Supporting Local Restaurants in Santa Maria Valley with the Great Santa Maria Takeout

By Shannon Gurnee
In California
January 27, 2021

Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing about the Great Santa Maria Takeout in partnership with the Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau.

Flatlay of food at restaurant

COVID-19 has been really tough on so many people and businesses, but especially restaurants who are trying to keep their heads above water. I love supporting our local restaurants and businesses whenever possible and was super excited to so that during the Great Santa Maria Takeout. Joining a bunch of other California cities on what is typically known as California Restaurant Month, both locals and visitors can enjoy a piece of Santa Maria Valley’s culinary creations and best places to eat. The Great Santa Maria Takeout goes from January 22nd through January 31st, 2021. Nearly 20 participating restaurants, wineries and breweries are showcasing specials and featured menu items, including braised boneless beef short ribs, yummy tacos, Cuban cocktails, artisan pizza, and more! Participating businesses include: Cielito Lindo, Cubanissimo, Moxie Cafe, Naughty Oak Brewing Co., Pizzeria Bello Forno, Trattoria Uliveto, and Maya Mexican Restaurant.

Foodie fans are also encouraged to enter the Takeout Selfie Contest for a chance to win a #SantaMariaStyle staycation. You don’t want to miss the giveaway, so check it out today! Simply snap a photo of you taking out your order at the participating business and submit it to The winning submission will receive a staycation package that includes a one night stay at the boutique Wine Stone Inn, a basket of wine and gift cards to enjoy local restaurants. The winner will have until April 30, 2021 to redeem the prize.

Cielito Lindo in Orcutt, California

Cielito Lindo in Orcutt, California

Cielito Lindo staff

Taco Tuesday Special at Cielito Lindo

Taco Tuesday Special - Cielito Lindo

During the Great Santa Maria Takeout, we visited two different restaurants. The first one we ordered from was Cielito Lindo, located in Orcutt, California. We were really impressed with their yummy tacos, rice, beans, and salsa. For $29.99, you can order their Taco Tuesday special (available all day every day). It includes 15 tacos (beef or chicken), 16 oz. each of rice and beans, and 8 oz. of salsa. We ordered over the phone and picked them up within 20 minutes. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.

Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt, California

Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt, California

Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt, California

Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt, California

Trattoria Uliveto Takeout

Trattoria Uliveto - Italian food

Trattoria Uliveto - Italian food

The second restaurant we ordered from was Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt, California. The restaurant was very pretty and the staff was super friendly. It is a bit of twist on takeout in that you pick up the food and then bake at home. It’s nice because you don’t have to worry about your food getting cold. We ordered two family meals at $45 each. Their family meals serve four people and include salad and bread. We chose the Chicken Parmigiana and Rigatoni with Meatballs. It was super easy to heat up and you can enjoy the leftovers, too!

More About the Great Santa Maria Takeout 

“Our locals and guests love our unique culinary quilt in the Santa Maria Valley,” said Glenn Morris, president and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “The mosaic of food and wine from ranch-inspired cuisine to our taco trail, our barbecue and beer trail and of course, to our signature vintages makes our region a great community to support and explore.”

“Although our restaurant week has pivoted this year, the Great Santa Maria Takeout encourages everyone to get a little taste of the Santa Maria Valley in the comforts of their own safe spaces,” said Jennifer Harrison, director of the Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau. “Your foodie adventures can take on new creative experiences by bringing a little of the regional fare to your home, patio or picnic table.”

For more information about the Great Santa Maria Take Out, visit

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

In the Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore all you can do. The Santa Maria Valley boasts 24 hiking trails, 34 tasting rooms, 6 unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture far if you are looking for sand dunes, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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