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The Palace Grill

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8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
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17:30 - 23:45
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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293 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We were getting tired of pizza, Mexican, fast food...at the end of our vacation so we opted for Cajun. The restaurant is fun and accommodating. We ordered Crawfish Etouffe which was flavorful, and not too salty. We also tried the scallops. Wonderfully broiled in a light sauce. The waitress came by prior to the meal with a sealed card. Once... More 

Thank Kirsten D
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

So now you know, Kirsten: we love any excuse to celebrate. Glad to hear you had fun joining in on our musical productions! Likewise, I'm happy to see you enjoyed our Cajun cooking -- I look forward to sharing this with our team. If you're ever in Santa Barbara again, stop in for a singalong! All the best, Errol, Manager More 

Riverside, CA
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Some restaurants manage a combination of atmosphere, service, food and drink in which the sum is far more than the parts. Such is the case with the Palace Grill. I have been eating here for over 15 years and never had anything but a great meal and experience. In recent visits a shared sampler plate and Red Stripe beer has... More 

Thank SoCalAstronomer
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

It is so wonderful to hear from loyal customers like you who have been visiting us for years. And that we're one of your favorite restaurants, not just in the nation, but the world? Stellar. That makes our day -- no, our year. Our bread pudding soufflé is one of our favorites too. Have you also tried the chocolate soufflé?... More 

Longmont, Colorado
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146 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

I have eaten here many times, and will eat here every opportunity I have in Santa Barbara. You just can't beat a restaurant that has outstanding service, GREAT food, drinks that are worth their money, and a friendly atmosphere. The Oysters Cajun are unbelievable! And so are the Oysters Rockefeller. My husband and I wanted to split a filet that... More 

Thank EBS33527
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I think I know what you're trying to describe here -- we call it the "Palace Experience." It sounds like you enjoy experiencing good food in good places and I'm very happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the filets (and the Oysters Cajun is one of our favorites too!). Thank you for letting us know how much... More 

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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We were a little surprised given the glowing reviews. The food is average although the menu descriptions would have you believe that you are in for a culinary feast. My salmon had definitely got to know the oven for longer than it should have done. None of the others were that inspired by their food. The waitress was fine but... More 

Thank floristonhall
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback! It's great hearing from travelers who came a long way to visit us. It's a little disappointing to hear you didn't enjoy the lively atmosphere we're known for, but off nights can happen. And I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with your salmon. I suggest the Palace Sampler next time for a variety of... More 

san francisco
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230 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We found this restaurant by accident as we were walking by. We stopped for lunch. We were so glad that we did. The service was very friendly. You don't just have one server, a whole group takes care of you. My son had the jambalaya sauce piquantly. He ate all of it. He said it was delicious. I had the... More 

Thank SanFranciscoMom
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Happy accidents do happen! It's great hearing from people who have stumbled upon our place and were impressed enough to leave us a review. I'm happy to hear our friendly team took such good care of you and your family and that you enjoyed the Southern food we're known for. Come in again and share the chocolate souffle with your... More 

Los Angeles, California
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97 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

This place was packed with people who all appeared to be having a good time. Of course we had to go in. My boyfriend and I were seated quickly and got service in no time. We each ordered wine, which was good and reasonably priced. I had the jambalaya and he had the veal medallions. Both were super delicious. I... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Initially, I was a little leery as this restaurant was selected by a friend and I'm a vegetarian. However, I'm so happy I came. First of all, the atmosphere is incredible. I came on a Wednesday night and it was packed, but luckily we were able to be seated quickly. The walls were covered in unique decor and there were... More 

Thank A_Mills2014
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

This place is just a lot of fun. They serve up pretty good Cajun cuisine, but the experience you get here is worth a stop in. The gumbo is really good, as is a lot of the seafood that they serve. I also always enjoyed the Chicken Tchoupitoulas-something you won't find many places in California. I would avoid the Cajun... More 

1 Thank Mike O
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68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Loved it here! had a very nice time and enjoyed the night life w/ several great exotic drinks~will def. come back to the "Palace" when on the West Coast.....

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Belmar, NJ
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

The waitresses were very attentive and fun and the ambiance was true to New Orleans. However, I cannot endorse the lunch menu. I ordered an oyster po boy as it is a favorite of mine from many visits to New Orleans. (Including two brunches at the original Palace Grill. I had to send the sandwich back as I had difficulty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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