaint little town. The food was unbelievably good. The chef used just the right flavors and seasonings to make it an ultimate... More

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Park City, UT
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Small restaurant with people close by. Food was good but, the best part was the friendly wait staff. Lots of noise from the honky-tonk nearby.

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Easton, PA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Stopped at Trattoria Grappolo on the suggestion of my guest (my cousin) and had a wonderful, airy visit on the restaurant's covered, but open front porch. After a light Pinot Grigio had a superb (superb!) calamari appetizer - a stuffed calamari - I don't recall the mix of things it was stuffed with, but the flavor was beyond brilliant. We... More

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Los Angeles
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The restaurant is very small and very loud during peak times. We were seated at a tiny table surrounded by people, literally back-to-back with the tables around us. It was so loud we couldn't converse. We moved to the bar overlooking the pizza & prep area, and that was much better - we could hear each other and watch the... More

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Santa Barbara CA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We drove up to Grappolo for a fancy dinner to celebrate a birthday. We were not disappointed! The carpaccio and the tortellini in a butter-and-sage sauce were superb! The house wine, a local Sangiovese blend was excellent with it, too. Yes, this was one of the best meals we've ever had in a restaurant, and we've spent many weeks in... More

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Santa Ynez, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Feel like you have stepped into Grandma's home (especially if you're Italian) and enjoy the wonderful (large portion) food this restaurant serves. They cater to locals and those passing through as if they were family. This family owned restaurant is one of the best gems in the entire valley! Definitely worth a try! It will become a regular spot for... More

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Trattoria Grappolo came recommended to us by others that we met on our trip to the Santa Ynez Valley. We were told that the Sole was a must-order, but were disappointed when we did not see it on the menu. The chef was accommodating and made it for us, and it was delish. Good service and atmosphere, probably would have... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stopped in as soon as they opened at 5. We chose to sit at the counter & watch the amazing chefs at work. We ordered their simple capellini as an appetizer & tiny dark haired smiling woman (maybe Blanca)? Made sure any wish was granted. She heard me say we stopped before they opened the day before & saw... More

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Denver, Colorado
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219 reviews 219 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This place is a bit tucked away so you have to look for it. We went there with a group from work and had fabulous appetizers, entrees, salads, wine and dessert. One of the people in our group told us it's owned by Bo Derek and that she frequents it often. He told us he had also seen David Crosby... More

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