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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar

514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-1388
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Ranked #37 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $6 - $31
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
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: 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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Santa Barbara
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have visited the Sandbar for dinner, brunch and happy hour. I really like the food and I enjoy the atmosphere. My mother likes the food but finds the atmosphere to be too "bar scene" for her. But with my friends I have always had a great time and the food truly is excellent.

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

We're sorry your mom isn't a bigger fan of our atmosphere, Kelly, though we're certainly glad you like it! Maybe you guys should come in and see us for brunch to get a different vibe? All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Sandwich, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The atmosphere is really nice here. Very comfortable place to relax, good complimentary chips and salsa. Just a warning - the happy hour drinks hardly have any alcohol. That was really disappointing. When we and others (that we heard at nearby tables) questioned the waitress about it, she just kept telling everyone they "... are measured drinks". She couldn't even... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that you felt shorted in any way, Valerie. To clarify, we do use measurement to make our drinks, and they do, in fact, contain more than one shot in them. We would never charge for lesser drinks. We have a mixologist-made drink menu, and we have some great spirits that we use. The drinks are well-balanced... More 

Pasadena, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We stopped in for lunch on Saturday 11/29 while staying in Santa Barbara. It was a beautiful day and we chose to sit on the great patio. My wife had the Fajita Zarape Ensalada with shrimp and kept repeating one word as she ate.. "delicious". I felt the same while enjoying the Ensalada de Quinoa. Our server was fantastic. I... More 

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

Love to be described as "delicious." Dining is all about atmosphere, food, and service -- it sounds like you were happy with all three. That's what dining is all about. Hopefully we get to see you back sooner rather than later, and we wish you the best until then. Sincerely, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We were in Santa Barbara on holidays in November and did the touristy stroll up State Street during the afternoon. We noticed a fun Mexican restaurant and though that it was the night for some good So Cal Mexican food. After freshening up we made our way back out and up State Street and went to check out the ‘fun... More 

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

Oh we're ready -- just say the word, Lesley! It sounds like you enjoyed yourself from top to bottom, and I'll be sure to let Scott and Amanda know to keep up the good work. They'll be excited to hear they could help you have a great time. Oh, and being able to put on the Canucks is always a... More 

San Ramon, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We were in town for the day off our cruise ship. Yes, you might consider us crazy for not dashing back to the ship for a 'free' lunch, but we have found that lunch 'ashore' is always a good way to get a break from the ships menu. We were just wandering town and got very lucky when we stopped... More 

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

You can have a free ship meal, or you can get out there and try something new. Basically, we like your style. It sounds like you were happy with your decision, too -- something we're happy to hear. We can't wait to have you back. Hopefully not just sooner than last time, but much much sooner. All the best until... More 

London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

...and brilliant service. I've eaten here and had drinks here on a few separate occasions and always been impressed. Very reasonably priced and tasty food, and I love the frozen margarita cocktails. Even if you're just here for drinks, you get chips and dip included. Service was excellent the last time I was there (just for a quick drink). I... More 

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

What's better than "excellent frozen margaritas and brilliant service"? Really though, we're flattered you took the time to write us such a stellar review, Esmeralda! It's great to know that you've been in on multiple occasions and in multiple lights, and that we've been able to deliver each time. We hope to see you back in next time you're in... More 

Pacific Grove, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great ambiance, outdoor and indoor. Friendly staff. Great food, huge menu, reasonable prices. Fish taco was spicier than I thought - I couldn't eat it ! Watermelon margarita was good but not worth the price, friends at the table got regular margaritas and said they were delicious.

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

Thanks for making us a part of your trip to Santa Barbara, Katherine! It sounds like the fish taco came with a bit of a bite -- we love to pack our dishes full of flavor! We hope to see you next time you make it out to CA! Cheers, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Gillingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a busy Mexican Restaurant and bar in the heart of the Santa Barbara action. We had a drink or two while we waited around 30 minutes to be seated in an outside area. we were happy to wait as it was a busy Saturday night. The meal was certainly worth the wait. I had a burrito, while my... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us and recommend us to others, Neil! I'm so glad you and your wife enjoyed your meals, and I can't tell you how humbled we are that you'd spread the good word about us like this. I hope we'll have the chance to welcome you back the next time you're in Santa Barbara!... More 

Ventura, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Ryan provided great service and Jamie the manager herself brought me my burger. All's well with the world now. Signed, happy belly.

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

Belly, we're so glad you left happy. Your fullness and well-being is our top concern, and Ryan and Jamie send their regards. Do come in and see us again, we all miss you. Best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

the food was good and our waiter (jacob) was amazing. the waiter recommended places to go and bars to check out in the area. we were so pleased with this restaurant that we even came back at the end of the night again to hear the live band and have a few more drinks. great service, great food, looking forward... More 

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

Two times in one night? That's great to hear, Healey! Jacob'll love to hear he could be a part of your great stay. We can't wait to have you back next time you're in town to try out some more of our unique drinks. Cheers, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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Additional Information about Sandbar Mexican Restaurant and Tequilla Bar

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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