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Rabalais Bistro

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861 Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
+1 805-525-2109
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Southern New Orleans Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including but not...
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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Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Must Go!

I love this place, the food is great and the staff is very friendly. Got to go on Tuesday's for their fried chicken...the best!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Michie766
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Ventura, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ventura, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I love this place, the food is great and the staff is very friendly. Got to go on Tuesday's for their fried chicken...the best!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant has it's own bakery where customers can shop separate from the menu of the restaurant. The Cajun menu adds a special flavor to downtown Santa Paula. Each item on the menu is a special treat.

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Santa Paula, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

First, I'm from L.A., so I'm going right to the hipper than thou card, just being straight...outta the gate. That being said, I've never had fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy, where I've had to blab about it to the whole frickin' world. Well! The biscuits were something I've nevah evah tasted. They had such subtle decadence, that went... More 

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Richland, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a great spot for all your meals, especially breakfast and brunch. They make great desserts and coffee too. The venue and staff are wonderful.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband and I took the scenic route to Cambria and decided to have breakfast in Santa Paula. Based on the TA reviews we opted for Rabalais Bistro and what a treat! We sat out front and enjoyed the quaint little town and incredible weather. This is definitely a local meeting place as everyone greeted each other by name. It’s... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has NOLA written all over it. Southern charm abounds. Excellent menu with very unique choices, all excellent. The beignets are to die for. Good wine list with pricepoint options. Love doing business with locals.

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Santa Paula, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Rabelais is that unique place in Santa Paula where I usually see many people I know whenever I go in, but different people every time. It has a universal draw because of its tasteful atmosphere, open space, patio on Main St., upper room, along with excellent coffee, pastries and New Orleans cuisine. We have also had large gatherings; the staff... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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282 reviews 282 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We stopped by for lunch while in the area. Nice location on a corner in downtown Santa Paula. Covered outdoor patio seating in front of the restaurant, very spacious inside with an upstairs area as well. I had the Croque Monsieur, which is a hot open faced sandwich of thin slices of ham and melted gruyere cheese on a baguette.... More 

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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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California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 861 Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Paula
  • Phone Number: +1 805-525-2109

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 13
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Café, Bakery, Bistro

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.
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?