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The Palace Grill

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8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
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Lancaster, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were looking for a restaurant on State Street and the music outside the restaurant on Cota St. caught our attention. It was a pleasant surprise: the ambiance and the service were excellent. The food - exceptionally good (although we were not crazy about rice, though). The restaurant was packed, yet, we still got a table with no wait. Keep... More 

Thank korlicbabic19
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

You found us by chance, korlicbabic19, but we were both lucky you did! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve you a memorable meal and for writing us a glowing recommendation in return. Come back and see us again anytime you're in Santa Barbara! Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely place. Quirky southern decor and a fabulous menu. The wine list is good and the service is outstanding.

Thank Chatelau
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

You're too kind, Chatelau! It's a pleasure to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere and decor as much as our offerings and service. There's plenty more to savor and enjoy, so please come see us again soon! Best wishes, Errol, Manager More 

Caterham, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great experience! We went on a Saturday night and then don't take reservations after 5.30. However we were advised to get there about 6.45 as people who had booked earlier would be leaving and that was the case. After about 20 minutes of being royally entertained by the three piece band outside we were given a table and... More 

Thank Duncan P
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Duncan, it's wonderful the whole group found something tasty to love! I'm glad you had the chance to try out a few different dishes, and it means a lot to have earned such praise. I hope we'll get to welcome you in again someday! Until then, Errol, Manager More 

Tucson, Arizona
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very good meal here. Our waitress provided excellent service and food suggestions. A very good effort to serve Cajun style food.

Thank fairbug
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Cheers, fairbug, for the very kind words! A delicious meal and some top notch service are two things you can always expect when you visit. We'd love to see you again next time you're in Santa Barbara! Thank you, Errol, Manager More 

Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Palace Grill over the weekend. We arrived without a reservations. I really like how their system works. The people with a reservation stand on the left, while the people without reservations stand on the right. We were only the second party in line so we were seated fairly quickly. Soon after we were seated assorted muffins were... More 

Thank Gbby0223
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for making time to join us over the weekend, Gabby0223! Sounds like the meal was a huge hit with you, from the muffins to the puddling. Hope to welcome you again soon for another chance to earn that fifth star! Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

Portland, Oregon
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group of 30 all had some pretty terrific food. Excellent service. Tables are crowded and its noisy. But definitely worth a visit.

Thank Rob C
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

We're no strangers to entertaining big groups, Rob! Glad to hear your party of 30 all had a wonderful experience. That high energy atmosphere is exactly what we're going for here, trying to capture the thrill of a night out in NOLA. Sounds like we're right on the mark! Come see us again someday soon, Errol, Manager More 

Solana Beach, CA
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79 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Palace Grill with my daughter - marvelous Lemon Drops! - and most recently with my granddaughter to celebrate her 13th birthday (no Lemon Drops did but indulge in the fantastic Louisiana bread pudding soufflé! We had the Creole Lamb Chops and the Blackened Fliet Mignon - both delicious. And then there are the marvelous muffins...... More 

Thank SS3170
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

We're all about good times, SS3170, whether that's a special occasion or just a regular night you want to make special. Thank you for joining us on a few occasions so far! Can't wait to welcome you again soon for more of what you loved. Best wishes, Errol, Manager More 

England, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Palace Grill was a great stop for us on our one night stay in Santa Barbara. They do some great food here, really delicious!! But what we really liked was the unique service on arrival with a small basket of muffins! They tasted so good, and really left you hungry for starters and main! We would definitely recommend this... More 

Thank Travel_Fit_Foodie
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

We really lucked out being your restaurant of choice for your one night in town, Travel_Fit_Foodie! I'm glad we took advantage of the opportunity and served you a marvelous meal. Thank you for the kind words! Hope to see you again anytime you're in town, Errol, Manager More 

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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

The Palace Grill turned out to be a perfect and fun way to celebrate our 21st anniversary. The food was delicious - we could hardly get past all the fantastic appetizers and cornbread muffins - but entrees (and drinks!) were equally scrumptious. Since it was a special occasion, they wished us a happy anniversary in chocolate on our dessert platter.... More 

Thank Mgasperini
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Happy anniversary, Mgasperini! We absolutely love special occasions. Thank you for choosing us to host the celebration! My favorite part of this review? The part where you gave Mark a shout-out for his excellent work! I can't wait to share the good news. Join us again soon, Errol, Manager More 

Los Angeles, CA
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

Nice ambiance, dim, romantic even though noisy..you somehow still can have a good conversation with your party. Great atmosphere, gets crowded during the weekends. Met the owners who in return surprised us with a anniversary cake which was on the same anniversary as theirs. Lovely place.

Thank Millyj
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Happy anniversary once again, Millyj. It was such a pleasure to celebrate with you! Thank you for choosing us to host the special occasion; this five star review is a nice treat too. Here's hoping we'll see you both again someday soon! Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
American, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-5000
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."

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