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Paradise Cafe

702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
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Ranked #117 of 443 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: 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
Spokane, Washington
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 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
59 helpful votes 59 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

GF and I were looking to add to our Sunday breakfast options apart from Jeannine's, which can be too crowded for our comfort. We took our meal outside and were seated next to a space heater. We both had unremarkable omelets. Not bad just nothing to recommend. What stood out was not pleasant. The "fresh" fruit was not. Some of... More

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Paradise Cafe is an old house that has been converted to a restaurant. It has been in business since 1985 because they do it right. They have nice outdoor or indoor seating, a pleasant wait staff and very good food. The fresh fish is always very fresh and nicely cooked and served. We tried the gazpacho and the fried... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Casual and laid back with good varied menu, good fresh food and a nice wine selection Great seating on the terrace The staff is very attentive but not intrusive It's good value for your money with convenient parking right on the street A Varied local clientele, not touristy It was a quiet because we fined around 9p

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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We chose the restaurant for a late weekend lunch because we wanted to be outside but off the main drag, State Street. The service was friendly and the food was good. We had a bowl of unremarkable gazpacho and the spinach salad with grilled shrimp which was excellent. They both came with better than average sourdough focaccia. The bill was... More

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Toulouse, France
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98 reviews 98 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Looks so charming but brunch was average to poor. Nothing horrible just wont go back... waffles were a flop.

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Los Angeles, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The food came a bit cool, the burger was a bit more cooked than requested. Friends shared a wild halibut dish and enjoyed it immensely so perhaps the food is uneven, depending on the chef. For me, if I was to get another burger, I'd search out an In n Out rather than the Paradise Cafe. No paradise nor hell.... More

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Anaheim, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Found out about Paradise Cafe thru an article giving suggestions on what to do and where to go when visiting Santa Barbara for a get-a-way. Was looking forward to checking it out but came away disappointed. There was a party of "young adults/college students" out on the patio where we sat and they got all the service - we waited.... More

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