Arnoldi's Cafe

4.7
610 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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4.8
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4.6
ambience
4.6
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing outdoor experience. The food was incredible and was so fun to play games after!! Service was very accommodating. Will be back

JM
vipJenniM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here twice on vacation based on a recommendation given to us by a local person ! We loved it both times Jessie was our server and he was wonderful! So very pleasant !! We will definitely be back ! The food was spectacular and servings were huge ! Loved the atmosphere especially on the outside patio !

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Jason
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio and the food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic

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Lakshmi
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience4

It was the second time I took an hour to get the food

MC
MarkC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent and reminded me of Rome as very authentic. Very nice ambiance and definitely will return

ML
MarinaL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, the best chicken Parmesan I’ve ever had!

DS
DocS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service but dinner crowd was very loud to the point where we couldn't hear each other at our table.

DJ
vipDrJoeG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

BC
vipBruceC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

While the place was really busy, we were seated right away and had great service. Big servings... do not order too much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time!
Our waiter was delightful and the food was yummy!

LA
vipLAnative
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, amazing food. Will be back!

CN
ChuckN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat, great food, great service, outside on the back patio on a beautiful summer evening.

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cherilynm
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local, local local! Feels like Mama's family with great food and a bunch of friends all around!

GS
GinaS
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food

JH
JenniferH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing night out. The service from Ruben and Devon was phenonenol. We were seated on the front sidewalk and worried we would get forgotten.. it was just the opposite! The food remains consistently great...it's the service that sets Arnoldi's apart.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Bread was not warm, salad dressing was overly sweet, sparkling water wasn’t chilled, but the staff was lovely and pasta was good

JR
JayR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

DS
DocS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food, great menu and service is excellent. After the COVID lock down, great to be back at this fabulous locale.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Nice setting in Courtyard too.

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Lori
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a lovely environment.
Arnoldi’s has been a family favorite for years and is always a great time.

KB
KareemB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Perfect for families. Love the outdoor seating

K
Kahuna22
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
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.

RA
RoseAllen
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly, friendly service. The food was excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The back patio is a perfect place for a summer supper

OT
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.

JL
vipJohnL
Charlotte
28 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
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Several meal mistakes.

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

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

JB
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.

ND
NinaD
Central Coast
6 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.

JL
vipJohnL
Charlotte
28 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
47 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!

OT
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic Santa Barbara restaurant with fresh and delicious Italian food. The service is always top notch and the food is consistently amazing

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vipdiningoutandabout
Chicago
98 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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asally
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

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 610 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.