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Sandbar Cocina and Tequila

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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Lovely brunch

Dropped in whilst passing through Santa Barbara- stumbled across this and had fabulous service and excellent value brunch. Delicious and speedy service. Good menu range and open air dining area was spot on

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Dropped in whilst passing through Santa Barbara- stumbled across this and had fabulous service and excellent value brunch. Delicious and speedy service. Good menu range and open air dining area was spot on

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Nyon, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Good service and nice waiters Food was good and the homemade salsa was very enjoyable A good place to have a drink,, relax, people watch and maybe have another drink.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed this restaurant. As ever in USA I ordered 2 starters rather than a main course to avoid the huge portions but my goodness you could not have had a main course after having the quesadilla I ordered. The food was lovely and all of us enjoyed what we had but my goodness we could hardly walk afterward... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I would skip this place if you are just out walking around downtown. The food was ok, the service was ok, the drinks were ok but the restrooms were GROSS. Sandbar turns into a club at night which makes the whole restaurant just a little smelly.

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Oxnard, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great spot to stop and have a few drinks while listening to great music & looking out into State Street. Drinks were on point and the view was priceless!!

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

I'm glad we're the spot for you, Sara! I can't wait to welcome you back for more great drinks in that ambience you enjoyed so much. All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Weston, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A great lunch! Very pretty setting with a courtyard and all sorts of tables and seats. There are a little bit too many of them but it also make the setting fun and vibrant. The food was delicious! Great tacos and the black beans were absolutely terrific! Lovely seafood enchilada. The service was professional and attentive. Lovely staff

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

I'm so glad you stopped by for lunch -- it's seriously wonderful to know you enjoyed our food and ambiance so much, on top of some quality service. That's all you deserve! Hope to see you again one day, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Stavanger, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great happy hour!!!!!! Tasty margaritas, street tacos, and quesadillas. Would definitely come back here. Wonderful atmosphere, great service. Loved!!!!!

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by for happy hour -- knowing you enjoyed yourself with us so much is enough to make my entire day. Hope to see you again sooner than later! Best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

One of the best Mexican restaurants I've eaten at I a long time. They had several types of tap beer and the environment was outstanding. Would definitely eat there again.

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Wow -- thank you so much, Quincey! What an absolute compliment it is to know we're responsible for some of the best Mexican food you've had in a while. I can't wait to see you again! Take care, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Jennifer, I'm glad you spent happy hour with us, but sure hope you may consider returning sometime soon so that you can enjoy a whole meal with us. Thanks for the recommendation! Saludos, Aron Ashland, GM More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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 Cocina and Tequila, 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 

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Additional Information about Sandbar Cocina and Tequila

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?