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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

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1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
(805) 565-9393
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Intimate atmosphere indoor and out. Very good pizza and pasta.

Via Vai is a great neighborhood place in a small shopping center in Montecito. Salads, soups, pizza, pasta all very good and reasonably priced. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. Atmosphere is pleasant and friendly. Pretty good wine list. Recommended.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Waterloonie
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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502 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Via Vai is a great neighborhood place in a small shopping center in Montecito. Salads, soups, pizza, pasta all very good and reasonably priced. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. Atmosphere is pleasant and friendly. Pretty good wine list. Recommended.

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Thank Waterloonie
Waterloo, Iowa
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined here on a Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. Despite chilly January temperatures, we elected to eat outside. The staff turned on several heaters, making it quite comfortable. I am not a "local" but eat here periodically when visiting. The staff was attentive, thoughtful and professional but not stiff. The atmosphere is informal and we felt at home in jeans... More 

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Thank Krink68
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place. Being born and bred in NYC nothing will ever compare to that food or culture, but now that I'm married with 3 kids I'll settle for decent food. The best part of this place is they easily entertain kids by giving them dough balls to play with. Which, if you have kids you'll understand how important... More 

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Thank Philpenn8
Altadena
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The food here is really great for kids and adults alike. The atmosphere is lovely. The pizza is the best in Montecito. I just wish they would make the soups with vegetarian broth...only complaint.

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Thank MOKAMAMA
Montecito, California
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22 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Bad service, they had the nerve to charge for extra salad dressing for an underdressed salad....won'd go there again

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Montecito, California
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122 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I've gone here on and off for 15 years. Many off years because of crappy service and poor management. New management comes on and I try again, not so bad the last 2 years. Now, the staff has changed where the dinner pizza chef doesn't know how to make a pizza! 2 weeks ago I had to send back a... More 

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Thank orv m
Los Angeles, California
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536 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

We met friends at Via Vai and had a nice dinner on their patio. I had a seafood pasta that came in a crust, much like pot pie. It was really good. The food was good, the service friendly and attentive and the dining area clean. The dining area outside had a lot of flys around, but other than that... More 

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Thank ZumaDawg
Goleta, California
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266 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

I've been here several times for lunch and I keep trying to find what everyone is raving about. The food is fine but I wouldn't go back because I'm craving something specific here. The service is always excellent, a bit slow but perhaps the clientele for lunch don't have any where else they need to be (?). Located in the... More 

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Thank Cathy M
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Amazing authentic pasta and calamari that melts in your mouth!!! So good. Would definitely come back again.

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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I used to consider this my neighborhood trattoria when I lived in Montecito. Now that I have moved to Denver, I go back every time I'm out in the Santa Barbara area. The food is consistently authentic and great. The service is considerate and they are great to children. Grab a table out on the terrace looking at the foothills... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 565-9393

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?