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702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
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Ranked #112 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
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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  • English first
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The calamari steak sandwich is the best! I also enjoy the tri tip sandwich and the chili bowl with a green salad. The weekend brunch menus change, but always have a yummy selection of creative omelettes. The bar seems to be busy in the evening and the service in the covered outdoor patio is great!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Paradise has been a Santa Barbara staple for many years and always consistent for a good burger and fries. I pretty much get the burger every time but they also have a really good salmon salad that I tried recently. Downstairs at the bar is a fun vibe if you're looking for a more casual vibe and they also serve... More 

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Goleta, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Other reviews are correct, standard good food and the burgers are always good. Lately my fave has been the steak tacos. Patio has forced air heat so even foggy cool days like yesterday, it is still comfortable on the patio. As a local this is a go to place for lunch with co-workers.

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Personally I like their hamburger, but since I only eat about one or two a year I am not the best judge. Plus, if you take away the fries I am not so sure. The have a very nice patio which is in use most of the year. Not the best view, but most people come here to talk with... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

Always a great locals spot and a personal favorite of mine growing up in Santa Barbara. Nothing fussy about the food but always good. Fun vibrant atmosphere and friendly service. Don't come here expecting to have your shoes knocked off but always a good time.

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Placida, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Go back in time (decor-wise) and have a cocktail or coffee at this cute spot on the corner. Intimate but fun.

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Los Angeles, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Huge burger. More like a steak burger than a hamburger. You better have a good appetite for what you will be served. May be the best burger in Santa Barbara. I have tried many and this is one of the best. Not only that, the service is top notch. Very attentive. Consider their "burger and Burgundy." Yes, a glass of... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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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