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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crawfish” (67 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

We picked up that restaurant by walking in the city center looking for a good place on a Sunday night. We were very positively surprised I general. Service was very good but we have been very impressed with the food that I believe was not...More

Thank labobupe
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2014

I'm so glad we were able to give you good food that compared to food back home! It's great hearing from travelers who have just stumbled upon us and have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for letting us know we were able to give you...More

Reviewed 26 August 2014

I want to go back to Santa Barbara just to eat here again. Everything was perfectly cooked, and the entire menu was a pageant to tempting dishes. Definitely a special restaurant.

Thank dstormyt
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for this amazing review! We're glad you found our dishes pageant-worthy and that you had fun dining with us. Hope you'll come visit us again when you're in Santa Barbara! All the best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 25 August 2014

Great service, very friendly. Great fish dishes. Atmosphere not evident but possibly due to not being very busy.More

Thank Shelley B
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Shelley, thank you for the review! Happy to hear the team did a great job and that you enjoyed your fish dishes. We always try to provide a lively atmosphere at our place, but off nights can happen. We hope you'll be back again to...More

Reviewed 22 August 2014

This is a solid restaurant, but I gave it up to the tourists along time ago. One time we went and I could feel the daggers in our backs because we didn't give the table up soon enough for them. Thats pretty rude in my...More

Thank jamieSantaBarbara
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

It's always great hearing from locals like you, Jamie. Your support helped us get where we are today -- the quality restaurant that even travelers like to visit. I'm sorry if our busy nights bring customers that might chip away at your dining experience, though....More

Reviewed 20 August 2014

We were walking and found this restaurant and decided to try it. The food was great and so was the service. The waitress brought us a sampler of muffins which were tasty. There gumbo had great flavor with just the right spice. Their delicious dessert...More

Thank Charles N
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for this great review, Charles! It's nice when you can stumble upon a hidden treasure, right? I'm especially glad you enjoyed our muffin sampler and gumbo, too -- those are some of my favorites. Come back soon! All the best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is one of our favorite SB restaurants. It is really an iconic SB establishment and worth the wait in line. I believe they only take reservations at the 5:30 sitting but if you have a wait, there is usually outdoor entertainment and it is...More

Thank julie g
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thanks for all the wonderful compliments, Julie! The blackened salmon and filet are two of our favorites too. It's always great hearing from customers who have been visiting us for a long time -- we appreciate your business and support. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 19 August 2014

We were getting tired of pizza, Mexican, fast food...at the end of our vacation so we opted for Cajun. The restaurant is fun and accommodating. We ordered Crawfish Etouffe which was flavorful, and not too salty. We also tried the scallops. Wonderfully broiled in a...More

Thank 4StarDave
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

So now you know, Kirsten: we love any excuse to celebrate. Glad to hear you had fun joining in on our musical productions! Likewise, I'm happy to see you enjoyed our Cajun cooking -- I look forward to sharing this with our team. If you're...More

Reviewed 9 August 2014

Some restaurants manage a combination of atmosphere, service, food and drink in which the sum is far more than the parts. Such is the case with the Palace Grill. I have been eating here for over 15 years and never had anything but a great...More

Thank SoCalAstronomer
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

It is so wonderful to hear from loyal customers like you who have been visiting us for years. And that we're one of your favorite restaurants, not just in the nation, but the world? Stellar. That makes our day -- no, our year. Our bread...More

Reviewed 3 August 2014

I have eaten here many times, and will eat here every opportunity I have in Santa Barbara. You just can't beat a restaurant that has outstanding service, GREAT food, drinks that are worth their money, and a friendly atmosphere. The Oysters Cajun are unbelievable! And...More

Thank EBS33527
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

I think I know what you're trying to describe here -- we call it the "Palace Experience." It sounds like you enjoy experiencing good food in good places and I'm very happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the filets (and the Oysters...More

Reviewed 30 July 2014

We were a little surprised given the glowing reviews. The food is average although the menu descriptions would have you believe that you are in for a culinary feast. My salmon had definitely got to know the oven for longer than it should have done....More

Thank floristonhall
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for the feedback! It's great hearing from travelers who came a long way to visit us. It's a little disappointing to hear you didn't enjoy the lively atmosphere we're known for, but off nights can happen. And I'm sorry to hear you were...More

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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Saturday
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
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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."
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