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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (66 reviews)
“bread pudding” (40 reviews)
“souffle” (28 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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1 - 10 of 539 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you like good Cajun style food, then check this place out! Don't forget the dark chocolate soufflé for dessert!

Thank Nyvik
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were three couples off a cruise ship for the day wandering around State Street when we stumbled through the door. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating and everything was delicious! Our top recommendations are the shrimp po boy, red beans and rice, jambalaya...More

Thank Marti R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been in years past and enjoyed. Unfortunately it has gone downhill and the presentation and food does not live up to the exorbitant prices. We ordered the gumbo ya ya as appetizer and it came basically simultaneously with our entrees! Not good and we said...More

2  Thank Jotripplanner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After 15 years in the restaurant industry and this hands down is my favorite! Great; service, atmosphere, drinks and the food is amazing! There was 6 of us and we all teased each other's and everything was fantastic from apps to the desserts. I wish...More

1  Thank Sumixam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You MUST try the Palace. It is a local favorite. The food, the service, the entertainment is fantastic. You will not regret it. GO, NOW and say hello to Harold for me if the still works.

1  Thank thefrenchpro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend had been to this restaurants years ago, before me, and when we decided to visit Santa Barbara, he said this was a "Must Eat" restaurant. I said, great! What's it called ... he didn't remember. I asked, what kind of food ... he...More

1  Thank jilldenton
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Traveling from out of town and was recommended to this restaurant. 10/10 would come back. Lots of food for a great price. Try the popcorn crawfish. It's nice to go with another person they have platters for 2 that definitely filled us up. Team oriented...More

Thank Nate P
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This restaurant came fairly highly recommended, and turned out to be rather expensive for a slightly above average meal that was really nothing special, but for the fact that the super-model, Kathy Ireland, who is a local resident of Santa Barbara, was dining at the...More

1  Thank D1andonlyDman
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

I was delighted to find a Cajun restaurant that received a decent review near our hotel. Food 3.5: Great menu with lots of choices. The gumbo and soft shell crab was tasty. Cajun catfish was ok, slightly under seasoned. Coconut shrimp was mediocre. Vegetable and...More

Thank TravelInEase
Reviewed 1 May 2017

It is a very nice location with a band playing live music at the doorstep, although, when playing live music, we recommend to switch off the radio. The service is OK, but the food is just not good enough. We took the palace platter for...More

1  Thank Tramx
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Paula M
I love your Bayou green salad. I would like to know where I can purchase the salad dressing that you use on it. Or do yoy sell it there. Please let me know.Thank you
19 July 2016|
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Response from Peppygal | Reviewed this property |
Hi Paula - you may want to send an inquiry to the Palace and I bet they will share. Pat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 35
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Saturday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-5000
  • E-mail
Description
Established in 1985, The Palace Grill is a Santa Barbara landmark restaurant featuring authentic New Orleans-inspired cuisine and a fun, lively atmosphere. Winner of The Santa Barbara's Independent Reader's Poll for "Best Restaurant Service". Located in Santa Barbara's charming Old Town district, The Palace Grill has something for everyone. Our menu features a wide range of contemporary American Grill items with a focus on authentic Southern and Louisiana specialties such as Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, New Orleans Bar-B-Que Shrimp, Blackened Filet Mignon, and delicious daily "Menu Additions". In addition we have a number of exciting Caribbean dishes and a line of Creole-Italian pastas. To insure that we remain authentic, the Palace routinely flies its staff to New Orleans to experience first-hand the magical quality of the city that has inspired the spirit of the Palace Grill. The Palace has been featured in dozens of national publications including Gourmet(R) Magazine, Bon Appetit(R) and USA TODAY(R). Throughout the years, The Palace has also been a favorite of culinary legends (including chef Julia Child and chef Wolfgang Puck) and has served its cuisine to countless global dignitaries - including 5 U. S. Presidents. At the Palace Grill, everyone shares one goal: to give our guests the most extraordinary dining experience possible: every time they visit. Besides our wonderful cuisine, The Palace is known for it's unique style of "Team Service" (which the Nation's Restaurant News called "an idea whose time has come") and our nostalgic nightly staff and guest Sing-A-Long to Louis Armstrong's iconic song - "What A Wonderful World." Come join the celebration known as "The Palace Grill Experience."
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