The Palace Grill - Santa Barbara

When started visiting Santa Barbara 20 years ago The Palace Grill was on our regular rotation - interesting, flavorful Cajun cuisine with relaxed, yet energetic service. Over the last 10-15 years the dining scene in Santa Barbara has quite improved and there are a number of other interesting restaurants and our visits to Palace Grill got rare. On a recent visit to Santa Barbara we thought it was a good time to revisit Palace Grill after about 10 years.
Overall not a bad visit but also a bit “stale”. A menu which hasn’t changed in anyway over the last 20 years, some execution a bit sloppy, e.g. meat was a bit overcooked and dry. And unfortunately really rushed and indifferent service - it was good to check back on the restaurant but it’s also not very likely we will rush to be back in the next few years.

Selection of savory and sweet mini muffins

Cajun Popcorn - Crawfish tails in cornmeal buttermilk batter - unfortunately many without any “filling”

Bayou Greens Salad - Greens, diced red peppers, fire-roasted pecans, roma tomato, creole vinaigrette

Palace Pasta Royale - Pasta with filet mignon, caramelized onions, mushrooms worcestershire sauce

Jambalaya Sauce Piquante - Shrimps, andouille sausage, chicken, tomato creole sauce, dirty rice

Stuffed Blackened Filet Mignon - Filet mignon, crawfish tails, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables

Palace Chocolate Soufflé with chocolate bourbon cream sauce

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I’m sorry to hear this. My mother and I had dinner there years ago. The only thing I remember we ate was some variation on Oysters Rockefeller. But the really memorable thing was that occasionally they would play What a Wonderful World and everyone would sing along with Louis Armstrong. The lyrics were printed on the menu as I recall. I almost burst into tears - so sweet. Did they do that when you were there?

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Yes - every visit we had at Palace Grill over the last 20
years included at least one singalong with What a Wonderful World. In earlier days they also had some magician sometimes walking around and entertaining the people/kids