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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“jambalaya” (56 reviews)
“bread pudding” (42 reviews)
“souffle” (29 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 23:45 Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 11 September 2018

Cajun Food New Orleans Style. The place gets busy early so reservations are needed. We went at 5:00 pm on a Saturday and it was almost full when we arrived for dinner. First visit so we shared everything. We had the combined plate special for...More

Thank Rick N
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We've always enjoyed the Palace and often choose to go there on my birthday because I like the lively ambience. This year the place was packed as usual but seemed to have fewer wait persons than it normally does, so the wait to place our...More

1  Thank sharonannie22
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Hotel Santa Barbara stays recommended this place and we absolutely loved it. It had an amazing vibe which was evident as soon as you entered. The staff were great fun and very au fait with the items on the menu - southern-style food which was...More

Thank fourevans
Reviewed 25 June 2018

This place is a little bit of New Orleans in Santa Barbara. I'd venture to say it's the BEST CAJUN restaurant on the west side of the Mississippi! Fantastic attentive service, delicious mouth-watering food, singing, smiling, a magician on Friday nights that is uber talented......More

Thank BigCatConservation
Reviewed 23 June 2018

This is a very popular place so make sure you book. Along with the popularity though goes noise. it is not a place for a quiet meal.

Thank Kenshare
Reviewed 22 June 2018

More good than bad, but I was disappointed as my meal was not as promised on the menu. To start, my wife and I ordered the 'Dean Martini's' and were very surprised how large the servings were for the price, as one drink lasted the...More

1  Thank MuleHead2
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Fun and friendly, this place offers a wide variety of both traditional New Orleans cuisine as well as treats crafted by the chef to represent his own take on the food. One example is his bread pudding souffle. You will end up eating every one...More

1  Thank Denise K
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Was visiting during a recent holiday weekend and was intrigued by their $33 3 course meal celebrating their 33rd anniversary. After my miserable experience, I find it hard to believe this place made it past year 3. Turns out the 3 course meal is a...More

1  Thank Wolverine154
Reviewed 4 June 2018

We arrived a little early thinking we would have a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, only to find they had no bar. (The do serve a full array of alcoholic beverages, just no sit-down bar.). The host was kind enough to recommend we go to...More

1  Thank TheNJShore
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

The place is nice. The service is very good. I ate the palace burger which was very good. The prices are OK for the quality.

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Paula M
18 July 2016|
Response from Peppygal | Reviewed this property |
Hi Paula - you may want to send an inquiry to the Palace and I bet they will share. Pat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-5000
  • E-mail
Established in 1985, The Palace Grill is a Santa Barbara landmark restaurant featuring authentic New Orleans-inspired cuisine and a fun, lively atmosphere. Winner of The Santa Barbara's Independent Reader's Poll for "Best Restaurant Service". Located in Santa Barbara's charming Old Town district, The Palace Grill has something for everyone. Our menu features a wide range of contemporary American Grill items with a focus on authentic Southern and Louisiana specialties such as Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, New Orleans Bar-B-Que Shrimp, Blackened Filet Mignon, and delicious daily "Menu Additions". In addition we have a number of exciting Caribbean dishes and a line of Creole-Italian pastas. To insure that we remain authentic, the Palace routinely flies its staff to New Orleans to experience first-hand the magical quality of the city that has inspired the spirit of the Palace Grill. The Palace has been featured in dozens of national publications including Gourmet(R) Magazine, Bon Appetit(R) and USA TODAY(R). Throughout the years, The Palace has also been a favorite of culinary legends (including chef Julia Child and chef Wolfgang Puck) and has served its cuisine to countless global dignitaries - including 5 U. S. Presidents. At the Palace Grill, everyone shares one goal: to give our guests the most extraordinary dining experience possible: every time they visit. Besides our wonderful cuisine, The Palace is known for it's unique style of "Team Service" (which the Nation's Restaurant News called "an idea whose time has come") and our nostalgic nightly staff and guest Sing-A-Long to Louis Armstrong's iconic song - "What A Wonderful World." Come join the celebration known as "The Palace Grill Experience."
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