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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

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$$ - $$$
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514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602 (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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Stratham, NH, United States
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was busy but we got seated immediately for lunch. It was several minutes before anyone came to the table. They asked what we wanted for beverages. Someone delivered chips and salsa with were excellent. It took ten minutes to get water. theaters said she would be right back. She never came. We asked for a waitress, the hostess said... More 

Thank Janice W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent find in State street with Mexican atmosphere, music drinks and a wide selection of Mexican foods. WE had a fabulous meal here with burritos and enchiladas plenty of food,salsa and excellent guacamole .friendly staff , good service and lively atmosphere . Turned into a nightclub later and booming with good music .

Thank Jane M
United Kingdom
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796 reviews
590 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a return visit and we both enjoyed it as before. Tasty food, good drinks, along with great mix of indoor and outdoor space. Good staff and a great atmosphere. Much better than the other Mexican's we have tried in SB.

Thank UkSil
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is very good. Chips and salsa excellent. Service very good also. But the atmosphere with its outside seating, with a variety of tables, seats,couchs, fire pits, tv'setc. made the experience fun.

Thank Mitch A
San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Going here made me make this account so I can give a great review! About a 5-6 weeks ago I was driving up the coast from San Diego and made a pit stop at beautiful Santa Barbara. Walking up State Street I found this great looking restaurant to stop by for a margarita while I do some business work on... More 

Thank PatriciaDelMar
Lugano, Switzerland
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've only been there for drinks but they service was excellent! Our waitress was very attentive and made sure our whole party (of six) was taken care of. They have an extensive cocktail menu and the ones we had were very good.

Thank gfreeamericanabroad
Montreal, Canada
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216 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing was bad ! But nothing was great! Service mediocre food was okay location excellent has a shaded terrace. once is enough

Thank Paolo1005
Duarte, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a typical Mexican restaurant but we've eaten there numerous times and never disappointed. Chips and salsa a fresh and we never leave hungry.

Thank mikepasqua
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate an early dinner on a sunny day in their outside dining area after touring UCSB. It was a truly enjoyable experience. The food was well prepared. We devoured a fajitas salad and chicken burritos. The chips and salsa were good as well. The wait staff was pleasant. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a meal... More 

Thank UCLABruin84-87
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After looking for suggestions on Trip Advisor on where to have dinner, we decided to try out Sandbar Cocina y Tequila. A very friendly host took our name and after waiting 3 minutes on a Sunday evening, a big plus since the bar looked pretty busy, we were given a table outside. We ordered the carnitas and steak tacos, which... More 

Thank Soraya K

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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, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
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 93101-1602
    (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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