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Arnoldi's Cafe

4.7
341 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (13)
  • Good for Groups (10)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
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 for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, and breakfast on weekends.

We also host rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and large birthday parties.

Open for breakfast on the weekends, with Italian flare as well as the classics like eggs Benedict, omelette's, and french toast....

We also host kid's birthday parties during the weekends, bring in a jumper, music, popcorn machine and face painters!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Weekend Brunch: 8:30am - 2:00pm; Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Nightly Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 962-5394
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alexis Bayet
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Private party facilities
We have a room that fits up to 45 people. People walk through to get outside, but it is often used for private birthday parties, holiday parties and rehearsal dinners.

We also have a patio that fits up to 100 people and can be reserved privately with a food and beverage minimum

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Private party contact
Sara Peri: (805) 886-2842
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cota Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 341 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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vipLuckyLucia (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

Good, old-fashioned Italian food. They had enough room to accommodate our 10 people.
They have inside and outside dining, an inside bar, and a bocce ball court outside. Parking is a challenge since the city just recently painted a huge red zone on the side of their restaurant to accommodate a bike lane on a very small, narrow street called Cota...why? The City makes no sense. The restaurant was very nice in letting us amend our order so that the 5 children with us would have their pasta like they wanted it. They have a variety of sauces offered to put on your pasta which is nice. My husband had the lasagna bolognese and LOVED it!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Best seafood pasta I've ever eaten. Bocci courts provide lots of fun for kids. Service is great too. A real gem in Santa Barbara

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Went here for Mother's 96th birthday. Been coming here since 1969 when Jimmy and Helen were operating, and Joe at the bar. Grandfather used to go over on weekends and play bocce ball out back, then play poker with his buddies. Food is better than ever. If your looking for 'high end - fancy' Italian cuisine this is not that type of place. It is however outstanding, home style, traditional Italian food. Our family is Italian, and not easy to please with Italian food, and we love it. We were seated in the 'back room' adjacent to a table of 22 LAFD men who are here fighting the fires and doing search and rescue. When their meal was nearly over, the owners of the restaurant come over to thank them, as we all had, and announced they were buying their dinners. Really nice gesture from great owner/operators. No one else in restaurant knew but us. So it was done from their hearts, with much gratitude for the brave men.

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Jeffpost (Sacramento)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

We had an excellent meal and service - again!
Thanks,

Jeff Post/TRI Commercial Real Estate

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Debski (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Very lovely authentic Santa Barbara dining experience. Every time I go to Arnoldi’s It reminds me why I fell in love with Santa Barbara 38 years ago. I love how walking into Arnoldi’s makes you feel like you are walking into a well-loved relatives home, and the food tastes like your grandmother’s Sunday dinner...never disappoints! Great friendly staff.....love Arnoldi’s, just wish they had more booths!

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vipWendiL (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on January 3, 2018

Driving thru Santa Barbara with hungry kids, we decided to check out Arnoldi’s. Found this restaurant to be totally charming, very friendly and attentive service, great food and great drinks. The noise level was perfect to have kids with as they didn’t annoy the other diners. Would absolutely go again.

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vipLsolo (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

Great place for our Family and friends Christmas gathering -service and atmosphere were terrific.

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AceHandyman (Central Coast)
4.0
Dined on December 3, 2017

We were seeking a Rib Eye without driving to Woodland Hills. We had a great meal with fair service, a lot of waiting between services. I had the Veal Marsala, and when it got to the table you could tell it had been under a lamp for a little while. 2 of us without booze was $120 with tip. Oh, the Calamari was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on November 28, 2017

Good Italian for Ca, but not like east coast. Oooookooooooooooooooooooooo

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FromSB (Austin)
5.0
Dined on November 25, 2017

A classic Santa Barbara diner. Always good people, good food, and good vibes.

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