Arnoldi's Cafe

4.7
555 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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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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. I listened to the waiter’s suggestions and ordered the spaghetti frutti de mare. It was delicious. Next time I’ll save room for dessert.

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vipFarrahK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food.

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vipwolfeman
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific night out. Lovely patio and nice music. Delicious menu and food. Get the bruchetta too.

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great as always. I love the back patio and the service is always awesome.

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vipSBConcierge
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My experience; While somehow coming across as a more upscale establishment during the Coronavirus pandemic, the more beautiful entrees were not more flavorful than the ones I recall from previous outings. Friendly, enthusiastic staff and a tranquil patio made for an overall nice visit

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and experience and glad to have found your restaurant being that I’m from out of town and this made my daughters birthday celebration very special!

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ElaineK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Outdoor dining was great. Love this restaurant!

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C7Ksb
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They do a nice job. Eating in the patio/bocce ball court is fine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnoldi's has a very relaxed but stylish atmosphere especially at night with the outdoor fireplace and string lights, the service was 5 star in a very authentic way, and the food and drinks were outstanding. I can't wait until bocce ball comes back after covid restrictions are lifted!

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GeorgeF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining only in the patio only but it is as fine as outdoor dining was always available pre COVID service and food excellent
Highly recommend this restaurant

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JulieC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fresh ingredients, authentic, delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time SB staple. They have really turned their back area into an awesome safe feeling dining spot in this COVID time. Great food and service as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. We went for the first time. Not much to look at from the outside, but once you enter you are welcomed by great staff and amazing food. A must try.

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Midge
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and ambiance considering these Covid limitations. Lovely outdoor dining available.

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vipKsivers
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and generous, delicious portions of pasta with all social distancing and Covid preventative measures in place. Happy to support this longtime Santa Barbara stalwart.

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DebbieW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It was the BEST Chicken Piccata I've ever had!! Great service and food. I would just recommend putting on some table cloths, candles and flowers to spruce up the outdoor patio. We love Arnoldis and will be back!!

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St8cey
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebrations. Really fantastic job with COVID preparations. Felt very safe!! Delicious food!! Great service!!

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vipAMPP
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely outside dining area. Staff was so kind and efficient. Will return next trip to Santa Barbara.

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Blossom
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnoldi's is consistently outstanding as it has been for years and years. The food is delicious, the atmosphere for dinner on the patio is very romantic and relaxing, the staff are top drawer always, you feel welcome from the minute you enter the front door. It is a Santa Barbara treasure and in the many years that I have come to Arnoldi's I have never had less than a five star evening. And the desserts are original and luscious. As for the prices, they are surprisingly reasonable. In other words, they do everything right.

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JulianaH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience always! Delicious food and very friendly staff.

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GregB
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing outdoor atmosphere with classic Italian cuisine! Perfect place unwind and enjoy cocktails!

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vipWilliamP
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Felt good to be there, extreme care shown for CV safety, much appreciated.

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Shauna
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best local restaurant! Little secret neighborhood treasure!

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vipJillW
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service especially during Covid. Best arabiatta sauce I’ve ever had.

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vipDoris921
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going, we love the outdoor venue, love the patio with the lights. Always a wonderful time. Staff very friendly and attentive. Will be dining there again, when we go to Santa Barbara

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved our meal. Awesome food!!!

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vipLibbyS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Arnoldi's and were so happy to make it our first endeavor out of the house post-quarantine. They are taking health precautions seriously which I really, really appreciate. You keep your pen used to sign the check, all waiters wear masks, and there is ample distance between tables (we sat outside). Not to mention, the food was and is always AMAZING.

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mayham
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the outside dining situation at Arnoli's in regards to the social distancing and the use of masks on servers. The tables were spaced more than 6 feet apart. Our noise level was rather high due to a large graduation party seated next to us. We did not mind too much. The food was very good as was the service. It was my husbands birthday and he was given a nice piece of cake. We will return again soon even if we do not have anything to celebrate.

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JayR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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Midge
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Arnoldi’s 2 days after they re-opened. We entered the outside patio dining thru the side gate, so didn’t even enter the restaurant indoor dining area. The staff was adhering to all protocol guidelines issued. The tables outside were spaced far from each other, the menu was a paper menu and the waiters wore masks at all times. Food was excellent, I had the Salmon Alla Griglia. So happy to be able to dine out again. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service, it was just kind of loud. We will definitely be back!

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Schoneys
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice local SB place for outdoor dining, event in the cooler weather.

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Connie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Eggplant in the eggplant Parmesan was hard, difficult to chew and tasteless. Portions were generous.. almost too much so.

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jenifers
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school Italian in a fabulous setting. Can’t wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience4

We had a BLACK GLOVE in are salad !
How close is the garbage can to the salad bowl?

The waiter took forever to get are check and then only took off 1 glass of wine for the gross glove in are salad.

Will never return !

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vipJason
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, especially the Milanese!

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viplocal
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service is at this place is sooooooooooo slow, this has been an ongoing problem for a while now. The original owners children (who are now running the restaurant-GREAT people) have been told about this problem multiple times (by different patrons) but nothing is improving. Food is good but waiting for over an hour for a simple meal (and it's not like it is super busy) is just too much.

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 555 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.