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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“jambalaya” (56 reviews)
“bread pudding” (43 reviews)
“souffle” (28 reviews)
Closes in 6 min
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fun and friendly, this place offers a wide variety of both traditional New Orleans cuisine as well as treats crafted by the chef to represent his own take on the food. One example is his bread pudding souffle. You will end up eating every one...More

Thank Denise K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was visiting during a recent holiday weekend and was intrigued by their $33 3 course meal celebrating their 33rd anniversary. After my miserable experience, I find it hard to believe this place made it past year 3. Turns out the 3 course meal is a...More

Thank Wolverine154
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived a little early thinking we would have a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, only to find they had no bar. (The do serve a full array of alcoholic beverages, just no sit-down bar.). The host was kind enough to recommend we go to...More

Thank TheNJShore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is nice. The service is very good. I ate the palace burger which was very good. The prices are OK for the quality.

Thank xgod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told to visit this restaurant by the concierge of our hotel and we were not disappointed. We opted for the $33 set menu to celebrate 33yrs of being open. We were brought 5 small breads that looked like muffins, all individually flavoured and...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 7 May 2018

MY wife enjoys Cajun food, so we decided to go to the Palace Grill on e. Cota right off of State Street a half a block form Joe's Italian restaurant. The service was great, the food fabulous, and the atmosphere homey. I had the sweet...More

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Benn coming here for years. I really enjoy the Cajun martinis and redfish. Nice card tricks as well.

Thank Bruce J
Reviewed 4 March 2018

This place was recommended highly to us and did not disappoint. We were greeted by the owner with friendly conversation. Our server was very friendly and thoroughly explained our options. This place is a Cajun/Creole restaurant with a cool New Orleans vibe. I ordered the...More

Thank fishonthefly93312
Reviewed 3 March 2018

As a long time resident of Santa Barbara I have had many great dinners at the Palace. It is one of our favorite places and has stood the test of time in Santa Barbara which in itself says a lot! The service is always top...More

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 1 March 2018

I rarely go out at night because I am night blind ...but it was a special occasion so I got inspired to try something different. I was thrilled to see that the tables were well lit enough to see the food I was eating. We...More

Thank Maile M
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Paula M
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
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
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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