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Sambo's Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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Today
06:30 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 15:00
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Prince George, Canada
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745 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a leisurely breakfast here before heading to the beach. Named after a children's story and menu items named after portions of it. All had pancakes. Friendly, good service.

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Thank mariedesjardins
Corona, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great restaurant surrounded by Hotel Milo and right across from the Sand with a very casual and friendly atmosphere. Sambo's serves Breakfast and Lunch. Since Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day I have to say I was pleasantly impressed. Your meal starts with a basked of mini muffins and butter..! My daughter and I tried the Eggs Benedict... More 

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Thank Jason M
Wellington, New Zealand
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341 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Standard diner fare. Friendly service but pretty average food. Limited menu choices if you want fruit or anything healthy.

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Thank WH0A
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We do have a fresh fruit plate and cut the fruit fresh daily. But I will see what other healthy items we can bring into Sambos. Chad, Owner More 

Santa Barbara, CA
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for breakfast with a basket of mini muffins on the table! I love this place, you can sit inside or out. There is usually a short wait because their space and seating is limited. It's open early, 6:30 a.m., and stays open for lunch, closing at 3:00 p.m. The food it good American fare, the service friendly, and lots... More 

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Thank KAESB
CA
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So many wonderful memories of Sambo; as a child when visiting my family vacation home in Carmel; we always went. Here while visiting family we once again found this Gem. The food is awesome, the staff is wonderful. A must stop while here

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Thank reneein2art
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were impressed with the brunch food served. However, at least four people took our drink orders and it was wrong two times. It felt confusing to know who was our actual server, and those taking drink orders couldn't take our food order. Was impressed with the eggs benedict though, and great views from outside.

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Thank Heatherbags
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your post. We do work as a team so we are providing the best service possible. You might get service from 4 to 5 people. The busser, Host, Server, manager or food delivery, but it seems we let you down when you visited us and we will talk to our staff to see where we could be... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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151 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grab a table on the patio and order the pancakes and a mimosa! The service is always fast and food is always tasty. Soak up the sun across the street from the beach in Santa Barbara for well priced meal in paradise.

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Thank TheTravelingDuckie
Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our breakfast here, California eggs Benedict and turkey eggs Benedict were both great. Our server was very nice and attentive. Would definitely return.

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Thank teelee23
Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first Sambo's of a chain of almost 500. Started with this restaurant in Santa Barbara about 50 years ago.. Still origional owners and now the last one. Great breakfast place.

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Thank john11112014
Gainesville, Georgia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We kept coming back to this spot every morning! great service with good food which was not overpriced. Everything tasted fresh with some local flavor. Great to sit outside in April!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 14
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
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
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 15:00
Monday
06:30 - 15:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 15:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 15:00
Thursday
06:30 - 15:00
Friday
06:30 - 15:00
Saturday
06:30 - 15:00
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?