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Giannfranco's Trattoria
666 Linden Ave, Carpinteria
Phone: (805) 684-0720

  • Category: Italian
  • Hours: Wed-Mon Lunch: 11am-3pm, Pastries: 3pm-5pm, Dinner: 5pm-9pm, Tues Closed
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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I won't be back!
Reviewer: Bess from Santa Barbara, CA
I have dined here several times, but not recently, until this experience on 8/16/14. This dinner was a special treat for my grandson and his girlfriend who were visiting. They are both graduate students at Berkeley. We had a reservation for 8 PM which was the earliest available. When we arrived there was no record of our reservation. Seating was found for us in the rear garden area, but with the attitude that they were doing us a huge favor to find a place for us. While choosing a bottle of wine, our waiter repeatedly attempted to guide us to the the most expensive wines. We first enjoyed three wonderful antipasto selections. When we were still dining on our entree plates, several employees began to dismantle the umbrellas from all of the empty tables, put them in cases and cover the tables with plastic for the night. I found this to be very annoying and a display of extremely thoughtless behavior while we were still eating. I told our waiter how I felt. A few moments later an older woman, apparently the owner, marched up to our table, told us that if this was not done now, the help would be gone and she would have to do it herself. This message was delivered in a very stern and unfriendly manner. She abruptly turned and walked away. Now if this were a hamburger joint, I would have thought nothing of the help "closing shop" around me. But when I pay nearly $190 for a dinner for three people, I expect thoughtful and considerate service. Even though the food was excellent, antipasto through dessert, I will not be returning. I would advise the owners to think about whether it might be worth their while to have one helper stay on a little later.

Wonderful Father's Day lunch
Reviewer: Marna from Toluca Lake
What a wonderful dining experience on Father's Day ... the patio is lovely & we sat at a table by the fountain. The service is great & the food is well ... amazing. The couple who own the restaurant came around to each table & asked how we were enjoying it. Thanked everyone for coming in ... personal attention that made you feel welcome. We will return!

My Absolute Favorite Italian Restaurant
Reviewer: Barbara Liss from Carpinteria, CA
I love to eat here. Sometimes its very busy and the service gets slow, but the ambiance of the place and the warmth of the people, not to mention the fabulous food, make the wait worth it. I've tried many offerings from the menu and lots of daily specials and haven't yet been disappointed. I feel like a member of the family when I show up -- always greeted warmly and with real smiles. Anna will talk wine with me as long as I want and I enjoy bringing out of town guests often. I love the patio in good weather and the dining room when I can't sit outside. I've eaten at the counter, too. Feels like home, only I don't have to do dishes!

Reviewer: Susie from Tustin, CA
I am from out of town and have dined here maybe three or four times. This will be my last visit. When a restaurant charges as much as they do for food, the service should be out of this world. I ordered a caesar salad. ($9!) I expected for the price for this to be the greatest caesar salad I've ever had, but alas, it was iceberg lettuce with croutons and dressing. Really? A nine dollar salad should have anchovies and maybe a few 50 cent pieces to make up for using iceberg lettuce. Then we come to the service. Atrocious. One server for the whole restaurant, running around like a chicken with his head cut off, he was set up to fail, there was no way one person could adequately or satisfactorily serve all the tables. He came back to "check" on us after we had our entreÚs. I asked him for a refill of my iced tea, a water for my mom, and more bread. He acknowledged these requests and then promptly forgot about them as he had to make special coffees for another table. So I went through the majority of my meal without something to drink. And then I can't forget about the bread. The bread is doled out to you a la sugar lump fashion. You are asked if you want one piece of bread or two. Never in my life, have I ever heard of such a thing. They are small pieces of AVERAGE foccacia bread but treated like they are giving you gold bricks or something. I also heard the table next to us ask for bread and they were also ignored or forgotten about. Then I witnessed the table next to us also received the wrong bill. I spoke to the "manager" or whoever he was and he claimed he didn't know how many people to expect today so that was the reason for the poor service. They need to learn how to delegate tasks (ex. have someone go around and do refills) and work as a team. This restaurant needs Gordon Ramsey! I wholeheartedly recommend them to his Kitchen Nightmares show!

Simply Delectable!
Reviewer: Chris & Diane from Newbury Park, CA
The food, the atmosphere, the service--we love everything about this restaurant! We come back every year for our wedding anniversary and a few times in between. The owners update the menu with unique dishes inspired by their travels. Did we mention we love this place?!

Good food, strange policies
Reviewer: Craig from Santa Barbara, CA
Had Father's day lunch at Gianfranco's. First time with the whole family. The food was very good, but the management here seems to be looking for ways to charge you more for simple requests. After we were told that a ceasar salad, instead of their regular saled, would cost an extra $3.00 per person (we went with the regular), i herd the watress tell a table that they charge an extra $3.00 to take something off of a sandwich. Yes, to not put something on a sandwich. Unbelievable.

Reviewer: Hulie from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I dined with friends. The service was attentive and gracious. The owner visited each table. Most importantly the food was fabulous. Every dish was nicely presented and excellently prepared. I can't say enough about this lovely Italian restaurant. Family owned and operated

A tasty treat
Reviewer: Lauren from Santa Barbara, CA
Our first dining experience was simply fantastic. The meal and service were exceptional.

The Best!
Reviewer: Owen from Santa Barbara, CA
Everything that Giannfranco's does is first class: the atmosphere, the service, the gracious welcome from the lovely family and their excellent staff, and of course the food. They are really in a class by themselves in this area.

Thank you hosting our wedding dinner.
Reviewer: Tony & Kris from Santa Barbara, CA
We are so happy to have had our wedding dinner at Giannfrancos. After considering other places we chose Giannfrancos. The food was outstanding and the service was great. But most of all the owners made us feel very special. And the setting of the tables was unbelievable. Thank you Giannfancos we will be coming back over and over.

No Brainer
Reviewer: Mark Steffy from Oak View
Wonderful food, wonderful people! Been there dozens of times, rates with Suzanne's and The Ranch House of Ojai.

What a gem!
Reviewer: Lisa from Ojai, CA
Great spot and amazing food. Last night was our first time there. Sat on the garden patio. Our table had burrata cheese and gorgeous orange tomatoe slices, prosciutto-wrapped pear slices, sacchetti (pasta purses), lobster ravioli and a pounded crispy pork chop. No room for dessert! Will be back!

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