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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
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Italian, Mediterranean
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience with this restaurant is that it has consistently had inconsistent service. Sometimes we go and it’s good and other times, like the other day, very poor customer service - rude and unfriendly staff. The menu isn’t very extensive. The food is good not...amazing. The restaurant is managed separately from the hotel (and the hotel staff customer service has always been great). With many options in Santa Barbara we’ll skip Convivo and go elsewhere in the future.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did Convivo for lunch. The outdoor seating is comfortable and shaded. Our service was professional as one would expect for a higher-end hotel restaurant. As for the food, my chorizo pizza was a winner but I cannot say my co-dinners were bowled over by...their Furikake or diavola panino. Overall, we enjoyed the lunch but we will not rush back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ambiance, the food, the service were amazing. We had a large wedding party and they accommodated all our needs.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 9, 2021

The restaurant is lovely with a unique and appealing buildout. Convivo is the perfect place to dine when visiting SB because its exactly what you think of when eating out in a California beach town. Fresh seafood, ocean view, eclectic flavors, good drinks in a...cool setting. Service was pretty good, some room for improvement with the attentiveness. Food was delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed September 6, 2021

Had the half chicken and pork ribs. Would have given 5 stars but think should have sauce with ribs. The service was good and the portion sizes were large.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 14, 2021

My wife, grandkids and I stayed at SB Inn and had breakfast at Convivo each day. We offered to take the kids somewhere different for a change but they insisted we eat there. Really great food, fresh and gracious service, esp. with the mask and...Covid issues of late.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 3, 2021

Got fortunate to be seated outdoors, right along PCH at sunset. That didn't suck. The wine and cocktails menu had deep options as did the mains for dinner. Nearly everyone at the table had one of the fresh pasta dishes, all were as advertised and...perfect.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed June 27, 2021

Staying at our favorite Santa Barbara Inn, breakfast here is a gourmet delight. Try the fabulous potatoes, pecan cinnamon bun, avocado frittata. Yum

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 25, 2021

Convivo is an unpretentious nouveau Italian restaurant in the Santa Barbara Inn across the street from East Beach. It is located just a couple of doors down from the Mar Monte hotel where we were staying. As its breakfast menu looked much better than the...cafe at the Mar Monte, we walked over there and were blown away by the quality of the food. At breakfast, you order at the bar and then find any table yourselves -- indoors (we were there shortly after California removed COVID restrictions) or outside on the patio. Someone delivers your food to the table when ready. I don't know if this is just a residual COVID process or ongoing. As my wife and I were going on a restaurant/food tour later that day, we knew we'd soon be eating a lot. So we opted to just share one asparagus breakfast tartine with fried eggs on brioche and labneh. The brioche was toasty but light, a perfect bed for the asparagus and eggs. It was so good that we were tempted to order another, but resisted because of the upcoming restaurant tour. Indeed, we and another couple we were traveling with ate a lot all afternoon on the tour. So we opted for a late and light dinner. Our tour seemed to include everything except pizza, so we decided to come back to Convivo for dinner that same day. Four of us shared a beet salad, chorizo sausage pizza, and side of grilled asparagus. We couldn't resist their desserts, so we split a chocolate caramel bar and a pistachio cheesecake. As with breakfast, everything was beautifully presented and delicious. Lo and behold, the third couple on our foodie restaurant tour ended up sitting two tables away, presumably with the same late/light dinner idea. My only complaint is that the restaurant was so busy, even on a Thursday late at night, that it was hard to get our waiter's attention to get the dessert menu, or to pay our bill. But I attribute this in part to the post-COVID staff shortage that all restaurants are facing and the popularity of the restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 25, 2021

Do not order takeout from Convivo. I ordered take out and they said it would be 30 mins - they were busy. OK, no problem. I waited at the bar. They knew where I was. After 40 minutes I went to ask and was told...by Shayna that she "thought it had just come out". She went to the counter by the kitchen and collected two large bags. Clearly she had known they were there. I got them home 5 minutes later and everything was stone cold. Not even slightly warm. Had obviously been there for at least 20 minutes while the servers walked past and completely ignored a $100 order of take out. I called to complain and was told the manager was busy and would call me back. They never did. They just dont care one jot. Really sloppy.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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