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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, Late Night, 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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  • 103
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    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
More than Mexican

Hadn’t really intended to go to a Mexican restaurant, but when we saw the menu we knew we had to try it. This is most definitely not your typical Mexican eatery. It builds on that cuisine but is eclectic, even international in scope. Too bad it was our last nite in SB, we’d’ve gone back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Hadn’t really intended to go to a Mexican restaurant, but when we saw the menu we knew we had to try it. This is most definitely not your typical Mexican eatery. It builds on that cuisine but is eclectic, even international in scope. Too bad it was our last nite in SB, we’d’ve gone back.

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Nothing was too much trouble for our server. He gave very good recommendations for dishes and drinks and accommodated our 3 1/2 year old grandson's appetite cheerfully. Even brought ice water after we had paid so we could linger a bit longer making our afternoon plans.... And the food was great, with the possible exception of the too sweet (for... More 

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Rye, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My fiancé and I stopped in Santa Barbara on our way up the coast on vacation. We wandered State Street and caught a night of Fiesta, and wound up at Cielito for dinner. We found exactly what we were looking for - great margaritas and very good food in one of the quaint off-shoots of State Street. The staff here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great, contemporary, fresh Cal-Mex food. There is always a GREAT ceviche special and the dining room is award winning by local architect Barry Winick who is genius at interiors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?