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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!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Italian, Californian, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Weekend Brunch: 8:30am - 2:00pm; Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Nightly Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities: We also have a patio that fits up to 100 people and can be reserved privately with a food and beverage minimum
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:(
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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