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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“jambalaya” (55 reviews)
“bread pudding” (43 reviews)
“souffle” (27 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

Had a delightful dinner and Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration here last night. A special menu for today with lots of NOLA decorations, music, and positive vibes. Each place setting included a mask and beads. If you couldn't be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras,...More

Thank 805Sharon116
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2015

Thanks for celebrating Mardi Gras with us, and I'm thrilled to hear you had such a good time! No matter the occasion or celebration, we're always happy to make sure you have a great time. Hope to see you again soon. Best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 18 February 2015

The food is outstanding and the service is excellent. The menu has lots of choices. Leave room for one their fabulous desserts or plan to share so you can try several. Casual and family friendly.

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2015

Can't skip dessert! Glad you enjoyed everything from our service to our dishes. Hope to welcome you back again soon. Best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 17 February 2015

Our family ate here friday night on our trip to Santa Barbara. We all had something different so we could share. The food was delicious! I had the etoufee, which was good and spicy. My daughter had the gumbo, husband had the lamb which were...More

Thank vacationlover061
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2015

It's wonderful to hear you and your family enjoyed your entire meal. Sharing is a great way to make sure you sample everything at our place. I appreciate all the kind words, and I hope we'll get a chance to welcome you back again for...More

Reviewed 16 February 2015

We were here on our honeymoon fifteen years ago and have returned. Parking is still on the street, but not too bad. We made reservations, but did not really need them on a weekday night. We were seated immediately and were given our menus and...More

Thank Rene V
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2015

It's fantastic to hear that after all this time, we still met your expectations. We're happy we were able to make your anniversary special. I'm particularly glad you enjoyed the bread pudding soufflé. Thank you for this wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 14 February 2015

In somewhat plain surroundings (but with cloth tabletops),we enjoyed a catfish and a jambalaya for lunch. Both were perfectly cooked, with prime ingredients, and simple seasoning. This was enjoyable food with home-cooked flavour, not fancy with subtle seasoning. Portions were generous but not large, perfect...More

Thank CarPilot
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2015

Sounds like lunch at our place hit the spot! I'm happy to hear you stopped by and enjoyed some of our jambalaya. Thank you for leaving us this great review! I hope we'll get a chance to welcome you back for another great lunch sometime....More

Reviewed 5 February 2015

I have been eating at The Palace each time I visit Santa Barbara for the past 15 years. The Cajun cuisine is delicious! I love the craw fish poppers as an appetizer and the bread pudding for dessert. Each entree I have tried has been...More

Thank Jaime S
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2015

We're honored to be your first review, Jaime! I'm happy to hear that you enjoy dining with us, and it's become a Santa Barbara tradition for you to stop by for crawfish poppers and bread pudding -- two of my favorites. Thank you so much...More

Reviewed 24 January 2015

Taco bell versus The Palace. After a lecture at he Santa Barbara Historical Society, my husband asked me where I would like to go for dinner. I said Taco bell would be fine, he said "How about the Palace? It was busy when we walked...More

Thank LittleMrsMagoo
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2015

It sounds like you made the right decision in coming to our place that day, and I couldn't be happier to hear you enjoyed your meal. The Sampler Platter is always great for sharing, and you finished it off with one of my favorite --...More

Reviewed 20 January 2015

I work locally at the courthouse and have gone to the Palace many times for lunch with colleagues. The food is great and Errol has always been pleasant. Last Saturday for lunch I arrived at 1:30 for lunch with a large group of family members...More

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2015

I'm disheartened to read your review because this isn't at all how we want to treat our guests when they choose to dine with us. I sincerely apologize for the way we handled the situation when you and your party stopped by for lunch. Reservations...More

Reviewed 19 January 2015 via mobile

We arrived at 940pm to a hurry up and order we are closing at 10pm. The website stated 1130pm. Not sure but they rushed us and the food was rushed. Will not go back after years of eating their ! They should of not served...More

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2015

Sandy, I sincerely apologize for the way you were treated when you came by for dinner. We should have handled it more professionally. I'd like to get to the bottom of what happened and make things right with you. Would you mind messaging us or...More

Reviewed 17 January 2015

I know this place has been there a long time, but there's a reason - it still completely rocks! Killer Cajun martinis and popcorn. Best redfish outside Nola (truly compares) and oh my, that bread pudding. Enjoy!

Thank simber100
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2015

This review rocks! It made my day. Thank you for all the compliments on our food and drinks. I'm especially glad you enjoyed the bread pudding -- it's a house favorite. Hope we'll see you again soon! All the best, Errol, Manager

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
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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