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Cielito Restaurant

1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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Ranked #33 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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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped in for drinks and a quick snack, late in the afternoon, before they were really "open". When asked, the bartender mentioned that someone on staff was "experimenting" with a bloody mary mix from kitchen provided charred tomatoes and other items. We gave it a whirl and seriously, they need to bottle this stuff! Spicy, rich - all the... More

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San Jose, CA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

We recently had a very nice dinner at Cielito in Santa Barbara. It was a birthday celebration, so we wanted someplace special and Cielito was a nice elegant choice... The menu is very sophisticated, so don't expect ordinary burritos and tacos. They have an extensive cocktail list with some very creative drinks (like a blackberry margarita). The service was excellent... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I have been talking about this place since I have been back. I had the Sopa de tortilla soup and it was delicious the spices they used were amazing I had the chef special Tacos Dorados de Papa and I had the vanilla bean flan. The tacos were amazing and I do not care for flan that much but this... More

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Los Osos, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were out shopping in downtown Santa Barbara and made a quick decision to try this Latin cuisine restaurant located in La Arcada on State Street. What a great find. We both ordered salads that contained, mixed baby greens, heirloom tomatoes and grilled chicken (among other things) and a side of guacamole with chips. The salsa was excellent. The host... More

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This restaurant is in a great location - we sat outside in the courtyard overlooking the fountain with the turtles! The waitress helped us to choose suitable dishes. There were 4 adults and we ordered 5 of the dishes. They didn't all come at once, which was great so we could try each one and savour them. Can't remember everything,... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This tapas style restaurant was fun. We had pork belly tacos, short ribs, and a couple of other items. The food was tasty, but expensive for what you get. The drinks were very good and we sat outside by the fountain in the plaza which was made the experience enjoyable overall.

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Indio, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I'm Mexican, born and raised in Mexico and I am extremely picky when it comes to Mexican restaurants. Most of the times I'm disappointed as soon as I look at the menu (fajitas, u-shaped tacos, yellow cheese on anything, rice and beans served with everything, no thanks) So I was hesitant to go to this one but as soon as... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were looking for a nice place to eat on the fly. Did not do any research. It was Fiesta and crowded in Santa Barbara but we were passing through on our way to a wedding further north. We were lucky to come upon the inner courtyard where Cielito Restaurant is found. We did not have a reservation but were... More

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