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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crawfish” (66 reviews)
“bread pudding” (42 reviews)
“souffle” (28 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 3 November 2014

A favorite of many Santa Barbarans-- reservations recommended. Food is consistently wonderful and typical Creole with lots of seafood. Spice ranges from mild to mouth burning, so ask if in doubt.More

Thank Elizabeth A
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2014

We like to spice things up at our place, it's true -- sounds like you enjoyed our spicy Creole cuisine though, Elizabeth! I'm happy to hear you love our fresh seafood, and I hope you'll visit us again to try more of our ragin' Cajun...More

Reviewed 29 October 2014

The ratings on YELP where so high, I expected an unforgettable meal, and it was just ok. Don't expect a quiet dinner here or spacious rooms. The place is CRAMPED with tables just a foot from one another, and it is very very loud. Waiters...More

Thank Love_Chocolate_71
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2014

First off, I would like to thank you for giving our place a try when you were visiting Santa Barbara. I think it's great you were able to find us through the recommendations of others on Yelp -- I know this may have raised your...More

Reviewed 21 October 2014

My husband and I went to The Palace Grill as a special meal to finish off our west coast road trip. We were recommended it by my brother who lives in LA and had been there for dinner a few years before and loved it....More

1  Thank MissPinBC
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2014

Compliments like these just make my day! I'm so glad you loved your meal and the whole Palace Experience when you came in. Happy to hear the popcorn shrimp and catfish hit the spot for you. We hope you and your husband will swing by...More

Reviewed 16 October 2014

We planned our cruise so that we could stop in Santa Barbara just to eat lunch here again. We consider ourselves infrequent regulars because we live in NorCal. Once again, we were in Cajun heaven. Had the Cajun Martini (dirty) -- superb! Crawfish crab cake...More

Thank Mr_Stale
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2014

I cannot tell you how happy this review has made me -- from the words "Cajun heaven," to the phrase "drown happily in the sauce." I'm glad our staff gave you that care package of muffins on your way out because someone who appreciates our...More

Reviewed 1 October 2014 via mobile

It's always a good sign when you arrive at a restaurant at 6.30 and it's full on a Wednesday night. We choose the Jambalaya and crab cakes. The crab cakes were unbelievably yummy and would thoroughly recommend. The Jambalaya was spicy but having swapped our...More

Thank LuckyTim6691
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2014

I'm happy to hear you loved our crab cakes so much -- they're a favorite of mine too! Great idea swapping plates to try the Jambalaya, even if you preferred those yummy crab cakes. We love getting our guests to singalong with us, and I'm...More

Reviewed 29 September 2014

We found this place and it was very good. Portions are good. I needed just plain pasta with a sauce and they did that too. Dessert was a dark chocolate souffle. The waiter will ask when you order if you would like one, since they...More

Thank MariettaGA
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2014

I'm glad you decided to indulge -- those dark chocolate souffles are a great choice to end a great meal! I'm happy to hear you loved the food and the portions were to your liking. I hope you come back and visit us again for...More

Reviewed 29 September 2014

The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is wonderful and the food is amazing! We love this place! Street musicians playing on the sidewalk outside when we were there, added to the New Orleans vibe. We were seated quickly and our food and drinks came...More

Thank Honey805
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2014

Thank you for this amazing review! I'm so happy to hear you got to experience the New Orleans vibe we work hard to create at our place. And hearing our team did a great job of making you feel welcome while giving you great service...More

Reviewed 24 September 2014 via mobile

Food was ok, not as amazing as I was expecting from the rave reviews I have seen of this place. Staff/service was friendly, however we felt we were rushed through our meal (45 minutes from arriving to leaving). My plate was cleared whilst my partner...More

Thank Prw83
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2014

I'm glad to hear our staff was friendly and made you feel welcome, but you definitely shouldn't have felt rushed to finish your meal. Going out to dinner should always be relaxing, and I sincerely apologize that you and your partner had your bill brought...More

Reviewed 15 September 2014

Great, friendly service, together with a unique menu. Lunches are reasonably-priced for Santa Barbara, and include delicious New Orleans favorites, from the simple red beans and rice, to jambalaya, crayfish etouffe, gumbo, and more.More

Thank RoeTravelers
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2014

Thanks for coming in to try our place when you visited Santa Barbara! I'm very happy to hear you thought our food was delicious and that our team made you feel welcome and gave you a true New Orleans dining experience. I hope you visit...More

Reviewed 13 September 2014

We had a great dinner here in early August 2014. The food was fresh, delicious and provided in huge quantities. Service was, across the board, fabulous! Great kids menu. My son had a small fillet mignon for around $10. Loved, loved the crawfish pasta lafitte....More

Thank foodieFosterCity
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Souffles are always the best way to end an evening of singing and eating delicious Cajun food -- or at least that's what we believe! I'm happy you had such a great time dining with us and that our team did a great job of...More

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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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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