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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (66 reviews)
“bread pudding” (41 reviews)
“souffle” (28 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
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LOCATION
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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1 - 10 of 518 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank Christian E
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended this place. We loved it. We had the platter which we've never tasted food like this before and loved every mouthful. The waitress was so lovely and accommodating. Mike was singing and playing outside and was great fun. Loved the atmosphere and...More

Thank Dwyny
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

If you like good Cajun style food, then check this place out! Don't forget the dark chocolate soufflé for dessert!

Thank Nyvik
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

We were three couples off a cruise ship for the day wandering around State Street when we stumbled through the door. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating and everything was delicious! Our top recommendations are the shrimp po boy, red beans and rice, jambalaya...More

Thank Marti R
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Been in years past and enjoyed. Unfortunately it has gone downhill and the presentation and food does not live up to the exorbitant prices. We ordered the gumbo ya ya as appetizer and it came basically simultaneously with our entrees! Not good and we said...More

2  Thank Jotripplanner
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

After 15 years in the restaurant industry and this hands down is my favorite! Great; service, atmosphere, drinks and the food is amazing! There was 6 of us and we all teased each other's and everything was fantastic from apps to the desserts. I wish...More

1  Thank Sumixam
Reviewed 26 May 2017

You MUST try the Palace. It is a local favorite. The food, the service, the entertainment is fantastic. You will not regret it. GO, NOW and say hello to Harold for me if the still works.

1  Thank thefrenchpro
Reviewed 22 May 2017

My boyfriend had been to this restaurants years ago, before me, and when we decided to visit Santa Barbara, he said this was a "Must Eat" restaurant. I said, great! What's it called ... he didn't remember. I asked, what kind of food ... he...More

1  Thank jilldenton
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Paula M
18 July 2016|
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Saturday
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
Description
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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