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702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
805-962-4416
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Ranked #96 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in a 1915 vintage brick and stucco building that once housed an Italian bakery, and La Paloma Cafe, this landmark building has been the home of Paradise Cafe since 1981. Customers can enjoy Paradise Cafe on the heated patio, in the dining room, or the art deco-inspired bar. The Paradise Cafe has the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood in the city of Santa Barbara. We specialize in prime steaks, fresh fish, and of course, our famous Paradise Burger broiled over the first and only live oak wood grill in Santa Barbara. Combine that with our fabulous vegetarian entrees, pastas, soups, salads, and our Decadent Paradise Pie, and we have something for every palate!
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Fresno
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Paradise café has a very comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. The food is good, tasty and different. Service was quick and efficient. Price a little high, but, after all it is in Santa Barbara.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

For many years we've been dining at the Paradise Cafe when we are in Santa Barbara. We were probably first attracted to it because of its cool look, an old building, striped awning, and neon sign. There is also a lovely patio area with palms and umbrellas. Their menu offer something for everyone, a nice selection. We've never been disappointed... More

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Florida, Usa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Paradise Cafe serves tasty food. We were looking for a place where the locals go and stopped in for lunch during a cruise stop to Santa Barbara, CA. It is a block off the main thoroughfare, easy to find, good service and serves food made with fresh ingredients. We ate outside on the patio listening to the birds chirping.... More

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Waxahachie, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My daughter had steak tacos and I had baja shrimp tacos. The beef seemed tough to me. Shrimp had a nice flavor. Overpriced and the service wasn't great. Wouldn't waste my time. It was a bit overpriced and not that great.

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Modesto, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

On a side street in downtown Santa Barbara the Paradise Cafe offers simple, good to great food in a relaxed atmosphere. If you like mussels try their grilled mussels...terrific. The service was friendly and responsive. For a quiet and tasty meal away from the hectic main street try Paradise Cafe

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Carmel, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Off the main street, and much more quiet because of that. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Staff was attentive, and competent. Food choices were nice and the quality very good. We will keep coming back to this one when passing through Santa Barbara

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Fremont, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Paradise Burger cooked on oak fired grill was so tasty I forgot I was eating a burger. I was whelmed by its juicy and flavor-filled goodness . I like to eat expensive meals but didn't need to pay the price for this exquisite dining experience. I also recommend the grilled asparagus--it was the finest I have had. I do... More

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Spokane, Washington
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106 reviews 106 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Stopped by for a quick drink and a bite to eat. It was a VERY quiet night in the restaurant and although the staff was attentive, I feel as though they were distracting while watching TV around the bar talking. I know...picky, but it was a slow night and it was distracting. I saw they had chili on their menu... More

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New Albany, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Reasonable prices, food good but typical, good service, casual, pleasant atmosphere. Restaurant is very close to a parking garage with reasonable parking rates.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Love the cheeseburger with grilled chiles. Try to sit outside, but, because it's Santa Barbara, wear long sleeves in the evening in the summer.

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Additional Information about Paradise Cafe

Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
Phone Number: 805-962-4416
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian

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