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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
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514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
+1 805-252-5409
09:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 02:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The hostess was named Emma and she gave really good recommendations. Food is awesome and great service! Totally recommend this place to everyone!

Thank Bianca B
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard from a friend about this spot a while back and decided eat lunch there with some friends the other day. Can't recommend this place enough, the chips and guac was super good as were the quesadillas. The hostess Emma was super friendly and sat us right away. She also recommended the margarita de la casa, which was... More 

Thank silviojoseacevedo
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it! guacamole & salsa homemade, Skinny margaritas made fresh without thick syrupy mix, tostadas to die for & my husband had a braised beef sandwich which he really liked. Service was good, great Scene, we sat at outside tables near heat lamps

Thank NYCtravelerUSA
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first experience was great and we couldn't wait to go back. We liked the food, atmosphere and our waiter. The salsa was superb. The second time, we had to ask three times for the heat to be turned on and twice for salsa and chips. Not sure we will go back a third time.

Thank Deborah A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First night in Santa Barbara we were looking for a place to eat. The restaurant looked welcoming and had outdoor heaters to take away the chill. Food exceeded expectations and we had a really enjoyable meal with a great atmosphere.

Thank Sm0
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us enjoyed a brunch on the patio. Sangrias were fabulous, and the steak and eggs breakfast was phenomenal. Recommended!

Thank Kevin M
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I ate here on their outside area. There were outdoor heaters and nice seating. The food was good.

Thank karolyn1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My three adult kids, son-in-law and I visited on a chilly evening in January. We sat on the patio at a table with fire coming out of the middle. This not only warmed us but set the mood. We started with chips and guacamole along with tasty margaritas. We all agreed our entrées were excelente. The service was great. All... More 

Thank Lost_In_Iowa
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved sitting on the couches for outside dining. Chips were crispy and light, with good salsa to scoop up. The ceviche was amazing, and the plantain chips that accompanied it outstanding. Friendly, attentive service rounded out a terrific lunch.

Thank fishfoto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We loved the Sandbar we visited TWICE in one weekend! Moving our kid to UCSB and stopped in for a late lunch/early dinner. Space was beautiful, salsa and chips wonderful - devoured the chips and salsa and ordered more! Great selection of plates. Had the create-your-own fish tacos and LOVED them!!! They had a two for one special on wine... 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, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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: +1 805-252-5409
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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