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Cielito Restaurant

1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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Ranked #27 of 445 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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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Bakersfield
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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 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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2 reviews
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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
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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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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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107 reviews 107 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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