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1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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Ranked #31 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $30
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We went on a recommendation from a local. This is a casual restaurant but a bit more upscale than many Mexican restaurants. The margaritas were excellent. Although the menu isn't extensive, the entrees were incredibly good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Came for a birthday party with 12 people. The number of people in our party seemed to confuse the staff. Though the place wasn't crowded they struggled to get our table ready. Once seated we were left to figure out the menu. After we decided on our orders the waiter turned up 20 minutes in and went though the food... More 

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Provo, Utah
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We all had great Mexican food at a family dinner. It is a little on the spicy side but a unique blend of spices I. Every meal. The tortilla soup and seafood enchiladas were worth another trip back for. We parked in the parking structure and walked over.

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The food is good. Right on State Street, but tucked into an alcove and beautifully lit at Christmas. Inside was large, bright and very loud downstairs. I'd suggest couples go upstairs as the main floor seems better for large groups. Ceviche was fresh and beautiful. Drinks were also good.

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Calgary, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We ate at Cielito last night, after reading reviews about it and knowing it is in the cute little passerelle of La Arcada. The atmosphere did not disappoint: Christmas lights everywhere, Spanish guitar outside, heaters, tea lights...atmosphere. The wait staff were attentive and friendly and not over-bearing. We started with the nachos and ordered the 3 sampler dips as well.... More 

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Ambiance, drinks, and location. Each of these are what make this restaurant great. Excellent menu with a phenomenal view of main street Santa Barbara. Definitely try to get an upstairs seat. The drinks were great and the staff was extremely accommodating. Definitely a great meal with a fun atmosphere. I would definitely go back here, because the food was that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Watch out for the Spicy Margarita. They are wonderful but deadly. The food was interesting...not your standard Mexican Food. It was great for a group because we were able to try a lot of things. If you are looking for standard tacos don't go here. But if you want great ambiance, good cocktails, and a twist on Mexican Cuisine, it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Great decor, tin ceiling, wooden beams, etc., in a restored building. Excellent food. Dragon's Breath margarita was wayyyy spicy.

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Santa Barbara, CA.
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Five of us enjoyed a wonderful lunch al fresco here. We will return. Sure, a Mexican theme to the food but not overpowering. Delightful waiter. Creative non-alcoholic drinks. Beautifully presented lunch dishes. Yummy and fresh. Clean😍 bathrooms!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great and interesting food, tapas style. Very friendly staff, great outdoor seating. Dog friendly on the patio.

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Additional Information about Cielito Restaurant

Address: 1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 30
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican

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