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“Fun, great food good price”
Review of The Palace Grill

The Palace Grill
Ranked #20 of 531 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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."
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“Fun, great food good price”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were looking for something different. We found it. Not only different cuisine but ambiance, wait staff and decor. We enjoyed it all. Well worth it and we would go back.

  • Visited March 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“It's not just a meal”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Dinner at The Palace is an experience. Yes, the food is delicious; no matter what anyone we take there orders, they love it. I've finally smartened up and asked to take the mini muffins they serve instead of bread home with me (assuming we leave any to take ;)
Great drinks, fab desserts and a standout New Orleans meal in Santa Barbara--and then there's the spirit of New Orleans that the staff adds to every evening. No spoilers from me, but it's worth a visit to see it for yourselves.

  • Visited December 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very good food and service every time”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Palace has been around forever, and there's a good reason -- the food is consistently very good and the service is always top notch. Good choice for just about any occasion, lunch or dinner, whether you're out with family, with a group, or out on a first date, it's really hard to go wrong with the Palace.

  • Visited June 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Crazy Cajun Crazy Place”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

It's loud. It's rambunctious. It's entertaining just being there. AND the food is delicious! Adult beverages are generous, and if the children are with you they'll enjoy it too because they don't have to use a 'quiet voice!' It's like a crazy party with great food. Sidewalk performers often help with the wait if you're not in line early.

  • Visited January 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great food, great atmosphere”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Palace Grill is such a fun place to have dinner. The food is very good, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is fun. Definitely a unique experience that I would recommend. If you are not a huge seafood fan like me, don't let it keep you from trying. There are other options. My husband and I had one of their set meals so we were able to try a lot of options that looked good to us on the menu. It worked out well!

  • Visited April 2013
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