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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%
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“crawfish” (66 reviews)
“bread pudding” (40 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 December 4, 2014

Cajun cuisine, very good. They usually have live music and often the customers sing along. This place is small, get there early or there is a good chance you will not get in. Funny how I found this place. I was in college at UCSB...More

Thank Dan S
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2014

I'm so glad you know how to use geometry, Dan, because it brought you to our place! What a great story -- thank you for sharing with me. I'm happy to hear you enjoy our Cajun cuisine and the live music and singalongs enhance the...More

Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is one of my all time favorite restaurants. My & I have been dining here for over 20 years and actually picked this place to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Although pricy, the flavors and presentation are worth it for those special occasions. Our favorites:...More

Thank Soozesun
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2014

Thank you for letting us be a part of your special occasion! It sounds like you had a wonderful 20th anniversary dinner at our place -- and I'm glad you topped it off with our famous bread pudding. Thank you for this kind review, and...More

Reviewed November 25, 2014

I loved the atmosphere. The service was great. I loved the singing. I am afraid the food just wasn't up my street. I do like spicy food but we found everything to be far too sweet for our tastes. We had the sample platter as...More

Thank jean-s
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2014

I'm glad you loved the atmosphere and the sing along at our place! Although I am a little disappointed, like you, that you weren't impressed with our Cajun cuisine. I do think if you wanted something a little spicier, our jambalaya might've been up your...More

Reviewed November 19, 2014

Just returned from The Palace for a fun birthday celebration. This is always our "go-to" restaurant for a fun time and great food and service. From the minute we were greeted at the front door by Errol until we left, completely sated, everything was perfect....More

Thank misskity11
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2014

I'm so happy to hear you had a great time and a wonderful birthday celebrating at our place! Good advice about leaving room for dessert -- the Louisiana bread pudding souffle is definitely something worth saving room for! Thank you for the great review, and...More

Reviewed November 3, 2014

A favorite of many Santa Barbarans-- reservations recommended. Food is consistently wonderful and typical Creole with lots of seafood. Spice ranges from mild to mouth burning, so ask if in doubt.More

Thank Elizabeth A
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2014

We like to spice things up at our place, it's true -- sounds like you enjoyed our spicy Creole cuisine though, Elizabeth! I'm happy to hear you love our fresh seafood, and I hope you'll visit us again to try more of our ragin' Cajun...More

Reviewed October 29, 2014

The ratings on YELP where so high, I expected an unforgettable meal, and it was just ok. Don't expect a quiet dinner here or spacious rooms. The place is CRAMPED with tables just a foot from one another, and it is very very loud. Waiters...More

Thank Love_Chocolate_71
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2014

First off, I would like to thank you for giving our place a try when you were visiting Santa Barbara. I think it's great you were able to find us through the recommendations of others on Yelp -- I know this may have raised your...More

Reviewed October 21, 2014

My husband and I went to The Palace Grill as a special meal to finish off our west coast road trip. We were recommended it by my brother who lives in LA and had been there for dinner a few years before and loved it....More

1  Thank MissPinBC
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2014

Compliments like these just make my day! I'm so glad you loved your meal and the whole Palace Experience when you came in. Happy to hear the popcorn shrimp and catfish hit the spot for you. We hope you and your husband will swing by...More

Reviewed October 16, 2014

We planned our cruise so that we could stop in Santa Barbara just to eat lunch here again. We consider ourselves infrequent regulars because we live in NorCal. Once again, we were in Cajun heaven. Had the Cajun Martini (dirty) -- superb! Crawfish crab cake...More

Thank Mr_Stale
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2014

I cannot tell you how happy this review has made me -- from the words "Cajun heaven," to the phrase "drown happily in the sauce." I'm glad our staff gave you that care package of muffins on your way out because someone who appreciates our...More

Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

It's always a good sign when you arrive at a restaurant at 6.30 and it's full on a Wednesday night. We choose the Jambalaya and crab cakes. The crab cakes were unbelievably yummy and would thoroughly recommend. The Jambalaya was spicy but having swapped our...More

Thank LuckyTim6691
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2014

I'm happy to hear you loved our crab cakes so much -- they're a favorite of mine too! Great idea swapping plates to try the Jambalaya, even if you preferred those yummy crab cakes. We love getting our guests to singalong with us, and I'm...More

Reviewed September 29, 2014

We found this place and it was very good. Portions are good. I needed just plain pasta with a sauce and they did that too. Dessert was a dark chocolate souffle. The waiter will ask when you order if you would like one, since they...More

Thank MariettaGA
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2014

I'm glad you decided to indulge -- those dark chocolate souffles are a great choice to end a great meal! I'm happy to hear you loved the food and the portions were to your liking. I hope you come back and visit us again for...More

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Paula M
I love your Bayou green salad. I would like to know where I can purchase the salad dressing that you use on it. Or do yoy sell it there. Please let me know.Thank you
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
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, 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
  • 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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