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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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Ranked #26 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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."
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great, friendly service, together with a unique menu. Lunches are reasonably-priced for Santa Barbara, and include delicious New Orleans favorites, from the simple red beans and rice, to jambalaya, crayfish etouffe, gumbo, and more.

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Foster City, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We had a great dinner here in early August 2014. The food was fresh, delicious and provided in huge quantities. Service was, across the board, fabulous! Great kids menu. My son had a small fillet mignon for around $10. Loved, loved the crawfish pasta lafitte. The sauce was to die for. Others at our table enjoyed fish, and chicken. We... More

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

Souffles are always the best way to end an evening of singing and eating delicious Cajun food -- or at least that's what we believe! I'm happy you had such a great time dining with us and that our team did a great job of taking care of you. I hope you'll visit us again for another fun Palace Experience!... More

Solvang
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a great place to go for some wonderful Canjun cooking, and great ambiance!!! Meals are served, drinks to enjoy, and then Stay to sing with the entire restaurant!! The atmosphere is warm and friendly, very family oriented and just a great all around place to be!! Don't miss out, it certainly is worth the wait if you don't... More

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed The Palace Experience! Our team loves showing our guests how we celebrate good food and good people. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your drinks and the singing -- hope to see you back if you're ever visiting the area again! All the best, Errol, Manager More

Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We picked up that restaurant by walking in the city center looking for a good place on a Sunday night. We were very positively surprised I general. Service was very good but we have been very impressed with the food that I believe was not that far from my experience of 1 start restaurants at Michelin in France. My lamb... More

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

I'm so glad we were able to give you good food that compared to food back home! It's great hearing from travelers who have just stumbled upon us and have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for letting us know we were able to give you a memorable dining experience during your vacation. Come back for some Creole lamb chops if... More

Newark, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I want to go back to Santa Barbara just to eat here again. Everything was perfectly cooked, and the entire menu was a pageant to tempting dishes. Definitely a special restaurant.

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

Thank you for this amazing review! We're glad you found our dishes pageant-worthy and that you had fun dining with us. Hope you'll come visit us again when you're in Santa Barbara! All the best, Errol, Manager More

Dorking, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Great service, very friendly. Great fish dishes. Atmosphere not evident but possibly due to not being very busy.

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

Shelley, thank you for the review! Happy to hear the team did a great job and that you enjoyed your fish dishes. We always try to provide a lively atmosphere at our place, but off nights can happen. We hope you'll be back again to get the full Palace Experience -- maybe one of our singalong nights would be more... More

Santa Barbara
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a solid restaurant, but I gave it up to the tourists along time ago. One time we went and I could feel the daggers in our backs because we didn't give the table up soon enough for them. Thats pretty rude in my book considering we dropped a bundle there. The food is solid there but certainly nothing... More

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

It's always great hearing from locals like you, Jamie. Your support helped us get where we are today -- the quality restaurant that even travelers like to visit. I'm sorry if our busy nights bring customers that might chip away at your dining experience, though. You're always welcome to make reservations with us for lunch or dinner to avoid the... More

Ridgecrest, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were walking and found this restaurant and decided to try it. The food was great and so was the service. The waitress brought us a sampler of muffins which were tasty. There gumbo had great flavor with just the right spice. Their delicious dessert completed our memorable meal. Service was great and their staff was polite and courteous. We... More

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

Thank you for this great review, Charles! It's nice when you can stumble upon a hidden treasure, right? I'm especially glad you enjoyed our muffin sampler and gumbo, too -- those are some of my favorites. Come back soon! All the best, Errol, Manager More

Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is one of our favorite SB restaurants. It is really an iconic SB establishment and worth the wait in line. I believe they only take reservations at the 5:30 sitting but if you have a wait, there is usually outdoor entertainment and it is fun to talk the other people waiting in line. Make sure you order the popcorn... More

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

Thanks for all the wonderful compliments, Julie! The blackened salmon and filet are two of our favorites too. It's always great hearing from customers who have been visiting us for a long time -- we appreciate your business and support. We look forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Errol, Manager More

Saratoga Springs, NY
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were getting tired of pizza, Mexican, fast food...at the end of our vacation so we opted for Cajun. The restaurant is fun and accommodating. We ordered Crawfish Etouffe which was flavorful, and not too salty. We also tried the scallops. Wonderfully broiled in a light sauce. The waitress came by prior to the meal with a sealed card. Once... More

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

So now you know, Kirsten: we love any excuse to celebrate. Glad to hear you had fun joining in on our musical productions! Likewise, I'm happy to see you enjoyed our Cajun cooking -- I look forward to sharing this with our team. If you're ever in Santa Barbara again, stop in for a singalong! All the best, Errol, Manager More

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