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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla 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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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    Very good
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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
Real delicious food

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Rachel C
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Ohio, United States
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  • Bar scene
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Ohio, United States
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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edinburgh
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We stopped here for a few hours because the margaritas were so good. Food was okay, we both had burritos and they were massive portions

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

I'm pleased you enjoyed our margaritas so much, but sure wish we'd blown you away equally as much with our food! That said, I appreciate your reaching out to us, and hope you may come back to visit one day. Warmest regards, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Downey, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Chose this place randomly while strolling down State Street. It did not disappoint, cool atmosphere, diverse crowd, yummy food and even better drinks.

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

Adrian, I'm so glad you stumbled upon us, and ended up exceeding your expectations! It's awesome to know you enjoyed our vibe, crowd, and menu items -- please do come back soon! Warm regards, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I cannot thank the management of Sandbar enough. I had a great night out with amazing drinks and amazing food on a night last September. After a few too many drinks, I woke up the next day without my wallet which had fallen out the night before. I went round the few places we visited the night before not knowing... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

Bobby, thanks for leaving this awesome review on here, too. As mentioned, I'm relieved that we were able to recover your belongings -- I'd absolutely hate to know you never got your things back. I hope all is well over there in the UK, and that you might visit us again sometime in the future. Warm regards, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Clitheroe, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We ate at sandbar this evening and enjoyed evey minute; our waitress Lillian made sure we had an enjoyable evening and was a great hostess throughout. The food was great and very well priced along with the extensive drinks menu. A huge thank you to Lillian for ensuring we had a fantastic night and making us feel very special in... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

I'm so glad to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us! I'll be sure to pass along your compliments regarding the service to Lillian (she'll love hearing them), and here's to many more lovely meals to come. Can't wait to see you again, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Great restaurant, great food, heater lamps, great service. After a while they move out the tables and have dancing! So fun! Great place for groups!

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

Great review, Cindy! Thanks very much for taking the time to let us know what you thought. Hope you'll be back again really soon. Best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Take your time, savor the food and specialty drinks. We met friends for lunch and had a fantastic time. Our Server was the best and the food was phenomenal. Large portions, huge selection so come when you are hungry!

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

Happy to hear you and your party had a fantastic time when you stopped by for some food and drinks! Thank you for the phenomenal review --- we can't wait to show you another great meal sometime soon! Best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

England
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Caught great end of 'happy hour' and then enjoyed huge burrito and fajita. Really good. Friendly service. Will definitely return if we are ever in Santa Barbara again.

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

Glad you were able to catch the tail end of happy hour! Sounds like that burrito and fajita really hit the spot, and with friendly service to boot. Hope to welcome you back again the next time you travel to Santa Barbara! Cheers, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Tacoma, Washington
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We visited the Sandbar twice on the same day. We stopped in for a margarita on our way home from a day of bike riding. Our waitress was nice but it took about 20 minutes to get our drinks (it wasn't overly busy) and we had to ask for chips and salsa. Our waitress told us we hadn't been offered... More 

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Aron A, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for that second chance! It really means a lot that you guys gave our food a shot, and I'm just so happy you had a nice time. Hope to see you back for more drinks -- and prompt chips and salsa! Sincerely, 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?