My husband and I just had a mini vacation in the past weekend. We had been wanting to check The Palace Grill out for a while, as we had a very good experience with Cajun Food a few years ago in New Orleans. i called them for a reservation while we were driving to Santa Barbara from Santa Monica. I was told that no reservation was needed.
We rolled into Santa Barbara shortly after one o'clock on Friday afternoon 8/5. We noticed there were many cars lining up outside of the city parking lot#11. We later were told by the server in the Palace Grill that day was the biggest parade in Santa Barbara of the year! It was Fiesta 2017! I can not believe we stumbled into this....though I did enjoy seeing some of the parade. Anyway, I managed to park my car in the street about two blocks away. It was 90 minutes free parking.
The people at The Palace Grill were super nice and very attentive. The setups and decorations definitely are resembling places in New Orleans.
We started with the seafood gumbo. The seasoned rice and seafood were perfectly cooked and they were tasty. The main courses we went for Jambalaya sauce piguante and a Shrimp filled po'boy.
My Jambalaya tasted very good, The dirty rice was mixed with chicken, sausages and seasoned tomato creole sauce. It also came with plain cooked vegetables (sliced squash and carrots) and two mini muffins on the side. They were good and the portion was big. I could not finish all the vegetables and muffins.
My husband said his Po'boy was good with the fried shrimp and vegetable filled Po'boy resembling the one he had in Mother's in New Orleans. It also came with chunks of fried potato.
For desert we tried Louisiana bread pudding soufflé. The server suggested for us to order it when we ordered the main course as it took a while to make them. So by the time we finished our main course, the dessert was ready to serve and it came out right out of the oven. The server opened the hot soufflé and poured the sweet creamy sauce in it. WOW, it was yummy! It has vanilla and cinnamon flavor in it. Very good!
My husband had two bottle of beer (Firestone), I had two glasses of Pinot Grigio (Santa Barbara). The bill came out to about $90 including the tip.
Overall my experience was good. The food is not "quite" up to par with New Orleans best restaurants, but very close for California. I really like their service. The host Stephanie was very nice. It is worth dining at this place if you visit Santa Barbara.
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