The Palace Grill, Santa Barbara

The Palace GrillWhy we love The Palace Grill-

Just a few short steps off State Street lies a piece of Santa Barbara history.  For over 25 years The Palace Grill has given Santa Barbara an authentic New Orleans dining experience. The Palace specializes in Cajun and Creole cuisine, from Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffée, Gumbo, Catfish, Oysters and much more. Experience live jazz on the weekends or mardi gras beads on Tuesdays for everyone.

The owners routinely fly their entire staff to New Orleans so they can experience the magic and maintain the authenticity of a restaurant in the French Quarter. The Palace Grill offers you a trip to the French Quarter District - minus the long flight.

The Palace Grill became a part of Santa Barbara history when the White House Press Corps made it one of their favorite restaurants during the Reagan Era.  Catering the dedication ceremony for the Reagan Presidential Library cemented the Palace Grill's place in Santa Barbara history.

Besides being world famous for their food, the Palace Grill also offers world class service.  Their "team" approach makes the entire staff available to you at all times.

Los Angeles Magazine rates the Palace Grill "best on the west coast for Cajun-Creole cooking."  Gourmet Magazine describes it "as though suddenly the Bayou country had dropped into the Santa Barbara beach-front."

We love the Palace Grill for their exceptional food and the extraordinary service, and most of all you can't miss their famous Louisiana Bread Pudding Soufflé.

  1. Colin C. says:

    Always a great place for dinner. Delicious dishes, original cocktails, all with efficient, friendly service. A unique SB dining establishment!

  2. Barb Z. says:

    What a Wonderful place!! Everything was subpurb!

  3. Ruta S. says:

    Bread pudding souffle is a must try – even for non-dessert eaters, of which I am one. HEAVEN IN RAMEKIN!

  4. Jessica S. says:

    This is one of the best places to eat in Santa Barbara. The Palace has a delicious menu & the food is of great quality. The ambiance is very positive – everyone is always in a good mood there! I highly recommend for locals & visitors.

  5. Bud S. says:

    It was most satisfying to get such a superb meal at a discounted price.My wife loved her caesar salad starter, followed by scrumptious oysters Rockefeller plus soft shell crabs that were perfectly done. My choice was to start with there Louisiana gumbo, totally authentic & delightful. Then I totally devoured their blackened fresh Louisiana redfish-a new experience. I hated to get to the last super bite of it. We then split a piece of their sweet potato pecan pie which was to die for. All the while enjoying their marvelous bread tray of various mini muffins along with our Newcastle Ale. A totally wonderful meal served by a top notch staff. Give it 4 stars!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    “I had been to Palace Grill a couple of years ago but had not been back. This dining experience was so good that I already have plans scheduled for a return dinner. The coupon was all I needed to motivate me to go back.”

  7. Lee Anne B. says:

    The Palace is an amazing dining experience. Great food, wonderful team service and a fun atmosphere.

  8. Jim A. says:

    Exceptional food. Exceptional service. Simply our number one favorite.

  9. Cody R. says:

    The Palace offers one of the best lunches in Santa Barbara and serves truly spectacular southern, Louisiana-inspired food! Try the bread pudding dessert – it is AMAZING!

  10. Carol C. says:

    Wonderfully diverse menu, something for everyone!!

  11. Nettie M. says:

    The Palace Grill offered a Superb Dining Experience from the Crawfish Popcorn to the Louisana Bourbon Bread Pudding. The Service was Friendly and Attentive. We ordered PoorBoy, Crawfish Crabcakes and Jambalaya which were cooked to Perfection! This was definitely one for the Books! We Highly recommend this Restaurant for either Lunch or Dinner.

  12. Cynthia C. says:

    I’m never disappointed no matter what the mealtime. It’s like taking a vacation. Watch out for the strong yummy martinis and be sure to come hungry.

  13. Anonymous says:

    We really enjoyed our meal at The Palace. With the Central Coast Dining deal we were able to experience a relaxing 3 course lunch at an affordable price. We will definitely be purchasing again from Central Coast Dining!

  14. Dorothy S. says:

    Food and service at The Palace always exceptional!

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The Palace Grill

8 East Cota Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-5000
Lunch 7 days a week from 11:30-3pm
Dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-10pm
Fri and Sat 5:30-11pm
8 East Cota Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 963-5000
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