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La Playa Azul Cafe

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914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2100
+1 805-966-2860
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

I have been to La Play Azul Cafe a handful of times, and have never had an issue until this last time. We left a cash tip, and no where on the receipt did it say that a 20 percent gratuity would be added.. Checked the bank statement, and they charged an extra 20 percent! The manager on the phone... More 

1 Thank Graham B
Santa Barbara, California
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78 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I met a friend at Playa Azul for happy hour the other evening..i must confess i have lived in Santa Barbara for quite a few years and have never eaten here so it was my first experience. The setting is nice and there is a cute outdoor area (too cold that night) We were having happy hour, the rule of... More 

Thank shelley b
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went for lunch, it was a nice day we sat outside. The food was good, the salsa was great. We were taking our time the server seemed like he was a little pushy. There was still plenty of seating, we were not taking up too much space.

Thank DMunsey
Garden Grove, California
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66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were looking for Mexican food with a difference and we found it. It is really close to the downtown shopping and theater. We did not see the inside of the restaurant because the patio was so inviting. The service was spot on, helpful and attentive. The food was the star of this experience. Seafood is a specialty. The halibut... More 

Thank ronald t
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Our concierge recommended La Playa Azul since it's close to our hotel. Was a really fun experience - good food, great menu options and delicious margaritas! Had great outside seating, but inside looked really nice, too. I know there are many great Mexican places in SB, but if you're looking for something reasonable, fun and delicious, keep La Playa Azul... More 

Thank GMM0
souther california
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

What a perfect meal! Yummy margaritas while sitting in the outdoor patio. Our meal was so fresh & delicious. A local's fav for sure! Service was great with David & Juan. A spot not to miss & only a block off State street. We'll be back soon!

Thank donna111
Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I really enjoy the atmosphere and the outdoor seating, great ambiance! Great chips and salsa!! $3 Margaritas that looked tasted like $12 Margaritas! I got the chicken quesadilla, so fresh tasting! My wife for the chicken tacos! Wow were they good! Perfect amount of spice and flavor! We will definitely be back!!

Thank chrisofficer
Boulder, Colorado
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176 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This restaurant is off several blocks off of State street and has a beautiful, well-shaded patio. The food is very good with a huge selection of Mexican dishes. The service is good but not great. The prices are fair and much better than the more touristy restaurants on State.

Thank TripAffine
Saratoga Springs, New York
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Recommended by our hotel and it was a wonderful choice. Home style Mexican as it should be. Family owned for generations and they take pride in what they do.

Thank uzubuzu
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Located in a charming house, this restaurant has a lovely atmosphere. We sat on the porch on a warm spring evening and enjoyed the lovely flowering vines surrounding us as well as the serenade of the birds in the trees. The food was good and the service was outstanding.

Thank Kathy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 19
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 914 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2100
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-2860

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