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Convivo Restaurant and Bar

901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642
+1 805-845-6789
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Started off with free valet service. Warm and bright dining room and bar. Casually uniformed waiters. Food was all unique a d different from fish to sides. Expensive about 20.00 for lunch each. Great service. Delightful 2 hour lunch.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Stephen T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so unique! It it’s a combination of Mederterranin and Italian. We lived it so much we went 2 night in a row ! And Adrain our Server was wonderful , on point and friendly. So many choices , the first night we...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PatriciaW805
Reviewed December 2, 2018

Some of the food is excellent. Some of the food is served family style. Unfortunately the preparations are uneven. What was absolutely delicious one week is overcooked on another visit.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank goletagone
michael m, Owner at Convivo Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2018

Hi Goletagone- Thanks for the feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time to post your review. If you don't mind, we'd love to find out which dishes we missed the mark on the second time around so that we can address the issues with...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018

We had one dinner and three breakfasts at this restaurant while we stayed at the Santa Barbara Inn. The food is well prepared and creative at dinner. The complementary breakfasts are simple and more than adequate for those on the move in the morning.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Resorteye
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The most interesting menu I've seen in SB for a long time. Everything is super fresh, unusual combinations of ingredients, and served in portions meant to be shared. Had a great salad of ripe tomato wedges and sweet honey dew melon, a pizza with the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Valerie W
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The Gnocchi with Brussel leaves and Parmigiano was one of the tastiest meals I've ever enjoyed! The gnocchi were so soft they melted in the mouth, but with a tender crust on the outside. Delicious! My companion had the Ink Mafadine with mixed shellfish, which...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Joan L
Reviewed October 14, 2018

An anomaly, for sure. The food is really interesting and tasty! I would normally never to to an over priced hotel for a meal, but I keep coming back because it's great food, decent prices, insane bar and locals and tourist alike seem to be...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank maryanne c
Reviewed October 3, 2018

This is a hotel restaurant located in the Santa Barbara Inn. As a guest they offer a complimentary continental breakfast which was very good. We had dinner the last night & I ordered a veal chop and asked the server if it could be medium...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Harpo208
Reviewed September 30, 2018

This is a little place to eat in the Santa Barbara Hotel. The food was so good it made me wish we had stayed in this hotel. We got several plates to share including pizza and salad. Each one was absolutely delicious. We were outside...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank riskybidder
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Good food.Good service. Great location.Great views. Awesome cocktails. Recommend spicy margarita. Good pizza .

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Steven M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-6789
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Convivo is a Santa Barbara restaurant with an Italian soul. Chef-Owner Peter McNee's food is best described as ‘Nomad Italian’. It strays from the standard or traditional Italian, sourcing inspiration from many other cultures’ cooking but its soul is thoroughly Italian. The ever-changing menu includes small plates, housemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood and steaks served family-style. McNee’s all-star supplier network provides the freshest produce and local seafood the region is famous for. Inspired by the bounty of the sea, the lush farms and abundant vineyards nearby and the cooking methods of Italy, Convivo is a festive gathering place for locals and visitors alike inside the newly-restored Santa Barbara Inn. Convivo also caters the 100-seat banquet room and all special events at the seaside hotel including celebrations, parties, meetings, events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and graduations.
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