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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crawfish” (66 reviews)
“bread pudding” (40 reviews)
“souffle” (28 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 29 September 2014

The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is wonderful and the food is amazing! We love this place! Street musicians playing on the sidewalk outside when we were there, added to the New Orleans vibe. We were seated quickly and our food and drinks came...More

Thank Honey805
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2014

Thank you for this amazing review! I'm so happy to hear you got to experience the New Orleans vibe we work hard to create at our place. And hearing our team did a great job of making you feel welcome while giving you great service...More

Reviewed 24 September 2014 via mobile

Food was ok, not as amazing as I was expecting from the rave reviews I have seen of this place. Staff/service was friendly, however we felt we were rushed through our meal (45 minutes from arriving to leaving). My plate was cleared whilst my partner...More

Thank Prw83
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

I'm glad to hear our staff was friendly and made you feel welcome, but you definitely shouldn't have felt rushed to finish your meal. Going out to dinner should always be relaxing, and I sincerely apologize that you and your partner had your bill brought...More

Reviewed 15 September 2014

Great, friendly service, together with a unique menu. Lunches are reasonably-priced for Santa Barbara, and include delicious New Orleans favorites, from the simple red beans and rice, to jambalaya, crayfish etouffe, gumbo, and more.More

Thank RoeTravelers
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2014

Thanks for coming in to try our place when you visited Santa Barbara! I'm very happy to hear you thought our food was delicious and that our team made you feel welcome and gave you a true New Orleans dining experience. I hope you visit...More

Reviewed 13 September 2014

We had a great dinner here in early August 2014. The food was fresh, delicious and provided in huge quantities. Service was, across the board, fabulous! Great kids menu. My son had a small fillet mignon for around $10. Loved, loved the crawfish pasta lafitte....More

Thank foodieFosterCity
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2014

Souffles are always the best way to end an evening of singing and eating delicious Cajun food -- or at least that's what we believe! I'm happy you had such a great time dining with us and that our team did a great job of...More

Reviewed 4 September 2014

This is a great place to go for some wonderful Canjun cooking, and great ambiance!!! Meals are served, drinks to enjoy, and then Stay to sing with the entire restaurant!! The atmosphere is warm and friendly, very family oriented and just a great all around...More

Thank jrlola
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2014

So glad to hear you enjoyed The Palace Experience! Our team loves showing our guests how we celebrate good food and good people. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your drinks and the singing -- hope to see you back if you're ever visiting the...More

Reviewed 1 September 2014

We picked up that restaurant by walking in the city center looking for a good place on a Sunday night. We were very positively surprised I general. Service was very good but we have been very impressed with the food that I believe was not...More

Thank labobupe
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2014

I'm so glad we were able to give you good food that compared to food back home! It's great hearing from travelers who have just stumbled upon us and have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for letting us know we were able to give you...More

Reviewed 27 August 2014

I want to go back to Santa Barbara just to eat here again. Everything was perfectly cooked, and the entire menu was a pageant to tempting dishes. Definitely a special restaurant.

Thank dstormyt
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2014

Thank you for this amazing review! We're glad you found our dishes pageant-worthy and that you had fun dining with us. Hope you'll come visit us again when you're in Santa Barbara! All the best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 26 August 2014

Great service, very friendly. Great fish dishes. Atmosphere not evident but possibly due to not being very busy.More

Thank Shelley B
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2014

Shelley, thank you for the review! Happy to hear the team did a great job and that you enjoyed your fish dishes. We always try to provide a lively atmosphere at our place, but off nights can happen. We hope you'll be back again to...More

Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is a solid restaurant, but I gave it up to the tourists along time ago. One time we went and I could feel the daggers in our backs because we didn't give the table up soon enough for them. Thats pretty rude in my...More

Thank jamieSantaBarbara
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2014

It's always great hearing from locals like you, Jamie. Your support helped us get where we are today -- the quality restaurant that even travelers like to visit. I'm sorry if our busy nights bring customers that might chip away at your dining experience, though....More

Reviewed 21 August 2014

We were walking and found this restaurant and decided to try it. The food was great and so was the service. The waitress brought us a sampler of muffins which were tasty. There gumbo had great flavor with just the right spice. Their delicious dessert...More

Thank Charles N
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2014

Thank you for this great review, Charles! It's nice when you can stumble upon a hidden treasure, right? I'm especially glad you enjoyed our muffin sampler and gumbo, too -- those are some of my favorites. Come back soon! All the best, Errol, Manager

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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|
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
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 23:45
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
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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