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Rabalais Bistro

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861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
+1 805-525-2109
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 07:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Santa Paula, California
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

A charming space in a downtown location. Easy parking. Good food, reminiscent of New Orleans. Friendly service. Love those big, powdered sugar, beignets!

Thank happywanderwoman
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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Had the fried chicken our wait person plugged for the night. It wasn't amazing, just OK. Side of greens were good.

Thank GRCAfoodsnob
Henderson, Nevada
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110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We chose this spot for lunch because dogs are welcome on the fully shaded patio seating. Very friendly staff. Menu is quite interesting. Food was good, although the French fries were too salty. Service was a little slow and they forgot to serve one dish without the onions, as had been requested. I couldn't resist trying the key lime pie...but... More 

Thank Arthur S
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful double family date night there a few weeks ago with another couple and their kids. The place was packed and super busy so service was a little slow, which is always hard when you have small children. The food was amazing!!! I loved it all! Definitely will return!

Thank J S
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

From the food to the ambiance to the service this was just a fully pleasant experience. First, the food was great, everyone had something different and all said their meals were fantastic. The spice level is high (even for a heat seeker) on some of the really traditional dishes, so, be prepared. Not too hot but borderline. The starters were... More 

Thank Terriojai
Santa Paula, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

Everything Rabalais serves is tasty. Waitpersons are friendly and efficient. Deserts to die for!!!!!

Thank Juhree
Ventura, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Go for the gumbo! This place has the best authentic New Orleans style cuisine anywhere west of Louisiana!! Where else can you get Okra and Ambiance like downtown Santa Paula.

Thank bree m
Jamestown, California
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177 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

We spotted Rabalais while looking for coffee while staying in the hotel around the corner. While we waited for our coffees and perused the menu, we decided to stay for lunch. The first day we had salads, with fantastic dressings and blackened chicken followed by sweet potato bread pudding! I am a sucker for some bread pudding, and this stood... More 

Thank Crystal K
Santa Paula, California
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80 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Cajun and non-cajun food, plus great pastries make this tastefully - decorated and friendly-staffed restaurant a perfect place for any time of the day.

Thank Carlos T
Maple Valley, WA
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119 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

This was my first time to Rabalais and it did not disappoint. We went for Sunday brunch and started with mimosas and beignets! Yum and yum! I then got the fried green tomatoes with eggs and grits. While the grits, which I usually love, weren't my cup of tea I loved the tomatoes and eggs. So delicious. Our whole party... More 

Thank DianeRenee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$13
American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Paula
  • Phone Number: +1 805-525-2109
Southern New Orleans Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including but not limited to: Gumbo, Fried Chicken
(Tuesday Night), Po'Boys, Shrimp, Biscuits & Gravy, Soups & Salads. Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday including full beer and wine list. Beginets hot out of the fryer, or hand crafted breads and baked goods. Proudly Serving Intelligencia Coffees and Teas.

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