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“Place for Locals & Tourists”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Paradise Cafe

Paradise Cafe
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Ranked #77 of 528 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located in a 1915 vintage brick and stucco building that once housed an Italian bakery, and La Paloma Cafe, this landmark building has been the home of Paradise Cafe since 1981. Customers can enjoy Paradise Cafe on the heated patio, in the dining room, or the art deco-inspired bar. The Paradise Cafe has the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood in the city of Santa Barbara. We specialize in prime steaks, fresh fish, and of course, our famous Paradise Burger broiled over the first and only live oak wood grill in Santa Barbara. Combine that with our fabulous vegetarian entrees, pastas, soups, salads, and our Decadent Paradise Pie, and we have something for every palate!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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191 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Place for Locals & Tourists”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

We were having lunch at "ON the ALLEY" and met a great couple who live in Santa Barbara. We asked for recommedations and they said Paradise Cafe is the place that locals prefer. We went for dinner, sat outside and found most people were locals and the owner and his wife were going table to table visiting. We liked the relaxed environment and good service. They do have a happy hour (wine & beer). We enjoyed a fried calamari appetizer, steak salad and Sea Bass. There was more food than we could eat. There is also a nice bar inside.

  • Visited September 2013
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Dubuque, Iowa
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“So good we ate here twice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We loved this eclectic restaurant. The outdoor seating on tiered levels was fun and relaxing. The food was excellent. We enjoyed dinner so much we returned the next day for lunch. While they did not have the salad I was hoping for on the menu, the waiter gladly substituted my choices. One of my favorite memories of our time in Santa Barbara will be Paradise Cafe.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Shawnfeb_7
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice Place for Lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Great service and decent food. Outdoor seating was fun. While nothing to write home about, the food was above average. Would go back there without reservation.

Visited September 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great food and great patio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

We had the steak tacos and fried calamari. Both were excellent. We look forward to coming back. I really that that trip advisor makes you type more than you want to type. Irritating! I'll just type this everyone and you should too. Cheers Trip Advisor. From a person who is in the top 10 percent of reviewers.

  • Visited August 2013
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St. Augustine, FLorida
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

While visiting our daughter in Santa Barbara in July, she took us to the Paradise Cafe for lunch. We sat outdoors on the patio on a beautiful sunny afternoon. I'm a vegetarian, so I ordered the veggie burger with the works including chili peppers. It was the best veggie burger I've ever eaten. My husband ordered fish which was perfection. The wine was first class. This restaurant has been in Santa Barbara for many years. It has a long standing reputation as a Santa Barbara favorite. We left the area for several weeks, and when we returned for another visit in August, I suggested we once again eat at The Paradise Care...I could not resist having another veggie burger.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank travelingforfun38
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