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Sandbar Cocina y Tequila

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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free
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514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Between Haley and Cota on State St.)
+1 805-966-1388
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Happy hour in this chilled bar. Beers buy one get one for 25cents. Skinny margarita, delicious.. Extensive cocktail menu, great food and service. Baseball on the tv

Thank kat316
Montrose, Colorado
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here twice and liked it both times. The food is plentiful and good. They have a happy hour with good prices on appetizers and drinks. The service is good as well. It is very casual with outdoor dining available.

Thank montrosehorse
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After having a cocktail at the bar we were finally given a table ( having reminded the waitress !). The wait was worth it the food was great - the special burrito was immense - great food great night out !

Thank brodian777
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We looked for a meal out in Santa Barbara and found this, booked via Opentable and we greeted and shown to a fab table. Great atmosphere and we all ate really well - the waiter was really attentive and was a perfect evening out.

Thank Kate H
Santa Monica, California
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is superb. Terrific environment, great food and service, at a reasonable price!!! Ordered the BBQ CHICKEN SALAD with two Cadillac Margaritas, what else do you need???? Your loss if you pass this one up!!!

Thank Bob P
Washington DC
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93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible weather, and the only bar I can find on State St that is both appealing and open-air is Sandbar. Fortunately, it is utterly lovely, and the food and drinks are great! Loved it so much I came back the next day. Highly recommended for the atmosphere as well as the fare.

Thank Ariz0nagirl
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When trying to find a place to eat on Tuesday around 5 pm, all other places except this one had few people. This place was packed and I understand why. In the five days that I was in Santa Barbara I came here twice. Drinks were really good and the food was amazing. Staff was lovely and outgoing, and very... More 

Thank Erik K
Elkton, MD
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sandbar served excellent margaritas in a friendly and helpful manner. My husband's enchilada was plentiful and very good. My tacos were good and we were able to trade off portions to each other. A fun experience.

Thank Jettie070
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a family of four adults and chose it simply because it looked like the place to be! A lot of the main street was quiet, but this place was busy in both restaurant and bar. The food was great, the atmosphere friendly and lively. The staff were the same. I would recommend to anyone visiting santa barbara.

Thank Helen S
Hereford, Arizona
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142 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a late Sunday brunch there recently. Nice menu selection (our threesome wound up with chilaquiles, a breakfast burrito, and fish tacos) and brunch-ish type drinks (mimosas, sangria, etc.). Relaxed atmosphere, very enjoyable.

Thank Liza W

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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, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free
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, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, 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 Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (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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