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El Paseo Restaurant

10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2230
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Ranked #198 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

El Paseo Restaurant is tucked away between State Street and the Wine Cask Restaurant so it is a bit hard to locate but well worth the search! Each Sunday they feature an "all you can eat" buffet in the large plaza that houses their facility. Everywhere you look there is a different collection of very interesting foods. We went there... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Been to the El Paseo for dinner on several visits. For this trip, we had my daughter's wedding reception here. Food is unquestionably one of the best Spanish epicurean experiences one could want. Staff is cordial, not uppity like some restauants in Santa Barbara. Presentations are 5-star. Ample parking in back off of Anacapa St.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Our good friends, who are Santa Barbara natives, recently took us to dinner at El Paseo. The entire day had been called "classic Santa Barbara", which meant we only visited or ate at places which had been in existence for at least fifty years. We finished the day at El Paseo, a Santa Barbara institution. This restaurant serves typical mexican... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Living in Santa Barbara more than 40 years ago, I first visited El Paseo Restaurant and was pleased with the atmosphere more than the food -- it was and remains a Moorish/Spanish delight, complete with a ceiling which rolls back to allow starlight dining. We went there last night, the first time in 20 years, and found that the place... More 

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

great meal well priced. Lovely location and comfortable seating. Endless chips and the food was excellent. Service was good. Waiter very nice and appropriate. Would go again just to try more dishes.

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

While the location looks promising, the food and service prove it to be a waste. They had several large parties there while we were dining and all the tables were acting horribly. Lots of loud cheering and getting out of hand with the alcohol. After an hour of screaming we complained the manager. The noise got a little better, but... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a lovely place. It is a Santa Barbara tradition. Great for kids - they can watch them hand make the tortillas. With so many new places popping up, I love that this place is still as lovely, fun and well, just Santa Barbara- esk! I especially recommend checking out their Taco Tuesdays! Have Fun

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Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Whilst on holiday in Santa Barbara, my wife and I popped into El Paseo between lunch and dinner for a coffee and a sweet treat. I don't recall how we heard about it, but we expected to find an interesting location with period art throughout. The interesting thing about the restaurant is the courtyard area where seating is located. The... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

An extensive menu of authentic Mexican food and some surprises on the menu as well. We had a large party and they accommodated us well. The staff was helpful and the building was a gorgeous historic space - just beautiful.

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Santa Barbara, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stopped in here on 10/16/13 to have a glass of wine with a friend. The bartender was very attentive and gracious. Plus, they had a happy hour special of half price appetizers. Then I had a tequila, a good one, recommended by the bartender. We had a good time and will go back.

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Additional Information about El Paseo Restaurant

Address: 10 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2230
Phone Number: 805-962-6050
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35

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