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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar

514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-966-1388
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Ranked #37 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $6 - $31
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Haley and Cota on State St.
Transit: 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.
Description: We are a traditional Sonora style Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Guests will experience the authentic tastes and warm outdoor dining of Mexico. We use homemade sweet and sour with organic agave nectar in our world class margaritas. We also feature handmade tortilla chips and salsas, fresh Ceviche, homemade guacamole and the best fajitas around. We feature a vibrant bar scene and a social atmosphere. We also serve our full menu nightly until midnigh. Stick around after dinner as we transform into one of Santa Barbara's best late night hot spots.
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Marco Island, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

sat outside Food was fresh Fish burrito Shrimp salad Chicken burrito Everyone was happy Service was excellent and it was busy

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england
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Me and my boyfriend visited sandbar twice whilst in Santa Barbara it was that nice! Food was great both times, attentive service and really friendly staff who give good recommendations and chatted to us. The cocktails were great and had good deals whilst it was happy hour. I would recommend the tostadas and the steak, beautiful meals enjoyed by us... More

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

Thanks for making us a part of your trip, Beth! It sounds like the cocktails and steak hit the spot, which is great. The next time you make it to Santa Barbara, be sure to swing by again! Take care, Aron Ashland, GM More

Calabasas, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Noisy but fun atmosphere - delicious drinks. I had the pomegranate mojito and it was delicious. The fish tacos also great, another in our group had chicken enchiladas with green sauce and these also were good. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and the place was very busy but the service was still very good. Had a fun busy... More

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Greg N, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

We're all about delicious drinks and fun times, so it means the world to hear that you think we're doing a good job. Thanks for the support and we hope to see you again soon. Best, Aron Ashland, GM More

Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I have been to this place at least twice a year for 5 years. Love it! Great place to hang out with friends! Eat and drink out in the open air! Great Happy Hour deals! Will go every time in Santa Barbara. Make sure that you get a reservation on Friday and Saturday nights!

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Greg N, manager at Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar, responded to this review

5 years strong? That's awesome! Thanks for making us your spot to hang out in Santa Barbara. Next time you're in California, we'll be excited to have you back. Until then, Aron Ashland, GM More

Pasadena,Ca
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Combination Fajitas were good including chicken, steak and shrimps. Service was slow especially when it was not that busy. Seating was comfortable with sofas on the patio. I will definitely recommend this place.

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

Thank you for the review. I'm sorry about the slow service. I will discuss your situation with our management staff at our weekly meeting. Thank you again for the input. Sincerely Aron More

San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

In our 3 nights in SB, we ended up going here twice because the food is really good and the atmosphere is just perfect. Although it's a bar, it really isn't a bar type experience if you get one of the tables. This, for us was perfect. They do a nice job on their margaritas too, which is no small... More

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

Jake- Thank you for the great review. Please ask for me next time you can make it by so I can personally thank you. We hope to see you up here soon. Sincerely, Aron More

Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

While walking State Street in Santa Barbara looking for a lunch spot you will have many places to choose from. Dare I say, not many will compete with the Sandbar if you are looking for the combo of good food at reasonable prices, generous portions and friendly service. Matt, the street-side maitre d' caught our attention with his charm and... More

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

Doug- Thank you for the great review! We can't wait for you to make it back down here from Canada. Please stop by and say hello when you can make it back. Aron More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Food was amazing and our server Jacob did a great job. He also told my friend and I about fun things to do for the day in Santa Barbara which I appreciated.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

We chose this bar for the lively atmosphere and great choice of food. I had the Mahi Mahi fajitas which were absolutely superb. Staff were excellent and answered all questions that were asked of them in detail.

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

We try to be mindful of atmosphere, food, and service -- I'm glad you had a positive experience with all three! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Perhaps next time you can try our Jalisco Shrimp Quesadilla. See you soon, Aron Ashland, GM More

London
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Good atmosphere in this place, with decent Mexican food. It's fairly typical food and not too intricate, but tasty and well proportioned.

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

We're happy to hear you had a tasty meal and enjoyed the atmosphere, Mark. That being said, we like to think our food is traditional as opposed to typical. Either way, next time you're in Santa Barbara, drop by and try our brunch or happy hour. Best, Aron Ashland, GM More

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