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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 #15 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Cajun & Creole, Caribbean
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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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English first
Woodland Hills, CA
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This place was packed with people who all appeared to be having a good time. Of course we had to go in. My boyfriend and I were seated quickly and got service in no time. We each ordered wine, which was good and reasonably priced. I had the jambalaya and he had the veal medallions. Both were super delicious. I... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Initially, I was a little leery as this restaurant was selected by a friend and I'm a vegetarian. However, I'm so happy I came. First of all, the atmosphere is incredible. I came on a Wednesday night and it was packed, but luckily we were able to be seated quickly. The walls were covered in unique decor and there were... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This place is just a lot of fun. They serve up pretty good Cajun cuisine, but the experience you get here is worth a stop in. The gumbo is really good, as is a lot of the seafood that they serve. I also always enjoyed the Chicken Tchoupitoulas-something you won't find many places in California. I would avoid the Cajun... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Loved it here! had a very nice time and enjoyed the night life w/ several great exotic drinks~will def. come back to the "Palace" when on the West Coast.....

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Belmar, NJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The waitresses were very attentive and fun and the ambiance was true to New Orleans. However, I cannot endorse the lunch menu. I ordered an oyster po boy as it is a favorite of mine from many visits to New Orleans. (Including two brunches at the original Palace Grill. I had to send the sandwich back as I had difficulty... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Excellent cajun dining. Friendly staff. We (family of five) stopped by without having reserved. No problem to get a table. Very nice experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you visit sb you must try the palace restaurant great service and awesome food, great location but make reservations

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

This is a creole cajun restaurant and the food and service were outstanding. The waiters all work together to ensure that everyone has a great time. There were 4 of us and we all had different meals and they were all good. Fun place to go.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My wife & I visited here on our honeymoon. Really nice place, busy, friendly & efficient staff. We shared popcorn crawfish to star. For main I had jambalaya & my wife stuffed fillet steak. All were really nice. Felt popcorn crawfish could have been crispier but that was the first time I've ever had crawfish so maybe it isn't meant... More

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We had a wonderful meal at Palace Grill. The soft shell crabs were delicious. We also enjoyed the Oyster appetizer. It is a busy place and reservations are needed. The atmosphere is fun and we had great service.

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