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Reviewed June 22, 2020

We stopped by for a late afternoon lunch and enjoyed the friendly service and the delicious food. The lobster ravioli lives up to its reputation. We also enjoyed the burrata appetizer and a chopped salad that was very fresh and tasty. To be improved would...be the bread- nothing to write about- and coffee mate with coffee).The very very best part was the homemade panne cotta for dessert. It was like eating a cloud. Made by the son of the family, it was remarkable - light and delicious with the fruit topping-fantastic!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed April 25, 2020 via mobile

Great variety of lunchtime sandwiches. Especially their paninis. Delicious salad to go with take out. At the present time, Take out only during pandemic crisis.

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed March 22, 2020

This is NOT the place to go if you just want a quick in and out meal. Nothing is made in advance. Each pasta is cooked when you order so it really is al dente and not soggy. Sauces are fresh and savory. It was...noisy the night we went here because of a raucous party from a local corporation, but once they left it was very pleasant. In better weather they have an outdoor patio and this would likely make dining quieter for the indoor patrons. We met the owner and chef and had a very nice conversation (once the party left) and we are looking forward to returning when we are in town again. This is the real deal for food, but dinner in Italy is an event and production and not just a quick stopover. Eat here because it is a real family making food the way it was made by their family in Italy.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

Everything we ordered was delicious! The appetizers we tried were bruschetta, meatballs and roasted portabella mushrooms. For the main course the risotto special and Ciao Bella. All was made to order and delicious. The service was excellent! Can't wait to come back!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

Excellent food and great service. This is a must for us when we are in the Santa Barbara area. Their food is authentic italian and very flavorful. It is a smaller place and you should call in advance to book a table.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 22, 2019

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. The food was absolutely stunning. I had the butternut squash ravioli (a special that night) and it was superb. Though the serving was a little on the slow side. I hoped the dessert would be of the same...quality, but that was just so-so. Not bad, but not special either. The service was friendly, but to me, it seemed a bit pushy and rushed. As if they wanted me to have my dinner and leave ASAP. This could be a cultural thing though, so I don't want to point fingers at the waiters/owners. Something to be aware of as a European.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

We have eaten here previously and enjoyed it. We took our family, which included three children. All the food and the service were excellent. We did make a reservation as we had a group of seven. All members enjoyed their food. Excellent carpaccio. Wine was...reasonably priced and paired well with our meals.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2019

We try to stop here when in the area (actually worth a special trip), and it never fails to be impress. The owners personally attend to the customers, making sure they feel welcome and special. And the best part, the food is fabulous. Will return...whenever possible.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019

Do not eat here, it's a joke of a restaurant. The owners act as though they are doing you a favor to serve you food. It's their place and they do things their way and treat the customers badly. We were a couple just trying...to have a pleasant meal and the owner had so much attitude and dismissed any request or concerns. These people should not be in the hospitality industry. The food order took a very long time and when we asked about it they just shrugged and said to just wait.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2019 via mobile

This place was quite a disappointment. The food was acceptable, not great. The service was truly bad - slow, insulting. This is definitely not what I am looking for when I go out for a meal.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Yes, Giannfranco's Trattoria L offers takeout services.

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Giannfranco's Trattoria L is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4