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702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-962-4416
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located in a 1915 vintage brick and stucco building that once housed an...
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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    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food

Nice little place with tasty food and friendly staff. Indoor and outdoor tables. Good variety of fish dishes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
Anders L
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Enskede, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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  • Local cuisine
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Enskede, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Nice little place with tasty food and friendly staff. Indoor and outdoor tables. Good variety of fish dishes.

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Paso Robles, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We have been frequenting the Paradise Café in Santa Barbara for years (we were "locals" for 25 years). Their combination of excellent beef grilled over an oak fire grilled makes a world of difference. These are truly "destination burgers". As if that weren't enough...their thin-cut French Fries are the perfect compliment to this burger. We've had burgers around the U.S.... More 

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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Excellent burger. Friendly wait staff. Close to State Street but a little removed from the tourist area.

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Party of four for a late Saturday lunch. "Would you like inside or outside? Outside please. Sorry, no tables available outside. What???" When it starts like that, I'm not too hopeful. Inside had an overwhelming odor of very fishy fish. Like sardines. I'm not a fish lover to begin with. Lots of fish and shelfish on the menu if that's... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I had heard about this cafe for years but never ate there. It is a non-pretentious restaurant with fresh food and friendly atmosphere. The menu seems to be made up of customers favorites. The standard burgers, salads, and soups. BUT, they are not "standard". They are fresh and tasty and good portions. The lunch special Paradise tacos had swordfish grilled... More 

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Peoria, IL
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We wanted a quick lunch while out running errands. Paradise Café is like Panera--you order at a counter and either take your food or a number to a table. We found Paradise Café nicer than most Paneras. The food was a cut above--my Asian chicken salad (1/2 size) was full of flavor and plenty filling. My husband liked his turkey... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Paradise Cafe has been offering its recognizable brand of California fresh for decades in Santa Barbara, and it has pretty much maintained its affordability when SB was known as Paradise (before real estate prices made it too expensive for Adam and Eve), and better still its friendly generous potions of yummy sword fish kebabs, tri-tip on ciabatta rolls, addictive shoe-string... More 

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Sacramento CA
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Sitting out on the patio under the umbrellas at Paradise is, well, paradise. Food and service are also good. Super nice place for lunch.

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Los Altos, CA
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was my third visit to the Paradise Cafe. The outdoor patio is really nice and comfortable. The patio is heated for year-round enjoyment. The food is very good. I particularly enjoyed the grilled artichoke appetizer and the baby back pork ribs.

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Santa Barbara
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Paradise Cafe is your standard Santa Barbara bar and restaurant. The food is good and the drinks are reasonable. The atmosphere is very pleasant in both the bar area and the restaurant proper. The food can be expensive.

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Additional Information about Paradise Cafe

Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-962-4416
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 5 - 30
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-4416

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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!
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?