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Aldo's Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Californian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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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
Excellent food and service

Had the Margarita pizza and salad, both very good. Atmosphere was great and setting and music just excellent. Would have given 5 stars if the appetizer bread had not been so blah (Wonderbread?)

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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Brighton, Michigan
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Good for:
  • Romantic
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Aldo's has a wonderful outdoor courtyard or an elegant inside restaurant to please everyone. Their food is amazing and the price is reasonable. Don't forget to have a wonderful glass of Chianti with your meal.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Shockingly slow Service! Had to ask a different server for our water! Waited & waited for our food to arrive - pizza & lasagne should not take too long !! Asked different said server for our food progress - hey presto our food arrived. Both plates were less than the optimum temperature! We would have been better off going to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Stopped in Santa Barbara on our way down the coast and searched for a place to eat lunch. We walked along beautiful State St. which has tons of shops/restaurants etc. We stumbled across Aldo's Italian Restaurant and were sold with the appeal and ambience. The restaurant has LARGE windows which open up allowing a fresh breeze to blow through. The... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Had the Margarita pizza and salad, both very good. Atmosphere was great and setting and music just excellent. Would have given 5 stars if the appetizer bread had not been so blah (Wonderbread?)

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South Park Township, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This casual Italian restaurant on State St. has an outdoor piazza and indoor dining room. Entrees are typical pasta dishes and very good. Service is attentive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a cute place and the service was fine. The food was average. I ordered the warm seafood salad which was nice but there was SO much salad and very little seafood. My husband ordered the linguini marinara with meatballs (this was after the waiter said that the marinara sauce is only a sauce). This was also nice but... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Succulent and served hot, the seared local halibut was an absolute treat, and perhaps the best restaurant halibut I have ever eaten. I've eaten at Aldo's several times and each time I was happy with my meal, but this time, it was truly delightful. This was our New Year's Eve meal and we ate on the patio. Although it was... More 

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LAS VEGAS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We stop here every trip to SB. Great for lunch or dinner. So far, not a bad dish from everything we ordered. If the weather permits, sit outside and people watch!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

If you're looking for a well made Raviolli at State Street and don't want to spend all your travel budget on a lunch/dinner, Aldo is the right choice. The Raviolli Rosa costs something around $12 and is delicious! My mom had the Fetuccini a Carbonara and she was amazed too. The service is excellent and the music in the house... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This used to be such a great spot, but Aldo's seems have started cutting corners. From the bread they served to the sauce on my pasta, nothing tasted fresh. A shame too because the location is pretty sweet. But, like other locals who wonder what happened, I won't be returning.

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Additional Information about Aldo's Italian Restaurant

Address: 1031 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2710
Phone Number: 805-963-6687
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Vegetarian, Vegan

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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, Californian, 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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