Welcome back in time, back in Santa Barbara history to La Paloma Cafe. After 37 years “the dove” has again taken flight on the iconic corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets in the historic Presidio Neighborhood. And like an old friend, the celebrated neon sign once again glows with its original letters: La Paloma Cafe.


La Paloma Cafe’s menu celebrates the cuisine of the Californios, early Californian settlers who incorporated Spanish and Mexican influences into indigenous ingredients cooked over fire. Paying tribute to the age of the ranchero, our thoughtfully crafted California barbecue reflects both the past and present of our region and local community. Our food focuses on the traditions of Santa Maria and influences from Baja, Mexico.

Mon to Thurs: 5pm-9pm

Fri: 5pm-10pm

Sat: 10:30am-2pm & 5pm-10pm

Sun: 10:30am-2pm & 5pm-9pm

Lunch Weds-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm

Weekday Happy Hour (in the bar only): 5pm-6:30pm




Leading the culinary team for La Paloma is Chef Jeremy Tummel, well-known throughout the Central Coast. Jeremy’s experience draws from his time at Wine Cask, Bacara Resort & Spa, Pebble Beach Company, The Rosewood Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara City College Culinary Academy and The Bear and Star in Los Olivos. A third generation Santa Barbara native and part Chumash Indian, Jeremy’s love for Santa Barbara runs deep in his DNA. READ MORE ABOUT JEREMY AND LA PALOMA


Originally from San Diego, Derrick moved to the 805 at a young age and it quickly became home. A highly decorated collegiate athlete, Derrick was on his way to becoming a teacher and coach but fell in love with the restaurant business and never looked back. Derrick worked his way through every position in the front of the house to become the opening General Manager at Prime Steakhouse in the Westlake Village area at only 23. After three years, he moved on to manage the acclaimed Cafe Fiore in Ventura. Later as Food & Beverage Director at the prestigious Spanish Hills Club in Camarillo, Derrick supervised multiple club programs for the Camaraderie Clubs group. While at Acme Hospitality Derrick has managed The Lark and Pearl Social and is excited to call La Paloma Cafe home.
KYLE WESTERBERG, Executive Sous Chef