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Ca Dario

No longer in business
Opened: ? Closed: 2015-06

699 Linden Ave, Carpinteria
Phone: (805) 684-3413

  • Category: Italian, Pizza, Seafood
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-8:30pm, Fri 11:30am-9pm, Sat Noon-9pm, Sun Noon-8:30pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Food & Service not good & now closed, 6/11/2015
Reviewer: Scott Ware from Carpinteria, CA
My family has been coming to Tony's for over 40 years. The Food was excellent along with the service, became good friends with Lucy. But then after the family sold the business, I noticed that the food & service quality really went downhill, while the menu prices sky-rocketed. Then today (6/11/15) I noticed that Tony's was closed. Basically boarded shut without the boards & the parking lot blocked off. I really hope that the closure is not permanent. The restaurant has been basically a business cornerstone of Carp. Real Bummer!

Worst Ribs Ever !!, 7/27/2014
Reviewer: Mitch from Santa Barbara, CA
Worst ribs ever !! for 15 bucks you get 4 of the sorriest excuses for ribs I have ever encountered . At $3.75 per rib you get what appears to be boiled ribs drowned in bbq sauce . I am dumbfounded these are on the menu .

Worst pizza, 9/28/2013
Reviewer: John from Santa Barbara, CA
Prices are way to high for a place like this. The pizza was worst I ever ate Dark and dingy inside

The Best Cheeseburger Ever!!, 7/9/2012
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
My kids and I checked out Tony's today and OMG! We stumbled across the best cheeseburger ever! The patty was juicy and very flavorful, American cheese (which I prefer because it melts so nice). And HOMEMADE BUNS! Hurray!! We also had the Italian side salad w/ creamy Italian was fresh and crispy Romaine, beautiful tomatoes, shredded Mozzarella. And that dressing (homemade BTW was killer!). The homemade Banana Cream Pie was perfection. We will hit this place whenever we pass through Carp. Don't let the flat out ugly esthetic scare you...just sit outside! And let's hope for a remodel soon. And I must mention the terrific waitress we had, she was efficient, nice and really savvy w/ menu. A home run guys! Thank you!

Still the best Italian food in Carpinteria , 1/30/2012
Reviewer: Kelli Ingrum from Palmdale, CA
I grew up in Carpinteria and we always ate at Tonys. I wanted my family to experience the great food I remembered and Tony's came through with our delicious meal. I had the spaghetti with mushrooms and the meat sauce, YUM! My hubby and daughter had the Royal calzone, and then my son had spaghetti with butter and garlic and the garlic bread that he loved. I also had the salad with their delicious croutons and yummy creamy italian dressing. I am getting hungry just writing this. Our waitress, Carrie was very nice and made sure our dining needs were met. I will continue to stop in everytime I visit.

Amazing food great service, 12/26/2011
Reviewer: Mary from Paso Robles
This little family run restaraunt is the best! I've been going for years with my family and just recently noticed all the great changes that tonys is doing! The service for starts is amazing and there is new staff that is friendly and accomodating! Thank you! Food is still great..Tony cheeseburger to homemade spaghetti. I love it all. You can't go wrong with the food! I've read a lot of other reviews of this restaraunt and disagree with the negativity. Tonys has same owner but new management! Go see for yourself!! You won't be disappointed!! I enjoy each time I come, but even more now!!

Our Family Favorite in Carp!, 6/28/2011
Reviewer: SDeal from Claremont, CA
We love to visit Tony's while we are in Carpinteria!!! Their homemade spaghetti sauce is the BEST!! It is a perfect family dinner location and the portions are big enough to share! When visiting we never miss it!

Nice people, a wide array of menu options, 5/31/2011
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
This place is not only Italian but has American and Seafood as well. This is a place to go when people in your party can't decide what they want. The service is hit/miss but the amount of people that hits it its understandible. Seems like the owner calls in family help as needed. People really nice there. Ambience is on the poorer rundown side. All the food I tasted was good, pizza, pasta, ribs and salad. Probably for higher end ambience small party might try Gianfranco's across the street.

Bland steak and slow service. First and only visit, 12/4/2010
Reviewer: Aaron from Ventura, CA
It was a partly empty restaraunt, but we waited over thirty minutes for the food after waiting fifteen before ordering. I ordered a steak because I was really hungry and was expectinv a good one. I got one that could have been made at sizzler it was so tasteless and paid more than three times the amount. I dont eat at sizzler for the same reason. At least the pasta and everyones pizza tasted good, but the pizza was barely warm by the time it arrived. The staff were friendly and nice but very slow getting the food to us, and didn't do much to follow up on drinks. We won't be eating here again.

Perfect !! Perfect, 8/6/2010
Reviewer: Hailey Monroy from Los Angeles
Me and my husband went it for dinner and it was delicious, I had the best ahi burger with french fries and my husband had a steak so delicious the atmosphere is very friendly. Our waitress was just great very friendly and prompt. We will definitely go there again.

Went in, Looked at the Menu, Walked Out, 6/16/2010
Reviewer: Michael from Santa Barbara, CA
Wanted Italian, simple, no maitre 'd. Looked at the menu, it's a burger place, it's a Mexican place, it's an Italian place, it's a steak place. Close to $15 for spaghetti and meatballs! Add $8 for a salad. $10 for salad bar! The decor is several notches below The Palms; The Palms actually has great steaks. Near dump status. Went to Sly's and had an excellent meal for not much more.

A Classic, 8/7/2009
Reviewer: Amanda from Santa Barbara, CA
I LOVE Tony's! Lucy is probably the sweetest person you'll ever meet and, given that she and her family are the servers, the service is fantastic as well. If you want to try something different, give the Southwest Style Chicken Pizza a try! Spicy and absolutely DELICIOUS!! The Tony Burger, 1/2 spaghetti & 1/2 ravioli dinner and home made meat and marinera sauces are to die for too.

Incredible Food with a Friendly atmosphere, 8/6/2009
Reviewer: Julia from Santa Barbara, CA
Being a first timer to Tonys I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of food held inside this shabby little building. The menu had something that appealed to everyone in my family which was a great plus! While some of the items on the menu are a little to austentaious for my palate the basics were incredible. I've never tasted a better marinara sauce! My husbands ribs were excellent, although Id reccomend getting spaghetti in place of the beans. Also, the PIZZA, it was wonderful, from the crust to the toppings it was a great choice! Besides the food, the service wasnt too bad, they were incredibly busy so we understood the few waits we had to endure, but the waitress was so charming and friendly that it made up for it. Being a family owned business the staff truly clicked and seemed happy to be there. I would reccomend this resturaunt to families looking for a great dining experience. This place is a definite diamond in the rough, with a little fixing up, you would need reservations just to walk in the door!

We love it every time. , 7/28/2009
Reviewer: Cindy Ferguson from Ventura, CA
We have been going to this restaurant for over 25 years and consistantly receive great service and enjoy our meals. When in the mood for good Italian food this is the place to go. It has gotten a "little" pricey but still have not ever had a bad experience. Lucy is the best. She makes you feel at home and gives you great service. Their Italian salad, Salami sandwich, Tony Burger among many other items are delicious!

pasta disaster, 6/11/2009
Reviewer: pat cavanaugh from el cerrito, ca
disaster - ribs were burned. pasta was overcooked, had MASSIVE amts of garlic & was swimming in oil, almost soup-like. WORST was the server who d/n care that food was inedible. "that's the way the pasta always comes out". this was our 2nd visit but we were so offended by the servers attitude that we w/n return. i hv worked in restaurants 4 15 yrs & know how the customer s/b treated. this wasn't even close.

Mushy Fish & Greasy Chips, 6/9/2009
Reviewer: George from Carpinteria, CA
We live in Carpinteria and had tried Tony's several years ago and didn't have a good experience. We decided to give it another shot to see if it had improved over the years. It has not. First off, this is not a cheap restaurant despite its folksie appearance. When paying $15 to $20 for entrees I don't expect amazing cuisine but I do expect good food. First, they put us in this incredibly noisy, hot, humid room without a wisp of fresh air. When the food came, my wife's fish and chips were horrible. The fish was mushy as if it had been in a freezer too long and the fries were greasy and equally inedible. She loves fries but her comment was, "I can't wait to get home and brush my teeth." My Chicken and pasta were OK nothing special. The salad bar looked just plain dirty. There was stuff spilled all over it and looked like it needed a thorough cleaning. The server was attentive and was the only bright spot in the evening. There are many better restaurants in Carpinteria, I suggest giving this one a pass.

Below average food and way too expensive!, 5/29/2009
Reviewer: Amie from Santa Barbara, CA
The last time we went to Tony's will be our last. Too bad, because it's in a great location. The prices have increased so much in the last 2 years and the quality of food has decreased. The pizza is good, but the pasta dishes are greasy. If you want to add a side salad to your meal it will cost you $6.99 and if you want a one trip salad bar with your meal that will cost $8.99. The service is okay at times. Depends on who you get.

Reviewer: George from Santa Barbara, CA
Overall my experience at Tony's was horrible! The food has to much grease, the service was slow and not prompt. 10$ for a dry burger? def. not my idea of a family friendly atmosphere. Believe it or not they served me a flat beer! Honestly after my experience at tony's I felt as though I may as well just eat Mcdonalds. The one good thing is there was plenty of parking, not sure if that was because of the lack of patrons.

Too Expensive, 5/4/2009
Reviewer: Beverley from Santa Barbara, CA
Went there Saturday night - found the food to be extremely expensive eg. $6.99 portion of fries of $6.99 portion of garlic bread. For the food prices would expect a classier restaurant and more ambience, but it looked more like a fast-food restaurant. Not an experience to be repeated.

Great Crust!, 1/25/2009
Reviewer: Elizabeth from Santa Barbara, CA
We stumbled upon Tony's late Sunday night and, boy, were we in for a treat. The pizza crust is the best. Steer away from the fangle versions of pizza and go for the more traditional ones. Spaghetti & meatballs were delicious-very savory. The caesar salad was okay-overdressed but at least there were real croutons (next time ask for the dressing on the side). Leave room for dessert 'cuz their homemade pies are delicious.

Good food and pleasent surroundings, 9/2/2008
Reviewer: Daniel from Corona, Ca
We were a party of 6 and were seated fairly quickly. The food was a little pricy, but the portions were big. The drink prices were very high. My kids milk was $3, which I could have purchased a gallon at the store. We were taken good care of. And got out of there just over $100 with most of us drinking water. Still it wasnt to bad.

Great location, ok. food & service, 7/11/2008
Reviewer: Elizabeth from Fresno
Tony's has the perfect location, and so much potential but I will never go back (Unless they improve). Too much on the menu. They should cut their menu by 1/3 and only serve their best dishes. The place was empty. The food took a long time to arrive. There were bums who came to talk to us out on the patio, and asked if they could hold my 3 month old. I wished the owner could have asked them to leave. We ended up leaving without finishing our food. The homeless woman ended up eating what we left. (She asked if she could and we said yes) What a way to ruin your appetite...

i should have listened to these bad reviews!, 2/4/2008
Reviewer: Bryan Robbins from Carpinteria, Ca
Went on a Friday night around 7:00pm. Was not very busy but we still waited about 15 mins for a table. Took another 10 mins for any drinks or waiter service. This place is lacking bus help. No one comes around to ask if you need refills or another beer. You have to make a strong effort to get their attention. Ordered the Chicken Parmesan. I don't eat red meat. When I got my meal, the chicken was covered in MEAT sauce. No where on the menu does it say "meat sauce". My g/f's pasta was chewy like rubber. The waitress was nice enough to cut the bill in half. But this place should just close down. I will never go here again. Not even if I had a comped meal.

Service, service, service!!!, 1/22/2008
Reviewer: cheryl from santa Barbara, Ca
Food, really good thanks. The order was wrong, but still really good, so I ate it. I hate having to ask for drink refills over and over and I don't like having 3 waiters ask me the same questions over and over because the 1st and second waiters are busy somewhere else. So, we'll go back, but we won't bring anyone or recommend the place since it was so annoying to get service.

Good seafood poor service, 7/29/2007
Reviewer: D Eccles from San Diego, CA
The blackened Ahi special was delicious cooked very rare as I requested. The Ono special was good but we didn't get the salsa with it. When we asked for it the waitress said it didn't come with it, yet it was written on the special board. Our waitress spoke English yet didn't get the order right the first time. I ran out of water and asked for a refill, she passed by the table 3 more times serving others and I asked again. She said she told someone else to do it. When I run out of water and have to ask repeatedly I don't leave a tip.

Stay away from the Tuna..., 5/17/2007
Reviewer: Tim from Carpinteria, CA
Our 1st and last time at Tony's. Blackened ahi pizza with wasabi butter sauce sounded pretty good when we read it on the menu. What we picked up smelled plain awful and tasted even worse. $25 was the fee paid for that little stinky treat. How hard is it to get some fresh tuna anyway? There is no excuse for stinky old fish living where we live. The next time I feel like pizza I think I'll head up Linden a little further to Giovanni's. I can't say how the rest of the menu is.

Reviewer: Corral Boy from Ventura California
I think this place is great! The service is great and the food is great! I also really like the smell of the food as you walk in. Another good thing about this is that it is at walking distance from the beach! So you can just grab a small pizza and then go surf or play! Hence the title, I recomend this place to everyone! P.S. There is also sometimes two young teenagers about 13 or 14 that work there for fun. They told me their names are Chris and Joseph. The thing that amazed me the most about them is that they don't use a note pad! They just memorize the order and the order are always correct!

Italian, Mexican, Barbeque, Seafood, and Bad Service?, 2/15/2007
Reviewer: Dr. Hosenfosen from Santa Barbara, CA
Tony's is an odd duck in the in addition to Italian food, they also serve some Seafood dishes, Mexican food, and Barbeque. They definitely have a large selection, but I have never strayed from the Italian food. I must say that the food is pretty good and the price is reasonable, ~$10 for most dishes. The only bad thing is that the service is absolutely atrocious. I have been here three times and the service has been horrible each time. Expect to sit around for a long while until someone notices you and takes your drink or dinner orders.

former cook 1975!!!!!, 2/15/2007
Reviewer: mike keeler from seattle,wa
mike keeler here former employee,back in tha day,good to see tonys, is still pumpin out the awesome a chef now on the tacoma,wa water front. yo.was up!

Worth travelling from Santa Barbara just to eat at Tony´s, 10/25/2004
Reviewer: Dan Suburu from Bakersfield
Tony´s has the very best clam chowder in the Santa Barbara area. The steaks are angus beef and are always very tender and cooked perfectly. Their lasagna is always delicious and the amount of food that they serve is overwhelming. My family are all big eaters and we always leave with plenty of leftovers for the next day. I have never seen a better waitress than Lucy. She is always very friendly and she is part of the family owned business. Her husband works behind the scenes cooking and does a great job. Whenever we are in the Santa Barbara area we always go to Tony´s for dinner. All of my friends whom I have taken there agree that Tony´s serves excellent food. I just ate there again on October 16 to celebrate my birthday. We have been going there for several years now.

Tony´s is Carpinteria, 10/10/2004
Reviewer: Debbie from Carpinteria but now Florida
When you talk about a family that puts there everything into a business you are talking about the owners of Tony´s. I have gone there so many times and they treat you like you belong. They make there crust a certain way and they have the best ribs in town and even the stars love the Ribs. Allen Thick has eaten there and so have aolt of other stars and they all come back. I have so many memories ther at Tony´s. The family is great and they always treated me like I was part of them. Thanks and keep up the great work!!!! Miss you guys alot!!!!

We eat there everytime we go to Carpenteria., 7/22/2004

Staff are very friendly, and the food is excellent. Very reasonably priced.There is a waitress Kathy that is very courteous and obliging. I recommend it to anyone in the area.

the only restaruant i eat at, 6/13/2004

me and my mom would eat there at least 1 time a week

It´s the Pasta !!!!, 11/22/2002
Reviewer: D. S. Phipps from Santa Clarita, Ca.
We have been eating at Tony´s for over 30 years. Kids love the pizza, but it´s the pasta that´s a real winner. My favorite - Italian Sausage and Manicotti (ask for pizza cheese melted on top) and an Italian Salad Yummmmm . Not Fancy, just a good, friendly, family owned and operated place.

Sandwiches are just so-so, 11/12/2002

We had two different sandwiches and weren´t that impressed. The service was pretty decent though. We´re going to go back and try the pizza and pasta.

The best , 11/20/2001
Reviewer: Patricia from Fresno, CA
We have dined at Tonys 3 times in the past 2 years and always look forward to another trip. His sauces are to die for. Thanks

aWSOME, 6/23/2001
Reviewer: Michael Hickey from CARPINTERIA CA
It´s so´ll fill you up everytime.You won´t leave hungry. I work there though.

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