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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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Orange County, California
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184 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first visit but definitely not our last. We made the only reservations you can for dinner at 5:30. The staff are welcoming and attentive. The popcorn crayfish as an appetizer is a must. There are a variety of mini muffins ranging from cornbread to rosemary to molasses. All are yummy. We enjoyed the fresh blackened Louisiana redfish.... More 

Thank Sandy C
Torrance, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit, and we loved it. We ordered delicious mixed drinks, that arrived in mason jars. We were then brought a basket of mixed muffins. They were all great, from the jalapeno to the banana walnut. I ordered the Penne Pasta Pontalba and my husband ordered the Pecan Chicken Picatta. Both were delicious, but we both prefered... More 

Thank Kassandra531
New York, New York
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255 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very good dinner at the Palace Grill. The gumbo was very very good, the freshly baked warm muffins were delicious. The wait staff is very attentive and took great care of us. Definitely make reservations or go early, the restaurant fills up quickly.

Thank PermanentNomad
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I'm so glad you guys enjoyed everything from our gumbo to our friendly service! Always a pleasure to hear our team did a wonderful job of making you feel welcome, and I'll be sure to pass your thanks along to them. Can't wait to do it again sometime! All the best, Errol, Manager More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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87 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by a number of locals, my husband and I were super excited to try this restaurant. When you arrive, there's beads on the table (which my husband ended up wearing for our entire honeymoon road trip!) and right after you order, you get six different mini-muffins. HELLO! YUM! Our food was delicious, but even more special was the energy... More 

Thank Tiffany G
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

We're super excited you and your husband listened to the locals and came by for a bite, Tiffany! From the Mardi Gras beads to the honeymoon dessert, it was a real pleasure to make your visit special. Hope the rest of your road trip was fantastic, and we'll see you again if you're ever back in Santa Barbara! All the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Our family stayed in Santa Barbara last week for three days, and two of those days we dined at The Palace Grill! That's how good it is. For dinner the first night we tried the crayfish popcorn and two of us shared one of the sampler platters, which came with a chocolate souffle. I forgot to mention that they bring... More 

Thank Dena D
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I'm so happy you guys loved our food enough to come back for more, Dena! From your daughter's filet mignon to our red beans and rice, it's a real pleasure to hear everything was such a hit, and I'm so glad we could make you feel welcome both times, too. We'll be looking forward to seeing you guys again next... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Haven't been here for more than 20 years. Still extraordinarily great service and wonderful ambiance, but the food was not as good as I remember. We shared the expensive (and it was!) sampler between the 3 of us and there was more than enough. I found the veggies tasteless and I am a veggie lover. We loved the salmon. I... More 

Thank Grammyjane2015
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I'm so glad we got to welcome you back after a 20-year hiatus, Jane! While it's wonderful to know our service is just as excellent as you remember, I'm sorry our food couldn't match that this time. Still, we're happy you guys all got plenty to eat with that sampler, and we hope we won't have to wait another 20... More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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228 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This was a great meal and highly recommend eating here. It provided a great environment for our family and would love to go again.

Thank Elij51189
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Glad to know we made you and your whole family feel so welcome, Elij! Thanks for recommending us, and I hope we'll have the pleasure of serving you guys again soon. Best, Errol, Manager More 

Buellton, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Simply wonderful creole food. It is tight, noisy, and most of the time, there is a long wait for a table... but it is worth the wait. It is a plus that it is very reasonably priced, especially for Santa Barbara. Weeknights they take reservations - make one. Friday & Saturday the only reservation time available is 5:30. If that... More 

Thank Roy D
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I'm so happy you've always been willing to endure that wait with us, Roy! We're proud to know our Cajun recipes are worth it, and I'm glad you've enjoyed everything enough to keep coming back for more. Sounds like you've found a plan that works when it comes to our reservations, and we'll look forward to making another for you... More 

Fresno, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Upper end cost but worth it. Food and service was excellent and would recommend this to anyone if you like Cajun food. It had been awhile since I was in New Orleans so this was a blissful experience. I had the red fish that was flown in from New Orleans and it was excellent take small bites and let the... More 

Thank Jim W
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

So happy you're a fan of our Cajun cooking, Jim! It's always excellent when we can remind you of New Orleans, and I hope you'll come see us for more red fish when you're ready for more! Take care, Errol, Manager More 

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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This place is consistently delicious, fun and the staff are very attentive. My favourites are the muffins, Louisiana bread pudding souffle with whisky cream sauce, and the excellent Palace Cajun Martini served in a mason jar! The atmosphere is a festive New Orleans cafe style with live music outside on warm busy nights and sometimes a magician inside to entertain.... More 

Thank Tristan O
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Hey again, Tristan! I saw your other review already and left you a note there, but I just wanted to say again how happy I am that you enjoy everything we do. Can't wait to welcome you back next time! Take care, Errol, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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