Arnoldi's Cafe

4.7
626 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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Toby12
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, plenty of help and good food

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KarenC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Arnoldi’s 3040 times over the years, and it never disappoints. It was my birthday on 11/27, we sat outdoors, and our servers made sure we were warm and comfortable with our outdoor seating. The food is always consistently great and we had a wonderful time. Will return time and time again.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place with history, great garden in the back with bocce. Great fun for kids. Good food but not great. Very large portions but not very well seasoned. Good quality. We go back with family but not favorite for gourmet Italian.

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Rebecca
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing historic Italian in the old Italian neighborhood settlement of Santa Barbara. The building was erected in 1938 with stone masonry from an ancestor of the current owners. Arnold is dripping with character, charm, and Bolognese sauce from happy diners! Amazing food and service! I LOVE the lasagna! Best in town!

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Bunnyinsb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time as always at Arnoldi's. The food is always fantastic. My lasagna was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Fun atmosphere with average Italian fare. Enjoyed the bocce courts

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JayR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. One of the best restaurants in SB

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viphungry
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We love Arnoldi’s— it’s one of our favorite restaurants in SB. However, the food just wasn’t good tonight. The veal was over breaded and over cooked— it was actually gross—and the mussels in the frutti di mare were bad. I think/hope it’s a one off because it was a Wednesday…?

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vipChingy
Orlando
37 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Causal spot with amazing food.

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CORYP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been walking by this place for over a year wondering what it was like. It’s wonderful! Very comforting, delicious and hospitable.

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sususub
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!!! Our server was amazing a can’t remember his name - but he was friendly and on top of things. We had 13 people - he didn’t miss a beat. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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vipGaryV
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is a real find...and authentic Italian food supreme. My wife had the spag carbonara and I had the 3 spicy sausages with linguini...just delicious. We started with the Bruschetta de la Casa which is the regular bruschetta, WITH the addition of Prosciutto...yummy. I should also add we could not finish any of our courses.
We will definitely return on our next visit to Santa Barbara!

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DocS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Arnoldi's is a great Italian restaurant offering excellent food and service and a really nice ambience. Everyone there is very friendly. It's a terrific place to dine.

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vipPhilandlee
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, we love it. It will be so nice in the coming cool evenings.

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vipJohnL
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a Neighbor Gem! My whole family love it. Great local vibe, great food, reasonable prices, great drinks. But the thing that sets it apart is the amazing staff and the owners. Such great people. It's our 'Go To' restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was awesome. Food, very tasty.
No soup and no blue cheese olives for martinis…only critique.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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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

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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

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MarinaL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DocS
Central Coast
8 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.

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

I love this place!

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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!

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

Wow, amazing food. Will be back!

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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!

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GinaS
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food

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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

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JayR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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DocS
Central Coast
8 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.

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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.

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KareemB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Perfect for families. Love the outdoor seating

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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.

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 626 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.