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Ca Dario
37 E. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 884-9419


Reviews by the General Public

Lost our reservation on graduation night, 6/14/2014
Reviewer: Jeff from Santa Barbara, CA
We have visited Ca'Dario for years and nearly universally had great food and drinks. Our friends from the Bay Area visit often and always want to go to CD during their visit. One of the party's son is graduating this weekend for UCSB so everyone was excited to go to CD Saturday night. We made reservations for 6 over 3 months ago. When we called to confirm this morning, they had no record of our reservation. The man who took the call said nothing was available all night. We have been calling all over town but of course, no decent place has reservations either. This is so bad and the company is so dissapointed that it has ruined the day. I cannot say we will be visiting again. This was one of our favorite places in town and we recommended it often. Now reading the recent reviews of how the place has gone downhill, this is just another sad case of the deterioration of a once-great restaurant in SB. Next time we will book Toma's by the water and solely recommend their establishment. We never really even got an apology from the man we talked to.


Amazing, 5/17/2014
Reviewer: Doris from Thousand Oaks, Ca



Disappointing..., 2/28/2014
Reviewer: HH from Santa Barbara, CA
For years I have heard that Ca Dario is the best in town, so I couldn't wait to eat there. Thought we would try for lunch so the prices were a little more affordable. Sat down around 3pm and ordered a couple of pasta dishes and a salad. The salad was boring and the pasta dishes were very bland. I was very shocked, and the bill was still hefty. The waitress was very nice, but the food was not even good enough to go back for. I hope they "hear" some of the reviews on here before they lose their reputation.


Never misses a step, 2/18/2014
Reviewer: AH from Santa Barbara, CA
I would also like to reply to the negative review of what I assume was a dinner on Valentines day. I dinned at Ca Dario that evening and was overwelmed by the fine quality of the food and outstanding service. All of are dishes were outstanding. The speed and detail of the service were incredible.


Another Excellent Experience, 2/17/2014
Reviewer: Don from Santa Barbara, CA
We have been fans of CA Dario for years but hadn't been in a while and were a bit taken aback by the recent less than complimentary reviews. For our part, we had a wonderful dinner there on Saturday night. The food was as good as we have had anywhere in Santa Barbara and the service was excellent. I cannot wait to go back.


Great restaurant is slipping
Reviewer: Paul from Santa Barbara, CA
For years, Ca Dario has been my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. It's a "real" restaurant, European style, not a business run for investors. I have recommended it to dozens of friends, giving them tips on what to order, telling them about charming service, etc. But things have been slipping lately, and I hope Dario pays attention. The other night, my son and his wife and friends from out of town found that their table was not ready. After waiting for over twenty minutes, my son complained. There was another wait before they were finally seated. Only a curt apology, no explanation, no effort to make them feel welcome. The dishes were excellent, everyone said, except for the caprese made with pale, second-rate tomatoes that you'd never expect to find in a restaurant of this sort. Maybe Dario is focusing too much on the pizza parlor next door. Or is he simply losing interest? If he is, customers like me will start losing interest too.


Awful service, mediocre food, stay home or go elsewhere
Reviewer: Molly from Santa Barbara, CA
For as much as we paid for our food I was sincerely disappointed. Meals out are a special treat in our family that we look forward too and save money for. After dinner we all came to the consensus that we would have been better going somewhere else or just eating at home. The service was awful. When we came in the staff all blatantly stared at us as well as speaking in another language in front of us. THIS RESTAURANT NEEDS TO REVAMP AND CLEAN HOUSE THEY HAVE A LOT TO WORK ON.


Abismal service...cold food...no apologies
Reviewer: Natasha from Kitchener, Canada
This used to be my favourite SB Italian restaurant until we returned last Tuesday for what was supposed to be a special meal with my family. We no longer live in SB and were really looking forward to it. The waiter couldn't be bothered to tell us the specials (he pointed to them), refill wine glasses or replace the wrong appetizer (worst bruschetta ever). Our son's food was cold on arrival and when we complained nicely, our new waitress couldn't even apologize. Don't waste your time being insulted in this place. Go to a restaurant where they appreciate your business.


Seafood special
Reviewer: Lloyd from Port Hueneme, CA
I had the seafood risoto special last night. The taste was very good, however I had a hard time finding any lobster or scallops and there was only one small shrimp. I did mention this to our server. I've had much better seafood risoto at a much lower price. I would recommend much more seafood to make this a REAL seafood risoto.


Service charge
Reviewer: Art from Santa Barbara, CA
Dan, sounds like you had a table of 6. Pretty standard in restaurant Industry to add auttomatic service charge. There is a reason Ca Dario is #1 year after year. Great authentic Itailian food


Service charge
Reviewer: Dan from Fallbrook, ca
Food OK nothing exceptional, Waiter 103 OK. Biggest disapointment was the service charge of $30.00 on a dinner tab of $141.25. did not notice the service charge until I got home, I added a $35.00 tip to the tab. Had I looked at my detailed copy I would never have added the $35.00 tip.


Lost their mojo
Reviewer: Perrbo from Santa Barbara, CA
Ca Dario used to be my favorite. Superb food and ambiance right from the get go until my last trip there a couple months ago. What happened to these guys? New owners? Nothing worse than talking up a place to friends and then being let down across the board - from stale bread, blah food, poor wine recommendation and unenthusiastic service. Unfortunately, these days I've been telling people NOT to patronize CD and the recent reviews support my view. Sad. These guys definitely need an extreme make over!


The Frog in the Pot?
Reviewer: John from Santa Barbara, CA
There wasn't literally a frog in the pot. It's just an old phrase. You can put a frog in boiling water and it will jump right out. That's not very surprising. Supposedly, you could put that same frog in a cold water pot on the stove, crank up the heat, and it will stay put and boil to death. I think that's what's going on at C.D. unfortunately. The staff doesn't know that things have slipped. I used to love this place. It was numero uno on my list. But it has been on a slow but steady decline for the last 2 years. The last Osso Buco was way too average and very small portioned. It was a not worth the high price. My wife's pasta dish wasn't anything exciting either. Not terrible mind you, but not great, and not what they used to create. The staff are pros and service is still great, but this frog is jumping out at this point before it gets any hotter! I advise the same for all frogs - until they get their act together and bring us the quality cuisine (and quantity) they had and we came to love. If they have to raise the prices, I think we'll understand (If I might be so bold as to speak for all frogs.)


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