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“Delicious, Neighborhood Style Italian”

Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano
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Ranked #64 of 534 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Anacapa
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Delicious, Neighborhood Style Italian”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

The restaurant is busy (for a reason), somewhat cramped and the service seemed somewhat hurried, but the food was delicious. One course tasted better than the next. The Insalata Romana was an outstanding Caesar style salad, and the all of the pasta dishes we ordered were terrific - hard to recommend one in particular.

  • Visited July 2013
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fort myers
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Crowded and almost cramped - but for good reason!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

First time dining here, and I was tempted to leave when we were seated at a two top in between a number of others. You know the tables...where you don't share intimate secrets unless you want your neighbor, who you hope isn't lefty, to know as well. I'm glad I persevered, because the mussels were amazing (so good that we asked for the sauce on pasta) and the whole Branzino (lots of butter, lemon and herbs) may have been the best fish I've had in a while. Wine list was decent and well priced. And the Le Serre Nuove 2010 was a great choice of a red - it paired magically with the mussels and Branzino. Don't miss this if in Santa Barbara!

  • Visited July 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice Traditional Italian Food”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We very much enjoyed our dinner. The calamari steak was tremendously tender and tasty. Seafood pasta was really good as was tuna with bruschetta. Finished with a really good wild berry sorbet and dark chocolate ice cream. The only negative were the tables being so close that it felt like the next diner was sitting with us at one point.

Visited July 2013
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California
Level 6 Contributor
266 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great Italian Restaurant in Santa Barbara”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

At Ca Dario you will enjoy truly delicious authentic Italian food.The menu is very extensive with a large number of daily specials. They serve authentic gelato for dessert. The wine list is large and varied. The owner and wait staff are very friendly and helpful. They use real napkins and tablecloths. The walls are decorated with historic photos of Italians and Italian locations. The rooms feel very warm and comfortable. However, some diners might find it too noisy for quiet conversation, but that is due to the fact that the space is very full and the patrons are really enjoying themselves. Don't miss this experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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Plymouth, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“a little disappointing”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

the food was plentiful and the service was great but the flavor and presentation was only OK. The risotto with shrimp, scallops and lobster tasted good, but was beige in a bowl. No garnishing at all. :(

Visited June 2013
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