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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene

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  • 171
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  • 95
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    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
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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... read more

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

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 

Sacramento
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73 reviews 73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a really fun place to eat! Seating is a different levels and chair heights giving interest. There is fun lighting, many sports screen TVs and very friendly wait staff. There is a fire pit. This restaurant could be anywhere in the world, it has that kind of vibe. Great crowds and yummy

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

Wow, I'm honestly blown away that we've got that "anywhere in the world" vibe to you! I really appreciate your compliments on everything from our seating to the staff, so I'll definitely share this with the team. Hope to see you back again soon! Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We got a free margarita with a voucher from the hotel. Food was great, we went for tacos with chicken and beef. Tried a few cocktails and enjoyed the relaxed vibe from this restaurant. Defo worth a visit

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

Thank goodness for that margarita voucher, because I'm so glad it led you to us! I'm flattered by your compliments on both our tacos and our cocktails. Our door's always open if you find yourself in the area again in the future! Until next time, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Greater Cleveland
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289 reviews 289 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to Santa Barbara late on a Sunday night for dinner, so not a lot of places were open. We checked out the sandbar. The host was weird but the server did a great job. The house salsa served with chips was quite good and surprisingly spicy for a house salsa at an establishment like this. I ordered the... More 

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

It's disappointing to hear that you weren't fond of the atmosphere -- that's one of the things we get complimented on most, but we understand it's not for everyone. As for the food, I'm sorry for any difference in expectation, and we definitely get how a sweet beer with mole could be a little over the top. Next time, we... More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Mild Mexican. Cabbage tostadas? Won't rush back. Bland burritos and mild salsa. Nice setting fair but pleasant service. $11 Cadillac margarita. Not good value.

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

Sorry to hear that you didn't think so, Bob -- we want everything we make you to be absolutely delicious and a great value to you. Thanks for letting us know that you didn't get that on your first visit. We'd be grateful for a chance to make it up to you! All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Nice place, good food, Cheese dip is so big, definitely for more than 2. Sitting outside next to fireplace to look out is nice.

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

I'm glad you've gotten to enjoy the beautiful views here, Sandris! Thanks so much for your kind words. We're looking forward to the next time you stop by! Cheers, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Southern California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A group of 9 of us went to Sandbar on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. The person taking the reservation was friendly and helpful. We couldn't get a table on the patio, but the table we were seated was open to the outside so we did not feel closed in. Our server was outstanding. He was very attentive... More 

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

You can't celebrate a birthday without some amazing flan, Clete -- so happy you enjoyed it, and I'm absolutely thrilled that you had such a great visit! Hope to welcome you back soon! All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Came for some drinks , so sat at the bar. Had some margaritas which were actually very tasty and refreshing and that's coming from a beer drinker. Bartender was Red . She was great and attentive . Play the Spinning wheel on the wall super fun!

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

Can't go wrong with one of our margs -- happy to hear you enjoyed it, and hope to see you soon! All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

While walking State street on my trip to Santa Barbara, I stopped in to Sandbar to grab a drink during Happy Hour. With all the options on State Street, what made Sandbar stand out was the outdoor seating. They have high top tables, couches, heat lamps, and a bunch of other very inviting options-- all outside!! Beyond the seating, they... More 

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

Our weather here is too nice to be cooped up inside, Alexander, and we carry that over to dining. We're glad you decided to stop in and see us, and we hope you come back soon and have some more drinks with us. All the best, Aron Ashland, GM More 

Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Looking for a quick lunch on St Patrick's Day, we spotted Sandbar, decked-out in Irish regalia. No special Irish fare though, but good Mexican food with a surprisingly tasty ceviche. Portions were large and the service affable. The other half of the restaurant was occupied by the sports bar, with several TVs.

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

I'm so happy that you enjoyed the food with us! While we don't change up the menu specifically for holidays, we're always happy to help you celebrate, so thanks for dropping in! I'm also pleased that the service was great for you -- helping you enjoy your trip is truly what we're all about! I hope the rest of your... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?