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Cielito Restaurant

1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
+1 805-965-4770
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (27 reviews)
“tacos” (26 reviews)
“pork belly” (9 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
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1 - 10 of 211 reviews

Reviewed February 23, 2017

I am so grateful to the staff and owner of Viva for coming through for us when our plans for our rehearsal dinner fell through at the last minute. In a panic, I called Viva and talked to the owner Brendan. He instantly said they...More

Thank rachel k
Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

We r do glad we found this place. I eat low carb and they have low carb options abailable. I also wanted vegetables so they accomodated my wishes with no fuss, the food was reasonably priced. We sat in the courtyard by the fountain which...More

Thank Lesley P
Reviewed October 8, 2016

We ate at Cielito for lunch. We sat on the patio and the service was excellent. The food was rather expensive, but very good. The tortilla soup was a meal in itself. The chicken burrito was packed with very tasty chicken. The margaritas were good,...More

Thank Clete
Reviewed August 23, 2016

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...More

Thank Heligypsy
Reviewed August 3, 2016

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

Thank gordon b
Reviewed July 30, 2016

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...More

Thank _MTJ_99
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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!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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...

Thank sororitymom
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...More

Thank venice7_8
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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$3 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
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 St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2717
    (W. Anapamu St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-965-4770
  • E-mail
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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