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Rabalais Bistro

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861 Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
+1 805-525-2109
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We go to Rabalais once each week for a nice hanging out coffee time with friends. Lattes are always delicious (snickerdoodle latte is my favorite), scones are yummy, beignets awesome! Have gone for other meals too and consistently great (and we are super picky!). Definitely a place to check out if you're in the area.

Thank hismile64
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Checked reviews on trip advisor for Santa Paula. This came up #1 and is spot on. Service for the two times we ate here were very good. Drink refills were timely small talk was nice food to table not fast but not bad. Food is very good(we had both breakfast and lunch) and ate here on two different days with... More 

Thank Charles G
Santa Paula, California
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A charming space in a downtown location. Easy parking. Good food, reminiscent of New Orleans. Friendly service. Love those big, powdered sugar, beignets!

Thank happywanderwoman
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the fried chicken our wait person plugged for the night. It wasn't amazing, just OK. Side of greens were good.

Thank GRCAfoodsnob
Henderson, Nevada
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose this spot for lunch because dogs are welcome on the fully shaded patio seating. Very friendly staff. Menu is quite interesting. Food was good, although the French fries were too salty. Service was a little slow and they forgot to serve one dish without the onions, as had been requested. I couldn't resist trying the key lime pie...but... More 

Thank Arthur S
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful double family date night there a few weeks ago with another couple and their kids. The place was packed and super busy so service was a little slow, which is always hard when you have small children. The food was amazing!!! I loved it all! Definitely will return!

Thank J S
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

From the food to the ambiance to the service this was just a fully pleasant experience. First, the food was great, everyone had something different and all said their meals were fantastic. The spice level is high (even for a heat seeker) on some of the really traditional dishes, so, be prepared. Not too hot but borderline. The starters were... More 

Thank Terriojai
Santa Paula, California
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Everything Rabalais serves is tasty. Waitpersons are friendly and efficient. Deserts to die for!!!!!

Thank Juhree
Ventura, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Go for the gumbo! This place has the best authentic New Orleans style cuisine anywhere west of Louisiana!! Where else can you get Okra and Ambiance like downtown Santa Paula.

Thank bree m
Sonora, California
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178 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We spotted Rabalais while looking for coffee while staying in the hotel around the corner. While we waited for our coffees and perused the menu, we decided to stay for lunch. The first day we had salads, with fantastic dressings and blackened chicken followed by sweet potato bread pudding! I am a sucker for some bread pudding, and this stood... More 

Thank Crystal K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $13
American, French, Cajun & Creole, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 861 Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Paula
  • Phone Number: +1 805-525-2109
Southern New Orleans Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including but not limited to: Gumbo, Fried Chicken
(Tuesday Night), Po'Boys, Shrimp, Biscuits & Gravy, Soups & Salads. Dinner served Wednesday through Saturday including full beer and wine list. Beginets hot out of the fryer, or hand crafted breads and baked goods. Proudly Serving Intelligencia Coffees and Teas.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?