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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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5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
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84 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had been here about 17 years ago and it was fantastic. The ambiance with the singing of "What a wonderful world" is truly something everyone should experience. Appetizers came up quick and were great. Popcorn crawfish and coconut shrimp. The crawfish were not crispy, though Meal was good: Chicken Picatta, Chicken Marsala, and Jambalaya. I remember it better before.... More 

Thank j_otter_1111
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I love that you didn't forget about us after 17 years, j_otter_1111! I just wish we'd served up a meal that was as delicious as the one you remembered. Thank you for sharing some honest feedback with us though; I'll pass your thoughts along to the kitchen staff. But I hope we'll get another chance to welcome you soon and... More 

Aurora, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Restaurant was recommended by a friend from Goleta during my visit to the area. I had dinner on my own. The staff was wonderful, the food delicious and the eclectic crowd fun to be around, I thoroughly loved it and will visit again! Thanks

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

Thanks for joining us for a solo meal, Gary! I'm a firm believer that dining alone is highly underrated. The great thing about the Palace though is you're never truly alone here. Our staff and our guests always come together with that NOLA spirit for a fun, exciting experience. I'm thrilled you loved your meal -- come back soon! Cheers,... More 

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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Palace has been one of the most popular restaurants in Santa Barbara for over 25 years. The food is unique and fabulous and the atmosphere is lively and fun. It's a great place to bring kids because it's so lovely no one will hear them if they misbehave! Try the crawfish popcorn, the blackened salmon, the stuffed filet and... More 

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

There's no place we'd have rather spent 25 years than right here in Santa Barbara, Sara. Thank you for being such a fan and supporter of ours all these years! You know where to find us when you're craving popcorn crawfish and all your favorites. Best wishes, Errol, Manager More 

Hawley, Pennsylvania
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125 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many authentic menu items and every one in my party was thrilled with all of their choices. The atmosphere is true New Orleans and the food is deliciously authentic!

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

Thanks for joining us, celtlassD, and for sharing your thoughts on the experience! I'm delighted that all your companions loved the meal just as much as you. That atmosphere is core to the Palace Grill experience, so it will always be here anytime you visit. Expect more deliciousness too! Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

Santa Barbara, California
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95 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic experience we had at the palace restaurant. Let's start off with their best feature. It's their service. Smiles abound, and nothing but great attitudes and fun times from the staff. They seem relaxed, professional, and always work as a team. They know their menus inside and out. They know what pairs well with each other, and they... More 

Thank Dutchman101
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

It's simply delightful to hear about your visit, Dutchman101! Thank you for detailing it here on TripAdvisor. I can't quite tell if this was your first visit or if you've dined with us many times before. What I can tell is you loved everything about your meal, especially the service, and I can't wait to pass along your compliments to... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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88 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we visited her with family on our recent trip to Santa Barbara. This place is awesome, the food really good and the service to the tee! Loved every moment here. I see skies of blue.......

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

So pleased to hear we made your visit such a good one, PPillay! Thank you for this five star recommendation. Anytime you and your family are in Santa Barbara, I hope you'll join us again for another rendition of "It's a Wonderful World"! That, and a great meal of course. Best wishes, Errol, Manager More 

Glen Allen, Virginia
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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has a long history of good food at reasonable prices for this type of locale. Somewhat modeled after the famous Commanders Palace in New Orleans (apparently the two families are friends) without the upscale appointments found in New Orleans, this restaurant boasts many traditional menu items that will remind you of the wonderful experience you had when visiting... More 

Thank MusicMan42
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for the love! I'm so glad our menu gets you feeling all nostalgic. Come back for more of that gumbo soon! All the best, Errol, Manager More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The food in this place is delicious, I would definitely eat here again. A table for two, very quickly attended to by the staff, a really nice basket of mini muffins to start, some good flavour combinations I had never though of before. The main was served up in good time, giving enough time for a drink and a soak... More 

Thank millers666
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

You're too kind, millers666! Thank you for all the compliments on our cooking, our quick, attentive service, and the lively atmosphere. If you loved the experience, expect more of the same anytime you return! Thanks again, Errol, Manager More 

Shell Beach, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Creole food, so so good. Quiet location, parking is sometimes difficult, but worth a little walk. Great menu, excellent creole food is featured, but menu has wide choices. Expect a short wait, as it is always busy.

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

I hope our delicious creole cooking is always worth the effort to join us, Adele! Thank you for the glowing recommendation; I'm thrilled to hear you're such a fan of ours. All the best, Errol, Manager More 

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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This was our first visit to The Palace Grill. We met friends here for lunch. We had a little mix-up with our order in regards to whether we wanted lunch portions or dinner portions. They were able to clear it up to our satisfaction. The restaurant is just off State Street downtown. We made reservations since we were going for... More 

Thank CentralCoast2
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

CentralCoast2, it was a pleasure to welcome you for the first time to The Palace Grill, and I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed the experience so much. Thank you for the glowing five star rating and all your kind words! Other than the Palace Swan being a bit less exciting than the other desserts, it sounds like you loved your... 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
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
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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