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Paradise Cafe

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702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
+1 805-962-4416
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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216 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great landmark in Santa Barbara. Best to eat outdoors if weather is good, this is a favorite of locals. Really solid food and dedicated staff, this is a friendly consistent restaurant. We go back regularly. Also, a great happy hour.

Thank expectquality1942
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another SB local favourite, Paradise café serves burgers and more that take you just a little closer to paradise for dinner. We sat outside and our friends seemed to know moat of the people there. Always a good sign. There was plenty on the menu but our friends ordered burgers so we did too. Thick, succulent beef patties with a... More 

Thank BeHappyM8
Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Paradise Cafe is one one of my favorite local restaurants for lunch! Love the outdoor patio area, the retro bar is cool as well. Great place for a casual lunch and a glass of wine. My favorite dish is the fish tacos, usually made with their wonderful oak grilled swordfish.

Thank dcdreyer
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ate he were because nothing else was open.. However the food we ordered looked and didn't taste good either. My bowl of chili had steak in it but the steak was too chewy and dry which made it harder to eat and enjoy. My husband got the mussel salad the only good thing was the grilled mussel. Would not return

Thank Peipay H
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent diverse menu, oak charcoal broiled burgers to fresh fish tacos all served on a shady outdoor patio. One of my favorite places to consistently have a good experience in Santa Barbara. They also have a cool kind of retro bar to sidle up to if you want a different experience.

Thank RedShoeLiving
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Varied menu - lots to choose from. Fresh, local cuisine. Great spot for a casual, yet upscale dinner. Excellent service. Parking garage nearby.

Thank Terri P
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The buerre blanc mussels were great. We saved the jus for bread. The grilled mussels also great. Savory seasoning complements the natural sweetness of the mussels. The cioppino is tasted like the un-defrosted minuscule shrimp boiled in pulverized canned tomatoes. It was such a disappointment. The service was fine. It was a Saturday night at 8:30 and there were plenty... More 

Thank Sarah W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the pulled pork tostado and my husband had the shrimp tacos. Both very fresh and flavorful. But I don't think it matters what you choose. Looking at other plates around us, everything looked fantastic.

Thank Ruth F
Bakersfield, California
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296 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Santa Barbara is filled with great places to eat. We've intended to go to this place, but kept putting somewhere else ahead of it. We finally made it here and we're glad we did—it vaulted into the top five meals we've had in this city. Both of our meals were outstanding. I had the grilled trout and it was the... More 

Thank Jon R
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Paradise Café has lots of choices for seating as well as a great menu. The outdoor seating is usually what people choose. The menu is a good variety. I had the Paradise Burger which was wonderful. Fries and Salad; you don't have to choose one, you can have both! They will split the order. My niece had the salmon and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $30
American, Steakhouse, Cafe, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-4416
Located in a 1915 vintage brick and stucco building that once housed an Italian bakery, and La Paloma Cafe, this landmark building has been the home of Paradise Cafe since 1981. Customers can enjoy Paradise Cafe on the heated patio, in the dining room, or the art deco-inspired bar. The Paradise Cafe has the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood in the city of Santa Barbara. We specialize in prime steaks, fresh fish, and of course, our famous Paradise Burger broiled over the first and only live oak wood grill in Santa Barbara. Combine that with our fabulous vegetarian entrees, pastas, soups, salads, and our Decadent Paradise Pie, and we have something for every palate!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?