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Via Vai Trattoria Pizzeria

1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
+1 805-565-9393
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (31 reviews)
“salad” (13 reviews)
“panna cotta” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
1483 E Valley Rd Ste 20, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1249
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

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...More

Thank Snosearch
Reviewed 4 May 2017

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...More

Thank DonnaKarson
Reviewed 17 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
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank mariamQ8007UJ
Reviewed 14 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
Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 26 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
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...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 24 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
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank Hattie B
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I will be in Santa Barbara next month and your restaurant looks interesting to me. I checked out the menu on your website, but there are no prices listed.Is there any place online that would give me some idea of your prices? Thank you very much.
19 April 2016|
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Response from CapCodBlackie | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember the entree prices exactly; however, they weren't out of line for for a upper mid-range restaurant. I would remember if they were too expensive. I think his restaurant across the street is more expensive... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
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
  • E-mail
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