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Venues in Santa Barbara,
(805) 886-2842
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    Christine Buccelli

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  • We had the wedding of our dreams at Arnoldi’s. Everything from the venue, to the food, and the staff were excellent. Our guests all raved about how good everything tasted. They happily accommodated those with special diet needs and were particularly attentive to both my husband and I, setting food aside for us as we socialized with our 100 guests. Their patio is romantic and simple, making it a versatile space for any wedding type, especially with flowers and decor provided by Ruben Pedregon who was a pleasure to work with and styled my “literary dreams” theme perfectly in the outdoor venue. Event planner Sara went above and beyond helping us plan our day, and was always courteous and professional through our many months of correspondence. Our wedding reception at Arnoldi’s was intimate, yet elegant and we will always be grateful for the amazing evening we had at this wonderful restaurant.

    Katy Parker

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  • This Venue met and exceeded every expectation we had for our big day. They made sure every detail was perfect, memorable and DELICIOUS. Sara was fantastic to work with, bending over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed. The staff was professional, personable and friendly... and our guests raved about our food. The 5 cheese rigatoni is to die for, and if we HAD to pick a favorite- that would be it. Everything was amazing and we had so many people comment that this was the best wedding and venue they had ever attended. Thank you Arnoldis for the service, and the memories. I think we will do an anniversary party there every year!

    Jessica

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  • We spoke with Sara several months leading up to our wedding and she helped us plan my wedding reception here at Arnoldi's. It was a small wedding (30 people total) and she gave us the back patio terrace with curtains. It was the PERFECT size for the entire group! We were blocked off from the rest of the restraurant and it felt very private. She helped me create and customize our menu for the wedding which was family style catering and the food tasted absolutely amazing. (our guests are still telling us how fantastic the food was!!) She even created special plates for family members with food allergies. They allowed us to have a microphone for speeches and other music, even though the patio wasn't closed off to other people. The small wedding was treated as if we had 500 people there and we felt incredibly special and important. We had servers coming in and out constantly asking what we needed, help clear our plates and never complained (and I know how these large groups can be!) The se... Read more

    Sarah

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  • We had our wedding at Arnoldis back area this November, and it was amazing. Sara from Arnoldi's was a pleasure to work with, and she helped make our big day easy and stress free. Arnoldi's was very flexible with our changing guest total, and the food was excellent. I highly recommend!!

    Alex Heilbron

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  • I had a very memorable wedding reception at Arnoldi's this weekend. Sara was super helpful from the beginning of this process - quickly responded to all of my questions and helped considerable in accommodating guests with food allergies, setting up music for the night as well and helping coordinating with flower drop off. The staff was also awesome, friendly and prompt with service. The food was great, the choices for wine and beer were ample and the desert choices were awesome. I loved this restaurant as a choice for a most special weekend.

    AMANDA

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  • From start to finish Arnoldi’s was an amazing experience. Sara started helping me plan our dinner for 50 guests several months ago and was also prompt in responding to all my questions. Tery and all the other staff were so accommodating throughout the entire evening. The food was also AMAZING. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone planning a large event. Everything flowed seamlessly!

    Melissa

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  • My husband and I had our wedding reception at Arnoldi's late August 2017. I was expecting to be stressed out on our wedding day but I was not at all. The venue is really pretty so I did not feel the need to over-decorate. Arnold's took care of EVERYTHING! Our photographer & DJ coordinated really well with Arnoldi's as well. Sara, the event coordinator was extremely nice, professional, and very helpful! The staff at Arnoldi's are seasoned pros. I am currently looking for an excuse to throw another party there!

    Kelsey

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  • Absolutely loved Arnoldi's! We used this cafe for our rehearsal dinner and were so pleased with our choice! They set up several long tables for us outside under the pergola such that we could feel a bit secluded from the rest of the guests. The lighting was romantic, the food delicious (my husband and I took home leftovers to put in our freezer and use later!), the service staff so pleasant. And we enjoyed having the bocce ball court as a fun activity that guests could partake in! We would highly recommend this cafe to anybody. We've already had a relative tell us that they returned several weeks later because the food was so delicious!

    Lynnette

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  • We had our daughter's wedding reception at Arnoldi's Cafe in Santa Barbara. The entire experience was positive! Booking was easy, communication was excellent and the actual reception was perfect! The staff was attentive and friendly, the food was delicious and the venue was festive (all for a reasonable price). Everyone had a wonderful time!

    Jason

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  • Wow!! My wife and I could not be more grateful for everyone at Arnoldi's Cafe. They helped us create a magical experience for our guests. The communication between Sara and us was very timely. She helped with all the details and allowed us to create the perfect menu. Their staff provided top notch service and the kitchen produced incredible food. We love Arnoldi's Cafe for the warm and friendly atmosphere. There is a unique old Spanish California vibe at Arnoldi's. It is a true Santa Barbara Gem. Our guest were blown away by there overall experience. We would highly recommend Arnoldi's Cafe for any wedding or event!! Our wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty. Please check out the link below http://www.stylemepretty.com/california-weddings/santa-barbara/2016/01/15/classic-elegant-santa-barbara-wedding/

    Kathryn

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  • My husband and I knew from the beginning that Arnoldis Cafe was the perfect place for our reception dinner. Sara and the staff were so helpful and made the event so easy to plan. We rented out the whole back patio and when we arrived after the ceremony it was perfect! The stringed cafe lights, music and all our friends and family all having a blast! Just what we wanted! My husband and I are foodies and this is the best Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara. They did an amazing job with everything!!!

    Sierra

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  • **Please note this review is coming from someone who works at a 5 diamond resort and has been an event coordinator for over a decade. I have seen hundreds of venues and this place exceeded all of my expectations** We have so many amazing things to say about Arnoldi's (especially Sara the event coordinator). We booked our reception with Sara, from day one she was just an absolute delight to work with. VERY nice, very accommodating and just absolutely amazing. Through the whole process, she was just beyond excellent, returned my emails and calls promptly and took care of EVERYTHING we asked (seriously went above and beyond). We had a reception of about 85 guests, the appetizers, the entree and the desserts all came out on time, perfect temperature and most importantly everything tasted fantastic (we are still getting emails and texts from our guests about how amazing the food was!). Believe me, it is extremely difficult to offer high quality food when serving a large volume of guests an... Read more

    cielo

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  • our reception went off EXCELLENTLY! sara peri was fantastic to work with and very, very helpful and understanding. arnoldi's has several menus to choose from, whether you want to do a full sit down dinner or rounds of heavy appetizers (what we did). our reception was underneath the arbor/trellis outside and was totally beautiful. they supply all the linens, plates, you name it... less for you to have to deal with before (and after!).

    J. B.

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  • Overall great experience at our wedding reception at Arnoldi’s. We wanted a casual dinner with friends with ample food and drinks. The setting was perfect. The back patio cleans up really nicely and lots of cafe lighting makes it festive. They are very easygoing about the decor, and we kept it simple with greenery and a garland over the fireplace. Bocce was a huge hit. Food was delicious, and we had no issue serving our fave beers by ordering ahead. The chef was just charming and did a ton to help those with dietary restrictions have a delicious meal. A few notes: (1) email wasn’t the best way to communicate. Calling and dropping by would have been much better, but we live on the East Coast. (2) you’ll have to rent full length linens if you’d like them. (3) they are an older place, so have limited to no storage space, so although they take a “do what you want” approach, it’s actually limited to some extent by the fact that they can’t store much of their existing fur... Read more

    jamie

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  • We had our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant a couple of weeks ago, and the night went beyond our expectations of perfection. The wait staff handled 69 people, which is quite a large crowd for a dinner party. From the beginning, the service of the staff and event team has been impeccable, and we extend our best gratitude. We had more compliments than we could count, and the Lasagna was the crowd pleaser by far! We had such great help from the wait staff with the bar service, and the guests left full and happy. The buffeet and appetizer set up was perfect, and it accomodated the large crowd no problem.This will not be the last event we have there, and as a local in SB, i enjoy eating dinner there all the time. Thank you Arnoldis!!! xoxo Jamie and Lucas

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