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Cielito Restaurant

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1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717 (W. Anapamu St.)
+1 805-965-4770
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 2 weeks ago

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...

Thank sororitymom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

Thank venice7_8
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank EpicuriousExplorer
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank SbSpall
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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250 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 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.

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.

Thank kasialouise
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

We docked in Santa Barbara on our Cruise, asked a local where the best guacamole in town is - we got lucky, they sent us to Cielito! The historic location is grand, loved the arcata. We ate outside next to the entertaining turtles. The food is a fancy fusion of California Mexican, all the way up to the second serving... More 

Thank HealingHabit
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

Great location, in a pretty galleria with high lofted ceilings, but food disappointing. They try for an upscale "novo-Mexican style" but I felt missed the mark. Perhaps we ordered the wrong things, but the menu was also limited. There were several seafood appetizers but only one seafood main course. Seemed out of balance. The vegetarian enchilada was promoted as a... More 

Thank tak309
Bakersfield, California
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250 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This was our third dinner here and, like the previous two, it was excellent. The ambiance is upscale without being the least bit pretentious. The service is very friendly and attentive. We started by ordering a basket of chips with the house guacamole and their tres salsas - we highly recommend doing the same. The chips were very fresh and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
    (W. Anapamu St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?