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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
  • 19
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  • 9
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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
Great Burgers

This restaurant has a patio area which is worth making a reservation for. The menu is varied and the burgers and steaks are great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Nottingham
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  • Local cuisine
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Nottingham
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169 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This restaurant has a patio area which is worth making a reservation for. The menu is varied and the burgers and steaks are great.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Lovely place,quite small,outside seating,used by loads of locals,tells you everything.Food was good,service was also fairly good.

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

After a frustrating search for another restaurant, we came upon Paradise Cafe. A cheerful ambiance on a very warm evening. We were seated immediately and received bread and water right away. We ordered three appies to share and a drink each. All the servers looked out for all the tables. Service was good but not perfect, but errors were corrected... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Visited for a late dinner on Friday night and got a table outside. The oak grilled section caught my eye and I ordered the New York Steak. The meal was nicely presented and the steak had a great smokey wood taste it from the grill. Added a Greek salad for $3 which I also enjoyed (yum, feta cheese and cherry... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The Paradise Cafe is a Santa Barbara favorite for casual patio dining! Tropical plants shade the small patio, and a mural of a caballero on a rearing horse salutes diners. The mural is preserved from a Mexican restaurant once located here. (Worth a peek: inside over the bar at the corner, an Aztec maiden is guarded by her lover, Popocatepetl.)... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Due to poor planning & not making advanced reservations at restaurants that we had heard great things about, we missed our opportunity to dine at some great places on a recent Saturday night in Santa Barbara. Since all the cool places were booked up for the evening, we stumbled upon Paradise Cafe & thought it looked fine, with people dining... More 

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Devon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Busy local restaurant with good food and good service. Well healed clientele but not too expensive. Loverly terrace and garden

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Santa Barbara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

You can not go wrong eating or drinkn at Paradise Cafe. It has been one of Santa Barbara's best place to grab a drink or a bit to year for over 30 years. Gorgeous out door patio, amazing cheese burgers and Bruce the bartender makes a mean margarita.

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SoCal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Spontaneous late lunch with a friend one Saturday - we were seated on the front porch. Restaurant in a converted house. Quick attentive service. Lots of veggie options. I had a salad with shrimp which was very fresh and hit the spot. Casual vibe like most Santa Barbara restaurants. Small place so plan for a wait during normal dining hours.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

LOVE this place! Stopped here for lunch when I was driving through Santa Barbara. It's in a great spot just off State Street. The service was incredibly friendly and food was yummy. We had burgers and salads and they really hit the spot. Sit outside and enjoy a beautiful day in Santa Barbara.

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