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8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Established in 1985, The Palace Grill is a Santa Barbara landmark...
Established in 1985, The Palace Grill is a Santa Barbara landmark restaurant featuring authentic New Orleans-inspired cuisine and a fun, lively atmosphere. Winner of The Santa Barbara's Independent Reader's Poll for "Best Restaurant Service". Located in Santa Barbara's charming Old Town district, The Palace Grill has something for everyone. Our menu features a wide range of contemporary American Grill items with a focus on authentic Southern and Louisiana specialties such as Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, New Orleans Bar-B-Que Shrimp, Blackened Filet Mignon, and delicious daily "Menu Additions". In addition we have a number of exciting Caribbean dishes and a line of Creole-Italian pastas. To insure that we remain authentic, the Palace routinely flies its staff to New Orleans to experience first-hand the magical quality of the city that has inspired the spirit of the Palace Grill. The Palace has been featured in dozens of national publications including Gourmet(R) Magazine, Bon Appetit(R) and USA TODAY(R). Throughout the years, The Palace has also been a favorite of culinary legends (including chef Julia Child and chef Wolfgang Puck) and has served its cuisine to countless global dignitaries - including 5 U. S. Presidents. At the Palace Grill, everyone shares one goal: to give our guests the most extraordinary dining experience possible: every time they visit. Besides our wonderful cuisine, The Palace is known for it's unique style of "Team Service" (which the Nation's Restaurant News called "an idea whose time has come") and our nostalgic nightly staff and guest Sing-A-Long to Louis Armstrong's iconic song - "What A Wonderful World." Come join the celebration known as "The Palace Grill Experience."
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
authentic cajun and creole cuisine

the palace has earned a reputation as one of Americas top restaurants. authentic Cajun and creole cuisine of new Orleans. the palace has been a favorite of chef Julia child and has been served to 5 us presidents. the first time my wife and I went there we had alligator. do not come to Santa Barbara... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Burt Y
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

the palace has earned a reputation as one of Americas top restaurants. authentic Cajun and creole cuisine of new Orleans. the palace has been a favorite of chef Julia child and has been served to 5 us presidents. the first time my wife and I went there we had alligator. do not come to Santa Barbara and not go to... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

First, the warm muffin variety basket to start your dining experience are to die for. Jambalaya and scallops were excellent. The kids chicken tenders were "different but really good." Service is by team and worked well.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

If Cajun food and a New Orleans atmosphere pushes your buttons, this is the place to be. Yummy food from ettoffees to gumbos to jambalayas to blackened fish. The staff was great. The drinks were great. We were blown away but this affordable Santa Barbara icon. No matter the line.....stay and wait.....its worth the effort. On weekends that have bands... More 

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Nyon, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Good service even though I didn't quite get the attire the waitress was wearing Great food and taste. We even got surprisedd on some of the flavors from our meals great ambiance and interior design for the place Be carefulll with the cocktails and the house specialty is really spicy (not just a little, REALLY) We had fun and enjoyed... More 

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words about your visit, MaximeSuisse! It sounds like you enjoyed a very nice meal and received excellent service as well. Prices in Santa Barbara are a little on the higher end in general, and we're actually in line with other restaurants in our class. Hopefully we'll get another chance to wow you someday -- we'll... More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

From the delicious homemade muffins first brought to the table, our experience was a great one. Friendly, fun service and the food was amazing. Highly recommend.

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Cheers, Lise, for the amazing recommendation. It's a pleasure to hear we served you a wonderful meal and took great care of you too. Join us again anytime you're in town -- there are plenty more muffins waiting for you. All the best, Errol, Manager More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I was with a party of 4. We each had something different and amazing. The scallops and soft shelled crab were to die for. The staff is very friendly and helpful (Jessica was our main server). The starter muffin assortment could be a meal within it self. If you are in Santa Barbara and was a great meal check out... More 

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Cheers to you and your fellow diners, kathy_sd! I'm so glad to hear you all loved the meal, and I'll be sure to share your kudos with Jessica and the rest of our staff. San Diego isn't too far away! If you ever make it back to Santa Barbara, we hope you'll join us again. All the best, Errol, Manager More 

Malibu, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My husband and I both lived in New Orleans for a few years and The Palace is hte only place that even kind of lives up to good cajun/creole food. Luckily our best friend lives in Santa Barbara and we have an excuse to see her AND go to the Palace grill. We have been here probably 100 times and... More 

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

What a recommendation, Meagan! Thanks so much for the kind words and five stars. I'm glad you can count on us for that authentic NOLA experience you'd been missing. Here's to 100 wonderful meals and many more to come! Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

Encinitas, California
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We stop here every time we come through or stay in Santa Barbara because it simple ROCKS! Errol has greeted our family for years, always with a familiar smile and professionalism. Joni helped us this time along with a great smile as we had failed to make a reservation but she got us in for the final table. We had... More 

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for making us a part of every visit you make to Santa Barbara, DKool! I'm so glad Joni went the whole nine yards to make sure we could serve you this time, and I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Chelsea as well for the friendly, attentive service. Here's to many years of meals together, and many... More 

Encinitas CA
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I love, love, love this restaurant! Take it from a foodie! You will not find a better Cajun restaurant west of the Mississippi! The delicious food, the fabulous service, spicy cocktails and the relaxed New Orleans style atmosphere make this restaurant an absolute must in Santa Barbara. I would drive up from San Diego just to have their delicious muffins!... More 

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Happy to have earned your sterling recommendation, clambake33! We're doing our best to do true cajun cuisine proud out here on the west coast, so it's great to hear we're on the mark. We don't expect you to make the drive every time you want to dine with us, but here's hoping we'll get another chance to welcome you back... More 

Devon
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137 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

got pointed to the grill initially for a dessert then went back for a full meal on Monday night. Excellent service great cocktails. Go for the sing a long as well as the food. on Friday and Satirday be prepared it queue - but with it

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Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

The best compliment you can pay us is to return for another meal, DavidCDevon, so thank you for joining us not once but twice! I'm glad you got to enjoy a full meal with us as well -- we'd hate for you to miss out on the complete Palace Grill experience. Anytime you're in Santa Barbara we'd love to welcome... More 

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Additional Information about The Palace Grill

Address: 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
Phone Number: +1 805-963-5000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Cajun & Creole

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Established in 1985, The Palace Grill is a Santa Barbara landmark restaurant featuring authentic New Orleans-inspired cuisine and a fun, lively atmosphere. Winner of The Santa Barbara's Independent Reader's Poll for "Best Restaurant Service". Located in Santa Barbara's charming Old Town district, The Palace Grill has something for everyone. Our menu features a wide range of contemporary American Grill items with a focus on authentic Southern and Louisiana specialties such as Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, New Orleans Bar-B-Que Shrimp, Blackened Filet Mignon, and delicious daily "Menu Additions". In addition we have a number of exciting Caribbean dishes and a line of Creole-Italian pastas. To insure that we remain authentic, the Palace routinely flies its staff to New Orleans to experience first-hand the magical quality of the city that has inspired the spirit of the Palace Grill. The Palace has been featured in dozens of national publications including Gourmet(R) Magazine, Bon Appetit(R) and USA TODAY(R). Throughout the years, The Palace has also been a favorite of culinary legends (including chef Julia Child and chef Wolfgang Puck) and has served its cuisine to countless global dignitaries - including 5 U. S. Presidents. At the Palace Grill, everyone shares one goal: to give our guests the most extraordinary dining experience possible: every time they visit. Besides our wonderful cuisine, The Palace is known for it's unique style of "Team Service" (which the Nation's Restaurant News called "an idea whose time has come") and our nostalgic nightly staff and guest Sing-A-Long to Louis Armstrong's iconic song - "What A Wonderful World." Come join the celebration known as "The Palace Grill Experience."
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm

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