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Via Maestra 42

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3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
+1 805-569-6522
08:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 21:00
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Cape Coral, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

The dining area was cramped and cold. We attempted to order Lasagna but were told it was unavailable. We choose two other options and one dish came out cold. I would expect this place to make their dishes from scratch but this made me wonder how a ravioli in Alfredo sauce could still be cold. The servings were small and... More 

1 Thank Amy H
Santa Barbara, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

It's a clever idea, but prices are exorbitant. If you're unwilling to pay $6.50 for one mushy cannolli, then go around the parking lot to Renaud's where everything is freshly made.

1 Thank Travel_Writer12
Annandale, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

This little restaurant is so welcoming and warm, decorated with family photos and favorite food containers of Italian delicacies. The spinach and ricotta cheese raviolis in lemon Alfredo sauce were unbelievably good, as was the cappachino.

Thank Christine F
Santa Barbara, CA
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

It's like a little New York City restaurant tucked away in the anononimity of the San Roque commercial zone. Virtually every dish is outstanding, rely on your servers for guidance. Save room for the desserts, especially the imported gelato. Charming decor. It is small, but with everyone having such a good time the ambiance is wonderful.

Thank MyMeta4
Sioux City, Iowa
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94 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

Renato, from northwest Italy, recreates a bit of Italy here. Sure, there aren't multiple plates (antipasto, primo, secondo, etc.) like in REAL Italy but he really tries in other ways with authentic dishes like for New Year's....cotechino with lentils...something you won't find in many places in the USA. Excellent wine list with much more than the usual Super Tuscans. Desserts... More 

Thank Larry T
Redondo Beach, CA
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

You can't go wrong with anything at this place!!! It is all AMAZING!!!! They take such care with their ingredients and prep!! Don't let the fact that this place is in a strip mall throw you off....it is well worth the stop!!!

Thank KBjork96
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2012

I shared it with a friend to be calory-conscious. i could easily have eaten the whole thing--and now i wish I had. Great gelato for dessert, too.

Thank Cynthia S
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012 via mobile

Via Meistra is one of the most amazing restaurants in Santa Barbara. It is authentic Italian food and the service is wonderful. Go there it is great!

Thank Mgn711
Santa Barbara, California
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79 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

Definitely our favorite Italian restaurant. Renato's creations are consistently delicious and well priced. No reservations, so come early or prepare to wait!

Thank winetripper
Santa Barbara, California
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175 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

A small and unpretentious Italian restaurant offering fine quality food with numerous options. Emphasis is on the food, not necessarily the service, ambience or wine list. It`s easy on the wallet especially when sharing courses.

Thank BlakievanHemert

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
08:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-569-6522

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