Arnoldi's Cafe

4.6
592 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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Kahuna22
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Atrebor1
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant evening.

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RoselyneR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly, friendly service. The food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The back patio is a perfect place for a summer supper

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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vipJohnL
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Several meal mistakes.

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LaRisa
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food!!! Super cute place for any occasion!

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vipJayB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitor from Seattle visiting local family. Loved the neighborhood feel… clearly a place the locals love but we felt very welcome.

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NinaD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Historic neighborhood restaurant with good ambiance and traditional Italian dishes. Wonderful booths and outdoor bocce ball court.

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jens
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was perfect. love the gnochi and the service was outstanding. large portions as well.

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vipJohnL
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Mellowfellowuk
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak with mushrooms, spinach and garlic was outstanding, and gnocchi was delicious as well. Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lasagna was every bit as good as they say - fantastic!! I will be back for more later this month!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! First time going there and we loved it! Will definitely be back again Great food, great service, great ambiance

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vipdiningoutandabout
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

especially loved the artichoke appetizer though everything was good— portions are very generous

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food but they ran out of Soda and were u set staffed in Mother’s

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chicken parmigiana was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Great food. Terrible service

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CarrieM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed great Italian food and enjoyed the patio seating.

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vipFoodFan
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful neighborhood restaurant. Wonderful food. Upstanding service. Good value for a veer nice night out.

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vipJohnL
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipWaterGrill
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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vip1MaLeslie
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Such a sweet old style neighborhood gem. Charming interior feels like stepping into the past.

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vipSylvaine
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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!

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vipBradyM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken parm was huge and tasty! Very personable service!

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vipGoldie
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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ClaudiaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJohnL
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSBfoodie71
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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MariaP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food. Reasonably priced. Sat outside with heaters. It was perfect

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vipNicoleW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

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izzy
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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 ...

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vipJoeB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian Food.

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vipAndrewM
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Nice food. Great service. Back patio is cool

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vipjoec
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorites. Consistently good food at reasonable price. Large Portions and friendly staff

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KathyM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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GabrielleM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

FAQs

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.