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Cielito Restaurant

1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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Ranked #29 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $30
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Ambiance, drinks, and location. Each of these are what make this restaurant great. Excellent menu with a phenomenal view of main street Santa Barbara. Definitely try to get an upstairs seat. The drinks were great and the staff was extremely accommodating. Definitely a great meal with a fun atmosphere. I would definitely go back here, because the food was that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Watch out for the Spicy Margarita. They are wonderful but deadly. The food was interesting...not your standard Mexican Food. It was great for a group because we were able to try a lot of things. If you are looking for standard tacos don't go here. But if you want great ambiance, good cocktails, and a twist on Mexican Cuisine, it's... More 

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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 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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63 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 30
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican

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