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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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9:00 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, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
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
Good Mexican Food & Great Drinks!

First of all, the location of this restaurant is awesome- Right on State Street, in the heart of Santa Barbara. Our server was a little "over-attending." However, the food and drinks were great! The ceviche is served with plantain chips instead of tortilla chips. Very different. The tables are also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, the location of this restaurant is awesome- Right on State Street, in the heart of Santa Barbara. Our server was a little "over-attending." However, the food and drinks were great! The ceviche is served with plantain chips instead of tortilla chips. Very different. The tables are also very different. They have these little wicker sofas for benches... More 

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Thank trips43
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved sandbar! Good crowd, amazing food, really good drinks, and good music Friday night! Staff was super friendly as well

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Thank melb17
Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

So glad you loved the atmosphere, food, and drinks! Hope you'll stop in to see us again soon. Cheers, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Longmont, Colorado
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sandbar was great; we had drinks by the firepit and met a lot of fun people. Drinks were awesome, staff was friendly and they bring you chips and salsa. Tip for mature travellers: go early; the vibe changed to youngsters on spring break at around 11!

Helpful?
Thank Catnipkiss
Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in during you travels! So glad you loved the drinks and atmosphere. Hopefully you'll come back to visit us during your next Santa Barbara trip. Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Cypress, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family decided to stop here while we were walking around State Street and we were definitely happy that we did. We tried 3 different things on the menu, tacos, enchiladas and taquitos and we were all happy with our choices. Plus the service was fabulous, which in my opinion, always makes everything better.

Helpful?
Thank britofam4
Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in! So great to hear you and your family liked the tacos, enchiladas, and taquitos. Hopefully we'll see you the next time you're in Santa Barbara! Take care, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love the seating, and the atmosphere of this place. Our bartender's name was Rich and he was pretty cool. Most of there staff is pretty personable. There margaritas are really good and there food is good. We usually come here every time we are in the area.

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

Thanks for making us your go-to spot when you're in town, Mishelle! I'll be sure to pass along the compliments to Rich and the rest of the team. Looking forward to seeing you the next time you're in Santa Barbara -- we'll have the margaritas ready. Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

South Lake Tahoe, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall a no frills place. You can tell they must have a huge overhead by the state of the building. Some nice staff though and the food was alright. Fun at night. Steer away from the jumpstart breakfast.

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

Thanks for the candid review, Bal. It's a bummer that you didn't enjoy the breakfast. Hopefully you'll visit us again soon -- I'm sure we can find a brunch item that you'd like. Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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351 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely property, unique. The happy hour and specials are good value. We ate off the menu and the food was tasty and authentic. One of the nicest places of our Cali trip.

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

Thanks for stopping in! Glad you enjoyed the happy hour menu. If you're ever back in Santa Barbara, make sure to say hi! Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped at Sandbar for lunch a few years ago and loved the food, so when it came time to revisit Santa Barbara with some friends recently it was on top of our list of places to eat. The food is great and reasonably priced and the service was friendly. It seems to get quite busy of... More 

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

Thanks for thinking of us during your trip to Santa Barbara, Luke! Proud that we made enough of an impression to stick with you over a couple years -- hopefully it isn't that long until we see you again! Take care, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Vancouver, Canada
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360 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped in here for snacks & drinks. Even though it was crowded, they were able to arrange for seating for our group of 12. The drinks and food were exactly what you may expect in this type of establishment. Being here during happy hour where your second drink is 25¢ is always nice. The servers were friendly and efficient.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lonelobster
Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Glad you stopped in for happy hour! Hopefully you'll come visit again the next time you're in Santa Barbara! Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food! The salsa and chips were amazing! I had fish and my daughter had beef. Nice atmosphere! The staff very friendly! We would definitely go there again!

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Aron A, manager at Sandbar Cocina and Tequila, responded to this review

Thanks for thinking so highly of us. I very much look forward to welcoming you back over time and time again fore more of those chips and salsa -- plenty more where all that came from! Hope to see you soon, 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, Families with children

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?