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Arnoldi's Cafe

600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627
+1 805-962-5394
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (15 reviews)
“vitello” (2 reviews)
“salads” (5 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
600 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1627
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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...More

Thank cocosb445
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to love this place, but we went yesterday with friends for brunch and the place was practically empty, yet it took over an hour to get 9 dishes- many of them the same. While waiting, no drink refills, no one checked on us...More

Thank Jen J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a solidly good pasta house. Dates back many years in Santa Barbara. Service was not so hot. The food on the other hand was very good. Salad and bread and pasta cooked perfectly. Good to get off State Street.

Thank phxaz54
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

What happened to this place? Before they cared about guest and treated them right. Today we went to what used to be our favorite place in SB and we were totally disappointed with subpar service and management that could care less. Never going back to...More

Thank ELProfessor
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This is a gorgeous Italian restaurant. A little bit off the beaten track (as in a few blocks from State St.) but well worth the short detour. We sat out in the courtyard which was great and full of atmosphere. Lots of choice and very...More

Thank CharStuart
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My sister-in-law took me to this local gem for dinner the other evening. It's one of the oldest restaurants in Santa Barbara. Tucked away on a quiet street, it offers indoor dining in several rooms as well as on a spacious outdoor patio, which was...More

Thank Peggie F
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Early dinner due to a heat wave led us to the main dining room/bar area at 5;30. They were still getting organized; but the really sharp, good looking hostess seated us right away. Then we sat, read the menu, read the wine list, read the...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 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 8 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
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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