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Arnoldi's Cafe, Santa Barbara, CA

Arnoldi's Cafe

4.7
4.7
734 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Oldest Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara! We have two bocce courts on our patio with outdoor dining. Lots of pasta, steaks, salads, chicken dishes and homemade desserts...extensive Italian wine and local wine on our wine list...indoor or outdoor seating. We are a true local's secret and kid friendly.Open dinner 7 days a week! We also host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and large birthday parties.We also host kid's birthday parties during the weekends, bring in a jumper, music, popcorn machine and face painters!

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Californian, Pizzeria
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 962-5394
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We have a room that fits up to 45 people. People walk through to get outside, but it is often used for private birthday parties, holiday parties and rehearsal dinners.

    We also have a patio that fits up to 100 people and can be reserved privately with a food and beverage minimum

  • Private party contact
    Sara Peri: (805) 886-2842
  • Neighbourhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross Street
    Cota Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 734 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Neighbourhood gem

  • California Central Coast

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Child-Friendly

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

734 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant, comfortable, quaint atmosphere. Home style italian cuisine and delicious dessert. Very attentive wait staff and friendly hostess!

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  2. DisappointedThisTime

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We were very disappointed to receive a call 90 minutes prior to our reservation to tell us that we no longer had our indoor table and that we would be seated outdoors instead. It was cold and windy and not a nice way to treat repeat customers who were bringing first time visitors. Although, the food was delicious as ever and we were given a complimentary dessert, which was nice.

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  3. JML1234

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal, the salmon and beef ravioli were fantastic!

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  4. KaityS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simon was an amazing server! He made our experience perfect. After so many years of not going to Arnoldis we will be back soon because of our server Simon.

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  5. JudithL

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time with a delicious meal. Simon was a star server!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food & service was superb! We’ll be back! Patio dining is very casual, indoor dining is more formal.

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  7. DisappointedThisTime

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and a must stop when you visit Santa Barbara !

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  8. spaghettidinner805

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best meals my husband and I have shared together. We celebrated an early Valentine's Day dinner on 2/13. The staff was fantastic; friendly and helpful and genuinely seemed happy to be there. The food was classic Italian with large portions and plenty to share. We ordered the Gnocchi Tricolore, Bruschetta della Casa, and Bolognese Spaghetti. Tiramisu for dessert, of course. It was great. We will be back 100%! Thank you to everyone who made our night special.

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  9. Shadi

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had pasta with Pomodoro sauce, which was very good, and Spaghetti with fruti de mare, which was good, but a little saltier than usual. Arnoldi's is a great local neighborhood gem with good service and comfortable atmosphere.

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  10. JudithL

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I hadn't been to Arnoldis in a few years. We had a delicious dinner, fun evening, and we will come back soon. Simon was a star server!

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FAQs

Arnoldi's Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 962-5394.

Arnoldi's Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Arnoldi's Cafe

600 Olive St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Cota Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Californian, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 962-5394
  • Private party facilities
    We have a room that fits up to 45 people. People walk through to get outside, but it is often used for private birthday parties, holiday parties and rehearsal dinners.

    We also have a patio that fits up to 100 people and can be reserved privately with a food and beverage minimum

  • Private party contact
    Sara Peri: (805) 886-2842
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