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Sambo's Restaurant

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“pancakes” (111 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
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Reviewed yesterday

Last year we ordered one omelet then split it between us. It was ample sized and fresh. This year we ordered another omelet and had them split it and bring to us. The portion was smaller so it seemed and not as fresh or appealing....More

Thank dougg1000
Reviewed 6 days ago

Good, quick service, lots of nice seating, with tables on the sidewalk facing ocean-side (across the street), food is good diner fare.

Thank TravelingIguana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped in for lunch (most people were having a late breakfast, which I should have chosen). I ordered a couple of beef tacos with a side green salad and coffee. The salad and the coffee were good. The beef tacos were terrible - I...More

Thank William P
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review I will talk to the kitchen about the meat in the Taco's. I hope you will give us another chance. Chad, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The breakfast was really good. Nice flavours of everything. The oatmeal could have been a little ”juicier”. Otherwise everything was good. Kids menu as well.

Thank annica s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had breakfast several times here. Pancakes which my hubby loved and omelets for me.. Food is average but this is original Sambo's and sentimental for us.

Thank nswanson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming here for 40 years and its still great had a burger and sampled the wife's hot cakes. Service isn't perfect but who cares it's good here lighten up and try it

Thank Kelly C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sambos used to be in our home town. Great memories here with yummy pancakes and breakfast. Highly recommend this spot for a fun breakfasts!

Thank zkrscasa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is located near the beach! There is a great offer of breakfast things! I enjoyed some bagels, eggs and fruit. When you order coffee you get some fresh homemade cakes! lovely

Thank jordidelcroix123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful breakfast on Sambos patio. The service was good and the food hit the spot. My only complaint is that the staff did nothing about a dog constantly barking on the patio and disturbing the guests. I'm all for dog friendly patios,...More

Thank CC71OK
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We walked by Sambo's every morning and decided to eat there on Sunday. Old fashion breakfast which was good. The best was the location! We sat out on the patio, which I recommend.

Thank Cappie G
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David N
17 June 2017|
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Response from RevLovebrew | Reviewed this property |
No code; it's across the street from the beach.
6 September 2016|
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Response from Chad S | Property representative |
We have excepted all wooden nickels that people have brought into Sambos. I have collected over 500 over the last 15 years. Thanks for coming into Sambos
6 September 2016|
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Response from Heligypsy | Reviewed this property |
I bet they would let you keep the nickel. :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 5 - USD 14
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-3269
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Sambos is a family friendly restaurant located across from the beach in Santa Barbara. We serve Breakfast and Lunch all day long. Our specialty is Pancakes and breakfast items.
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