Founded by some of Santa Barbara’s top restaurateurs, La Paloma Cafe has already received plenty of attention. If you are looking for the best restaurant in Santa Barbara that offers casual outdoor dining, amazing food, and no-nonsense cocktails, then you’ve found the right place. Don’t take our word for it- see what others are saying:
Malibu Coast: Exploring Santa Barbara, The American Riviera

We zigzagged our way over to La Paloma Café, a bustling restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating that celebrates the early California settlers who used Spanish and Mexican influences with indigenous ingredients cooked over fire. We shared oak grilled Crispy Brussels Sprouts quick fried with syrah-porcini mushroom reduction, Santa Maria Tri-Tip, Pork Shoulder Carnitas and a spicy Mexican salted chocolate tart. View full article

USA Today: 10 of the best southern California restaurant openings you may have missed

In November 2020, Acme Hospitality relaunched the iconic La Paloma Café at the corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets, bringing back to life a space that had been a Santa Barbara dining favorite for 117 years – 80 as the original La Paloma and another 37 as the Paradise Cafe. View full article

Conde Nast Traveler: The Best Weekend Getaways in California

With palm trees, beaches, and blue skies overhead: Santa Barbara’s appeal is obvious…venture around the corner to La Paloma Café. La Paloma has a history stretching back to the 1940s and recently reopened with a menu that links the culinary legacies of California and Mexico. View full article

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La Paloma is just one block away from Venus in Furs and this former burger joint has been transformed back in time in tribute to its original roots as La Paloma Café, which closed nearly 40 years ago after 43 years in business. The menu features dishes that pay homage to Californios, early California settlers that incorporated traditional Mexican and Spanish influences into their food, often cooked over fire. View full article

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La Paloma Cafe opened in October in the historic State Street building where it had thrived from 1940 to 1983 as Santa Barbara’s premier Mexican restaurant. Guests dine outside or in on specialties that honor the area’s ranchero history: Santa Barbara Mission chicken is scented with lemon peel and rosemary and served with apple-pink peppercorn sauce; red-oak-grilled nopales come with red onion, cotija cheese, corn, jicama and avocado-lemon dressing. View full article

805 Living: Cocktail Week Features

We celebrate the Californios, early California settlers who incorporated Spanish and Mexican influences into indigenous ingredients. The Golden Hour is a peach and ginger margarita featuring local summer peaches, apricot liqueur, tequila, lime, and house-made ginger simple syrup. Golden Hour evokes the best time to gather with friends for a cocktail on one of La Paloma’s garden patios. View full article

Napa Valley Register: Santa Barbara: The American Riviera?

While dining options abound, one restaurant worth making a detour off 101 to try is La Paloma. Thirty-seven years ago, there was a La Paloma Cafe on the site, in the historic Presidio area of Anacapa Street. Chef Jeremy Tummel, a third-generation Santa Barbara native, who is part Chumash Indian, decided to revive the restaurant paying tribute to California’s ranchero era, celebrating the cuisine of Californios, bringing in influences of barbecue as well as Baja. View full article

Ranch and Coast: Santa Barbara Beckons

Also recommended, barbecue at La Paloma Cafe, which celebrates the cuisine of the Californios, early settlers who were influenced by the flavors of Spain and Mexico. View full article

San Diego Reader: How to spend a weekend in Santa Barbara

You can’t miss La Paloma Café’s iconic neon sign. The restaurant represents the cuisine of Baja, Mexico and their barbecue reflects the ranchero history of the region. Start light with roasted brussels sprouts, garlic bread, and the Caesar salad. Then, order the pozole, tri-tip steak, or Mission chicken. Savor homemade cocktails and save the cactus-themed stir sticks as a souvenir. View full article

805 Living: A conversation among four 805-area culinary proprietors about the unprecedented challenges that their industry continues to face

805 Living connects four restaurateurs who have kept their businesses afloat and the rest of us well fed during the pandemic. Read on for their 20 questions and 20 answers. View full article

Santa Barbara Life and Style: A Reinvented Classic

The pink flair of neon once again glows down on Anacapa Street. The renowned Paradise Cafe has be reborn under Acme Hospitality’s leadership as La Paloma Cafe, combining traditions of the old and new. The menu embodies cuisine of the early California settllers, fusing flavors of Spanish and Mexican influence with a twist. View full article

Montecito Journal: Viva La Paloma

The wonderfully reconfigured eat-ery, a tiara’s toss from the Santa Barbara News-Press HQ on Anacapa Street, is the latest culinary outpost of Acme Hospitality owner Sherry Villanueva, owner of The Lark and Loquita in the Funk Zone. It is her eighth eatery in our Eden by the beach. The original La Paloma Café ran from 1940 until 1983 when it was founded by Jennie Luera and run by her daughters and grandchildren, and the new menu pays tribute to the cui-sine of the Californios, early California settlers who incorporated Spanish and Mexican influences into indigenous ingredients cooked over fire. Leading the talented culinary team is executive chef Jeremy Tummel. View full article

BizHawk: Storied La Paloma Cafe Marks Start of New Chapter in Downtown Santa Barbara

What’s old is new again in downtown Santa Barbara. The storied La Paloma Cafe has returned, just in time for the holiday season. Most Santa Barbara residents and tourists are familiar with the building at 702 Anacapa St., on the corner with Ortega Street, when it was known as the Paradise Cafe, under the ownership of former Santa Barbara City Councilman Randy Rowse. Rowse and his business partners, in fact, changed the name from La Paloma to Paradise when they purchased La Paloma Cafe 38 years ago. Now, under the ownership of Acme Hospitality, the building and restaurant are going back to their roots. View full article La Paloma Café opens downtown

La Paloma Café opens Tuesday at 702 Anacapa Street, the former home of the Paradise Café and, well, La Paloma Café. The original La Paloma was a traditional Mexican restaurant that was operated by the property owners from 1940-1983 at which time the space was leased to the Paradise Café which carried the torch for the next 37 years. Acme Hospitality, owners of many popular area eateries including Helena Avenue Bakery, The Lark, Loquita, and Lucky Penny, bought the business late last year and originally planned to continue the Paradise Café brand but the closures caused by COVID-19 created an opportunity to do something new while resurrecting a storied local business name.  View full article

Santa Barbara News Press: La Paloma Café officially Opens – Former site of Paradise Café returns to its roots

The grand opening of La Paloma Café on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets officially took place on Tuesday. After the closure of Paradise Café, a classic American restaurant that sat in that spot for 37 years, Acme Hospitality brought it back in hopes of returning to Santa Barbara’s culinary history. The legendary neon sign will again glow, reading “La Paloma Café,” and the institution will be a tribute to the cuisine of the Californios, early California settlers who incorporated Spanish and Mexican influences into indigenous ingredients cooked over fire.   View full article

Santa Barbara Independent: Resurrecting La Paloma Café – Acme Hospitality Turns Back Paradise Café’s Clocks to Honor Location’s Original Restaurant

For all its historic charm and neon nostalgia, the Paradise Café — which closed in September after 37 years in business — was not the first restaurant to loom over the bustling corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets in downtown Santa Barbara, nor was it the establishment with the longest tenure there. That distinction goes to La Paloma Café, which Jennie Luera founded as a traditional Mexican restaurant in 1940 and ran with her daughters and grandchildren until 1983. This coming week, after rejuvenating the restaurant’s structures, style, and spirit, Acme Hospitality returns La Paloma to its perch as a neighborhood café.  View full article