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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

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1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
+1 805-565-9393
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Orange County, California
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102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dont know how we've missed this in the past, but glad we finally discovered this small, casually elegant and friendly trattoria in a Monticito neighborhood retail center. Authentic and solid menu, fresh ingredients and a nicely curated wine list, coupled with an away-from-the-bedlam downtown crowd promises a pleasant and satisfying dining experience every time. Expertly prepared dishes, fresh and tasty... More 

Thank Snosearch
San Clemente California
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173 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really felt Italian to me...the smells, the olive oil on the table! It was green, fresh and tasty...made me miss Italy. Ate here twice in three days and was not disappointed. Highly recommend the salads and their chicken panino for lunch was great! Can't wait to try dinner there.

Thank DonnaKarson
Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We visit Montecito, California at least 5x per year. We dine at Via Via every single time. The food is delicious, the staff so helpful.... It is a highlight of our family's trip.

Thank dmn1110
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I simply enjoy a good bowl of soup and Via Vai never disappoints with their zuppa del giorno ... wonderful vegetable soups like lentil potato, garbanzo bean, potato split pea, minestrone and a hearty vegetable. Their warm oven-baked bread dipped in olive oil (ask your server to pour the big bottle) and basalmic vinegar is the perfect compliment. It comes... More 

Thank mariamQ8007UJ
Reno, Nevada
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75 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I don't know what others are ordering. We always have Pesce. Today, local halibut with a butter caper sauce. Nice sized portion, nice vegetables. Too full to try their desserts.

Thank Notmelo
Santa Barbara, California
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361 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Yes, the people are nice, the food tastes good and it is all pleasant. However, once more, it is lunch sitting at a table that feels like it is in the parking lot. The service was terrible. Didn't see the server after we ordered, and no plates and no asking about what we need. Clueless and "nice".

Thank expectquality1942
Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Food fabulous Italian. The Risotto and pizza and Ensalada Capuccina delicious. It's a great local place with consistently wonderful food Service is good not great partly because of the attitude of the host and sometimes waiter

Thank glarrance
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit to this charming, unpretentious Montecito restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive. It has the feel of a well supported local venue. I had a perfectly cooked halibut with lemon and capers, together with a selection of vegetables. I followed this with a superb pannacotta. I was really impressed with the quality of the food.... More 

Thank Richard B
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134 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Great lunch at Via Vai Santa Barbara, friendly staff, good food, lovely weather, what more could you ask for. We shared a mixed salad, and also shared a Diviola Pizza which was delicious. Good chance of seeing celebrities at this restaurant, if you are interested!!

Thank Stashic
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Ordered a glass of wine by the glass, $15. Assumed it should be very good at that rate; instead it was harsh and oaky and flavorless. Sent it back. They charged us for it! Food okay but nothing special; main waiter was very nice. Sub-waiter was surly and only perked up with "regulars." Not to worry. We will NEVER become... More 

Thank Hattie B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
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: +1 805-565-9393

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