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Paradise Cafe

702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-962-4416
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“paradise burger” (10 reviews)
“burgers” (18 reviews)
Closes in 16 min
11:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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1 - 10 of 183 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice relaxed diner style restaurant. We found it online. Food was very nice. I had pork shank and it melted off the bone. The cocktails are good and very strong. Reasonably priced meal.

Thank Adelle235
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot for a bite in Santa Barbara. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food, and good options for indoor and outdoor dining. We were in the mood for comfort food tonight and had a mix of meat eaters and vegetarians at our table. If you have...More

Thank BobFitz2012
Reviewed 7 September 2017

If you like your burger to be a little luscious in a slightly upscale setting, this is the place. I love to drink my margarita and eat my great big burger with fabulous shoe string fries while sitting on the covered patio watching the world...More

Thank Shirley R
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Really wanted to sit outside but couldn't be accommodated for whatever reason. Food was very good, and service was as well.

Thank Keith G
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The fine folks made us and our friends feel right act home. The service was tops. The food rocked and we could have stayed there all night. Also, they have an impressive wine selection. Book it now!

Thank Brad P
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

What a lovely patio for a summer lunch. The flowers surrounding the patio were stunning. Just beautiful. Service was excellent. Good selection variety on the menu. Easy 1 block walk off the main drag of State Street.

Thank phxaz54
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a great restaurant, inside or outside seating. Every menu choice is excellent! Always a great hamburger!

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Really sublime meal on the patio. Super friendly and attractive servers; many interesting dishes to choose from. Served promptly, hot, and everything was delicious! Flavorful, prepared and presented with care. Pricing consistent with value received. Highly recommended and can't wait to return and try another...More

Thank Leon P
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Just moved back to Santa Barbara after a few years away and stumbled upon this little gem. Naturally, as a UCSB alumnus, I had the Gaucho sandwich. Very simple and delicious. Reasonable price. I enjoyed the setting most. At night, this place looks great with...More

Thank Armando T
Reviewed 2 June 2017

The food was so so and overpriced....probably will not return. I was there with 10 other couples and all enjoyed being together but not the price.

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Susan C
20 February 2016|
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Response from stacey w | Reviewed this property |
I think they have a website with the menu posted. I didn't do gluten-free, but it seems to me there are several entrées, salads and hors d'oeuvres that would meet that requirement.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-4416
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Located in a 1915 vintage brick and stucco building that once housed an Italian bakery, and La Paloma Cafe, this landmark building has been the home of Paradise Cafe since 1981. Customers can enjoy Paradise Cafe on the heated patio, in the dining room, or the art deco-inspired bar. The Paradise Cafe has the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood in the city of Santa Barbara. We specialize in prime steaks, fresh fish, and of course, our famous Paradise Burger broiled over the first and only live oak wood grill in Santa Barbara. Combine that with our fabulous vegetarian entrees, pastas, soups, salads, and our Decadent Paradise Pie, and we have something for every palate!
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