Trattoria Grappolo is a casual Italian bistro located in the wine-producing region of Santa Ynez, California (2 hours North of Los Angeles). Grappolo ... More
Trattoria Grappolo is a casual Italian bistro located in the wine-producing region of Santa Ynez, California (2 hours North of Los Angeles). Grappolo is the perfect place to enjoy with family and friends. Walk though the door and a savory aroma of freshly baked pizza and simmering tomato sauce teases the senses. The combination of the pastoral ambiance of Italy with the lush vine fields and oak-studded hills of Santa Ynez helps create the ideal setting to serve up some of Central California's most creative and authentic Italian dishes. Specialties include: Carpaccio, Rollino Veneto - rolled-up pizza pouches stuffed with smoked mozzarella and radicchio - handcrafted pastas and pizzas, aged New York steaks, rack of lamb, and fresh seafood dishes. Desserts such as lavender creme brulee and warm chocolate torte with espresso anglaise are a hit with guests. Trattoria Grappolo features an expansive wine list, and a large VIP wine cellar that accommodates 40 for private parties.
We had to send back crab cakes which were burned on the outside, but we could tell the crab on the inside was good. The pastas were all overcooked and bland. On top of that we had the rudest waitress ever. Maybe because it was a busy weekend, but this was one of my worst dining experiences ever.
I've been here several times, and each time at least one member of our party (and usually more) were served a bomb... surprisingly tasteless sauces, or plain unappetizing dishes (radicchio rolled pizza was just awful)... Have also had some nice dishes -- eggplant parmagiane and gnocchi weren't bad, but nothing spectacular. And it's way overpriced for such inconsistency. Eat here at your own risk!
Wonderful restaurant, with a great staff that always makes you feel appreciated and welcome. Food is excellent and not that expensive. Very authentic Italian cuisine. It's our favorite restaurant for family get-togethers.
I love this place. Have eaten there at least 30 times and the food is consistently good and the atmosphere friendly and busy in a very Italian way. If I need to recommend one place for someone to have lunch when they visit the Valley this is the place I send them.
I also love sitting at the counter and watch the cooks use the open kitchen and sespecially pizza oven - gives you great confidence in how the food is prepared and how it will come out.
(Don't forget to go line dancing next door afterwards - Santa Ynez Valley in one spot from the great food to the country setting).
Forget the Sideways tour, the best hidden treasure of the Santa Ynez valley is it's Italian food! Trattoria Grappolo was the find of the century. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I've never regretted taking them up on their suggestion of entree or wine.
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