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Cielito Restaurant

1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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Ranked #30 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $3 - $30
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: W. Anapamu St.
Description: Cielito's vision is to bring the flavors of Latin American and Mexican inspired cuisine to our Santa Barbara community. The menu features freshly made "antojitos" (small cravings) which reflect Santa Barbara's local ingredients and seasonal produce. Cielito also offers a mouthwatering Tequila bar with enticing libations and innovative cocktails as well as a wide selection of Tequilas and Mezcals. The inviting rooms and gracious staff at Cielito reflect our mission to provide both Santa Barbara locals and visitors with an unparalleled and memorable dining experience.
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English first
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I have been talking about this place since I have been back. I had the Sopa de tortilla soup and it was delicious the spices they used were amazing I had the chef special Tacos Dorados de Papa and I had the vanilla bean flan. The tacos were amazing and I do not care for flan that much but this... More

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Los Osos, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were out shopping in downtown Santa Barbara and made a quick decision to try this Latin cuisine restaurant located in La Arcada on State Street. What a great find. We both ordered salads that contained, mixed baby greens, heirloom tomatoes and grilled chicken (among other things) and a side of guacamole with chips. The salsa was excellent. The host... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This restaurant is in a great location - we sat outside in the courtyard overlooking the fountain with the turtles! The waitress helped us to choose suitable dishes. There were 4 adults and we ordered 5 of the dishes. They didn't all come at once, which was great so we could try each one and savour them. Can't remember everything,... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This tapas style restaurant was fun. We had pork belly tacos, short ribs, and a couple of other items. The food was tasty, but expensive for what you get. The drinks were very good and we sat outside by the fountain in the plaza which was made the experience enjoyable overall.

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Indio, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I'm Mexican, born and raised in Mexico and I am extremely picky when it comes to Mexican restaurants. Most of the times I'm disappointed as soon as I look at the menu (fajitas, u-shaped tacos, yellow cheese on anything, rice and beans served with everything, no thanks) So I was hesitant to go to this one but as soon as... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were looking for a nice place to eat on the fly. Did not do any research. It was Fiesta and crowded in Santa Barbara but we were passing through on our way to a wedding further north. We were lucky to come upon the inner courtyard where Cielito Restaurant is found. We did not have a reservation but were... More

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Oak Park
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a fun restaurant with great food and excellent Margaritas! Went here for lunch with girlfriends and we all enjoyed our food and the ambience. I had vegetarian tacos and they were delish. Like the location just off State in a quaint alley.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner and the service was fantastic. They made a menu for us which we all could share. The kids and us enjoyed the meal Andy the good atmosphere!

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We arrived at Happy Hour time which was fortuitous. Only wanted a snack so apart from some beers we tucked into some of the snacks offered on their Happy Hour menu. Fresh flavours, very tasty. The place sits under cover in a shopping area beside a fountain with large terrapins in it. It was busy, had a long bar indoors... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We ate on their terrace, which is in a beautiful courtyard with a fountain. I had a seafood enchilada and my wife had a vegetable enchilada. The fish was very fresh, perfectly cooked and the sauce was excellent. The busboys were extremely attentive but the waiter disappeared for long periods , which is the only reason I didn't give this... More

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