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Sambo's Restaurant

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good39%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (33 reviews)
“pancakes” (119 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for breakfast as it was close to hotel and had good reviews. It was nice enough and the price was reasonable, but nothing remarkable.More

Thank AH_Reviews
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for coming in to Sambos. We do try to surprise our guest with fresh cut fruit daily, free muffins when you arrive and our famous Sous Vide Corn Beef hash. We also are constantly working with our staff to provided some of the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sure there are all day breakfast places like Perkins and Denny's but don't even compare. Bet ready for a real treat for breakfast whenever you are ready for it. I had a benedict which was phenomenal. The fruit cut side was of ultimate freshness. Do...More

Thank AQD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything you would expect from an American diner with great staff, seems to be very popular with the locals as well. Has breakfast both days that we were here in Santa Barbara

Thank peregrineh74
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You may need to queue - there's a reason, the food is awesome. Great service, consistently top quality breakfasts. Get an outside seat and watch the world and the beach. Given the business, we didn't feel pressured to get in and get out quick. But...More

Thank Heidbummer
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome breakfast place right by the beach. Corn beef Benedict was my favorite. Outdoor seating area, but can get crowded quickly.

Thank Jared A
Reviewed 10 October 2018

What a wonderful, tasty and interesting surprise we found in Santa Barbara! The original and only remaining Sambo's in the US. The service was excellent! The food was fresh and fabulous and prices we very reasonable. I loved it for the history and information about...More

Thank StellaNorway
Reviewed 7 October 2018

This a great breakfast spot. Every day we walked by, there was a line and people waiting outside. We ended up eating here on our last day. I can understand why there is a line. The ambiance is nice, friendly diner style, and the servers...More

Thank loveabeachvaca
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Invited by a friend from Santa Barbara, he took me to Santa Barbara's best breakfast restaurant. And best it was. It had the best tasting buttermilk pancakes I ever had. I had the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. It was soft, tasty and moist. It tasted like...More

Thank 654cjm
Reviewed 6 October 2018

I recently had breakfast here. I really enjoyed my sidewalk table with an ocean view and watching tourists and locals walking by. The staff were VERY professional and helpful. I had an omelette and a side of pancakes that were delicious. I highly recommend this...More

Thank bobca1947
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Well we wouldn't get away with naming a café Sambo's in the UK but California is OK with it. Sambo's in Santa Barbara is a brilliant place to eat breakfast especially if you can grab an outside table. Excellent food and service right on the...More

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Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for your kind post. We hope you have a great vacation. Chad

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David N
16 June 2017|
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Response from RevLovebrew | Reviewed this property |
No code; it's across the street from the beach.
6 September 2016|
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Response from Chadscafe | Property representative |
We have excepted all wooden nickels that people have brought into Sambos. I have collected over 500 over the last 15 years. Thanks for coming into Sambos
6 September 2016|
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Response from Heligypsy | Reviewed this property |
I bet they would let you keep the nickel. :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-3269
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Sambos is a family friendly restaurant located across from the beach in Santa Barbara. We serve Breakfast and Lunch all day long. Our specialty is Pancakes and breakfast items.
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