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Via Maestra 42

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3343 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
+1 805-569-6522
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 21:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Brilliant little restaurant, very warm and friendly staff, great food and beer and a fantastic atmosphere for a Tuesday evening- felt like it had real spirit!

Thank Inga D
Atlanta, GA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Was very pleasantly surprised by this place. you order at the counter and they deliver the food to your table. Very well made flavorful Italian food at a good price.

Napa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

I know, a lot of exclamation marks, but this little gem is worth a visit. The menu is incredible and amongst the many choices I went for the 'cozze', the very delicious clams. Cooked northern style, the dish is a whole meal. Friends had sandwiches and they were all impressed. Wine was served in real wine glasses. Very friendly staff... More 

1 Thank CristianoDadamo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Via Maestra is a wonderful, casual neighborhood restaurant. The food tastes like Italy. There's an emphasis on seafood and the linguini con vongole is just delicious as is the insalata di mare. You order at the counter during the day and the table service is prompt and attentive. We recommend it highly.

1 Thank Laura D
Santa Barbara, California
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Everything here is both delicious and well-presented. It's also expensive, but with no pretentiousness. You order food at the counter, it's prepared and brought to you. It's small place, the sort a cosmopolitan dowager would frequent because of the food quality and service, not to suggest that it's geriatric; it isn't. Besides full meals, they also make cannoli, fancy desserts... More 

1 Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful breath of Italia. From espresso and Italian pastries to full meals, you can't go wrong. Don't forget to try the Gelatos as well. Always friendly service. Don't forget to check out the special of the day. Enjoy. Mangia.

Thank EDD1967_83
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great food! Excellent service! Highly recommend! We split a lasagna and salad and had plenty to eat. The prices were reasonable and quality was top notch! We will definitely visit again!

Thank marycarol3
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Renato and his staff instantly transport you to Italy on a daily basis. This is the perfect spot to grab a quick coffee or linger over lunch or dinner. Frequented by locals, for the visitor it can be a Goldmine of hints for experiencing Santa Barbara. The paninis are delightful and your life is just better with a scoop of... More 

1 Thank Joe C
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Via Maestra is in a shopping center on State and Las Positas close to the excellent bookstore Chaucer's.. I imagine the restaurant doesn't have a higher rating simply because it's not downtown near the tourists. The outside tables look out on a parking lot but inside is very pleasant. Service is excellent and whenever we have visited it's been quiet.... More 

Thank marianneNyc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Easily in the to three places we go for lunch every weekend. Truly a locals spot. Quality food anf friendly staff who know you and your kids. Wonderful. Polipo a la San Francesco is a favorite

1 Thank Jeff B

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?