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Cielito Restaurant

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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717 (W. Anapamu St.)
+1 805-965-4770
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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189 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We dined here with friends and the authentic Mexican food was as good as the band and both were great. For a Monday night, the crowd was pretty large and I'm sure partly due to the entertainment. We will be back again on another Monday and try a few more dishes. Good food,good service and a great atmosphere!

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Thank Heligypsy
Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has just changed ownership and name - new name is Viva. Nice servers bringing low grade cuisine to the table.

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Thank gordon b
Southern California
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66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both of us ordered the brazed rib tacos. We also had some of the cauliflower tortillas which were better than we had expected. We liked the food a lot, the waitress was very professional and we quite liked her. The food was a little slow coming out but overall a very nice place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We sat on the patio, next to the turtle fountain. Very entertaining! The service was quite slow, but the food & atmosphere were well worth it. We would definitely go back!

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San Diego, California
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

I went for lunch while on an interview.. the setting was great for a business meeting and the Verduras Quesadilla.. butternut squash, swiss chard, kale, poblano rajas, onion, jack cheese! The Butternut Squash was so key in this dish...

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Thank sororitymom
Los ANGELES
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We loved the food, atmosphere and courteous service that we received from this place. Food was delicious and very tasty and there are so many choices to pick from. tVery well situated and the waiter was always with a smile and very helpful. Will stop next time we are in Santa Barbara for sure!

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Went there once and it was really promising. Good happy hour menu and decent kids menu. Returned 3 days later and it was like a completely different restaurant. CLUELESS young server who ignored us,despite being there around 4:45 when the restaurant was empty. Just horrible service....had two young kids in tow and let them know we were all starving. Had... More 

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sb
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Great food, amazing location and great service. The owner walked around all eve making sure guests were happy. Can't find the Rose anywhere so will have to come back often!

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Thank SbSpall
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food we had in California (and we had a lot). Very friendly staff and lovely location. We had lunch outside on the terrace. Will definitely come back here next time in Santa Barbara.

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Thank Ariebeukenoot
Santa Barbara, CA
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We have been to Cielito many times. We love the food. This time the pork belly quesadillas and the guacamole were great. We ordered caipirinhas to drink. Perhaps the bartender didn't know how to make one...they were much too strong, the limes hadn't been muddled, not enough sugar, not enough lime juice. Might order beer instead.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
    (W. Anapamu St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770
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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