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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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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 28 December 2014

On our annual December Trip to Santa Barbara we revisited the Palace Grill. We hadn't been there in at least 8 years. Not because it was bad because Santa Barbara has such fine food. We were not disappointed, food great, very tasty, not over spiced,...More

Thank DaCoach61
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2015

Thanks for coming by after an 8 year hiatus -- I'm happy know we were still able to impress you, and I look forward to welcoming you and your wife back (hopefully sooner than 8 years from now)! Best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 19 December 2014

The Palace is a unique experience that will leave you laughing and full. The restaurant services delicious cajun cuisine accompanied with a festive atmosphere. During the course of your meal every 30mins or so, the employees pass out a sheet of paper with song lyrics...More

Thank DaveWandersDotcom
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2014

Laughing and full, and a festive atmosphere -- those are such great compliments! I'm happy to hear you enjoy visiting us for some Cajun cuisine, Dave. Thank you for the kind words, and we can't wait to have you back for more festivities! Cheers, Errol,...More

Reviewed 17 December 2014 via mobile

The Palace has great Cajun style food and a fun atmosphere. Came for lunch on Dec 16 and had a window table. Service is always excellent, they make you feel truly important regardless of how much money you spend. Love the popcorn crawfish app, and...More

Thank Cathy M
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2014

It's always our pleasure to give you the royal treatment when you stop by to dine with us! I'm glad you enjoy our popcorn crawfish appetizer and crab cakes -- they're both excellent choices. Thank you for letting me know you're a fan with this...More

Reviewed 4 December 2014

Cajun cuisine, very good. They usually have live music and often the customers sing along. This place is small, get there early or there is a good chance you will not get in. Funny how I found this place. I was in college at UCSB...More

Thank Dan S
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2014

I'm so glad you know how to use geometry, Dan, because it brought you to our place! What a great story -- thank you for sharing with me. I'm happy to hear you enjoy our Cajun cuisine and the live music and singalongs enhance the...More

Reviewed 2 December 2014

This is one of my all time favorite restaurants. My & I have been dining here for over 20 years and actually picked this place to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Although pricy, the flavors and presentation are worth it for those special occasions. Our favorites:...More

Thank Soozesun
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2014

Thank you for letting us be a part of your special occasion! It sounds like you had a wonderful 20th anniversary dinner at our place -- and I'm glad you topped it off with our famous bread pudding. Thank you for this kind review, and...More

Reviewed 25 November 2014

I loved the atmosphere. The service was great. I loved the singing. I am afraid the food just wasn't up my street. I do like spicy food but we found everything to be far too sweet for our tastes. We had the sample platter as...More

Thank jean-s
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2014

I'm glad you loved the atmosphere and the sing along at our place! Although I am a little disappointed, like you, that you weren't impressed with our Cajun cuisine. I do think if you wanted something a little spicier, our jambalaya might've been up your...More

Reviewed 20 November 2014

Just returned from The Palace for a fun birthday celebration. This is always our "go-to" restaurant for a fun time and great food and service. From the minute we were greeted at the front door by Errol until we left, completely sated, everything was perfect....More

Thank misskity11
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2014

I'm so happy to hear you had a great time and a wonderful birthday celebrating at our place! Good advice about leaving room for dessert -- the Louisiana bread pudding souffle is definitely something worth saving room for! Thank you for the great review, and...More

Reviewed 4 November 2014

A favorite of many Santa Barbarans-- reservations recommended. Food is consistently wonderful and typical Creole with lots of seafood. Spice ranges from mild to mouth burning, so ask if in doubt.More

Thank Elizabeth A
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2014

We like to spice things up at our place, it's true -- sounds like you enjoyed our spicy Creole cuisine though, Elizabeth! I'm happy to hear you love our fresh seafood, and I hope you'll visit us again to try more of our ragin' Cajun...More

Reviewed 29 October 2014

The ratings on YELP where so high, I expected an unforgettable meal, and it was just ok. Don't expect a quiet dinner here or spacious rooms. The place is CRAMPED with tables just a foot from one another, and it is very very loud. Waiters...More

Thank Love_Chocolate_71
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2014

First off, I would like to thank you for giving our place a try when you were visiting Santa Barbara. I think it's great you were able to find us through the recommendations of others on Yelp -- I know this may have raised your...More

Reviewed 21 October 2014

My husband and I went to The Palace Grill as a special meal to finish off our west coast road trip. We were recommended it by my brother who lives in LA and had been there for dinner a few years before and loved it....More

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Compliments like these just make my day! I'm so glad you loved your meal and the whole Palace Experience when you came in. Happy to hear the popcorn shrimp and catfish hit the spot for you. We hope you and your husband will swing by...More

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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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