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702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Paradise Cafe

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
Megan888_88
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Went to the Paradise Cafe for dinner on our first night in Santa Barbara. The setting was relaxing with plenty of outdoor seating. Our Margaritas were very good, and my ahi fish kebabs were adequate. My spouse found the "special steak sandwich" adequate as well though a bit tough and in no way particularly special. What really wasn't special was... More 

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santa barbara
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

my husband and I had lunch again today at the paradise. he thinks they have the best burgers in town. I like their calamari steak sandwich. the staff is energetic and friendly, the food is consistently good, and I love sitting outside on the patio... shade, sun, or heat as one desires. have been coming here for years and it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I went on a weekday, and while the service was friendly, it wasn't very attentive. I had the grilled Mahi with garlic mashed potatoes. The fish was cooked well, but the potatoes were instant. What restaurant serves instant potatoes and charges that much for an entrée? It also included a vegetable medley that was soggy and overcooked. That being said;... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Santa Barbara is beautiful this time of year. Usually sunny and in the 70's. The Paradise Cafe has a lovely outside area where you can relax and have a lovely lunch with friends. The waiter was very friendly and gave some nice suggestions. I had the salmon soup with their crusty French bread and is was delicious. They have vegetarian... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 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
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Senior Reviewer
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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98 reviews 98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-962-4416

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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

Questions & Answers

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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?