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


Leading the front-of-house team is Kristy Lombardo. Kristy has been in the industry for over 12 years and started her career as the Events Manager at the popular Cafe Fiore in downtown Ventura. She quickly moved up to Assistant General Manager successfully charming her repeat guests and mentoring her team. Kristy later became the lead server trainer for the Cheesecake Factory in Oxnard before coming on board as opening manager for La Paloma Cafe. Caring deeply for her guests and team members is a hallmark of her extraordinary hospitality.
KYLE WESTERBERG, Executive Sous Chef