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Sambo's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
As featured in Beautiful Santa Barbara
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216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
06:30 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 15:00
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very good food for lunch. You can choose between breakfast items and a few sandwich choices. Nice atmosphere with indoor and some outdoor seating.

Thank Cata G
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent breakfast. Had the Tiger French Toast. Best breakfast I have had in a very long time. Back home, I am a coffee for breakfast kind of guy. Figured since i was on vacation, I should do something different. I came here, cause google showed it as being steps from my hotel, and great reviews. The food was amazing as... More 

Thank TechIntellect84
Palm Springs, California, United States
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316 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed close by and this place was always busy. There is almost always a line waiting to eat outside. We had a nice booth inside and no wait. The menu is large with lots of choices. I had delicious blueberry pancakes and would order them again. Service was terrific. There are old posters from the Sambo's story on the... More 

Thank Steve S
Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The most significant take-away is that everyone is unbelievably nice and accommodating. The food is fine, but tastes better because of the hospitality. You're greeted with complimentary mini chocolate muffins - a lot of them. When you order coffee, they give you a thermos so there's no need to grab a passing server to get more. They serve lunch during... More 

Thank Lysa S
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traditional breakfast menu. Delicious, quality breakfast at an affordable price and exceptional service.

Thank Dan F
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfast. Good coffee and efficient service. Nice location looking out over the beach and pier.

Thank Seb P
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the most pc name ever but it's amazing, the food is great all fresh, lovely coffee and really good value! Portions are huge too. A must if you're in the area!

Thank CarlaMC1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great ambiance fabulous choice of food for all the family Customer service second to none Happy staff make happy customers

Thank marionG21
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Literally right next door to the Hotel Milo. Its the original Sambo's, and now, the only Sambo's left. Very clean and friendly. Loved their pankakes as a kid, and can now say, I still do.

Thank Andrew N
London, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My salad was the worst l have eaten had no dressing although generous was loaded onto a small plate. Difficult to eat without spilling. Way overpriced and lacking in quality. I also hated the gratuity guide we were given. Totally unnecessary! The server bought the check as soon as we had finished eating without wait to be asked even though... More 

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Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

I am sorry that you felt that way. We are in the process of training a new manager and some change of staff. The gratuity guide is for the many foreign tourist that arrive and are not accustom to the tipping procedures here in the United States. The server should asked if you wanted the check, but the procedure that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-3269
Sambos is a family friendly restaurant located across from the beach in Santa Barbara. We serve Breakfast and Lunch all day long. Our specialty is Pancakes and breakfast items.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?