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Sandbar Bar

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514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
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.
+1 805-966-1388
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Sandbar in Santa Barbara, CA serves up delicious Mexican food and some of...
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: Everyday 3pm-7pm, buy one cocktail, get second for only a quarter. Our handcrafted drinks are only $6 (Bar only) and our non-seafood appetizers are half off.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great skinny margarita!

Chips and salsa spot on. Fun atmosphere and lively happy hour! Food looked great but we only stopped in for happy hour! Definitely worth a try!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Jennifer H
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Plano, Texas
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  • Bar scene
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Plano, Texas
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Chips and salsa spot on. Fun atmosphere and lively happy hour! Food looked great but we only stopped in for happy hour! Definitely worth a try!!

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New York City, New York
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310 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

While we visited on a daily miserable day, we were able to sit outside on the patio under the heaters. The Sandbar is bar like in nature, with pub style booth seating and a league feature bar inside. The food on offer has the full spectrum of Mexican favourites you would expect. The guacamole was delicious, the meat in our... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience with us -- I'd love to welcome you back, if just for that guacamole you loved so much. Hope all's well. Best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We were strolling the downtown area looking for lunch having just arrived at Santa Barbara. A restaurant further along refused to put tables together for our part of 6 so Sandbar was a breath if fresh air. A table at the front overlooking the street to watch Santa Barbara life go by! We had tachos & chilli salsa to start.... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Karen, thank you for stumbling upon us! It was an honor to have served you for lunch -- sorry for falling short of your expectations with those tostados, but I'm glad you enjoyed your nachos and salsa so much. I sure hope you may be back to visit again one day! I appreciate you reaching out, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Santa Cruz, CA
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Love this place so much I don't think we'll ever eat anywhere else in downtown Santa Barbara. Standard margarita was outstanding, though god knows they have a whole selection of delicious tequilas. I'll forgive them their lackluster salsa because the sirloin taco rocked my world. Enchilada had a delicious, almost mole style sauce. Cannot wait to go back.

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Your first line was enough to make my entire day! Thank you so, so much for your kind words -- nothing beats knowing our tacos rocked your world. I speak on behalf of the entire establishment when I say I can't wait for you to come back, either! Warmest regards, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We can't rate this highly enough! The place appeared to be buzzing as you looked in, with bar areas and indoor/outdoor seating. We were a family of four and they seated us in a great location where we could experience the atmosphere without interrupting it. The waiting staff were friendly and obliging. With an 11yo who loves Mexican - just... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Diana, nothing beats knowing you can't rate us highly enough! From the ambiance, to the service, to the food -- you deserve the best of the best, and it's the ultimate compliment to know you feel you got just that, here with us. And you know what? The best thing about being served big portions is... plenty of leftovers! I... More 

San Luis Obispo, California
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Service was good, food was good and the location is good. Good selection of tequila and it also has a good variety of mexican beer in bottle on tap. The bad is you might need reservations and 7.25 for a bottle of corona is a little ridiculous.

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Daniel, I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, and sure hope to welcome you back. Perhaps next time you can stop by for happy hour, for our special priced margaritas and sangria. Take care, Aron Ashland, GM More 

London, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We where recommended this place by the guys in the shop we where buying cloths from in Tilleys. We're on a road trip up the coast and can honestly say what a great experience. Chelsea really looked after us. The burrito was huge and full of flavour. The corn chips and salsa where heavenly. Really had a lovely time with... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

It's an honor to know we were recommended to you -- thanks for stopping by! I'm glad Chelsea took such great care of you, and that you enjoyed your meal so much. Your support is awesome, and I speak on behalf of the entire restaurant when I say I hope to welcome you back sooner than later! Best regards, Aron... More 

Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

My wife and I were seated in the bar area. We never even got a greeting. A couple that came in after us was greeted and order's taken and chips were served. I decided I would attempt to go to the bar for drinks. It was just as bad. Two younger women were sitting at the bar and of could... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Chuck, I'm pretty appalled by your description of your experience with us -- it honestly could not be further from what I'd want for you. You should be greeted immediately upon entry, and attended to with respect and professionalism, each time you visit us. This just doesn't sound like us at all, and I'll be looking into things immediately. Would... More 

Ohio, United States
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

In the heart of state street, we stumbled upon Sandbar - were very pleased with service and the Chile poblano was dynamite!

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

Rachel, I sure am glad you stumbled upon us! I hope to welcome you back for that Chile Poblano you loved so much. Best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We came across this restaurant after a long bike ride, it was busy but getting a table was easy enough. We were attracted by the relaxed and chilled atmosphere (and the smell!)There is plenty to choose from off the menu and it is reasonably priced considering the massive portion sizes. I personally liked the margaritas, very large and again reasonably... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Bar, responded to this review

I sure am you stumbled upon us during your bike ride, Ellen! It's the ultimate compliment to know you ended up appreciating our vibe so much, and enjoyed a complete value-for-money experience with us. I look forward to welcoming you back for more great service, and of course, another margarita you enjoyed so much (or two). Best regards, Aron Ashland,... More 

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Additional Information about Sandbar Bar

Address: 514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-966-1388
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 514 State Street, 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: +1 805-966-1388

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

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: Everyday 3pm-7pm, buy one cocktail, get second for only a quarter. Our handcrafted drinks are only $6 (Bar only) and our non-seafood appetizers are half off.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?