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“Best place to eat, anywhere.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Palace Grill

The Palace Grill
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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Ranked #17 of 409 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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."
Santa Barbara, California
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“Best place to eat, anywhere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Best restaurant we've ever been to, hands down. Not to be believed. The ambiance is wonderful, the service was incredible, you can bring kids and they have a ball (they even had a magician wandering though who was like something you'd see on TV) They toasted everyone and handed out lyrics to "what a wonderful world". What a wonderful wonderful place.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reno, NV
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“Jambalaya and Muffins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Wife and I shared their delicious jambalaya pasta dish. We split the large and there more than enough f food for the two of us - although I managed to eat it all. The jambalaya had plenty of spice without making you uncomfortable and overwhelming the delicious flavors.

My daughter enjoyed her chicken tenders which were freshly per

The pre-meal muffins are delicious but don't spoil your appetite for the main course.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Awesome meals and service at The Palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We loved our first dinner so much that we went back for lunch!

We were in town for a wedding and decided to take some of our family here for dinner. EVERYONE was pleased with their dinners and the service was impeccable.

First, the service:

5 of us arrived on a busy Friday night over July 4th weekend, and we had no reservations. We were asked if we had reservations, and we said no. Typically, what tends to happen is that then there is a bit of an attitude or a really long wait. The host was impeccable in his manners, and told us he would look into what he could do to accomodate us. He really said this in a lovely way, and he went out of his way to find a place for us.

Once seated, the service was fantastic. However we wanted our meals (some people wanted certain foods like mushrooms omitted, for example), they delivered with no questions. They kept mentioning they worked in a team approach, and all the staff appeared to be genuinely happy to be there, which I think sets a nice tone for the customers. The singing to "It's A Wonderful World", along with a toast, was really a nice touch - making you feel like you were a guest in someone's home, rather than a restaurant.


The food:

The crawfish pasta was to die for! Seriously. My 16 year old daughter said it was one of the best dishes she had ever had, and I agreed with her.

Other entrees we had were the soft shell crab, pasta etouffee, chicken, red beans and rice. All were given a thumbs up.

Finally, we shared the dark chocolate souffle, which needed to be ordered about 30 minutes ahead. It was delicious.

The diversity of menu items was great as well.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Absolutely Incredible...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

My family and I tried this place since it was rated well on here. I was a little hesitant but all I can say now is "wow". Not only did the staff treat us with utter kindness, the food was to die for! I got the crawfish pasta (not sure exact name) and it was amazing! After our food came we treated ourselves to the chocolate soufflé and it was incredible also (of course). As we were leaving, we noticed the huge line outside--well worth the wait for them! Get there early or make a reservation because this place has the BEST service and fantastic food!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This place is just off State street and is a great dining experience. We had the Crawfish popcorn, definitely worth a try, they also serve a selection of delicious home made muffins with your meal. Main courses were delicious packing lots of flavour. Make sure you give this a go when in Santa Barbra, just be prepared you may need to sing for your supper......

Visited July 2013
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