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702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-962-4416
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Description: Located in a 1915 vintage brick and stucco building that once housed an...
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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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
This is a great local place.

With a wonderful front patio and an intimate dining room, you are sure to enjoy your dinner from the moment you sit down. The menu has lots of good, local and fresh options. We enjoyed the mussels with a glass of wine. The fish was excellent and very fresh. It is a Santa Barbara treasure.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Christa R
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Santa Ynez, California
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Santa Ynez, California
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With a wonderful front patio and an intimate dining room, you are sure to enjoy your dinner from the moment you sit down. The menu has lots of good, local and fresh options. We enjoyed the mussels with a glass of wine. The fish was excellent and very fresh. It is a Santa Barbara treasure.

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Thank Christa R
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We've been going to the Paradise for the past 20+ years (both when we lived in Santa Barbara and after we moved to LA), and the food and atmosphere are consistently great, the service always friendly. Excellent burgers, delicious black bean soup, yummy sandwiches. A local favorite.

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Thank c_grossman
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150 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

The Santa Ynez omelet was stuffed, and delicious. The waffle was very good too. The disappointing aspects had to do with the little details: uncleaned waffle machine meant that our waffle had little burnt pieces scattered throughout, unevenly cut potatoes (though delicious) meant that some were undercooked.

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Thank David J
Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The Paradise Café is one of Santa Barbara's most enduring and beloved restaurants. They have a great happy hour, good wines and draught beer and a legendary margarita. The burgers are great, and they serve an original style Cobb salad. The steaks, chops and seafood are always well prepared and the garlic bread is to die for. Even with the... More 

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Thank stacey w
Los Angeles, California
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141 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I've been here multiple times for prix fixed menus and for Valentine's Day. The food here is always top notch and fresh.

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Thank OneOrchidLover
Santa Barbara, California
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We ate here before a show at the Lobero on a Friday evening. I made reservations for 6:30 and table was ready when we arrived. We were seated outside but up a few stairs on the porch...so nice view. Small table but we liked it just the same. Larger tables on the patio area if you would prefer. I ordered... More 

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Thank Jalama
Wheeling, Illinois
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Highly recommended and it lives up to the recommendations. Food was wonderful Service was great A super family owned restaurant. One block off the main street. Inside and outside seating

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1 Thank Steve-the-paperman
California
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86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

We wanted a steakhouse and found a perfect choice. The restaurant is quaint with large outdoor and indoor areas. The menu is varied with a good wine selection. The service was wonderful. They are located one block from State Street which was convenient to walk down town to work off our dinner and do some shopping!

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Thank SoCalIrish
Nottingham
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190 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This restaurant has a patio area which is worth making a reservation for. The menu is varied and the burgers and steaks are great.

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Thank Russ1470
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Lovely place,quite small,outside seating,used by loads of locals,tells you everything.Food was good,service was also fairly good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-4416

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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