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The Palace Grill

8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
+1 805-963-5000
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (67 reviews)
“bread pudding” (43 reviews)
“souffle” (27 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 11:45 PMAll hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

I was a bit put off by the standard decor but the food is just marvelous, and the service excellent. A very fun evening.

Thank bcnsontca
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2015

So glad to hear you had a fun evening at our palace! Thank you for this wonderful review. We can't wait to welcome you back for another marvelous meal -- until next time! All the best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 9 January 2015

Have been to the Palace numerous times over the years, this wasn't the same as always. I do have to say the service was slow once they filled the house by 7PM. Prices seem to have drifted up, especially liquor...$13 for Knob Creek on the...More

Thank jatif
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2015

Thank you for speaking up on here, Jatif, and I want you to know that your feedback is very important to me. I'm sorry if the noise level can get a little loud -- Thursdays are a very busy night for us, and we do...More

Reviewed 9 January 2015

We've been coming here for years but I am never disappointed! Oysters palace & the Pasta Lafitte are to die for! Not to mention the muffins & Martinis!! Great, fun ambiance too! Just know that it's a noisy place but lots of fun!!

Thank Caroline R
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2015

You've made my day with this wonderful review, Caroline -- thank you! I'm glad you enjoy the muffins and martinis, and the oysters palace is always a great choice. I hope we'll be seeing you again soon! All the best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 9 January 2015

We came in for lunch based on recommendations on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Great choice! The food was so good! Next trip to Santa Barbara, we’ll definitely come back for dinner. I had the Rum Punch – real tasty and no scrimping on the rum. Hubby...More

Thank 3chihuahuas
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2015

So glad you found us through your peers' recommendations! I do believe I've responded to you on Yelp too, but I just want to say thank you again for leaving us a wonderful review! Can't wait to see you back for more of the rum...More

Reviewed 4 January 2015 via mobile

Love Cajun food and a fun atmosphere? Then this place is for you. I've eaten at this restaurant many times and have NEVER been disappointed.

Thank FitzMichelleM
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2015

Who doesn't love Cajun food and a fun atmosphere? Nobody we're too interested in knowing, that's for sure! Really though, I appreciate your recommendation, as well as you coming to see us so many times. Here's to many more! Take care, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 31 December 2014

We took a chance during our SB getaway and had our final night dinner at The Palace. The sampler platter was fabulous, the service was great and the drinks were divine. The blackened salmon and jambalaya were stand outs. What a fun night!More

Thank notloy
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2015

We're honored that you chose to spend your final night with us, and we couldn't be happier to hear how much you enjoyed everything from the sampler platter to the jambalaya! If you ever have any suggestions for what we could improve to give you...More

Reviewed 30 December 2014

Best place I've found on the west coast for creole food and southern hospitality. Good service, good food, good people.

Thank Mark Y
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2015

Thanks again for the compliments, Mark! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Happy New Year, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 28 December 2014

On our annual December Trip to Santa Barbara we revisited the Palace Grill. We hadn't been there in at least 8 years. Not because it was bad because Santa Barbara has such fine food. We were not disappointed, food great, very tasty, not over spiced,...More

Thank DaCoach61
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2015

Thanks for coming by after an 8 year hiatus -- I'm happy know we were still able to impress you, and I look forward to welcoming you and your wife back (hopefully sooner than 8 years from now)! Best, Errol, Manager

Reviewed 20 December 2014

The Palace is a unique experience that will leave you laughing and full. The restaurant services delicious cajun cuisine accompanied with a festive atmosphere. During the course of your meal every 30mins or so, the employees pass out a sheet of paper with song lyrics...More

Thank DaveWandersDotcom
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2014

Laughing and full, and a festive atmosphere -- those are such great compliments! I'm happy to hear you enjoy visiting us for some Cajun cuisine, Dave. Thank you for the kind words, and we can't wait to have you back for more festivities! Cheers, Errol,...More

Reviewed 18 December 2014 via mobile

The Palace has great Cajun style food and a fun atmosphere. Came for lunch on Dec 16 and had a window table. Service is always excellent, they make you feel truly important regardless of how much money you spend. Love the popcorn crawfish app, and...More

Thank Cathy M
Errol W, Owner at The Palace Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2014

It's always our pleasure to give you the royal treatment when you stop by to dine with us! I'm glad you enjoy our popcorn crawfish appetizer and crab cakes -- they're both excellent choices. Thank you for letting me know you're a fan with this...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-5000
  • E-mail
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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