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Via Maestra 42

3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
+1 805-569-6522
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gelato” (33 reviews)
“salad” (11 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 21:00All hours
Italian, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
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71 - 80 of 152 reviews

Reviewed 28 May 2014

I love this place. The first restaurant I think of when I want simple but excellent food, great smells and the chatter of a small room filled with happy people. The staff are friendly and make one feel very welcome. They don do reservations and...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Via Maestra 42 was near the top of my (native Santa Barbaran) list from the time it opened -- until my last visit there, earlier this month. OK, maybe it was an off night; but my appetizer of "Carpaccio of Bresaola" (misleadingly named, I think)...More

Thank GrannieFrannie007
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I loved my green salad but mushroom and Truffle ravioli was hot and fabulous You will enjoy eating here!!!

Thank suzanne_52Toronto
Reviewed 30 April 2014

My wife and I have traveled to Italy a number of times and Via Maestra 42 has gelato that rivals what we've had in Italy. Amazing! The food is wonderful and the gluten free gnocchi is excellent! The staff is very friendly and helpful!

Thank GoletaTravelers
Reviewed 11 April 2014

This small cafe located in a strip mall next to the post office with a parking lot for a front yard has developed a loyal following. I suspect this is due to the feeling that you are in a small place in some urban Italian...More

1  Thank RHSSantaBarbara_CA
Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

Really nice Italian restaurant. I thought it was a bit expensive (especially $10 for a glass of wine (although it was good!)) but the food was really nice and good service. When we visited there it was completely full and had a great atmosphere.

Thank bertpalmer
Reviewed 2 November 2013

We loved their food. It's a very small cafe. Had a great friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. Appeared that locals liked it. I would go again on next visit. Yummy!!!!

Thank Manhattan44
Reviewed 9 October 2013

A small restaurant on a busy street, but set back enough from the traffic to enable outside eating. Excellent pasta dishes, fairly priced, although house wine at $10 a glass is a little overpriced.

1  Thank KGfromLondon
Reviewed 3 October 2013

When we travel to Santa Barbara Via Maestra 42 gives us that taste of Italy. We usually split a piatti principali after sharing some sort of antipasti. We enjoyed the farfalle al Pesto, just perfect flavor and portion for the two of us. Could not...More

Thank sisterbythesea
Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

My family and I dined here on a short overnight trip to SB. I found the resto on Yelp and tried it out. It was as close to our dining experience in Italy. The portions were such that you could enjoy an antipasti, main entree...More

1  Thank donjoysan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, 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 93105-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-569-6522
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