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Cielito Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
As featured in Best of Santa Barbara
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1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717 (W. Anapamu St.)
+1 805-965-4770
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Today
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 09:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri 16:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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55 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We r do glad we found this place. I eat low carb and they have low carb options abailable. I also wanted vegetables so they accomodated my wishes with no fuss, the food was reasonably priced. We sat in the courtyard by the fountain which was lovely.

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Thank Lesley P
Southern California
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189 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We ate at Cielito for lunch. We sat on the patio and the service was excellent. The food was rather expensive, but very good. The tortilla soup was a meal in itself. The chicken burrito was packed with very tasty chicken. The margaritas were good, but nothing special. It was a pleasant spot to take a break and have a... More 

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Thank Clete
Santa Barbara, California
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207 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We dined here with friends and the authentic Mexican food was as good as the band and both were great. For a Monday night, the crowd was pretty large and I'm sure partly due to the entertainment. We will be back again on another Monday and try a few more dishes. Good food,good service and a great atmosphere!

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Thank Heligypsy
Santa Barbara, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This place has just changed ownership and name - new name is Viva. Nice servers bringing low grade cuisine to the table.

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Thank gordon b
Southern California
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70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Both of us ordered the brazed rib tacos. We also had some of the cauliflower tortillas which were better than we had expected. We liked the food a lot, the waitress was very professional and we quite liked her. The food was a little slow coming out but overall a very nice place.

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Thank _MTJ_99
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We sat on the patio, next to the turtle fountain. Very entertaining! The service was quite slow, but the food & atmosphere were well worth it. We would definitely go back!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
San Diego, California
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

I went for lunch while on an interview.. the setting was great for a business meeting and the Verduras Quesadilla.. butternut squash, swiss chard, kale, poblano rajas, onion, jack cheese! The Butternut Squash was so key in this dish...

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Thank sororitymom
Los ANGELES
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We loved the food, atmosphere and courteous service that we received from this place. Food was delicious and very tasty and there are so many choices to pick from. tVery well situated and the waiter was always with a smile and very helpful. Will stop next time we are in Santa Barbara for sure!

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Thank venice7_8
Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Went there once and it was really promising. Good happy hour menu and decent kids menu. Returned 3 days later and it was like a completely different restaurant. CLUELESS young server who ignored us,despite being there around 4:45 when the restaurant was empty. Just horrible service....had two young kids in tow and let them know we were all starving. Had... More 

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Thank EpicuriousExplorer
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Great food, amazing location and great service. The owner walked around all eve making sure guests were happy. Can't find the Rose anywhere so will have to come back often!

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Thank SbSpall

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 09:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
    (W. Anapamu St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770
Description
Cielito's vision is to bring the flavors of Latin American and Mexican inspired cuisine to our Santa Barbara community. The menu features freshly made "antojitos" (small cravings) which reflect Santa Barbara's local ingredients and seasonal produce. Cielito also offers a mouthwatering Tequila bar with enticing libations and innovative cocktails as well as a wide selection of Tequilas and Mezcals. The inviting rooms and gracious staff at Cielito reflect our mission to provide both Santa Barbara locals and visitors with an unparalleled and memorable dining experience.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?