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Cielito Restaurant

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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717 (W. Anapamu St.)
+1 805-965-4770
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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: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This was one of the best places we went to eat at, in Santa Barbara. The service was quick and staff was friendly. The margaritas are strong probably because they don't have mix .. Everything is naturals and squeezed. Yum. Tacos were good and the filet and mashed potatoes were absolutely delicious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Krysblair
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This was one of the best places we went to eat at, in Santa Barbara. The service was quick and staff was friendly. The margaritas are strong probably because they don't have mix .. Everything is naturals and squeezed. Yum. Tacos were good and the filet and mashed potatoes were absolutely delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

During our last night in Santa Barbara, while looking for a place to eat we stumbled upon Cielito and was able to snag a table outside by the fountain. I started with a delicious Cielito Margarita which was amazing. I ordered two small bites as my meal. First, my son and I shared the Ceviche California which was just so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Excellent unique foods with many fish, vegan & vegetarian options. Helpful wait staff. Very good margarita. The only critique was the ambient voice - the music, the high ceiling & sounds of chairs etc. worth the drive from LA

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Hollywood
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We all had great food. From the enchiladas to the tacos, it all had great flavor. We enjoyed everything they brought out. Even out picky eaters left happy. The filet mignon was excellent and I would recommend that to anyone. Of course, the meal was a little pricy.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you go to Cielito and it's a nice sunny day - dine outside and try to get a table right by the fountain. In the beautiful fountain resides a family of turtles that are so content and lovely, one can become jealous of their serenity! With this environ and during lunch time, we had a pitcher of hermosa cocktail... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I was very excited to try this restaurant out while visiting SB and we had made reservations in advance. Nice outside area upon walking up (fountain and heaters) and it was fairly full of people. When we met the hostess we were not given the option to sit outside and it really was where we should have sat as obviously... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Five of us for dinner - arrived in the early evening on the recommendation of a lady in one of the local shops. We had a superb waitress, gave us excellent recommendation. Two of our party split a habanero margarita - it had a real kick and not the alcohol! The chips salsa and guac are very good - be... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This was within walking distance of our awesome hotel (Spanish Garden Inn) so an hour prior to arriving I booked a table online easily and quickly. We were greeted, seated and served delicious food, just as efficiently. I couldn`t fault a thing.

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Our experience was over the top.... the very best ever! First, I have never given such a wonderful review in my life to any restaurant. As a designer the dinning space itself is award winning in so many ways including location, comfort, lighting and exciting atmosphere. The very exciting dishes, variety of drinks, attention to my quest's special dietary needs... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is a really solid restaurant. They have creative California meets Mexico food, and make it easy to share appetizers and deserts. The service was really good too. I wouldn't say it was the best food I've ever had, but I'd eat here again if invited.

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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 11:00 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
Average Prices: USD 3 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish

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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