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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yummy!

The pasta is as it should be. Nice wine selection. Not too expensive. Husband got the veal and was very pleased.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
CDunnK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pasta is as it should be. Nice wine selection. Not too expensive. Husband got the veal and was very pleased.

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Thank CDunnK
Irvine, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in on a rainy weekday. There were never more than 2 tables of guests. The service was attentive and the pasta and salad were great. It was good comfort food.

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Thank etan92612
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

My wife and I joined another couple here for a dinner, although we did not have a reservation. We went on a Friday night, in September. We happened to have good timing, as a group had just finished up. We were seated and served much quicker than I expected. I recommend their salads.

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Thank David J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

We each had a salad. Both were tasty and fresh. We shared a steak sandwich with peppers, cheese, and tomatoes that was on a tasty bread to form a sandwich. Wine selection was nice. Some Californian to go with the Italian. We had a great table. The restaurant has some charm. Why not 5 stars? We got charged 3 dollars... More 

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Thank PH-Travel-Lovers
Newport Beach, California
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Having lived in Santa Barbara for a time I have eaten at Aldo's on two different occasions before moving south. On this trip to see my mother, she wanted Italian for supper and our favorite location was closed for remodeling, so we decided on Aldo's. The is a charming location on Lower State Street with outdoor dining as well as... More 

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Thank Reid F. K
Pukalani
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We had a birthday party there with 6 people in our party. They were very attentive to all, including the 2 children. The choice of food and wine is good. They are willing to do "custom" meals including changing pasta sauces or types of pasta noodles.

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Thank Benjamin C
Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The ambiance of this restaurant, particularly the patio area, is wonderful. Lovely and very welcoming. However, our experience there left a lot to be desired. When we arrived (a party of 4), we were told that it would be 5 to 10 minutes to be seated, even though half of the patio was empty. We sat outside and waited. The... More 

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Thank Eleanor O
Sheridan, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The food is wonderful. I had the spaghetti with meat sauce The sauce was fantastic. I rarely have sauce away from home, but this was real Italian sauce. The staff is friendly and helpful. Can't wait to go back..

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Thank Shari P
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249 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is cosy and has excellent music (not live, but chic, jazzy). The garlic bread was ok. The quinoa soup had so much spice on it (black pepper) that one could barely notice it was quinoa (and quinoa is such a light and delicate ingredient)... the carbonara was ok but the bolognese was mase with pre prepaired tomato sauce,... More 

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Thank Cristina Brasileira
Fullerton, California, United States
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This was my second visit to Aldo's, the first being a few years ago. The quality of food seemed to have dropped off since my first visit. I ordered the Chicken Marsala for $20.00 which was average, nothing special. My only real complaint about this establishment is the fact you have to go through part of the kitchen area to... More 

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Thank Leigh J

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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, Pizza, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?