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Sambo's Restaurant

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216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
06:30 - 15:00
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100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having long heard of Sambo's being famed for their outstanding breakfast, I was left with a rather neutral sentiment, with no strong feelings for or against returning... The location is prime, right across from the beach with beautiful views and sea breeze blowing. The menu was standard, some interesting Benedicts, but mostly what you would expect for breakfast. Mini chocolate... More 

Thank Sam D
Irvine, California
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8 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved Sambo' when I was a kid. But this [last remaining ?] original restaurant shows it's age. Desperately needs new furnishings and paint. Wish I hadn't had pancakes elsewhere earlier in the day, might have otherwise ordered pancakes (their specialty) here and salvaged this review. But I just had a bagel. Lunch offerings so limited my SO decided not... More 

Thank H9387CYrobertk
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

We currently have plans to bring back the old charm that my Grandfather had when he opened Sambos in 1957. If you come back next year you will be happy to see that we are bringing back the charm you and I remember about Sambos. So long story short is I agree with you. We keep it clean and organized,... More 

Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Menu has lots of your standard breakfast and lunch fare to choose from. The complimentary muffins were the highlight, unfortunately. I can't say we were "served"; rather, we asked and they delivered. And asked and asked for everything.

Thank MJ3860
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

I am apologize that the server did not do the job I trained them to do. Our goal is to provided not only good food but quality service. I will talk to my team to show that they need to step up there game. Thank you for your review it makes us strive to be a better restaurant. Chad, Owner More 

Lake Forest, California
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has all the elements of home-cooking / feel at home experience. They start you off with ya basket of delicious fresh cooked mini-muffins, and piping hot coffee- served with a friendly smile and warm hello from your server. The prices seemed higher than what we're used to in SOCAL, but for what we compared them to- about average... More 

Thank joes1914
Cleveland, Ohio
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy for breakfast because the food is delicious and its very popular. You can see the harbor, so its a great way to start the day.

Thank Terri A
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic lunch here during our day trip to Santa Barbara. Huge portions, great service, really tasty meals. Whole menu looked great. Lovely sitting outside with views across a beautiful beach. Brought out mini scones before our Taco lunch.

Thank Emmaonholiday_89
Calabasas, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THE place to have breakfast in Santa Barbara. Such a great menu and tons of yummy options. Perfect location across from the beach and near State Street. Staff could not have been nicer, food was great, free mini muffins were the cherry on top.

Thank Barbara P
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your post. we hope to see you back again soon. Chad, Owner More 

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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is fine, but nothing special. It's basically the only spot on the beach open in the morning, so by default people flock here. I counted 9 open tables (inside and out), but they didn't have the staff to accommodate the crowd. Saturday morning at 7:30, and the wait was 40min. Just too much of a disorganized cluster this... More 

Thank Vamos5_Trip
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

You are correct Saturday was a cluster. What we didn't know was that on Saturday there was a sailing regatta across in the Harbor with over 300 High school students and parents. I staff based on the previous years sales on the same Saturday, but after talking to the Regatta yesterday we brought in the staffing today to handle the... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Try the pancakes. The best buttermilk pancakes I have ever had. We also had the crab and avocado omelet and eggs benedict. Both outstanding and cooked perfectly. The fresh muffins they bring before you order is also a nice touch. We both thought the biscuits and gravy was nothing special and would not order it again.

Thank 761douglasw
Ventura, California
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160 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the original Sambo's, and if you're over 50, you probably remember this being a chain all over. They're all gone except this one, and it's in a terrific location, right across from the beach, with outdoor dining to boot. It's a little on the pricey side for breakfast, but there are some nice amenities that come with it,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-3269
Sambos is a family friendly restaurant located across from the beach in Santa Barbara. We serve Breakfast and Lunch all day long. Our specialty is Pancakes and breakfast items.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?