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Aldo's Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Californian
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
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
eadblu
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Brighton, Michigan
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Brighton, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

With a large number of restaurants on State Street, we decided to eat in Aldos, because the open air seating. The atmosphere was relaxed, the staff pleasant and welcoming, the food of a high standard. I would eat here again without hesitation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Nice atmosphere, nice food. We liked the crab cakes and the iron steak very much. Good service too! A great non-mexican option here in San Barbara!

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Menifee
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131 reviews 131 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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 

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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, Vegan, Vegetarian, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?