Convivo Restaurant & Bar feature in Route Magazine 2024

Route Magazine

What could be better than enjoying great food and wine, while soaking in stunning ocean views? Well, Convivo, meaning ‘feast’ in Latin, delivers on all fronts. Located on the ground floor of the 55-year-old, newly (2016) renovated Santa Barbara Inn, the cuisine at Convivo reflects the restaurant's emphasis on capturing the spirit of convivial gatherings, in an elegant but relaxed setting.

Helmed by Chef and owner Peter McNee, the menu draws from diverse flavors – Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East – but with Italian sensibilities. Pasta and pizza lovers (so basically, most people) will have an absolute ball here, as the menu features a range of dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, including handmade pasta, wood oven pizza, grilled specialties, and fresh seafood.

One of the highlights of Convivo is its oceanfront location. So, while you may enjoy your meal in the stylish interior, it is the outdoor terrace, offering cerulean ocean views amidst perfectly verdant manicured lawns and under towering palms that will capture your heart.

Sip on a Convivo Sour made with pisco, egg white, lime, simple syrup, Amaro Alpino or on a Barrel-Aged Manhattan, and feast on Pesce Misto – mixed grill of seafood, shishito peppers, and salsa verde – or on the Lemon Ricotta Cappellacci; handmade pasta with SB rock crab & saffron shellfish, as you breathe salty sea air and watch as the golden hour blankets the Pacific Ocean. And the desserts? They – Crème Fraiche, Pistachio Cheesecake, and Lemon Tarts are favorites – will leave you more than satiated. Convivo can get pretty busy, so reservations are encouraged. Luckily, they are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.