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Aldo's Italian Restaurant

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1031 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
805-963-6687
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 42
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pizza was ok.

Two couples stopped for dinner. We all ended up ordering pizza. Even though the dough is house made, the crust was under cooked and a mushy in the center. The flavors were good. We ordered a caprese salad that never made it to the table ;- (

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
phxwilsons
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Surprise, Arizona
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  • Romantic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

First evening in Santa Barbara.. Walking down State Street.. We stopped and looked at the menu presented to us.. Looked ok with reasonable prices. We sat down and received the same card/menu.. We ordered. Food was very basic.. But ok we were hungry. Whenw e got the check, we noticed that the prices were quite different from the prices indicated... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Two couples stopped for dinner. We all ended up ordering pizza. Even though the dough is house made, the crust was under cooked and a mushy in the center. The flavors were good. We ordered a caprese salad that never made it to the table ;- (

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We found Santa Barbara a truely fantastic place and State Street was just a great place to walk around with many shops, restaurants and some hotels. We love our Italian food and we found Aldo's, which to look at was a very nice looking restaurant and first impressions made us book a table. Service was not good, but you don't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great location on State Street with nice outdoor seating, but I found lunch pricey and just average.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Went to this restaurant a few years ago and it was fast wonderful service and this time was terrible. Waited about 5 mins on the sidewalk before getting our table even though we had reservations. Once seated we didn't get spoke to for a good ten more mins. The table next to us got water and their food before we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I went here with a group of people I had just met for dinner. I ordered one of the evening specials, salmon in orange sauce. It was made with lemon instead of orange and was so tart I could hardly eat it. Because I was with people I hardly knew, I didn't want to send my order back. I did... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

worst "italian" ever eaten in...and that's saying a lot having lived near Milan for ten years. The pizza if that what it was was disgusting, the cesar salad reeking of cheap garlic oil, the ciabatta which was not ciabatta....need I go on. Keep well away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You must stop at this eatery along State Street! It is an historic building and the service and food are spectacular. The owner, Brad Sherman, is pretty spectacular, too! I would go there again in a heartbeat!!!!!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It was a total failure!!!!!! My parents, sister and I were utterly disappointed when we went there, as we though it looked like a nice restaurant (sure the atmosphere/architecture looked quint) but the food was just not good, my meatball marinara sub was just badly cooked...... I seriously don't recommend it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Decided to eat here because our first choice was closed on Mondays, would not recommend for a good Italian restaurant

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1031 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-963-6687

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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