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Arigato Sushi

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1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
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5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Fri - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
good sushi, good service

they do not reserve in advance, so show up early but it is definitely worth the wait. staff are friendly, polite and provide fast service

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

they do not reserve in advance, so show up early but it is definitely worth the wait. staff are friendly, polite and provide fast service

Thank oiboy86
Kyoto, Japan
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am from Kyoto, Japan. I've been in Santa Barbara for about 3years and I've tried all japanese restaurants in Santa Barbara.. I always come to eat when I want sushi and sashimi. Sushi chefs, and people who are working in Arigato are all very friendly, funny and super nice! I like sitting at the sushi bar. I always enjoy... More 

Thank t0yo0
Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was pretty busy when we arrived, we didn't book a table and we were late...just in time...they managed to fit us in: impeccably professional and careful. The sushi was excellent and as well the wine...right to get into the spirit of the city...

Thank missmecate
Tel Aviv, Israel
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a long day we just wanted some good sushi and turn in! Every dish was a winner 100% satisfied! Good quality sushi

Thank Gilad83
Salt Lake City, Utah
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291 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Obviously it is popular - it is booked solid all the time every day. I enjoyed both the sushi and the service very much. I found the room to be extraordinarily hot when packed with people. I will dream of the day when I can enjoy this place at a patio seat.

Thank sfdann
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My wife spent 2 years in Japan, she loves sushi and as a result, I too enjoy sushi. When we travel we try and hit at least one sushi meal. We both agreed Arigato Sushi was the very best we have had. We sat at the sushi bar and celebrated my wife's birthday, Ian, the sushi chef couldn't have been... More 

Thank SparkeyCD
Ventura, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I've been going to Arigato since it was the small 6 top table, hole in the wall restaurant in the back building. Their service is great and the food is delicious. Some of the best sushi I've ever had. Only downside is now the portions are a bit smaller but the food is still delicious. Restaurant is very busy so... More 

Thank Tamera K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This is probably the best sushi i have ever had - and i could easily "blame" that on the toro tuna alone - it crisp, fresh and melts like butter in your mouth. Pricy, but the pieces are very generous and the taste is superb! Had a various selection of makis - every single one with its own, distinct flavor... More 

Thank kingston55
Barcelona, Spain
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Loved the sushi sampler !- my husband normally passes on sushi but enjoyed this fare as well. Yea! We ate outside on patio so I do not have a review to share on the inside of restaurant.

Thank gamegirl1958
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I usually dine at the sushi bar with my husband but a table on the patio is great too! I have never been disappointed at this popular sushi restaurant. The service is good not great, but I don't usually expect much out of sushi restaurant service wise unless you are connecting with a sushi chef at the bar. I always... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-965-6074

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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