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Rabalais Bistro

861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
+1 805-525-2109
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beignets” (55 reviews)
“po boy” (8 reviews)
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7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
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Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

The beignons are very very good The staff is very good the location is great downtown Santa Paula The breakfast is very close to New Orleans the food is outstanding if you like Cajun

Thank josephcfp
Reviewed November 30, 2016

Based on the reviews that is why we stopped. The place is popular due in large part I think to the fact that it is NOT Mexican in a downtown which is clearly proud of its Hispanic roots. The good: Service was great! The place...More

Thank FormerChicagoGal
Reviewed November 11, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised to find such an outstanding restaurant in Santa Paula. The beignets were warm light and heavenly. We had cups of red beans and rice that were flavorful and comforting as well as the macaroni and cheese, shrimp po'boy and pulled pork....More

Thank Danielle P
Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

After a dining tour of three states (CA, NV & AZ) we chose for our final meal a piece of comforting delicious real estate called Rabalais Bistro in Santa Paula, CA. We were not disappointed. A warm & intimate interior with friendly & quietly efficient...More

Thank Nick T
Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

I had the vanilla latte with my beignets followed by Shrimp & Grits. Husband had regular latte followed by Biscuits & Gravy with an Andouille sausage. The food was phenomenal! We sat outside and Lea took great care of us. True southern comfort food served...More

Thank Deanna D
Reviewed October 4, 2016

This is Cajun in a setting that combine's a coffee bar/bakery with sit-down dining for brunch, lunch & dinner. The beignets [Cajun pockets or donuts] are fabulous and I would stop by just to have one (allow 15-20 in as they are made fresh-to-order). I...More

Thank 2016Patti
Reviewed September 25, 2016

A gem in downtown Santa Paula. French toast, and Eggs Benedict with ham, were wonderful. Great coffee. Interesting that every dish comes with sliced tomatoes. Excellent service. I loved the old photos on the walls. I assumed they were of Santa Paula residents, but I...More

Thank smlisle
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Great Food, Great Service and reasonable prices. The only problem I have here is trying to pass up the bakery counter. No matter what you get it's delicious. Just wish I could try one of everything when I go in there. I moved from Santa...More

Thank John K
Reviewed August 31, 2016

We ate a Rabalais Bistro on a Saturday evening and it was surprisingly not crowded. The catfish and pork chop meals were quite good. Service was excellent.

Thank Bob B
Reviewed August 5, 2016

I have eaten most things on the menu and it's all good, except Catfish. It tasted real fishy, which isn't supposed to happen. The last time we were there, the waitress drove us nuts interrupting our conversation after food had arrived at least 4-5 times....More

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Tracy L, Owner at Rabalais Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2016

Thank you for your valuable input. This is how we learn where we need to improve! It would be helpful to know who your server was in order to address the issue accurately and directly. Our goal is to give excellent service, never to interrupt...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$13
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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