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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Southwestern
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514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602 (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
+1 805-966-1388
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Quick Start Sunday Brunch has just got to be tried not only was it the best breakfast on our California holiday it was also the most reasonably priced at $7.99 for great eggs, bacon and potatoes with "Hawaiian toast" on the side complete with a brilliant Bloody Mary. It's a Sunday morning must that sets you up for the... More 

Thank djk1266
Arcata. CA.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Two of us ordered the Tostada Salad. The waitress warned that often two people will order one as it is so large. We went ahead and had one for each. It was great. It was how I enjoy Mexican food. My daughter had the supreme burrito. It was excellent and more than she could eat. The ambiance was good. There... More 

Thank Johnoftheredwoods
Irvine, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had lunch there yesterday. Sat outside and people watched, and enjoyed the Santa Barbara weather. Good, reasonably priced Mexican food. I had tostadas can couldn't finish they were so large. Worth the modest price. And they have wifi.

Thank PDR90293
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Sandbar for drinks after having dinner at another establishment in Santa Barbara. Whilst impressed with the venue itself, it's a shame the gentleman on the bar that night was rude and ignorant. Firstly the gentlemen was very unhelpful, questions went down like a lead balloon with him. When we managed to order our drinks he didn't listen to the... More 

Thank AaronT1110
Swansea, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great mexican meal here. Service was good and the food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Would recommend

Thank gill1204
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

no no no no good! don't eat here! food is really terrible!! maybe the worst mexican restaurant in my life!

Thank Nico S
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice bar/restaurant! Good drinks (try on mondays the mango mojito) good mexican food (always chips on the table) and cool ambiente. Wednesdays live reagge music. Not that cheap.. but nice to stay and meet people from everywhere :)

Thank Philip G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff, great good and generous portions. Everyone in our family was very happy having eaten here. Will come again given the chance...

Thank Rob O
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this location many times but after today I will never return the service is absolutely horrible

Thank TATE M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, great atmosphere and the Margaritas aren't bad either. Liveliest place on State street. The Burrito dish was huge my husband couldn't finish the whole thing and he can eat. I had the prepare it yourself fish tacos with flour tortillas very tasty just enough to fill you up.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $31
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1602
    (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
  • Public Transportation: Local taxis pick up and drop off at a designated area 20 yards from our front door. The State Street Shuttle runs in front of our restaurant from 9am-11pm. It costs $1.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-1388
Sandbar in Santa Barbara, CA serves up delicious Mexican food and some of the best handcrafted cocktails. For great food and fun times, visit us today. At Sandbar, our menu features the freshest seafood, finest cuts of meat and market fresh produce. Our extensive cocktail menu features handmade margaritas and specialty cocktails designed by world famous mixologist Manny Hinojosa. We freshly prepare all of our ingredients daily. During the day we are a full service restaurant and by night we transform into a thriving late night destination featuring dancing, live music, and dj's seven nights a week. Sandbar has been named to the "Top 100" by Nightclub & Bar Magazine for the last 4 consecutive years. We are known for our fun-filled and wild bachelorette parties as well as our music and dancing. Enjoy dining and socializing in a contemporary hacienda setting inside, or on one of our multiple patios just steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful downtown Santa Barbra. For some amazing drinks, amazing food, and a great time, visit Sandbar today. **Happy Hour: Sunday-Friday 3pm-7pm, buy one cocktail, get second for only a quarter. Our handcrafted drinks are only $6.25 (Cantina only) and our non-seafood appetizers are half off.

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