Arnoldi's Cafe

Italian Restaurant
600 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 600 Olive Street, Santa Barbara Directions
Today 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Closed All Hours
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80% of 44 customers recommended

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  • Hours
    Sun
    8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon-Fri
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    8:30 AM - 10:00 PM

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250
16 Tips
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Report | 4 years ago
I'd like to thank the staff particularly the bartender who assisted us. It was more than a pleasant experience.
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Report | 4 years ago
We had a good experience here, nice and relaxing, and good food and attentive staff. Will be coming back.
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Report | 4 years ago
Love the patio and bocci courts
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Report | 4 years ago
It was good, just not anything memorable. My mother used to go frequently a long time ago and prefers the old recipes.
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Report | 4 years ago
Kinda pricey
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Report | 4 years ago
Really nice meal with a lovely down to earth, old fashion atmosphere.
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Report | 4 years ago
Service was too slow. One guy holding down the fort was not enough. He tried his best but it was too much. We watched one couple walk in and waited over 5 mins. just to be seated.Food was mediocre.
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Report | 4 years ago
Personable waiters - pleasant outside dining
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Report | 4 years ago
Out waiter was friendly and a very good waiter giving us some feedback and answering our questions. The building was built in the 1940s and lots of old family pictures on the walls. Food is very good w/reasonable prices.
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Report | 4 years ago
put a lunch menu on your website
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From Our Editors

It's a tradition at Arnoldi's Cafe to make things by hand, whether you're crafting meatballs or the building itself. Though the original venue was founded in 1937 by Giuseppe Arnoldi and his wife Ilda, the current location was erected in 1940. Giuseppe, known as Joe, quarried the stone himself. He made sure to include all the trappings of a rustic Italian getaway: a maple floor for dancing, a pair of bocce courts, and a mural of Lago di Como, where he was born. And, though he and Ilda ceased to run the restaurant in 1969, he appointed a bar manager who remains there to this day. His name is Bucky, and he's a tule elk who welcomes visitors from his spot on the wall.

Thankfully, guests can taste Joe's legacy as well as see it. The menu at Arnoldi's boasts homestyle Italian fare, from bruschetta drizzled in imported olive oil to veal sautéed in wine and a lemon caper sauce. Like the vases at an unscrupulous antique store, many of the pasta dishes here are made fresh from scratch. There's handmade gnocchi, homemade lasagna, and handmade ravioli. Diners enjoy their meals with wine in a romantic dining room or on a heated patio, while in the garden, teams compete in seasonal bocce tournaments.

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Sun
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Mon-Fri
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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