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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:30 - 15:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Palace used to be one of my husband & my favorite places in Santa Barbara when we lived on the West Coast decades ago. We returned last month with our grown sons and it was as great and delicious as we remembered back then....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tamara B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to this restaurant since the early 90s. I have taken clients, family, friends and sent people here. This is a restaurant everyone loves and talks about a year later. Menu is delicious lots of seafood. I love the Cajun Popcorn Shrimp...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank WorldTravelRod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Palace Grill is a Santa Barbara institution. It's been cranking out New Orleans food and strong drinks for over 30 years. People love it, and there is a lot to love...however. The room is great. It has a loud and fun vibe even on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were just there over the holidays so it was packed. We made reservation on the web but somehow they didn't have it on their end, but the manager seated us promptly. The service was fast and friendly. There were a lot of family with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MtEverest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Poor food, extremely poor service. Waited 15 minutes before we asked where our drinks were and then told the Diet Coke machine was broken...I had to go next door to the bar to buy a bottled Diet Coke. Next, the filet mignon was dry (well...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BDB110129
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You are transported to New Orleans at the Palace. Great food with all the traditional Cajun cuisine of the big easy. The total experience is festive and fun. Ate here 20 years ago and it was amazing then and hasn’t changed a bit - still...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank iCriticSD
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

This was always my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Today the place seemed different. It was quiet and not very busy. I had always visited for dinner where it was always bustling with energy. Lunch was very quiet. Service was okay but food was not...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank choosey1
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Another wonderful evening at the Palace Grill with friends. I enjoyed my usual favorites, the blacked steak and the stuffed soft-shell crabs. Love those "Dean Martinis" too!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Ruhskis
Reviewed 24 October 2018

This experience is fun & festive! It's like you've stepped into a New Orleans restaurant for the eve! The food is Cajun splendor! So good! And fun for parties too!!

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank Connie O
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

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank 965rickn
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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