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Paradise Cafe

702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
+1 805-962-4416
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“burger” (44 reviews)
“salad” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Steakhouse, Cafe, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a Santa Barbara resident of some 45 years. Myself and my partner just had yet another awesome dinner at Paradise. The total package -the food, the service and the atmosphere are hard to beat. It’s only got better with time.

Thank srswift1
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I enjoyed our dinners at this restaurant. We looked forward to enjoying pleasant and relaxing post dinner conversation. Unfortunately, as the last diners on the patio, the wait staff had decided it was time to close up the restaurant and began putting...More

Thank Djoyedwards
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to the Paradise since it opened. In more recent years we have noticed higher prices and smaller portions. One example is the Cobb Salad which was magnificent and now half the size and not as good. The Greek salad has changed...More

Thank sbmimi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious sea bass special, paradise pie and margueritas. We came from London and always head to Paradise Cafe as part of our visit to SB. Every morsel was delicious. The atmosphere was so relaxing and friendly and the staff were amazing .. running everywhere...More

Thank Coralie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing. My wife had eaten here a couple of times with our kids but I’ve never dined here. She said it was so good that we should go back. But when we arrived at 9:30 on Sunday, there were only 3 couples there. When...More

1  Thank Mako159
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

We passed this restaurant while walking around town and decided to try it out. Great service and overall delicious! I had the “special steak sandwich” with wild rice and both were to die for! Would definitely come back!!!

1  Thank Allie R
Reviewed 31 May 2018

Paradise has its charm, but the menu is a bit tired. The setting is lovely, and prices are reasonable. Sit outside on a warm evening and you'll be pretty happy. Cool bar too.

Thank Dianne V
Reviewed 22 May 2018

I was driving from LA to SF and stopped in Santa Barbara for a quick snack. Didn't want fast food so I opted for Paradise Cafe. I ordered the grilled artichokes...DELISH! Sat at the bar and ate plus had an iced tea and watched a...More

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 16 April 2018

The Paradise Cafe is a Santa Barbara institution. It has a very nice, casual atmosphere and a comfortable patio. Sometimes the food is good, never exceptional. Today at brunch I ordered an egg sandwich with fruit. When it came, I was dismayed. It was on...More

Thank llionlady
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Love this little restaurant. Cute property. Nice Patio. Excellent food and service. My favorite place for black bean soup.

Thank C L
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Susan C
20 February 2016|
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Response from stacey w | Reviewed this property |
I think they have a website with the menu posted. I didn't do gluten-free, but it seems to me there are several entrées, salads and hors d'oeuvres that would meet that requirement.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 702 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2231
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-4416
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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!
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