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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (67 reviews)
“bread pudding” (43 reviews)
“souffle” (27 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 11:45 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Do not miss this restaurant. The service and food are outstanding. Highly recommend a reservation. We had 12 people in our party and the service was perfect! The food is fun and excellent as well as large portions. Can't say enough great about this restaurant....More

Thank MicheleC106
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Excellent staff. Great assortment of Cajun food, specialty drinks. Mondo manager originally from South San Jose. Stirling hostess, wait staff. Both are attentive. Good sized portions, well prepared and with distinctive flavors of nawlins. A nice choice when you are craving Cajun. Lunch is an...More

Thank m44
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

I visited this restaurant with my daughter and her fiancé who had eaten there before. We like Oysters Rockefeller and Cajan spices which they serve. My daughter said they don’t take reservations. So we stood outside in the long line of people waiting to get...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

When looking for a restaurant our attention was drawn by Zydeco played outside. It was 3 guys calling themselves the Zydeco Zippers. They create the perfect atmosphere for guests waiting to be seated. Once in you get to taste the muffins and whatever you choose...More

Thank Bruno570
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

I invited 20 people to attend my wife’s birthday party (significant age ending in 0) and judging from the response from the guests it was a resounding success. Everyone ordered from the menu and all were delighted with their selection. Their specialty is Cajun and...More

Thank Jim F
Reviewed 20 October 2017

If you want to try something not seafood while in Santa Barbara, try the Palace Grill. We tried a sampler platter for two. It had chicken, steak, coconut shrimp and blackened catfish along with some veggies. All were really good, my favorite was the steak,...More

Thank khub79
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Came here with a group of 7 and was seated rather quickly. The place is small and not very fancy. More of a family restaurant feel. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Drinks and food came very quickly! They do a fun thing where the...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank Rebecca M
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....More

Thank HotelDuderino
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank ChinesegirlinLA
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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
  • E-mail
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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