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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“crawfish” (66 reviews)
“bread pudding” (41 reviews)
“souffle” (28 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 pm - 11:45 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed March 24, 2017

Great service, good atmosphere in spite of being a little noisy, with great New Orleans style cuisine. Menu includes jambalaya, crawfish and the like, but one can also get chicken or a steak if etouffee is not your style.

Thank edq88222
Reviewed March 13, 2017

My husband and I ate a late dinner at The Palace Grill on a Sunday night in February. We were visiting the Santa Barbara area and hadn't heard anything about this restaurant before walking by and deciding to try it. We are really glad we...More

Thank Helen F
Reviewed March 7, 2017

My husband and I had lunch here today, and also last month. Food was mediocre and service was horrible. We won't return.

Thank Leslie K
Reviewed March 6, 2017

An outstanding Cajun/Creole restaurant. We had the pork chop and veal. The chop had an incredible sauce as did the veal smothered with crawfish.

Thank 761douglasw
Reviewed February 28, 2017

We stopped in for lunch on Fat Tuesday for a Cajun fix and were blown away by the service and the quality of the food. The staff was extremely efficient and friendly and they all helped each other out. The food was the equal to...More

Thank Mitch M
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit but definitely not our last. We made the only reservations you can for dinner at 5:30. The staff are welcoming and attentive. The popcorn crayfish as an appetizer is a must. There are a variety of mini muffins ranging from...More

Thank Sandy C
Reviewed February 12, 2017

This was our first visit, and we loved it. We ordered delicious mixed drinks, that arrived in mason jars. We were then brought a basket of mixed muffins. They were all great, from the jalapeno to the banana walnut. I ordered the Penne Pasta Pontalba...More

Thank Kassandra531
Reviewed January 29, 2017

We had a very good dinner at the Palace Grill. The gumbo was very very good, the freshly baked warm muffins were delicious. The wait staff is very attentive and took great care of us. Definitely make reservations or go early, the restaurant fills up...More

Thank PermanentNomad
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2017

I'm so glad you guys enjoyed everything from our gumbo to our friendly service! Always a pleasure to hear our team did a wonderful job of making you feel welcome, and I'll be sure to pass your thanks along to them. Can't wait to do...More

Reviewed January 23, 2017

Recommended by a number of locals, my husband and I were super excited to try this restaurant. When you arrive, there's beads on the table (which my husband ended up wearing for our entire honeymoon road trip!) and right after you order, you get six...More

Thank Tiffany G
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2017

We're super excited you and your husband listened to the locals and came by for a bite, Tiffany! From the Mardi Gras beads to the honeymoon dessert, it was a real pleasure to make your visit special. Hope the rest of your road trip was...More

Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

Our family stayed in Santa Barbara last week for three days, and two of those days we dined at The Palace Grill! That's how good it is. For dinner the first night we tried the crayfish popcorn and two of us shared one of the...More

Thank Dena D
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2017

I'm so happy you guys loved our food enough to come back for more, Dena! From your daughter's filet mignon to our red beans and rice, it's a real pleasure to hear everything was such a hit, and I'm so glad we could make you...More

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Paula M
July 18, 2016|
Response from Peppygal | Reviewed this property |
Hi Paula - you may want to send an inquiry to the Palace and I bet they will share. Pat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, 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
  • E-mail
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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