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Rabalais Bistro

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861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
+1 805-525-2109
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 07:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Bakersfield, California
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254 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful spot in Santa Paula. A good reprieve from west coast Mexican food and bad coffee. This has the feel of New Orleans. Solid gumbo, good Po boys, well rounded menu and great coffee. Coffee is centri - a local roaster and intelligencia on the espresso bar. Staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Home made chips - yum. And, great... More 

Thank zkrscasa
Thousand Oaks
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

It's probably not a stretch to suggest that Rabalais Bistro is in the top ten of casual eateries in Ventura County. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere - we always aim for an outside table and watch the world slowly pass by on Main Street - great, really great food. Mrs SoCal always starts with the chowder and invariably the catfish po'boy;... More 

Thank BritinSoCal
Los Angeles, California
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252 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We decided to take a day trip along the Highway 126 heading for Ventura. We didn't get past Santa Paula. We asked the locals where the ABSOLUTE BEST resturant was and they pointed us in the direction of the Rabalais' Bistro. With the admonition "And later stop by Garmins Pub for darts and a beer." I haven't been in a... More 

Thank David_DeMulle
Santa Clarita, California
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159 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We usually stop by Rabalais Bistro for breakfast, but today we decided to have lunch there. We ordered their seafood chowder, gumbo, and BBQ pulled pork 'po boy sandwich. Everything was delicious! The seafood chowder is similar to clam chowder but had an abundance of other ingredients. The BBQ pulled pork 'po boy came with a giant portion of pulled... More 

Thank SgtBuffy
Thousand Oaks, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The beignons are very very good The staff is very good the location is great downtown Santa Paula The breakfast is very close to New Orleans the food is outstanding if you like Cajun

Thank josephcfp
Washington DC
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222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Based on the reviews that is why we stopped. The place is popular due in large part I think to the fact that it is NOT Mexican in a downtown which is clearly proud of its Hispanic roots. The good: Service was great! The place was spotless (including the bathrooms). The fish dish my husband ordered very good - not... More 

Thank FormerChicagoGal
Goleta, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I was pleasantly surprised to find such an outstanding restaurant in Santa Paula. The beignets were warm light and heavenly. We had cups of red beans and rice that were flavorful and comforting as well as the macaroni and cheese, shrimp po'boy and pulled pork. The service was outstanding. We will definitely be making a trip back just to eat... More 

Thank Danielle P
Great Linford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

After a dining tour of three states (CA, NV & AZ) we chose for our final meal a piece of comforting delicious real estate called Rabalais Bistro in Santa Paula, CA. We were not disappointed. A warm & intimate interior with friendly & quietly efficient staff. The menu is essentially Cajun backed up by a mouth-wateringly wonderful cabinet of desserts.... More 

Thank Nick T
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I had the vanilla latte with my beignets followed by Shrimp & Grits. Husband had regular latte followed by Biscuits & Gravy with an Andouille sausage. The food was phenomenal! We sat outside and Lea took great care of us. True southern comfort food served in a beautiful atmosphere.

Thank Deanna D
Los Angeles, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is Cajun in a setting that combine's a coffee bar/bakery with sit-down dining for brunch, lunch & dinner. The beignets [Cajun pockets or donuts] are fabulous and I would stop by just to have one (allow 15-20 in as they are made fresh-to-order). I like the fried green tomatoes, pain perdu, shrimp po'boy (unique fillings inside a French Baguette),... More 

Thank 2016Patti

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 13
American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 861 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060-2737
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Paula
  • Phone Number: +1 805-525-2109
Southern New Orleans Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including but not limited to: Gumbo, Fried Chicken
(Tuesday Night), Po'Boys, Shrimp, Biscuits & Gravy, Soups & Salads. Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday including full beer and wine list. Beginets hot out of the fryer, or hand crafted breads and baked goods. Proudly Serving Intelligencia Coffees and Teas.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?