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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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Palm Springs, California
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119 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You don't find many great Cajun restaurants outside of Louisiana, but The Palace Grill is one of them--in Santa Barbara of all places. The Palace is nearly always packed with a lively crowd. Instead of bread or rolls, you're given an assortment of little muffins, all of which are unusual and delicious. If you're lucky, you can have "imported" redfish... More 

Thank Greg N
Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has the best cajun food and drinks served in hurricane jars.Love the Saturday nite surprise sing a long. Craw fish stuffed steak, tasty little muffins and delicious soufflés.

Thank outoftowners99
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

I'm so proud our Cajun cooking has been some of the best you've tried! Hope you'll join us for another Saturday sing along soon. Best, Errol, Manager More 

New York City, New York
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238 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a high quality lunch and fairly authentic to New Orleans food. The Seafood gumbo was excellent and the Organic Catfish was too! Reasonably priced.

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed the authentic NOLA flavors in our cooking, John! Thanks so much for joining us and for helping to spread the word. We'd love to welcome you again anytime you're in Santa Barbara. Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

Goleta, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the few places outside of Louisiana you can get a meal like these. Great service, too!

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

SantaBarbarians, we've been fortunate to be able to bring the flavors of New Orleans to Santa Barbara for so many years now. With your recommendation, we'll be here for years to come too! Thank you so much, Errol, Manager More 

Santa Barbara
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The famous Cajun-Creole restaurant The Palace Grill is not only the best Cajun-Creole restaurant in Santa Barbara, it may well be the best restaurant in town, period. There are explicit reasons why it has earned its reputation. Number 1 is the menu, which is so varied that whether you prefer fresh fish, aged steaks, Italian or Creole Pasta, a Cajun,... More 

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

ThomasSantaBarbara, I'm deeply flattered by your amazing review: It's a dream come true to be considered the best restaurant in Santa Barbara, and that's no small compliment in and of itself. You've clearly done your research on our history. Have you been a fan of ours for some time now, or did you learn all about us during your recent... More 

Buenos Aires
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

A local friend recommended this place and we really enjoyed it. They bring mini muffins with butter to begin with and I'm not exaggerating they were incredible. We ordered the crawfish with vegetables and jamblaya pasta as main courses and the crawfish popcorn as appetizer. The pasta and popcorn were pretty good and the crawfish was outstanding. It is quite... More 

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

Please pass along my thanks to whomever recommendation us to you, JSS_BsAs! We're thrilled you had such a wonderful experience, as your kind words and five stars attest. Should you make a return trip to Santa Barbara, we hope you'll keep us in your plans. Cheers, Errol, Manager More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

This is a great restaurant in Mississippi style of New Orleans. Our host Fernando was excellent and guided us through our great meal. Flavours were fantastic, highly recommend the veal on rice. To finish a chicory coffee was the perfect touch. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are down town in Santa Barbara.

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

We're flattered by your five stars and kind words, Mark! Thanks for taking a moment to write such a glowing recommendation, not to mention for sending Fernando a shout-out. I'll make sure he's properly recognized for his excellent work. We'd love to welcome you back should you make another trip to Santa Barbara! Safe travels, Errol, Manager More 

Koege, Denmark
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Was at the restaurant with my family. Really great and friendly service from the start. The food was good and the portions was huge. The whole restaurant sang together with the waiters. Very cool. Will recommend the restaurant for sure.

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

Mikkel, it sounds like we made you feel welcome and taken care of from the moment you arrived, and that's the kind of feedback that puts a smile on my face. First impressions are everything! Glad we made the most of ours and turned you into a fan immediately. Thanks for your recommendation! Hope to welcome you again someday soon,... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This restaurant has arguably been one of the best in Santa Barbara for years. The food is fantastic. I always order the filet mignon which I consider one of the best in town, but the seafood is fantastic as well. The restaurant has a great ambiance, and the service is outstanding. Any waiter walking by your table is happy to... More 

Thank TheTraveler860
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this review

You're very kind to write us such a glowing recommendation, TheTraveler860! It's always great to hear from someone who enjoyed a great first visit, but your review suggests you've been a fan of ours for years now -- that's the kind of review any restaurant would dream of receiving. Thank you for the five stars and for helping to spread... More 

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95 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

We were recommended to try the Palace grill by two different people. We enjoyed a sampler platter between us, which included there famous bread pudding soufflé with whiskey cream. Service was good and we came away full to bursting. Would highly recommend.

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

Just wanted to send you a much deserved thank you, fernbank, for the rave review. Your kind words and five stars are a dream come true! From our family to yours, best wishes. Come back soon, Errol, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids, 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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