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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Palace Grill was recommended by both the hotel and a tour guide. We couldn't find street parking, but the Ortega Garage at Anacapa and E. Ortega has a pedestrian exit across a plaza behind Cost Plus World Market right across the street from the restaurant....More

Thank TooMuch2Do
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in two couples, two having the blackened red fish, one the salmon, one jumbalaya—all proclaimed theirs delicious. Nice veggies accompanied the entrees; a basket of maybe a dozen little muffins of various delicious flavors, some sweet, put on the table with butter. Good drinks...More

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The manager, whom although one would think was from New Orleans, was actually from Jamaica. But he, as most of the servers and cooks, have all worked at The Palace Grill for over 2 decades. The service was exemplary from an attentiveness standpoint, although not...More

Thank Gary T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting restaurant we have frequented for decades. Used to be awesome. Now middle of the road. Food is just not spiced sufficiently. Still good food however, just not as exceptional. Service is good, but one guy at the desk looked totally bored.

Thank Bruno S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a southerner, I was wary of how good the food might be. They nailed it.....from the red beans and rice to the gumbo, I would have sworn I was in "Nawlins". They have some great innovative cocktails and lots of food options. This is...More

Thank J F
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Do not miss this restaurant. The service and food are outstanding. Highly recommend a reservation. We had 12 people in our party and the service was perfect! The food is fun and excellent as well as large portions. Can't say enough great about this restaurant....More

Thank MicheleC106
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Excellent staff. Great assortment of Cajun food, specialty drinks. Mondo manager originally from South San Jose. Stirling hostess, wait staff. Both are attentive. Good sized portions, well prepared and with distinctive flavors of nawlins. A nice choice when you are craving Cajun. Lunch is an...More

Thank m44
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

I visited this restaurant with my daughter and her fiancé who had eaten there before. We like Oysters Rockefeller and Cajan spices which they serve. My daughter said they don’t take reservations. So we stood outside in the long line of people waiting to get...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

When looking for a restaurant our attention was drawn by Zydeco played outside. It was 3 guys calling themselves the Zydeco Zippers. They create the perfect atmosphere for guests waiting to be seated. Once in you get to taste the muffins and whatever you choose...More

Thank Bruno570
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

I invited 20 people to attend my wife’s birthday party (significant age ending in 0) and judging from the response from the guests it was a resounding success. Everyone ordered from the menu and all were delighted with their selection. Their specialty is Cajun and...More

Thank Jim F
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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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