Thinly pounded meat, breaded, sautéed then finished with a drizzle of fresh squeezed lemon juice with spaghetti pomodoro
Pasta Al Pomodoro
Your choice of pasta in our traditional fresh tomato and basil sauce
Spaghetti Alle Vongole
Spaghetti with fresh clams in a choice of white wine or our tomato sauce
We had a romantic dinner on the patio with outstanding table service. Being seniors we split a salad and a main course with an appetizer and it was perfect!
Very pleasant evening.
Quickly, friendly service. The food was excellent!
The back patio is a perfect place for a summer supper
The staff were great and friendly. But the service was slow. But it seems like it's not their fault, but because they are under staffed. I'll still continue to come here.
My favorite place. Love Arnoldi's!!! Definitely make sure you check it out. It's a local hang with a cool atmosphere and great food!
Several meal mistakes.
Great service, delicious food!!! Super cute place for any occasion!
First time visitor from Seattle visiting local family. Loved the neighborhood feel… clearly a place the locals love but we felt very welcome.
Historic neighborhood restaurant with good ambiance and traditional Italian dishes. Wonderful booths and outdoor bocce ball court.
everything was perfect. love the gnochi and the service was outstanding. large portions as well.
This place is awesome. If you are in Santa Barbara, check it out. It's a local gem. The food is off the charts. Great ambiance, amazing food, great staff. My favorite restaurant in town! Highly recommend!
The steak with mushrooms, spinach and garlic was outstanding, and gnocchi was delicious as well. Wonderful!
Lasagna was every bit as good as they say - fantastic!! I will be back for more later this month!
Great place! First time going there and we loved it! Will definitely be back again Great food, great service, great ambiance
especially loved the artichoke appetizer though everything was good— portions are very generous
Good food but they ran out of Soda and were u set staffed in Mother’s
1st time visiting this resto with my hubby, daughter, and nephew - we had a reservation for Mother's Day lunch and sat outside in their cute and quaint garden. Ordered from the Mother's Day Brunch menu and their pasta was excellent both in taste, quality, and quantity! We ordered the pesto, alfredo, and lasagna dishes and added protein to our liking. Garlic bread was not in their Mother's Day menu but we asked and they were happy to make it for us. We also paired our food with red and white wine along with a mimosa and pomogranate margarita. Ambiance and service was also excellent! We definitely will be back the next time we're in Santa Barbara! Highly recommend! Street parking was easy even on Mother's Day!
The chicken parmigiana was excellent!
Great food. Terrible service
We enjoyed great Italian food and enjoyed the patio seating.
Delightful neighborhood restaurant. Wonderful food. Upstanding service. Good value for a veer nice night out.
WE LOVE ARNOLDI'S! If you want a local neighborhood restaurant that is the real Santa Barbara this is the place. Great outdoor patio, the coolest wait staff in town, amazing food! I cannot recommend this place enough. It's the best!
We walked over here after shopping on State Street in SB. The food was good and they have a beautiful back patio which was really quiet and pretty.
Such a sweet old style neighborhood gem. Charming interior feels like stepping into the past.
This was a gem of a place with a fantastic patio for outdoor dining during covid. Authentic, high quality Italian food, genuinely friendly staff, no fuss, overall simply excellent!
Chicken parm was huge and tasty! Very personable service!
love this place. authentic italian old school local flavor. personality galore keeps me returning. the food is good, not a wow but the overall experience makes it a favorite spot.
We loved it. A very sophisticated friend came to visit. He has lots of money,(unlike me:)) and travels around the word and has eaten every where. In Santa Monica where he lives, he and his partner eat at elegant restaurents and every day restaurants. It was my first time eating out in a year. And he loved it--everything about it--the back courtyard, the ambiance, the firepit, the food which was superb, and we had a most delicious time together. It was a perfect experience. I have always love Arnoldies, and to have it be my first going out since the pandemic began, was so special. Also given that we still are in the middle of a pandemic, I felt safe!!
My only recommendation is that you get seat plillows for the outdoor chairs. they are hard, and I am short.
Thank you so much. Claudia Crawford
Love this place. It's a neighborhood gem! Great food. Very cool patio with heaters. Staff is super cool and it's my go to place for when guests are in town. Super Local feel. Bravo!
Had a delightful evening--outside on the bocce court. The calamari fritti is the best in town. It was perfectly cooked, with a tasty marinara sauce. The salads are huge (read share). Spaghetti alle vongole is a treat. Just the right spiceyness and was very fresh.
Friends had the pasta primavera and the penne with salmon. Both got great reviews and servings provided lunch for the next day. A neighborhod gathering spot that tourists are now finding.
Great Italian food. Reasonably priced. Sat outside with heaters. It was perfect
For some reason we were sat at the very back of the patio to an unset table when there were other tables open and set throughout. We had to get up and ask for our order to be taken (the gentleman who ended up waiting on us was lovely- best part of the experience). Caesar salad had no taste, my ravioli was under cooked and the meatballs were very dry. Will give it one more chance because hoping it was an “off” night for the “oldest Italian restaurant” in SB.
I was disappointed with the food .... it seems the sauces on the pasta is so water downed that it all lacks flavor .... this is not my first time . The space is great ... if the cooking could match it would be better. Also the waiter kept interrupting our conversation at the end of our meal making us feel we had to go ...
Fantastic Italian Food.
Great time. Nice food. Great service. Back patio is cool
Always one of my favorites. Consistently good food at reasonable price. Large Portions and friendly staff
Food exceeded my expectations, ambience was exactly what we were looking for, casual but nice, comfortable, inviting. Great staff, friendly kind. We left very full and happy. I can’t believe it took me 20 years to finally check it out!
We got married here so it’s always lovely to come back! We love the patio and they were super accommodating during these strange times!
We love the food here! The service is always friendly and accomidating. I haven't tried anything on the menu that I didn't end up just loving!! Thanks Arnoldi's!!
Arnoldi's Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 962-5394.
Arnoldi's Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.