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Sambo's Restaurant

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (28 reviews)
“pancakes” (109 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was great. Classic, famous restaurant that used to be a chain when we were kids. Always great food. Fantastic location on the beach. The friends we were with had their CC compromised here though. They were charged double and one of the charges was...More

Thank CHW34
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your post. We apologize for the error on the credit card, if anyone is double charged we refund it imminently. If your friends have any problems give us a call so we can take care of this situation. Chad, 805-450-0057

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good restaurant for entire family. Husband and I ordered California Benedict but H sauce not too flavorful. Still good variety on menu and other in my family enjoyed omelets and pancakes

Thank CrzyMom99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It doesn’t get any better on a super busy holiday morning when the hostess goes out of her way to accommodate a special needs Mama. I know Mariah (Sweetest hostess ever) didn’t know why a booth was so important, (my son is autistic and has...More

Thank Alisa S
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind post. Mariah will be so happy to hear your review. Chad

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for brunch. The location is great along the waterfront with seating inside and out. Neat restaurant with interesting pictures on the walls. Good selection on the menu and very good egg dishes with big portions. Friendly staff, relaxed ambiance. Reasonable prices.

Thank seetheworld2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were not impressed with the food as some of it was not hot when it arrived at the table. My son did not finish his sausges because they were rubbery. Maybe a bad day but would not return if other options were available.

Thank rhilder1
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are in the process of creating some new specials. Is there anything that you would like to see on the menu? Chad, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely place to start the day. The food is great, the location super and the service excellent. California eggs Benedict to die for.... We will definitely be back!

Thank Russ L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the original and I believe, last remaining Sambo's which once was a chain of over 1,100 restaurants. Although the name was a composite of the two founder's names, it quickly became associated with the fictional Indian Boy. Unfortunately the owners embraced that connection...More

Thank maritimeexplorer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a good old-fashioned sort of place. Great location right on thr waterfront. Super friendly service. Tasty food selection. Only open for breakfast/lunch.

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Went to the Original Sambo's for breakfast before departing Santa Barbara for San Diego. While not "PC" the restaurant décor and menu are somewhat like Denny's- but with a twist. This is probably the last one standing! Also, it's a breakfast and lunch place. It's...More

Thank ChuckBrownSV
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing place, very nice to wake up with coffee and good breakfast. The steak was a good start. The view is nice and it’s just very comfortable outside in the early morning sun. Service is excellent!

Thank Bruno570
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David N
16 June 2017|
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Response from RevLovebrew | Reviewed this property |
No code; it's across the street from the beach.
5 September 2016|
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Response from Chad S | Property representative |
We have excepted all wooden nickels that people have brought into Sambos. I have collected over 500 over the last 15 years. Thanks for coming into Sambos
5 September 2016|
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Response from Heligypsy | Reviewed this property |
I bet they would let you keep the nickel. :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
06:30 - 14:30
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
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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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