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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
+1 805-252-5409
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“burrito” (41 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (23 reviews)
“tostadas” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This restaurant was a short walk from our hotel on state street. We had excellent drinks- margaritas of course, and the open air environment was nice, with heat lamps and comfortable seating. Food was decent, nothing spectacular, but what we imagined it would be for...More

Thank Ritzrox
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The setting is super nice, half outdoors, half indoors. The drinks are good, and the staff was friendly. Food was just so/so though. I had shrimp tacos, and the spice overwhelmed anything. Perhaps try for a drink and eat elsewhere.

Thank Megan L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Horrible food don't waste your time, no margaritas on the rocks!! Chicken tacos so saturated they broke on first bite, taste was horrible anyway, kinda nice ambiance, SAD!More

Thank patnamy
Aron A, General Manager at Sandbar Cocina y Tequila, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy our tacos. I apologize if they came out soggy. We have been open for one week after a fire. I‎t took us 3 months to rebuild the kitchen and during that process we lost almost our entire kitchen staff. There...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for several years now. Especially took guests last week who were visiting from Asia but found that the restaurant was temporarily closed down because of fire. I just hope they reopen it soon. Love the menu with different...More

Thank Sidd_LA
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Delicious food, lovely servers and yummy cocktails! This is one of the best Mexican restaurants we have ever visited! The portion sizes were generous, full of flavour and reasonably priced. Our server was great with her recommendations and we loved everything we ordered (pork tacos,...More

1  Thank s_hearsum90
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We went for diner, 2 adults and 3 children. Dishes are delicious, big portions and service is swift. Budget wise it is very fair for the quality and quantity served. Thumbs up for the staff. Atmosphere is also great.

Thank deberail
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We love the atmosphere at this place and the food is really good too! The staff are friendly and the people watching along State Street is always entertaining.

Thank Gail E
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We were passing through Santa Barbara, and Trip Advisored our lunch. Sandbar took us to the old downtown. Very quaint! Parked in the parking deck, and stayed under 75 minutes, so it was free. It was Taco Tuesday, and we had a combo of steak,...More

Thank Shommybird
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Came here with a friend from the U.K. We wanted chill bar food, and got much better experience. Ate at the bar with Ginny and Jeremey serving us. Great people who made the experience a great place to eat and drink on a Monday night!...More

Thank Chrissy M
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Dropped in here after a disastrous experience down the street at Casa Blanca. Total opposite! Good food. The best service from Amanda at the bar of our entire vacation. Sorry we are leaving but when we are back in Santa Barbara we will be back...More

Thank JonnWinterWilson
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 31
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
    (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
  • Public Transportation: Local taxis pick up and drop off at a designated area 20 yards from our front door. The State Street Shuttle runs in front of our restaurant from 9am-11pm. It costs $1.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-252-5409
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Sandbar in Santa Barbara, CA serves up delicious Mexican food and some of the best handcrafted cocktails. For great food and fun times, visit us today. At Sandbar, our menu features the freshest seafood, finest cuts of meat and market fresh produce. Our extensive cocktail menu features handmade margaritas and specialty cocktails designed by world famous mixologist Manny Hinojosa. We freshly prepare all of our ingredients daily. During the day we are a full service restaurant and by night we transform into a thriving late night destination featuring dancing, live music, and dj's seven nights a week. Sandbar has been named to the "Top 100" by Nightclub & Bar Magazine for the last 4 consecutive years. We are known for our fun-filled and wild bachelorette parties as well as our music and dancing. Enjoy dining and socializing in a contemporary hacienda setting inside, or on one of our multiple patios just steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful downtown Santa Barbra. For some amazing drinks, amazing food, and a great time, visit Sandbar today. **Happy Hour: Sunday-Friday 3pm-7pm, buy one cocktail, get second for only a quarter. Our handcrafted drinks are only $6.25 (Cantina only) and our non-seafood appetizers are half off.
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