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About Arnoldi's Cafe

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!

600 Olive St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Weekend Brunch: 8:30am - 2:00pm; Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Nightly Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Cota Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 962-5394

Website:
http://www.arnoldis.com/

Executive Chef:
Alexis Bayet

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

Private Party Contact:
Sara Peri: (805) 886-2842

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

Arnoldi's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
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Authentic (11)
Casual (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Fun (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Romantic (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We always have a great time sitting outside by the bocci court.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Chose restaurant based on Yelp reviews and was happy to find the favorable reviews were true. Not only was the food good, they were very accommodating to my dietary needs that day. It's a true neighborhood restaurant and will go there again next time I'm in SB.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

the food was fantastic, and the service was good I was very happy to fine this restaurant

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is an historic, local restaurant with lots of atmosphere, a friendly staff, and satisfying, tasty food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 11, 2017

A long time local establishment. Very friendly atmosphere. Service was good. Italian food was good but not very imaginative. Bocce ball is a major attraction with several enthusiastic players. Kids can roam outside. This was about our sixth visit. We have celebrated several birthdays here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Arnoldi's is always enjoyable. Great food, great place to gather with friends and bocce ball is a good way to entertain all ages.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This was my first visit and I will definitely be back! The food was delicious and the patio is beautiful. Fantastic!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As always, Arnoldi's didn't disappoint. The food is predictably good, the service is attentive but not rushed, and the overall experience makes this one of our go-to faves.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

My fiancee and I brought my parents here this weekend, and it was such a hit! We sat on the back patio with my parents' dog, and the ambiance was perfect. Our table was right next to the bocce ball court, under the string lights, where we were close enough to the awesome live band (stand up bass, saxophone, piano) to enjoy the music but still hear each other talk. My mom and I ordered the gnocchi tricolore (pesto/gorgonzola/pomodoro sauces) and LOVED it. Fluffy little pillows of gnocchi. Highly recommend sitting outside!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I had the linguine with clams, my son had the lasagne and my husband had the chicken Milanese. All were delicious. It's an old style Italian restaurant with classic decor. It was quiet (too quiet) where we sat. I think everyone else was outside! I would've preferred a little more energy. Other than that it was fine.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 2017

THIS PLACE HAS REALLY CHANGED. They now add a 20% tip to parties of only 4. However, they do NOT post this on the menu which is AGAINST THE LAW/CODE. It's hard to see that they added a tip on their tiny bill (especially after a glass of wine and in the dark restaurant). The employee said they have been adding in tips since January 2017 and they have had lots of complaints since it's not posted on their menu. I WILL NEVER GO BACK...The food is not as good as it use to be anyways:(

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Arnolds was charming and the service was great. We plan on going back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very disappointed. Took over an hour to get our food and they only had about 6 more customers than us. Food was good once it arrived but was cold when we got it. Waited same amount of time for water/drink refills.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We've dined here many times.Food is good, not excellent. Service, generally good, inexplicably
falls apart every fourth or fifth visit. We recently had five good experiences in a row; last week
3 of the four mains arrived before our salads, the fourth was five minutes late. The salads never
arrived. The bill was wrong, had to be recalculated. We will probably go back, but it baffles us how they can be so inconsistent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a group of 10 for a guys golf weekend. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere outside was very nice. The Bocci ball to conclude the evening was just a bonus blast.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Overall, it was a nice evening celebrating my wife's birthday and having her family enjoy with us. Some of her family members commented on the service being poor and I noticed it wasn't as prompt and attentive as it has been in the past. Again it was a nice time and we enjoy the good food and ambiance.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Arnoldi's is the perfect outdoor dining experience in good weather, and cozy indoor when it's cold out. Our family and friends gather at Arnoldi's more often than at any other restaurant in town. Good food, great drinks, friendly place for 80 yrs and counting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food and service were excellent. Having bocce ball courts is a nice touch. The atmosphere on the patio was nice in the shaded areas. The interior was old and dated. The prices were too high. Smaller portions and lower prices would be better for me, or next time I will share a main course with someone instead of having to take almost half my meal home.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food is mediocre at best. The service was a real disappointment. Server got the order wrong then tried to argue about it. When he returned with the correct one, there was no apology. Meanwhile my dish had gotten cold. After that he never returned to check on anything. He dropped the check and walked away.
As a local, I will spread the word about the disappointing experience. It's too bad that almost ruined my birthday dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We were there for a 2pm reservation around 20 mins ahead of time and the place was more or less closed, no chef or staff there, no food and no will to improvise. Pretty disappointing experience.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We love this place! Tricolor gnocchi is just sooo good. Never been disappointed with food or service. Sit outside if you can.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Very good Ambience. Very old school Italian. Must try the spaghetti bolognese, and it's enough for two people. Great service as well

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great Old Italian Restaurant. Super Menu, great food but our server never made a single call back. Had to beg for side of lemon, second glass of wine and the check. Thank goodness the sharp hostess was there to get us all 3.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Took the five of us in our family to dinner on Monday night. We all had the veal either piccata or marsala and it was excellent. The linguine that accompanied the dishes was a bit dry so we asked for extra Alfredo sauce which they quickly supplied. We also ordered two separate bowls of fettuccine Alfredo which was much fresher and much better. Our Caesar salad seem to get lost in the shuffle and came after the entrées were served, so they deducted from the bill which I thought was classy.

This is great every day dining, the food is always good

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Great local spot, service was terrible. Waited 15 min after being seated to get service .... after I approached them. Large party on the patio, not busy up front, we had a reservation and we were invisible.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Lots of fun. Family style. Great food. Love that you can play Bocci.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Wonderful food, excellent service, love the Bocce ball.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Arnoldi's is great for groups or just dinner for two! Food and service are great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Truly a neighborhood gem. We met friends there before a concert at the Bowl. Great wine menu, good food, wonderful outdoor seating area. Highly recommend. We're going back for a proper dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great local spot, service was spot on, food was wonderful. Outside seating by the Bocci courts was great

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Beautiful summer evening on the patio with bocce ball and delicious food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 29, 2017

We came here for a Birthday Celebration and were fortunate enough to be seated outside by the Bocci courts. So fun to watch the teams play and the patio was cute! The service was great and everyone at the table enjoyed their dinner and drinks. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Eight of us were there for Bocce League night, Monday, June 19th. I made the reservation online - my first time using an online service. I needed to make an adjustment so I called the restaurant. The young woman on the phone was great!
She was still great when we got there and wanted to make another adjustment. We had a table right on the edge of the bocce courts. I was thrilled. We had a very nice time. Our waiter (tall nice looking young man) was terrific. We had a complicated bill split arrangement, but he handled it like a pro. Didn't seem to bother him a bit. Our food was delicious. We will definitely be back. The younger people in our group play bocce with the Special Olympics. I appreciate your warm and welcoming attitude toward our very special Special Olympians. Thank you! See you soon. Susan Evans

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great experience at Arnoldi's! Wonderful food, great atmosphere, perfect for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Arnoldi's Cafe events planner Sara made our occasion hassle free and memorable, very attentive to our group's needs on a busy graduation and Father's Day weekend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

One of our favorites, especially to be able to sit outside on a summer evening. One of the best Italian places with a traditional but very exciting menu. Excellent service by an experienced and friendly staff. Arnoldi's features a bocce court and sometimes real games are happening--and when not, the court is the scene of a lot of kids scampering about. There are always large parties--so this isn't a quiet intimate scene--but all the hub-bub is not noisy and adds to the pleasure, we think. You can have a quite intimate time inside.
We like that there's rarely a tourist in evidence.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent as always!!! Comforts of Italy. Love the bocce ball.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 15, 2017

The food was amazing. They had large portions and the price was extremely fair.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 14, 2017

This is our go to place on a weekly basis. The regular menus is great and the specials are super great.

Arnoldis is the oldest ,and still the best, place in town for a relaxed interesting dining experience.

The staff is great, go a few times, they will remember you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Enjoyed the drinks and dining with friends. Great meal! Ambience outside is a little Italy in SB.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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