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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“jambalaya” (57 reviews)
“bread pudding” (43 reviews)
“souffle” (32 reviews)
Closes in 25 min
11:30 - 15:00All hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to try something not seafood while in Santa Barbara, try the Palace Grill. We tried a sampler platter for two. It had chicken, steak, coconut shrimp and blackened catfish along with some veggies. All were really good, my favorite was the steak,...More

Thank khub79
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Came here with a group of 7 and was seated rather quickly. The place is small and not very fancy. More of a family restaurant feel. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Drinks and food came very quickly! They do a fun thing where the...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Visited with my husband and was instantly impressed with the friendly service. We started our meal sharing the plantation fried chicken salad which was delicious along with some complimentary cornbread muffins. I then had the jambalaya and my husband the Berkshire pork chop. The jambalaya...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We came in just for the soufflés we hear and read about. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, but unfortunately the soufflé wasn't very good. We ordered the dark chocolate after learning the bread pudding one has lots of raisins that can't be removed....More

Thank HotelDuderino
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My husband and I just had a mini vacation in the past weekend. We had been wanting to check The Palace Grill out for a while, as we had a very good experience with Cajun Food a few years ago in New Orleans. i called...More

Thank ChinesegirlinLA
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We went there on a friend's advice, and, at first glance, thought he had made a mistake. He's kinda of a fancy guy and this is not a fancy place. This is an Cajun place hiding in Santa Barbara with the best, most unusual, martinis...More

Thank King_of_California
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This place is great. The Cajun-style food is always delicious. The setting is great, fun artwork and Cajun theme. They sing "What a Wonderful World" during dinner every night. The food is pricey, but worth it. Go for a special occasion or your last night...More

1  Thank Christian E
Reviewed 10 July 2017

My husband and I had dinner at the Palace on Thursday evening...my birthday. We always enjoy this Santa Barbara favorite with its fun, upbeat vibe and delicious Cajun and Créole specialties. Nothing has changed much over the years, thankfully. The food is always tasty and...More

Thank sharonannie22
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Expensive food but well worth the price! Food was tasty, timely, and cooked perfectly! Service was great even with our party of 8, and the meal started out with a basket of 5 different types of muffins, from sweet to savory. Highly recommend

Thank mdsnshds
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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