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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.)
+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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96 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awesome! The food was some of the best Mexican food I've ever had. The atmosphere was very cozy and fun! The service was not the greatest but the food and atmosphere made up for that.

Thank Tamlbrook
London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been tempted in by its lively, vibrant atmosphere I discovered an offering of deliciously fresh Mexican food. From the menu I opted for the Classico Combo Burrito, which was without doubt one of the best burritos I’ve had to date. The sour cream was just something else! Just so good! If your heading to State Street for food then... More 

Thank Dean0UK
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117 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on New Year's Eve for a drink and a snack. Margarita was a waste with more ice than drink. Tasted like juice. Food was good.

Thank infogal
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called for a reservation on New Year's day, was told needed to call two hours before, we were only an hour and a half before we would come, so just show up not to busy. So head down, got seated quickly. Patio seating, not bad but pretty dark corner. Chelsea the waitress came around and we ordered our drinks. Then... More 

Thank Kell B
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious Mexican food. Burrito and Tacos were great, the salads were a little bit small though. If you don't like spicy food, you should definitely mention it when you order, because all dishes are a little bit hot. The waitress was really friendly. Some tables have a small "fire place" in the middle which creates an incredible atmosphere. Even though... More 

Thank Mary R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, ok food but nothing special. Worth the money. Not a place to order a special drink or Irish coffee.. they didn't know how to do it right. Helpful kind staff though.

Thank Marie A
Whippany, New Jersey, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very friendly very reasonably priced restaurant located in downtown area. The staff is helpful, efficient and smiling. The foot is really large. You will need toi take home for the following day!

Thank Dincer E
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great location right on State Street in the middle of everything! Heated outside seating is so nice and the food and service were fantastic. We had braised beef tacos, quesadillas and steak. The margaritas were served as asked (shaken, not on the rocks) and were the best I've ever had. I recommend this place for a casual... More 

Thank Teri C
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

The food and drinks were great and the atmosphere was unique and fun! The staff were very accommodating and friendly even when we had numerous special requests. Loved the fish tacos and seafood burrito.

Thank Keri A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I am crazy about Mexican food and this is the best I have ever had! I travel around the world and nothing compares to sandbar! Super fresh, tasty, good prices, great service! Enjoy every bite of it!

Thank Fernando S

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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
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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