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All 44 Santa Paula Restaurants

Rabalais Bistro

861 Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
+1 805-525-2109
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Ranked #2 of 44 Restaurants in Santa Paula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $13
Sun - Mon 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Bakery, Café, Bistro
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Southern New Orleans Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including but not limited to: Gumbo, Fried Chicken (Tuesday Night), Po'Boys, Shrimp, Biscuits & Gravy, Soups & Salads. Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday including full beer and wine list. Beginets hot out of the fryer, or hand crafted breads and baked goods. Proudly Serving Intelligencia Coffees and Teas.
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English first
Dornoch, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Taking the long way home and detouring through Santa Paula, my wife and I decided to have lunch. We drove through the town and tried to identify where we would eat. My wife selected the Bistro and what a great decision! A huge space inside belied the few tables outside the front door. Super high ceilings. Wonderful space between tables.... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We have been to Rabalais now on 4 different occasions and have been thrilled with the food and the service every time! We used to fly to Seattle for the best Seafood chowder but no more! Now we drive 11 miles and get a cup or bowl of the best chowder chock full of shrimp, clams and other goodies!! We... More 

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Los Angeles, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Who knew you could find the tastes and ambience of New Orleans in the countryside of Ventura County? Beignets, gumbo, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, Po' Boys, Andouille sausage, croque monsieur, Louisiana BBQ, plus soups and salads - it's all here and delicious! Decorated with Southern charm with the inevitable music in the background, Rabalais Bistro and Bakery is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Rabalais' is a wonderful alternative to all the Mexican restaurants in the area (not that there is anything wrong with Mexican, just that you might want something else). Rabalais features tasty Cajun treats and has a bakery next door, to boot! The soups that we tried (Gumbo and Mushroom) and the Beet salad made great appetizers. The main courses, the... More 

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Bakersfield, California, United States
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199 reviews 199 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The food was great. Hard to find good Cajun food in California. I will be coming back here. Service as a drop slower then I'd like but food made up for it.

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Ventura, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A group of four decided to have breakfast at Rabalais and we were glad that we did. The atmosphere reminded me of New Orleans, had that NOLA vibe down pat. Our wait person had a great personality and didn't rush us since we had a lot to catch up on. Three of us ordered coffee drinks; chicory coffee, cappuccino and... More 

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509 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I've been here several times for lunch, and it's always been packed, so people must like it, but I've always been disappointed with the food. Then definitely need to use better ham.

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North Hollywood
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Really great baked goods, especially the pies. I will return just to order pies for the holidays. I especially loved the music and decor.

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had a really nice breakfast here. We had the biscuits and gravy, which had some of the best red-eye gravy I have had- rich & meaty, full of sausage and not too spicy. The french toast was a enormous portion and also very good. But the capper was the fabulous beignets, of which I have to admit I ate... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great service, friendly and helpful. Great food with good portions. The food was a little less spicy than we expected for Cajun, but delicious. The beignets, French donuts, were awesome.

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Additional Information about Rabalais Bistro

Address: 861 Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Phone Number: +1 805-525-2109
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Paula
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 13
Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Bakery, Café, Bistro

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