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Arigato Sushi

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1225 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2607
805-965-6074
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5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Fri - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 241
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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By far and and away the most inventive and delicious Sushi restaurant we've visited. The vast selection of "special rolls" and hot plates is quite daunting but everything we ordered was mesmeric. Notable highlight the "locals only" hot scallop dish. Great atmosphere and brilliant service. You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
Alex W
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London
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Camas, Washington
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263 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 923 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is very popular and I can't see why. The quality is average, the the rolls on the small side. The only memorable item was the edamame. I would not recommend this place and at $110 for two with no alcohol, absolutely not worth it. Average food but 2 stars due to being overpriced relative to quality.

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Thank MonkeyGreen
Tigard, Oregon
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The reviews were impressive...the wait outside was long....the sushi chef was a rushed alpha dog type....Fish was good but I couldn't get over how he would take the order slips, dip them in water and stick them on the glass cooler, then handle the fish without washing his hands. Seems like a health dept violation to me.

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Thank u114193
London
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

By far and and away the most inventive and delicious Sushi restaurant we've visited. The vast selection of "special rolls" and hot plates is quite daunting but everything we ordered was mesmeric. Notable highlight the "locals only" hot scallop dish. Great atmosphere and brilliant service. You know a place is doing something right when every table is taken at 8pm... More 

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Thank Alex W
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Terrific sushi restaurant in the heart of Santa Barbara on State Street. Everything from the carpaccio to the pot stickers were as delicious, fresh and unique as I have enjoyed recently. Don't miss.

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Thank kmptop10
Miami, Florida
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33 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This place has a fun and lively atmosphere! The sushi is awesome. Seems like all of the guests here are celebrating something. Definitely will return!

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Thank Michael L
Las Vegas, Nevada
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154 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed an early New Years Eve dinner. Great outdoor seating with heat lamps. Tried a number of unique rolls and hot dishes. Everything was very good and service was top notch.

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Thank BartLasVegas_Nevada
Orange County, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Had a Fantastic Night out! Staff sang Happy Birthday to me, and the sushi tasted delicious! Had about a 30 min wait, and the restaurant was packed...many others were celebrating something too...lots of singing that night!!

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Thank OCM0m0f2
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

One of two Sushi places in Santa Barbara that I would ever go to when I pass through town. The quality is perfection and the sushi is delicious. It's a little difficult to get a table some nights and one of the hostess is a little moody. But it's worth the wait! Also Andy works at the counter and makes... More 

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Thank Meredith K
California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We went on a Monday night, the place was perfectly busy. No wait for a table & they seated us by the front window. There is seating outside & they provide heating. Our waiter gave us excellent service throughout the evening. The atmosphere was lively but not loud. Next visit, we would love to try the bar seating to be... More 

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Thank cambria40
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

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

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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, Asian, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
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?