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Palapa Restaurant

4123 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1817
+1 805-683-3074
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good56%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“carnitas” (5 reviews)
“salad” (3 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 21:00 Hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
€€ - €€€
4123 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1817
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped in Palapa’s during our annual visit to Santa Barbara and had an excellent lunch here! The pork tamales are the best I have very had; the fish tacos are very good and the Vallarta salad is awesome. Service is excellent with friendly and outgoing...More

Thank smada2000
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We found this restaurant on Google and decided to try it for breakfast. The parking lot is small and easy to miss, but once we parked we walked up to a Senora making homemade tortillas on the patio! Once we sat, they served us hot...More

Thank Pia T
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Good homemade tortillas. Went with the family for breakfast after spending g y e night at Chumash. Original plan was to go to Solvang but that was packed so we stopped here on the way home. Food was good and priced decent. There's a tragic...More

Thank Carlos T
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Watch for the entrance, because the construction next door makes it hard to see. Lot's of parking in back. They have an extensive seafood menu and there was no holding back on the portion size. A true "south of the border" restaurant with friendly, quick,...More

Thank ThomasN736
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

In town to visit my in-laws and they introduced us to this fabulous family oriented Mexican restaurant. I had the fish tacos that were excellent, the shrimp salad was extremely good the service was exceptional. The serve was so inviting and told my daughter that...More

Thank smada2000
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

I saw pretty good reviews so we decided to take a chance. First off, very hard to find even for a local, signage is poor and parking is horrendous. The patio seemed nice. Only beer and wine served, no margarita's... only wineritas. Mariachi band advertised...More

Thank CaliJulzz
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We got the large sampler and a couple drinks. I've eaten Mexican food all my life - this food was really good and the service pleasant.

Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Great spot for a stop off the 101. Really good tacos, casadillas and traditional favorites. Nice people and a great patio. Great spot to get out of the car and have a meal and relax a little bit

Thank frank t
Reviewed 22 November 2016

A bit hidden yet right on State Street, Palapa is a great place for Mexican food, even if you are in the mood for traditional Mexican food. There is a great mix for cheesy enchiladas and chips and salsa as well as spicier more traditional...More

Thank saraheileen76
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This place was the rare combination of great food and inexpensive pricing. Its slightly out of the town centre and on a main road but it has a lovely outdoor seating area which was really peaceful and charming. We had the family portion of carnitas....More

Thank Radha D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4123 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1817
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-683-3074
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