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Cielito Restaurant

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Mexican, Latin
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1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717 (W. Anapamu St.)
+1 805-965-4770
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cielito's vision is to bring the flavors of Latin American and Mexican...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Large groups

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delicious wine

We stopped by here for some after-dinner drinks and were pleasantly surprised by the amazing ambiance and even better wine. Holy crap, if you like wine, go here and get the St. Luceant Pinot or the Santa Yney Cabernet Blend. Awesome wine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Jafarmer
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped by here for some after-dinner drinks and were pleasantly surprised by the amazing ambiance and even better wine. Holy crap, if you like wine, go here and get the St. Luceant Pinot or the Santa Yney Cabernet Blend. Awesome wine.

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St Louis
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We were in Santa Barbara for two nights and exploring State Street the first night. The street was full of people - young and older - enjoying the great weather and beautiful street. We happened upon an open mall leading past smaller stores to a fountain with a guitarist playing in front of a restaurant - Cielito Restaurant. Neither of... More 

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Rio Grande Valley, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This is truly a cielito (heaven). I visited Santa Barbara this February 2015 and found another beautiful city in California. On my way to my venue, I stopped at Cielito for a quick bite and a martini...what I found was a truly wonderful respite from a long day of travel. From the moment I saw the entrance, I knew this... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The restaurant is a truimph in design and layout. My wife had the duck carntes and she loved them and I tasted them as well and concurred. The problem was, that I told the waiter that I did not like spicy foods and was very sensitive to them, and asked him if the Enchilades Congrejo was spicy and he said... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

Try the chicken (Tinga) tacos -- very nice. Pair with the kale salad and you have a very nice meal. The food is tasty without dumping on a lot of cheese or using too much crema. Staff are all very nice. Prices are reasonable. Enjoy!

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Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Everything here is delicious. I could sit outside, drink margaritas and eat homemade guac and salsa with their home made chips all day long. The whole menu is fantastic. The service is great and the location is wonderful. I definitely recommend Cielito to everyone.

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Gloucester MA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

very nice experience. Cielito is a relaxed but slightly upscale mex/Latin menu. Great for families. The food is served in tapas style bowls and meant to be shared. It's great fun for us Boston gringos to have food we just can't ever get. We took 6 suggested menu items from staff and other diners. Every thing was superb. Can't remember... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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93 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The margarita's were an excellent start to a fine evening on the patio at Cielito's. Our server was very good and prompt with drinks, and attentive without any pressure for refills. Matias knew the menu well and answered all of the questions on recommendations etc. The ceviche (sampler with 3 kinds) was absolutely terrific... we ordered a second round it... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Cielito is a beautiful restaurant located in a lovely little pedestrianized lane just off State Street. It was a great find and we were immediately made to feel welcome on what was clearly a busy Friday night. Despite this we were seated quickly at a nice table upstairs where we could enjoy the bustling atmosphere from our elevated position. The... More 

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
    (W. Anapamu St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?