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“Incredible good, wonderful service ”
Review of The Palace Grill

The Palace Grill
Ranked #25 of 575 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 35
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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."
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Visited with my husband and was instantly impressed with the friendly service.
We started our meal sharing the plantation fried chicken salad which was delicious along with some complimentary cornbread muffins.
I then had the jambalaya and my husband the Berkshire pork chop. The jambalaya was delicious and the pork chop described as 'awesome'. I had a small taste and it really was delicious.
We finished our meal sharing the Louisiana bread pudding soufflé which was a delight.
Far too much food but each mouthful fantastic.
The cocktails were also great and seved in large mason jars along with a martini glass - one $12 cocktail filled my glass about 4 times!
Loved the impromptu singing of a wonderful world too!
Thank you the palace - keep doing what you are doing!!

Thank Rebecca M
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Fun experience, good food most of the time, great service. Can have a line to get in since they don't take reservations. Can get pricey.

Thank Jen J
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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We came in just for the soufflés we hear and read about. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, but unfortunately the soufflé wasn't very good. We ordered the dark chocolate after learning the bread pudding one has lots of raisins that can't be removed. When presented the soufflé looked right (for a traditional soufflé), but the taste and texture were way off. It was like a thick chewy dense cake with none of the qualities one would expect from a real soufflé. The flavor wasn't very rich and we only ate a few bites and left the rest. Sadly it wasn't worth the wait, dollars or calories.

Thank HotelDuderino
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

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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Thank ChinesegirlinLA
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We went there on a friend's advice, and, at first glance, thought he had made a mistake. He's kinda of a fancy guy and this is not a fancy place. This is an Cajun place hiding in Santa Barbara with the best, most unusual, martinis you have ever had. We got a seafood platter that was incredible and way too much food for two. The martinis were spicy and strong. You won't need more than one or maybe two at the most. We took Uber just in case. This place is a "don't miss" if you like Cajun food, or if you're from the South and you're homesick.

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Thank King_of_California
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