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Giannfranco's Trattoria L

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666 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040
805- 684-0720
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Simi Valley, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was good but very overpriced. For a fancy Italian restaurant, we had a waitress who was hard to understand due to Hispanic accent. Not her fault, but not part of the ambiance you would expect.

Thank GIG101
Buellton, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I got the Frutti de Mare and was very unimpressed. The fish was all overcooked to the point that the shelfish all had the texture of rubber. The tomato brodo was little more than canned tomato soup with some added garlic. My partner had the lobster ravioli. They looked like housemade ravioli but the portion seemed very small for the... More 

Thank Roy D
Southlake, Texas
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Restaurant owners insure each guest is treated with love. Staff and servers are knowledgable and helpful. This visit involved light dining. Ann ordered bruschetta, well presented with diced tomatoes, basil, oil, parmigiana reggiana - perfection. Speaking of that, I ordered my standard, the Carpaccio. Truly the best I have had, anywhere. The arugula and micro greens, capers, oil pepper all... More 

Thank BuddyTX
Valencia, CA
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160 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch here on a Sunday right at noon. There were at most 5 tables being waited on. While the food was good the service was very slow. The two wait staff would disappear for 10 minutes at a time for no visible reason. We were seated at noon, food order not taken until 1220. Food did not arrive until... More 

Thank ladinks
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We had family in Carpinteria for summer fun and Gianfrancos is always on the must do list The dinner was amazing. Gio offered suggestions that were awesome. Short ribs were the best. Always a great choice. Lobster raviolis were cooked to perfection. The fettuccini was excellent. Anna and Frank are priceless. The best meals in Carpinteria. Bone petite.

Thank Carp_on_Sandyland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

You will enjoy lunch as well as dinner at this small Italian restaurant. The desserts are fabulous. Choose to dine in or outside by their romantic fountain and twinkling lights!

Thank Sandra W
Santa Barbara, California
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

A friend and I ate lunch here and were very pleased with the exceptional service and cuisine. Our main courses were two panini: the Rustico and the Godfather. Both were delicious and ample. They are served with a nice, lightly seasoned chopped salad. And then there was dessert, the choices for which are presented old-school style, on a tray. Each... More 

Thank JCar3cats
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I had read the mixed review and decided to give it a chance anyway. This restaurant has lovely ambiance and the owners seem equally as lovely. The problem begins with the food and the wait time for it. The ceasar salad was really mediocre, maybe even a bit less than mediocre. I had the sand dabs and they were quite... More 

Thank Grace B
Carpinteria, California
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Family owned restaurant who care about your enjoyment of their food and your Carpinteria experience. I always want to hear the specials first, mouth watering. I have had them cater events for me much to everyone's delight. Their chopped salad is wonderful as well as any of their desserts. A must visit when you are on the central coast. Enjoy... More 

Thank Patti E
McLean, Virginia
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Overpriced Italian food served by overly friendly waiter. My past dish came with chicken that appeared to be sliced deli meat stacked up and cut so that it looked like cubes but came apart into little slices. It was tasty but odd. No desserts tempted us (and that is saying something). Not planning a return visit.

Thank HistoryGirl1649

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $43
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 666 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2040
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: 805- 684-0720
Authentic Upscale Italian Cuisine. Freshly prepared when you order. Local Ingredients and Imported Italian Products used in our cooking. Amazing Italian wine List served by Professional Servers.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?