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“Best Cajun west of the Rockies” 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 #14 of 438 restaurants in Santa Barbara
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."
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Best Cajun west of the Rockies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant in SB. Even my persnickety chef brother was impressed. Just go...I don't know from actually NOLA cuisine, having never been there, but this place is just wonderful!

  • Visited December 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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Lompoc, California, United States
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, great food, great prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Great restaurant! Fantastic food quality, reasonable prices, and the ambiance is really neat. It's perfect for meeting someone special for lunch, getting the office group together for a retirement party, or just breaking away for a relaxing meal. I've quite enjoyed going and now I look for an excuse to eat there. You'll enjoy it!

  • Visited June 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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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Cajun Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about the service and staff here. The service concept is a shared responsibility for all of the diners, but you won't really need to ask another server for anything because yours will already be attentive.

I was excited to eat here because I love Cajun food and I was not disappointed - the best Cajun food I've had outside of Louisiana. And they offer to adjust the spice level or ingredients to your preference. Superb!

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This place is amazing. Great Cajun in Santa Barbara??? Oh yea, its amazing. Wonderful food, service is a kick and they know how to help you celebrate an event. We are going again next week and can't wait to take my husband, I know he'll be excited!! Reservations are a must...don't expect to get in just walking in.

  • Visited December 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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Newport Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere. So-so food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We read all of the reviews on yelp and people either were totally in love with the place or were very critical that the food is not 'cajun-enough'. Loved the atmosphere and the crowd. Our service was great. The food was so-so, as described by the more critical food reviews. We still enjoyed our visit to The Palace.

Visited December 2013
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