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Arnoldi's Cafe

600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627
+1 805-962-5394
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
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600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Several blocks from busy State St the restaurant hasn't changed for decades which gives it a comfortable old time Italian feel. It is not busy at during midweek lunch and I find that somewhat disconcerting but it makes conversation quite easy. Lunch menu is somewhat...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Recommended by a Santa Barbara native who has been going there since his childhood. Ours was a party of 50. Good food, Tri-Tip, chicken, pasta, Bruscheta and outstanding dessert. Would love going back as a party of two!

Thank larkinjl
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

They had a great atmosphere but that's where it ended for us. I have their special for the night which was a shrimp with current, pine nuts and spaghetti. To start with the shrimp was so hard I had to cut it with a knife....More

Thank Sam M
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Arnoldis is a great Italian place for a family meal or a date night. The calamari is amazing! And if you aren't on a diet, try the tiramisu. You can sit outside and most of the time in Santa Barbara that is the way to...More

Thank Paris F
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Yum! Had the salmon with spinach and pasta ...delicious! Will definitely go back soon to try some pasta!

Thank lily1013
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We had our daughter's wedding reception at Arnoldi's Cafe. The entire experience was positive! Booking, with Sara, was a breeze. Communication was excellent and the reception was perfect! The staff was attentive and friendly, the food was delicious and the venue was festive (all for...More

Thank Lynnette H
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

After trying several other options and having no luck with all being fully booked on a Saturday night, we found Arnoldi's on Open Table. Our party of 5 needed vegan and gluten free options and we found something for everyone here. Nice casual dining in...More

Thank reddya
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Recommended neighborhood dining, Arnoldi's is a delightful piece of Santa Barbara history. Quaint decor, delicious food, attentive service. You can choose to dine outside and play Bocce (free of charge) during or after your meal. Try the tasty calamari. Excellent pasta. Ask for the Cotoletta...More

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We wanted a nice meal for us and 2 grandkids. This place was recommended but a little out of our way. The service was excellent, the door remained open to the rather cold and rainy night. The food was fine, nothing great.

Thank Beatriz Y
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Arnoldi's has been under several ownerships over the years and the last time I visited, many years ago, it was worse than lousy. It's been reborn with great management, bartender (Willy), waiters, and chef...and it's wonderful. We met friends there who raved about it and...More

Thank Larry M
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Are you open Christmas Day?
25 December 2014|
Response from Sa-i44 | Reviewed this property |
I think they are.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627
    (Cota Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-5394
  • E-mail
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