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Cielito Restaurant

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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717 (W. Anapamu St.)
+1 805-965-4770
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
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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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St Louis
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144 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

We were in Santa Barbara for two nights and exploring State Street the first night. The street was full of people - young and older - enjoying the great weather and beautiful street. We happened upon an open mall leading past smaller stores to a fountain with a guitarist playing in front of a restaurant - Cielito Restaurant. Neither of... More 

1 Thank TravelGuySTL
Rio Grande Valley, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

This is truly a cielito (heaven). I visited Santa Barbara this February 2015 and found another beautiful city in California. On my way to my venue, I stopped at Cielito for a quick bite and a martini...what I found was a truly wonderful respite from a long day of travel. From the moment I saw the entrance, I knew this... More 

Thank Marilu N
Charlotte, NC
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

The restaurant is a truimph in design and layout. My wife had the duck carntes and she loved them and I tasted them as well and concurred. The problem was, that I told the waiter that I did not like spicy foods and was very sensitive to them, and asked him if the Enchilades Congrejo was spicy and he said... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015 via mobile

Try the chicken (Tinga) tacos -- very nice. Pair with the kale salad and you have a very nice meal. The food is tasty without dumping on a lot of cheese or using too much crema. Staff are all very nice. Prices are reasonable. Enjoy!

Thank Malthus500
Santa Barbara, California
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63 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

Everything here is delicious. I could sit outside, drink margaritas and eat homemade guac and salsa with their home made chips all day long. The whole menu is fantastic. The service is great and the location is wonderful. I definitely recommend Cielito to everyone.

Thank Evan S
Gloucester MA
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73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

very nice experience. Cielito is a relaxed but slightly upscale mex/Latin menu. Great for families. The food is served in tapas style bowls and meant to be shared. It's great fun for us Boston gringos to have food we just can't ever get. We took 6 suggested menu items from staff and other diners. Every thing was superb. Can't remember... More 

Thank RBB7
Calgary, Canada
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339 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

The margarita's were an excellent start to a fine evening on the patio at Cielito's. Our server was very good and prompt with drinks, and attentive without any pressure for refills. Matias knew the menu well and answered all of the questions on recommendations etc. The ceviche (sampler with 3 kinds) was absolutely terrific... we ordered a second round it... More 

Thank JD419
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

Cielito is a beautiful restaurant located in a lovely little pedestrianized lane just off State Street. It was a great find and we were immediately made to feel welcome on what was clearly a busy Friday night. Despite this we were seated quickly at a nice table upstairs where we could enjoy the bustling atmosphere from our elevated position. The... More 

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137 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

We went on a recommendation from a local. This is a casual restaurant but a bit more upscale than many Mexican restaurants. The margaritas were excellent. Although the menu isn't extensive, the entrees were incredibly good.

Thank Barb D
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015 via mobile

Came for a birthday party with 12 people. The number of people in our party seemed to confuse the staff. Though the place wasn't crowded they struggled to get our table ready. Once seated we were left to figure out the menu. After we decided on our orders the waiter turned up 20 minutes in and went though the food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
    (W. Anapamu St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?