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Cielito Restaurant

1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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Ranked #26 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was the 1st restaurant we ate in on my 1st trip to Santa Barbara and I was not disappointed. The food was amazing. The flavours really worked. Service was excellent. Can't wait to go back.

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Ventura, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I made reservations for 10 people for lunch and was delighted with the service and the location. We were seated outdoors under a covered awning by the La Arcada courtyard fountain. The service was friendly and as prompt as could be expected given the size of our group. The food was very good and the prices were reasonable. Although a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Cielito is a really surprising find. Situated in one of the plazas off of State Street it is convenient for a stop while taking the ever popular stroll on State, seemingly Santa Barbara's favorite attraction, unlike many of its colleagues Cielito is not just another mediocre cafe. the restaurant serves really tasty Mexican food and fine margaritas and other concoctions.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The food was superb! I suggest the ceviche sampler. All 3 choices were mouthwatering. Also, all the men working here are VERY good looking (mouthwatering as well..)

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Killarney, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We were walking down this lovely alley when we spotted a restaurant with a beautiful patio surrounded by colorful flowers. We started to leave because we didn't really want Mexican food but decided to give it a try anyway. This is way beyond your average Mexican food. The mercado salad was three nests of lettuce topped with a section of... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

Decided to try the Cielito after a coworker recommended it. Very glad we did. The blackberry margaritas were very good. For dinner, we had the house guacamole, the pork quesadillas, and the enchiladas with shrimp and lump crab meat. All were very good but the pork quesadilla was our favorite. Chris, our waiter, took very good care of us. Would... More

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London
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104 reviews 104 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Definitely not traditional, quite a showy little place but we really enjoyed it here. Food was good & well priced. Staff were attentive & helpful. Drinks were quite strong! We had sangria & blackberry margaritas (very nice!).

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Oregon
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31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Stumbled on restaurant due to proximity of B&B we stayed at. Sat outside and had a great dinner. Ordered pulpo (great & recommend), sopesitos de costilla (good, however, portion was too small) and kale salad (good). The setting was lovely and tucked away and the little side street area is filled with restaurants - so fun people watching. Our server... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We found this place on tripadvisor and booked for the same night. The location is really nice, beautifully lit in a pretty arcade and stands out from the usual places on State by being a little less 'classic touristy' and mainstream. We ate outside and the ambience and temperature were perfect. We struggled with the menu, partly because we are... More

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Miami, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Stopped in on our drive north for lunch. Agua Fresca and margaritas were great!! Food was fantastic. Have some outside sitting by the turtle fountain, which was kind of cool to watch these little guys swimming around.

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

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