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Rabalais Bistro

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861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
+1 805-525-2109
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Mon 07:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Thousand Oaks, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The beignons are very very good The staff is very good the location is great downtown Santa Paula The breakfast is very close to New Orleans the food is outstanding if you like Cajun

Thank josephcfp
Washington DC
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311 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Based on the reviews that is why we stopped. The place is popular due in large part I think to the fact that it is NOT Mexican in a downtown which is clearly proud of its Hispanic roots. The good: Service was great! The place was spotless (including the bathrooms). The fish dish my husband ordered very good - not... More 

Thank FormerChicagoGal
Goleta, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised to find such an outstanding restaurant in Santa Paula. The beignets were warm light and heavenly. We had cups of red beans and rice that were flavorful and comforting as well as the macaroni and cheese, shrimp po'boy and pulled pork. The service was outstanding. We will definitely be making a trip back just to eat... More 

Thank Danielle P
Great Linford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

After a dining tour of three states (CA, NV & AZ) we chose for our final meal a piece of comforting delicious real estate called Rabalais Bistro in Santa Paula, CA. We were not disappointed. A warm & intimate interior with friendly & quietly efficient staff. The menu is essentially Cajun backed up by a mouth-wateringly wonderful cabinet of desserts.... More 

Thank Nick T
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I had the vanilla latte with my beignets followed by Shrimp & Grits. Husband had regular latte followed by Biscuits & Gravy with an Andouille sausage. The food was phenomenal! We sat outside and Lea took great care of us. True southern comfort food served in a beautiful atmosphere.

Thank Deanna D
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is Cajun in a setting that combine's a coffee bar/bakery with sit-down dining for brunch, lunch & dinner. The beignets [Cajun pockets or donuts] are fabulous and I would stop by just to have one (allow 15-20 in as they are made fresh-to-order). I like the fried green tomatoes, pain perdu, shrimp po'boy (unique fillings inside a French Baguette),... More 

Thank 2016Patti
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

A gem in downtown Santa Paula. French toast, and Eggs Benedict with ham, were wonderful. Great coffee. Interesting that every dish comes with sliced tomatoes. Excellent service. I loved the old photos on the walls. I assumed they were of Santa Paula residents, but I forgot to ask. Worth a trip to Santa Paula just to eat there.

Thank smlisle
Santa Paula, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great Food, Great Service and reasonable prices. The only problem I have here is trying to pass up the bakery counter. No matter what you get it's delicious. Just wish I could try one of everything when I go in there. I moved from Santa Paula and really do miss this place.

Thank John K
Thousand Oaks, California
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We ate a Rabalais Bistro on a Saturday evening and it was surprisingly not crowded. The catfish and pork chop meals were quite good. Service was excellent.

Thank Bob B
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93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I have eaten most things on the menu and it's all good, except Catfish. It tasted real fishy, which isn't supposed to happen. The last time we were there, the waitress drove us nuts interrupting our conversation after food had arrived at least 4-5 times. Totally socially unaware which is not good for that job. Service is usually good, but... More 

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Tracy L, Owner at Rabalais Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your valuable input. This is how we learn where we need to improve! It would be helpful to know who your server was in order to address the issue accurately and directly. Our goal is to give excellent service, never to interrupt your experience. What was the date that you joined us for dinner and had over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$13
American, French, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Paula
  • Phone Number: +1 805-525-2109
Southern New Orleans Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including but not limited to: Gumbo, Fried Chicken
(Tuesday Night), Po'Boys, Shrimp, Biscuits & Gravy, Soups & Salads. Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday including full beer and wine list. Beginets hot out of the fryer, or hand crafted breads and baked goods. Proudly Serving Intelligencia Coffees and Teas.

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