La Paloma Cafe – A Taste of Santa Barbara History

A Culinary Journey to the Californios Era

La Paloma Cafe invites you to embark on a culinary journey back in time. After 37 years, this iconic establishment has once again graced the corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets, bearing its original name and the celebrated neon sign that illuminates the night sky.


Savor the Flavors of California cuisine

La Paloma Cafe’s menu pays homage to the Californios, early settlers who fused Spanish and Mexican influences with native ingredients, creating a unique culinary heritage. Here, you can indulge in the rich traditions of Santa Maria barbecue, inspired by the vaqueros who hosted grand fiestas on local cattle ranches in the mid-1800s. They’d pit-cook beef over coastal live oak and willow branches, serving it with chunky salsa and pinquito beans, giving birth to the renowned Santa Maria barbecue style.


Exploring the Menu

The menu at La Paloma Cafe features a mouthwatering array of dishes, including Oak Grilled Nopales, Vegetable Pozole Verde, Santa Maria Style Angus Tri Tip, Santa Barbara Mission Rotisserie Chicken, and the beloved Capirotada “bread pudding.” Vegetarians and seafood enthusiasts will also find delightful options, and the restaurant places a strong emphasis on supporting local purveyors.


Crafted Cocktails and Wine Selection

Complementing the delicious fare, La Paloma’s cocktail menu presents classic libations with modern twists. The Paloma cocktail, for example, offers a delightful blend of ginger-infused blanco tequila, Aperol, and champagne simple syrup. The Chingon Sangria and Hibiscus Margarita provide unique flavor profiles, while the Single Village Fix introduces mezcal with a rich pineapple taste. The wine list focuses on selections from the New World, featuring wines from Spanish-speaking countries that harmonize perfectly with La Paloma’s cuisine.


The Legacy of Paradise Cafe

Before its reincarnation as La Paloma Cafe, this property had a storied history. In 1983, Randy Rowse and Kevin Boss transformed it into Paradise Cafe, a beloved American restaurant. During their tenure, they expanded the restaurant, creating a terrace on Anacapa Street and introducing the first Santa Maria live oak grill to the area. Paradise Cafe remained a cherished institution in Santa Barbara for 37 years.


The Neighborhood Attractions

La Paloma Cafe is not only a culinary destination but also a gateway to the vibrant neighborhood it calls home. Situated in the historic Presidio Neighborhood, it offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Santa Barbara. Just a stone’s throw away from Westmont of Santa Barbara, La Paloma Cafe is conveniently located for both locals and tourists alike.


Exploring the Surroundings

While indulging in the culinary delights of La Paloma Cafe, take time to explore the surrounding area. The cafe is a mere 14.4 miles, or a short 20-minute drive, from Westmont of Santa Barbara, making it an ideal stop for those looking to explore the local attractions.


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Your Culinary Adventure Awaits

As you savor the flavors of Californios cuisine and sip on expertly crafted cocktails at La Paloma Cafe, you’ll find yourself immersed in the history and culture of Santa Barbara. 

Experience the essence of Santa Barbara, one delicious bite at a time. Come and join us at La Paloma Cafe, where history, cuisine, and community converge in a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget.