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Sambo's Restaurant

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good39%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (33 reviews)
“pancakes” (122 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fun breakfast spot had been there for years I believe at room time there were several they start you off with a basket of mini rolls my favorites the chocolate chip

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Douglas F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to admit we stopped by here because we got stuck in a rain storm, but so glad we did. We were greeted by the manager, David Moorman. He went out of his way to make us comfortable and the food was excellent. We...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Don H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It really deserves 5 stars or close to it. It delivers on everything that you would expect it to. Moderately priced, but great high quality diner food. Excellent location. Super friendly service and usually quick. It is our go to place for weekend breakfast in...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank TampaSam-bc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn’t fault the food served, the quality was good and typically huge. The whole place was full of life and the servers friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Stainlesteve
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We went for breakfast as it was close to hotel and had good reviews. It was nice enough and the price was reasonable, but nothing remarkable.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AH_Reviews
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for coming in to Sambos. We do try to surprise our guest with fresh cut fruit daily, free muffins when you arrive and our famous Sous Vide Corn Beef hash. We also are constantly working with our staff to provided some of the...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

Sure there are all day breakfast places like Perkins and Denny's but don't even compare. Bet ready for a real treat for breakfast whenever you are ready for it. I had a benedict which was phenomenal. The fruit cut side was of ultimate freshness. Do...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AQD
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Everything you would expect from an American diner with great staff, seems to be very popular with the locals as well. Has breakfast both days that we were here in Santa Barbara

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank peregrineh74
Reviewed 22 October 2018

You may need to queue - there's a reason, the food is awesome. Great service, consistently top quality breakfasts. Get an outside seat and watch the world and the beach. Given the business, we didn't feel pressured to get in and get out quick. But...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Heidbummer
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Awesome breakfast place right by the beach. Corn beef Benedict was my favorite. Outdoor seating area, but can get crowded quickly.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jared A
Reviewed 10 October 2018

What a wonderful, tasty and interesting surprise we found in Santa Barbara! The original and only remaining Sambo's in the US. The service was excellent! The food was fresh and fabulous and prices we very reasonable. I loved it for the history and information about...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank StellaNorway
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David N
16 June 2017|
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Response from RevLovebrew | Reviewed this property |
No code; it's across the street from the beach.
6 September 2016|
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Response from Chadscafe | Property representative |
We have excepted all wooden nickels that people have brought into Sambos. I have collected over 500 over the last 15 years. Thanks for coming into Sambos
6 September 2016|
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Response from Heligypsy | Reviewed this property |
I bet they would let you keep the nickel. :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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
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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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