We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aldo's Italian Restaurant

1031 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
805-963-6687
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #187 of 441 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Californian
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Write a Review

115 reviews from our community

57% Recommend
    35
    31
    30
    7
    12
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Menifee
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The gentleman playing the harp in the outdoor seating area was what drew us to this restaurant. I wish we had kept walking. The music was very nice, but he took a break for half an hour. Honestly, he was the only redeeming part of this place. First, the bathroom is in the kitchen, literally. You have to walk through... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, England
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were in Santa Barbara for just one night and needed somewhere close to the hotel for an evening meal for 2 adults and 2 kids aged 14 and 10. This was a great choice, all meals were very good, service was excellent and atmosphere pleasant. We would recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stopped for a light lunch. DH had a shrimp and scallop appetizer with puttanesca sauce - he said it was wonderful. He even mopped the sauce with bread. I had a chicken Caesar salad, Very good nice dressing and freshly cooked chicken breast. There was a sign that water is served only on request. It was a hot day... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I stumbled upon this restaurant while strolling State Street, and were very impressed. Service was impeccable, food delicious. I had the Japanese Pumpkin Ravioli with Shrimp and it was to die for! Crab cakes, Caesar salad, bread, and my husband's entree were all delicious as well. Atmosphere was quaint and relaxing, we enjoyed it very much!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Texas
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

With so many great restaurants to chose from in Santa Barbara, don't waste your time here. Pasta was mushy and salmon was "swimming" in its sauce.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mill Valley, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We happened on Aldo's while strolling State Street. So many restaurants to choose from, it was our good fortune to find this one. Three of us in the family - each enjoyed our different entrées. We especially appreciated such an extensive menu available late afternoon - not technically lunch time or dinner time. A special treat is the BLT pizza... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Sussex
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We were walking to the beach and realised it was just too far so stopped here and ate on the terrace - what a find! The food was absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced. The waiting staff were brilliant too, would highly recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

It was okay. Nothing great at all. The linguini & meatballs was unimpressive. The ravioli rosa was meh. The bread was stale, just as I read in another review here. Definitely won't be going back.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Concord, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here on Easter sunday. Hummus with pita was the best appotizer I had in a long time. Outstanding! Lunch was just as impressive. Service was great and prices are reasonable for SB.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Hubby and I had dinner and it was so good! He had spaghetti and meatballs. He said these were the best meatballs he's ever had. I had Ravioli Chicken Smoked Cheese Ravioli in Cilantro Pesto Sauce with Pine Nuts & Tomatoes. Omg so good!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Aldo's Italian Restaurant also viewed

Santa Barbara, CA
 

Been to Aldo's Italian Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Aldo's Italian Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing