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“Great Food, Excellent Service, Nice Outdoor Patio!”
Review of Arnoldi's Cafe

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Ranked #114 of 534 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cota Street
Kalamazoo
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great Food, Excellent Service, Nice Outdoor Patio!”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

We found Arnoldi's through TripAdvisor and we were pleased to hear that they had a table outside on the back patio. Our server was responsive and friendly. The food was classic Italian fare and was delicious. There are lights and a terrace that make it nice at night. There's also a bocci ball pit if you're into playing that! Makes for a memorable dinner experience in Santa Barbara. Definitely put it on your list. Be sure to sit outside!

Visited May 2014
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Monterey, California
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“simply the BEST!”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Saturday night reunited with Arnoldi's Cafe spaghetti and meat balls. The best meat balls I have ever tasted and consistently always the same. Perfect blend of herbs and tomato sauce. Wine lists very resemble, This stop we shared Gelato with rum and expresso! Wow, a wonderful end to a wonderful meal. We eat hear twice a year on our annual family trips to Santa Barbara, Arnoldi's is the best! A must stop for us in Santa Barbara!

  • Visited April 2014
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Santa Barbara
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Sorry, Arnoldi's but your service and food is just too inconsistent- last time we were there in Feb., service was excellent, food was excellent, wine was excellent. This time, in April, it was not. Service was poor- we weren't even sure who our waiter was. No personal attention, not once did they ask if we had questions nor could they describe items on the menu. Had a question about the wine- the guy knew nothing about wine and gave some type of bogus answer. Seems like there must be a big turnover in staff- they were just not efficient or knowledgeable at all. We could have been sitting in a mexican take-out restaurant - these guys were not trained nor professional. What really makes us mad is that you will pay $16-$24 for an entree and an extra $11 for the smallest caesar salad (not even big enough for 2) and the ambiance and service doesn't justify the prices. And, once again, when we made reservations, we made it clear that it was a special birthday dinner. They did nothing to acknowledge this until we had to point it out 3 times. Our impression is that this place, which is owned by 3 long-time locals (shame on you) is trying to glide by on its reputation from the past. It is evident that the owners pay no attention to how it is being run, nor do they care.

  • Visited April 2014
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Orangevale, California
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Ate here for a group dinner and the food was delicious! Had the lasagna and just melted in your mouth!

  • Visited December 2013
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santa barbara
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Local hidden gem”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

Here's the thing: you can't find this place unless you are looking for it. In a quite light industrial neighborhood near downtown, it really is just locals that know a good thing. It reminds me of a supper club experience in the Midwest except the food is better: friendly ambience, lively bar and, as noted, excellent food. Had the lasagna Bolognese--outstanding-- and my wife had some pasta, and we split their house salad, which is fresh and hearty. Nice wait staff, clean, charming inside, bocce ball going on outside. Can't beat this place.

  • Visited December 2013
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