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Arnoldi's Cafe

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600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627 (Cota Street)
+1 805-962-5394
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 14:00
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Medford, Oregon
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198 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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. Wife had a spinach and ricotta dish which she said wasn't bad. My dad have... More 

Thank Sam M
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110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 do it! The service is friendly (although in line with the California vibe- they are... More 

Thank Paris F
Fairfield, California
2 reviews
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
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 3 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 a reasonable price). Everyone had a wonderful time!

Thank Lynnette H
Ottawa, Canada
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 a warm and cozy atmosphere! The restaurant was busy, but not to noisy with great... More 

Thank reddya
Waterloo, Canada
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641 reviews
445 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 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 di Vitello alla Milanese and you will receive the best Wiener schnitzel in town (by... More 

Thank Waterloonie
Jerusalem, Arkansas
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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
Missoula, Montana, United States
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222 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 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 boy were they right. Great steaks, wonderful pasta, super salads. A find dining experience. Join... More 

Thank Larry M
Monterey, California
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208 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

This is an old established restaurant, Food is fantastic, I live in a Italian food mecca, Monterey can't touch this place, great portions, always delicious and trust daCoach the Best Spagetti and Meat Balls on the West Coast!!!!!!!! Wife had the rib eye this time excellent!!!!!!!!!

Thank DaCoach61

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?