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7:00 PM
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Arnoldi's Cafe

348 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (9)
  • Authentic (7)
  • Casual (7)
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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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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Cross street
Cota Street
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
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vipjgatsby (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

This is hard because the food is decent. I think had the experience been better we would give it another shot. My husband and I had never gone there and thought we would give it a try last night. We went on OpenTable and saw that there were a lot of reservations open, and made one for 9 PM. When we walked in the door it was basically empty. We were immediately told the kitchen would only be open for 10 minutes and we needed to order right away. We were hustled to a table and we immediately started looking at the menu. As soon as a server brought us water we put an order in for their antipasto. We were rudely told that we needed to tell our waiter. Because we could tell they were anxious to get us out of there, as soon as our waiter came over we put in a drink order and ordered the antipasto. The couple sitting behind us told us not to worry the kitchen had not been very busy all night. After waiting for a few minutes and seeing how everyone was running around and we hadn't gotten our antipasto I went and asked our server about it. He told me he had forgotten to put it in and he would bring it right out. As soon as he said that our orders came out. We' had only been there 15 minutes. We told him to forget the antipasto and we would just eat our dinner. I noticed that they were starting to sit people at the bar that looked they were in there a lot. As I went to the bathroom there were some other people that were going to the bar and I heard the servers tell them hold on "we're trying to close down for the night." My husband thought it would be appropriate to leave 15% for a tip. I disagreed being that the service was so bad. CaDario and Tratorria Victoria are two very good Italian restaurants in the area where the service and the food are much better. I would suggest you try those before heading to Arnoldi's.

vipSBfoodie71 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Casual, locals cafe (though tourists are now discovering it). Very caring staff and Alissia is on top of all. No bocce tonight-so settled inside. Olympics on tv- so bar action—a fun atmosphere. Caesar salad always great and large enough to split and pasta special was good . Pizza not on menu—but love very thin crust w/mushrooms—yum.

Chip (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Arnoldi's has been a bit "hit & miss" lately. Our last two experiences have been very good so we're hopeful that they've got the consistency going.

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

More than we asked for. Great place and will visit again.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Love the private booths. This place has stood the test of time attributed to their great food.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Arnoldi's is a real Santa Barbara gem. The portons are great , If you like northern Italian food this is the place. I really think you wont go wrong on ordering anything on the menu. It's all good.

vipEdie (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my first time at Arnoldi’s. I had heard many great things about it. When first entering, I felt like I had walked into an authentic New York Italian Restaurant. It was a good feeling. It could use a little remodeling. The table wobbled excessively. The service was very nice. The wine list could be a bit larger but it was sufficient. My husband ordered a sausage dish which he enjoyed very much. I ordered the lasagna which I have to say was mediocre. It was very salty and the cheese (or possibly some of the pasta) was hard and difficult to chew. Very little cheese in it. The portions were large and we had enough to take home. I will visit there again but try a different meal next time.

vipLuckyLucia (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

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

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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.