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Arnoldi's Cafe

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600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627 (Cota Street)
+1 805-962-5394
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Today
17:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 14:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 14:00
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arnoldis is a great Italian place for a family meal or a date night. The calamari is amazing! And if you aren't on a diet, try the tiramisu. You can sit outside and most of the time in Santa Barbara that is the way to do it! The service is friendly (although in line with the California vibe- they are... More 

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Thank Paris F
Fairfield, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yum! Had the salmon with spinach and pasta ...delicious! Will definitely go back soon to try some pasta!

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Thank lily1013
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We had our daughter's wedding reception at Arnoldi's Cafe. The entire experience was positive! Booking, with Sara, was a breeze. Communication was excellent and the reception was perfect! The staff was attentive and friendly, the food was delicious and the venue was festive (all for a reasonable price). Everyone had a wonderful time!

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Thank Lynnette H
Ottawa, Canada
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

After trying several other options and having no luck with all being fully booked on a Saturday night, we found Arnoldi's on Open Table. Our party of 5 needed vegan and gluten free options and we found something for everyone here. Nice casual dining in a warm and cozy atmosphere! The restaurant was busy, but not to noisy with great... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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440 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Recommended neighborhood dining, Arnoldi's is a delightful piece of Santa Barbara history. Quaint decor, delicious food, attentive service. You can choose to dine outside and play Bocce (free of charge) during or after your meal. Try the tasty calamari. Excellent pasta. Ask for the Cotoletta di Vitello alla Milanese and you will receive the best Wiener schnitzel in town (by... More 

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Jerusalem, Arkansas
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We wanted a nice meal for us and 2 grandkids. This place was recommended but a little out of our way. The service was excellent, the door remained open to the rather cold and rainy night. The food was fine, nothing great.

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Thank Beatriz Y
Missoula, Montana, United States
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180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Arnoldi's has been under several ownerships over the years and the last time I visited, many years ago, it was worse than lousy. It's been reborn with great management, bartender (Willy), waiters, and chef...and it's wonderful. We met friends there who raved about it and boy were they right. Great steaks, wonderful pasta, super salads. A find dining experience. Join... More 

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Thank Larry M
Monterey, California
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

This is an old established restaurant, Food is fantastic, I live in a Italian food mecca, Monterey can't touch this place, great portions, always delicious and trust daCoach the Best Spagetti and Meat Balls on the West Coast!!!!!!!! Wife had the rib eye this time excellent!!!!!!!!!

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Thank DaCoach61
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Pleasant outdoor patio where bocce ball was the attraction. Rissoto fruta de mare was perfectly prepared and brimming with fish and shell fish. Pasta Arabiata was also perectly prepared with a rich tomato sauce. Wine list had many reasonably priced Italian wines but not many local wines.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyable dining experience at Arnoldi's, just a couple of blocks off the State Street beaten path. Calamari Fritti, was really light and tasty, not over-doughy or rubbery like at some places. Penne Filante (4 cheese) was delicious and plentiful. Bruschetta was good, too. Affordable wines from Italy by the bottle or glass. We sat outside and were comfortable with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 14:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627
    (Cota Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-5394

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?