An intimate wedding venue in Santa Barbara, California, Arnoldi's Cafe is the perfect authentic and cultured setting for your wedding reception. The history at this quaint restaurant is as thick as the Italian lasagna and meatballs served. Aside from the ambience is the lovely, vintage-style decor, truly a little slice of Italy nestled in the hills of Santa Barbara.
Facilities and Capacity
Though the cafe provides a coddled feeling of intimacy, there are two event spaces that can accommodate anywhere from 2-200 guests. There is one partially covered outdoor patio area as well as an indoor banquet hall to choose from.
Arnoldi's Cafe comes with expertly trained and friendly staff that will work with couples to satisfy their wildest wedding dreams. In addition to a strong and immediate sense of trust with this wedding venue, the location also includes:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Sierra · Married on 07/14/2012
**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 and Arnoldi's catering team is able to achieve this. Each meal tasted like it was plated and made just for that person, we couldn't have been happier! Additionally, the staff was on top of everything, they attended to each table seamlessly and were very helpful throughout the night. I didn't see a dirty plate or an empty glass the entire evening. Our guests enjoyed the fun atmosphere and even participated in a mini bocce ball tournament during our cocktail hour (which was so fun!). Arnoldi's even did our wedding cake as well, it tasted and looked just like the high end bakeries I have worked with in Beverly Hills. I cannot say enough good things about Arnoldi's and Sara. We will be lifetime patrons of this lovely establishment and hope to celebrate our anniversaries here every year. Our guests raved about the food, the atmosphere, the bar, the service and the decor... we had the best night of our life.. and coming from someone who has planned and attended thousands of weddings this was the best wedding I have EVER been to (and I'm not just saying that just because it was our own)... truly the most amazing day ever and we cannot thank Arnoldi's and Sara enough. We are happy to be a reference and share photos if anyone ever needs!Sent on 07/18/2012
Katy Parker · Married on 07/04/2019
Best Venue in Santa Barbara
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!Sent on 07/05/2019
Jessica · Married on 04/05/2019
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 server attending our alcohol table was also doing a fantastic job at helping our guests keep their glasses full. Before the wedding I gave Sara all of our table decorations to set up with my ideas in mind, and when we walked in to the reception, I was completely stunned and amazed at what she did with our decorations!!! I was BEYOND impressed, it was more than I ever imagined it to be. I was honestly expecting some average looking table but nope, Sara made it spectacular and made my wedding feel like a huge expensive wedding, even though it was so small. I would recommend this business to anyone with a wedding, large or small because they truly go above and beyond, treat you like royality, and make your day all about you.Sent on 04/24/2019
Arnoldi's Cafe Price Rates
Book a daytime wedding, including weekends, for 2019-2020 and get the entire patio space private for only a $2000 food minimum plus tax and tip. No other site rental fees!