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Paradise Cafe

702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
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Ranked #96 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
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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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88 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Solvang, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Had a chance on a nice Sunday afternoon to stop by for lunch. Stay outside, greeting and service very prompt. Wife had the swordfish tacos, she loved them. I had the steak sandwich with salad. Great sandwich, loved the oak bbq flavor. Will be back soon!

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Tiburon, CA
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244 reviews 244 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A very nice place, with inside and outside seating. Very nice patio. The menu was impressive, and the food matched. Mussels(20) in garlic/pernod, $13.95, were an excellent starter. Halibut braised in butter $23.95 was good, too. We tried a flight of 3 wines for $6.....a bargain! The service was good, but confusing ; we had no fewer than 5 servers,... More

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Ocala, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Visited on a recommendation - perfect for a light relaxed lunch. Outdoor seating, covered or sunny seating made the experience perfect. Prompt service and pleasant staff were appreciated. Ahi Salad and local halibut were fresh, well-prepared and perfectly portioned. Both enjoyed local wine selections. Nestled little gem off State street - recommend !!

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Escondido, California, USA
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Met cousins for dinner before going to a presentation at the Presidio. We were promptly seated and waited on so we could get out on time. If not for the resident cousins,we probably would not have found this as it is off the main drag of State St. You get your money's worth here as the portions are huge. Even... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We went to the restaurant last night, after recommendation from friends. It looks very neat from the outside and were promptly seated on the heated patio. Lots of young staff were waiting, yet it felt uncoordinated as every one seemed to wait on every table rather than having a specific one to attend. This showed in two waitresses coming, wanting... More

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