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Sambo's Restaurant

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (32 reviews)
Opens in 26 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 1st meal on a 2 week road trip around California was breakfast here. Lovely staff, great service and and a huge breakfast burrito. Standard coffee top ups and done with a smile. Location is great along Main Street close to pier and harbour. Perfect...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Checked out the beach and whale watching trips and thought we would take a quick coffee....Sambos staff were charming and and the atmosphere was great . next we new we were enjoying a champagne cocktail and nachos ...best ever !

Thank Russell M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The omelette was very thin . Definitely not 3 eggs. The potatoes had an odd odor. Not sure I'd return.More

Thank T L
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We cook our omelettes differently. We cook them on a flat grill and fold them over, it is not like the pan fried omelettes. I am unsure of the patotoes, but we cook them fresh with new batches coming out ever 20 min, but I...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little resturant with a view of the harbor. The food is simple and good. Sit outside so you can enjoy the view.

Thank debloveart
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I tried out Sambo's for breakfast and were not disappointed. The fact that you can choose to have pancakes instead of toast is genius! The staff were accommodating of our stroller and friendly. All around great breakfast and great experience. Would eat...More

Thank Steven M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great breakfast with great service at Sambo's. I had a huevos rancheros plate with a fruit cup. Two eggs on top of a corn tortilla, black beans, and cheese. I asked for the tomatillo jalapeño salsa and wasn't disappointed. It's slightly hot...More

Thank Rubysoho111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prices were reasonable and staff was pleasant. Just accross the road was the ocean. Very pleased with it.

Thank Kimberly C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service was prompt and attentive. Breakfast was very good, especially the eggs. Coffee was just ok. Easy walking distance to most hotels. Parking on the street.

Thank maggiegust
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our breakfast here and felt nostalgic as it is the original Sambo's founded 60 years ago. I grew up eating at Sambo's in northern California and was happy to see this wonderful little spot across from the beach with a friendly staff and...More

Thank CMC_03
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't even tell how long it's been sice I have eaten at a Sambo's plus I get to eat at the orginal Sambo's So I had to have the Santa Barbara Omelet at the Santa Barbara Sambo's between wife and I we have pancakes...More

Thank s3production
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David N
16 June 2017|
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Response from Frances M | Reviewed this property |
Casual, relaxed (not swimwear?)
6 September 2016|
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Response from Chad S | 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
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Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
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
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View
Open Hours
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
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06:30 - 15:00
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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