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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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

My wife & I visited here on our honeymoon. Really nice place, busy, friendly & efficient staff. We shared popcorn crawfish to star. For main I had jambalaya & my wife stuffed fillet steak. All were really nice. Felt popcorn crawfish could have been crispier but that was the first time I've ever had crawfish so maybe it isn't meant... More 

Thank Scott M
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We had a wonderful meal at Palace Grill. The soft shell crabs were delicious. We also enjoyed the Oyster appetizer. It is a busy place and reservations are needed. The atmosphere is fun and we had great service.

Thank wks
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Went here for dinner a few nights ago with my husband and it was fantastic! Our waiter (Kevin) was super friendly and helpful. It was our first time here and he recommended one of their sampler platters, which we ordered (all though there were a lot of things on the menu that looked great). It was plenty of food for... More 

Thank NikG43
Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We went here after a spanish bar down the street refused to seat us (they were closing in 15 minutes...but other patrons were still dining- very rude). We walked in and they took us in with open arms. Our waitress was so friendly and when we told her it was our birthday (myself and twin sister) she got us a... More 

Thank SammoClift
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Love this place. It has a very comfortable feeling. The food was delicious and the service was great.

Thank Simaunz
Nieuwerbrug, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Although located in down town Santa Barbara, the Palace Grill feels like the deep South. Good old cajun food, authentic room and even a sing along with the staff all are part if the deal. Come early ( reservation only for 5.30 pm on Friday and Saturday night) or be prepared to cue up. We loved the crayfish popcorn and... More 

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New Mexico
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73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We dined at this restaurant on a Monday evening at 8 pm, and it was completely full. Many potential patrons were turned away, so you know it has to be pretty good. We thought it was. You'll think you were dining in New Orleans with the cajun menu and fun atmosphere. The staff were all great, as they seem to... More 

Thank Kellynewmexico
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our server, Keith, was knowledgable and friendly. The Crawfish carb cakes are delicious and its a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend this place. Good food, and fun times.

Thank Katharine T
Hesperia, California, USA
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131 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Had dinner with a group on Saturday night. Lots of noise, which is okay. However, I was unaware that this was an old Santa Barbara establishment and went on line to read other reviews before writing mine.A lot of the reviews were in line with my thoughts. The food was expensive, for the amount and quality. The muffins were great.... More 

Thank 1mountainwoman
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

The Palace is one of the best in Santa Barbara. It's crowded and noisy with jazz playing all the time and people having a great time. The food and drink is terrific. I had the blackened filet mignon and it was superb. The atmosphere is casual, but the menu is marvelous. Park in the public lot around the corner and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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