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Sambo's - 9 Reviews - 216 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (805) 965-3269


216 W Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-3269
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Sambo's - Santa Barbara, CA


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I have fond memories of eating at Sambos as a child, so when I noticed it close to our hotel, I knew where I was eating breakfast. The food was good and if you are lucky you can ...


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Nice Cheap Breakfast 6/3/2008

This is a cozy cheap place by the water that has very tasty breakfasts. I love the scrambles that they have and the pancakes are buttery and good. Sometimes the wait is a little long, but it's worth it especially because it's not over priced because it's on the water. more

Nice local breakfast place 3/27/2008

We were visiting Santa Barbara & wanted to try a local hangout and indeed we did with Sambo's. Above the register is a hardbound reprint of the original storybook, written in the 1920's. The original mascot was politically incorrect which led to changes to the current cartoonish character. But, you can read the original childrens' storybook in less than 5 mins just standing next to the register. The classic sambo's corned beef hash/eggs was made with real corned beef, not the mushy, dogfood canned type. The portion was huge with hashed browns, toast and 2 pancakes. Thought the pancakes were ok, not great. Our teenager couldn't finish the whole thing, if you can believe that! I loved my California Benedict with 2 muffins, covered with 2 poached eggs, tomaotes, avocado and cheese and a delicious Hollandaise sauce, the regular Eggs Benedict was equally good. Our waitress was friendly, perky & smiling the whole time, someone who enjoyed her job. You can buy t-shirts, magnets, cups, and Sambo's souvenirs if you want. It is after all, the original and the last one! Pros: Local place, lots of history, great place for kids, good food, beach view Cons: timing is important, waits can be quite long so go early more

Smoke and a Pancake .... A good Pancake 3/16/2008

The food was incredible. But before I discuss the food, the service was horrendous. We had to deal with the most snotty hostess who said it would take 10-15 minutes to be seated and it took them 45 minutes to seat us. Then the stupid hostess skipped our name on the waiting list, then when we asked her about it, she said snottily, ""we do the best we can"". It's ok that she is passed around the restaurant staff, but comeon, why can't they hire someone with an iq higher than the beach sand surrounding her. Pros: food is great Cons: hostess, staff, unclean bathrooms more

Welcome back to childhood with pancakes and butter with a story. 11/16/2007

Call me a rebel for giving four stars or politically incorrect for recommending a restaurant, the last of its kind, with its contraversial name and food stories. But if you were a California child of the late 60's and 70's like me then you can take a step back through time merely by ordering off the same pancake menu items as then. Please be sure to try the special ""whipped"" butter that comes with. My eyes said this is a different restaurant than my childhood but I had no idea how strongly my palatte would tell me this was exactly the same ""panny cake"" breakfast (my own special childhood word) as the ones I ate with my grandma on special babysitting mornings with her. If you don't like it oh, well. Guess you had to be there at 5 years old... Pros: best view from the front of the restaurant and seems very clean too Cons: my apologies if you are easily offended by the use of the name Sambo's more

Nostalgic 11/12/2007

I have fond memories of eating at Sambos as a child, so when I noticed it close to our hotel, I knew where I was eating breakfast. The food was good and if you are lucky you can have a seat with a view of the harbor. I ordered the pancakes and they were great. Our waiter was very nice and pretty knowledgeable about the history of sambos, which was cool. more

A decent sandwich and view 9/28/2007

We sat down out front mid afternoon on a Thursday with a great view of the Harbor. Pros: View Cons: Average food more

Good eats 2/27/2007

We didn't even have to wait that long to be seated...they start you off with some fresh-baked mini-muffins...they were so tasty but we had to kinda stop eating them or else we wouldn't finish our meal! more

interesting name... 11/14/2006

My friend wanted to go here because of the politically incorrect name. There was about a half hour wait for weekend brunch time. Pancakes were decent if a little pricey, you can also pick out a souvenir from their menu. more

Sketchy Name, but still the same. 8/9/2002

Wow, I've been going to this S@mbo's since I was at least 10 years old, maybe longer. The place is still the same. Nothing has changed (well perhaps management). I would compare the food to something a little better than Denny's. I've only been to this place for breakfast only, and it's really good. Pankcakes, Waffles, Hashbrowns, etc. All yummy and worth makin' a stop trying this place out. Pros: Good Food, Friendly Service more
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Owner Message

  • This is the Original Sambo’s Restaurant serving breakfast and lunch since 1957. Located in Santa Barbara, CA, this family-owned restaurant offers classic American fare.

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  • Hours:

    Mon 6:30am-3:00pm Tue 6:30am-3:00pm Wed 6:30am-3:00pm Thu 6:30am-3:00pm Fri 6:30am-3:00pm Sat 6:30am-3:00pm Sun 6:30am-3:00pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    West Beach