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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish
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514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
805 252 5409
09:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 02:00
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our favorite spots for dining out in Santa Barbara. Large selection of great margaritas and mexican food (that seafood burrito is absolutely amazing), and often you'll find good deals on drinks or beer. The service is great here, which is no given thing these days. The outdoor seating is recommended as this is one of not-too-many places in... More 

Thank CopenDane
San Francisco, California
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went there today for lunch attracted at first by its prime location on state street and the hip atmosphere. It is the place to see and be seen, but I was soon overwhelmed by the freshness of the food: salsa, guacamole, sooo fresh... we had the braised beef tostada and the carne asada and chile relleno and they were... More 

Thank dianamna
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I were visiting Santa Barbara. Stumbled across this spot and decided to have some drinks and appetizers. Busy bar scene with nice outdoor seating. Drinks were yummy and plentiful. Food was average but overall good place to try if your not looking for anything fancy

Thank JessT388
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I gave this place 5 marks because the food was delicious, but even more so because their staff was so friendly, accommodating and kind. We went in there with myself, my mom, my husband and our two children 3 and 1! It is so tough, nearly impossible really, to have an adult dinner with babes this young but we tried... More 

Thank LanaKB
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97 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Managed to get a table even though we had not booked. Food and drinks were great but service was inconsistent. Someone different brought out drinks and each course, and we were sat waiting for quite a while sometimes waiting to order more drinks. Not sure we ate the right food as it was almost dark sat outside as very little... More 

Thank jars64
San Diego, California
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are plenty of places to eat Mexican food in Santa Barbara, but Sandbar tops my list when it comes to a delicious breakfast and great atmosphere. I had the best Machaca plate I have ever eaten (and I have eaten a lot of Machaca). The tortillas were freshly made and the portion size was perfect. The staff was attentive... More 

Thank Daniel A
Columbia, Maryland
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85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My third time back with new friends and the food was great again, especially the build your own fish tacos. Enjoyed sitting outside watching all the people strolling on State St and listening to the live music from across the street.

Thank Bethany H
Stuart, Florida
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Picked this spot for dinner and we were not disappointed. We arrived near the end of happy hour and our waiter was quick to let us know the drink specials for happy hour. The menu was full of Mexican style foods and each table was offered warm tortilla chips and fresh salsa upon seating. Staff was friendly and prompt. Also... More 

Thank jac609
Ware, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

There is a large outside seating area with patio heaters that was always busy, so that's a good advert in itself. We had a couple of margaritas during happy hour before we went to dinner. Although we didn't eat here, the food looked very good.

Thank plfara
Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

My family ate here while on our way up the coast, it was so great that we stopped on our way back down as well! We had the best shrimp and fish tacos, very decently priced by the way and the most refreshing strawberry mojito I've ever had! We also tried the queso skillet as an appetizer, very delicious!! Overall... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$31
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (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: 805 252 5409
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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