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“Wonderful, authentic cajun and creole cooking.”
Review of The Palace Grill

The Palace Grill
Ranked #22 of 529 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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."
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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164 reviews
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“Wonderful, authentic cajun and creole cooking.”
Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

I strongly recommend this restaurant; the best that we visited during our week's stay in Santa Barbara.  

We began our meal with delicious, complimentary cornbread and muffins.  There were many exciting entree options; we both ordered the wonderful blackened salmon (the Lite cooking option, olive oil instead of garlic butter). It came with tasty new(-ish) potatoes and steamed vegetables: squash and carrot slices. They tasted fine but - a minor complaint really - they were a little boring. But who cares about vegetables when the deserts are so superb? We split the day's special, a Louisiana bread pudding souffle soaked in grand marnier, which we covered with whiskey creme sauce.

This restaurant prides itself on its team approach to service, so we met several servers during our meal. This worked very efficiently. 

To add to the evening's fun, the decor was warm and entertainingly Burbon Street style, such as paintings with a musical theme and playing cards stuck to the ceiling. High windows overlooked wrap-around wrought iron railings, from which were draped colorful Mardi Gras beads. The green, fibre-glass hammerhead shark that hovered above our heads had nothing to do with New Orleans, but it certainly looked cool.

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Easton, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great all around”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

The atmosphere was great . Great service and very friendly. We just came in for appetizers . But the atmosphere dragged us in for dinner. I had the chicken with a great sauce . It was awesome one reason why to visit Santa Barbara again .

  • Visited July 2012
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Salinas, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Loud and Fun!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We eat here our first night in Santa Barbara and it did not disappoint. There is such energy that you can't help but enjoy your meal. Service was great and the bread pudding for dessert would bring us back again.

Visited August 2012
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“I can say I tried it!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

My husband ordered the jambalaya. He said it good but not as good as his mother's who grew up in New Orleans and was a great cook. I had the crabcakes which also had nice sized pieces of crawdads, but it was hard to find the crab. My daughter is a picky eater and ended up ordering a green salad with popcorn chicken. Popcorn chicken was good! For dessert, we shared the Bananas Foster. All that was left was the caramel sauce. Wait staff provided good service!

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Thank NosyBell
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“You really have to try!”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

The food was incredible! We ordered one of the set platters for two as it was our first time and it gave us a good flavour of a number of the main dishes. It was truly delicious. We finished with the famous bread pudding and boy was it good? The staff were brilliant and there was a great atmosphere in the place. I want to go back.

Visited July 2012
Thank aggiedo
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