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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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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 194
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  • 120
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
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    Terrible
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
Good mexican Food

Excellent ambiance, good Mexican food. Cocktails good, not sure if it was freshly made. Food was very good. Service was excellent. Bit disappointed with the hostess, who insisted 5 of us has to sit at the front of the restaurant, which was not completely covered. I could see lot of empty tables... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Naveen N
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent ambiance, good Mexican food. Cocktails good, not sure if it was freshly made. Food was very good. Service was excellent. Bit disappointed with the hostess, who insisted 5 of us has to sit at the front of the restaurant, which was not completely covered. I could see lot of empty tables inside the restaurant !!

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

Naveen, your happiness is my happiness -- I'm glad you had a good time with us, despite the seating situation. Please know that all of our cocktails are freshly made. Nothing but the best for you! Thanks reaching out, and I hope to see you again soon, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stopped by for lunch and the food was great, with a fun atmosphere. Had the fish street tacos and a combination. Great service

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

John, it's awesome to read just how much you enjoyed your time with us -- I appreciate you letting us know! Glad you liked your tacos, and I sure hope I'll be welcoming you back for more sooner than later. 'Til next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

San Clemente, California
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Excellent mexican food with good size portions. The food presentation is very appealing and we enjoyed the outdoor patio right on State Street. Our waitress was excellent and she had some great recommendations.

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

Thank you so much for the kind words -- it was a pleasure to have you dine with us, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your food and service so much. Please do come back for more! Kind regards, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

So here's the thing. I don't get a lot of good Mexican food. This place was food by my standards, but I have a feeling one can do better in Santa Barbara. The alsa, guacamole, and carnitas tacos was great, the tostada was ridiculously huge, and the strawberry margarita was perfectly balanced. But we had to wait 45 mins for... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to reach out to us -- it was an absolute pleasure to have you over, and I'm glad there were some definite highlights to your experience with us. That said, I'd like to personally apologize about the wait, but you were completely correct when you guessed that Fiesta weekend had something to do with it!... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A place to visit if you wanna have great Mexican food. We randomly walked by, has a great atmosphere which usually means food is expensive and bad but we were so surprised. It's very cheap and food was great. We ate here twice during our stay!

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

We love knowing you enjoy your time with us so much -- thank you for reaching out! We hope you get the chance to visit us a third time one day. Tack så mycket, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Orange, CA
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is our 2nd visit here. I'm not much of a bloody mary drinker but Sandbar could change my mind. I had two of them which is not me. The best I have ever had ! The flavors were outstanding. The Chile Relleno is the biggest one we have ever seen. We split this with an enchilada which was very... More 

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

I'm so glad to know we're responsible for your new love of Bloody Marys (here with us, at least) and I can't wait to welcome you back for more! Nothing beats knowing we're on your list each time you're in town -- thanks for being fans! All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We came across this place by chance. It looked like a great atmosphere so we decided to stay. The drinks were great, mojito all the way! The portion sizes were massive, and the food was so tasty! We would recommend to anyone!

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

Emma, I sure am glad you happened to stumble upon us! Thanks for your awesome appreciation -- I can't wait to welcome you back for more of your favorite mojitos! 'Til then, take care, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Detroit, Michigan
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

If you are on a budget, I suggest you try Sandbar's happy hour. Lots of young adults great people watching and decent prices fro happy hour drinks and munchies. :)

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Modesto, California
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The atmosphere is very nice here. The food is not perfect but quite good. My only issue is getting the chip and salsa. The bus boys bring them out and I think they are all hiding in the back somewhere and not wanting to work. Seems that way every time as we have to beg for chips!

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

I'm so glad you're a fan of our ambiance and that there were some definite highlights to your meal. Sorry if we slipped in terms of service -- you should never have to wait long for those chips and salsa! I'd like nothing more than to show you that this isn't the norm for us, so I hope you may... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The food here is fantastic! I ordered beed tostadas and they were to die for. The beer was cold and the servoce was excellent. Will travel back to Santa Barbara just to eat there!

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

I love that you love us, Angelica! It's fantastic to know you enjoyed your tostadas so much, in addition to that great service you deserved. I can't wait to welcome you back -- we sure aren't going anywhere, especially now that I know you'll be returning just for us! Warmest regards, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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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?