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Aldo's Italian Restaurant

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

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian food in Santa Barbara without busting your budget.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Benjamin C
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  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Benjamin C
Los Angeles, California
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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 

Thank Eleanor O
Sheridan, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 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..

Thank Shari P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

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 

Thank Cristina Brasileira
Fullerton, California, United States
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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 

Thank Leigh J
Aarhus, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We got excited about the prices on the menu when we walked by the first night we visited Santa Barbara. The prices changed, though, as we were given another menu when we sat down to order. The staff was friendly at first, however they became careless after a while. In the menu it said free refills of soda, however we... More 

Thank Mette_V
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

If the sun is shining, do not hesitate to take a small table on the patio and relax while surrounded by Big Band Era and Jazz music and an attentive staff! Our meals were fabulous. Linguine with red Bolognas sauce and Chicken Marseilles was a touch out of Little Italy. Large savory portions, fresh tomatoes, herbs and blocks of Parmesan... More 

Thank Mskitty1974
Lancaster, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

terrible food...not up to its italian named restaurant. mediocre in taste..not of great value for your money.

Thank Marissa C
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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 

Thank X9835MUjeanyves
Surprise, Arizona
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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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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
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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