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Sambo's Restaurant

216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
+1 805-965-3269
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good42%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“pancakes” (108 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 AM - 2:30 PMAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3506
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1 - 10 of 835 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Went to the Original Sambo's for breakfast before departing Santa Barbara for San Diego. While not "PC" the restaurant décor and menu are somewhat like Denny's- but with a twist. This is probably the last one standing! Also, it's a breakfast and lunch place. It's...More

Thank ChuckBrownSV
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place, very nice to wake up with coffee and good breakfast. The steak was a good start. The view is nice and it’s just very comfortable outside in the early morning sun. Service is excellent!

Thank Bruno570
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service. Good food. Fast. Can't go wrong! We had breakfast here two days in a row. The food was fresh, and delicious. Good value!

Thank KellyTD16
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had breakfast at Sambo'sto set us up for a morning whale watching, what a fantastic place, as two Brits on a road trip we felt luke we had a slice of the best of classic America. The food was lovely, especially the complimentary mini...More

Thank Jude W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last year we ordered one omelet then split it between us. It was ample sized and fresh. This year we ordered another omelet and had them split it and bring to us. The portion was smaller so it seemed and not as fresh or appealing....More

Thank dougg1000
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I apologize that your food was not up to your or our expectations. I will talk to the kitchen about what happened. Thank you for trying to make Sambos better. Chad

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good, quick service, lots of nice seating, with tables on the sidewalk facing ocean-side (across the street), food is good diner fare.

Thank TravelingIguana
Reviewed 4 November 2017

I stopped in for lunch (most people were having a late breakfast, which I should have chosen). I ordered a couple of beef tacos with a side green salad and coffee. The salad and the coffee were good. The beef tacos were terrible - I...More

Thank William P
Chad S, Owner at Sambo's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review I will talk to the kitchen about the meat in the Taco's. I hope you will give us another chance. Chad, Owner

Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The breakfast was really good. Nice flavours of everything. The oatmeal could have been a little ”juicier”. Otherwise everything was good. Kids menu as well.

Thank annica s
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We had breakfast several times here. Pancakes which my hubby loved and omelets for me.. Food is average but this is original Sambo's and sentimental for us.

Thank nswanson
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for 40 years and its still great had a burger and sampled the wife's hot cakes. Service isn't perfect but who cares it's good here lighten up and try it

Thank Kelly C
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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 Chad S | 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, View
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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