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“Good Dining in SB”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cielito Restaurant

Cielito Restaurant
Ranked #89 of 528 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: W. Anapamu St.
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.
Normal, Illinois
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good Dining in SB”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have eaten at Cielito a couple of times. The first time I don't recall being overly memorable (although it is consistently one of my husbands favorite restaurants), but when we ate there recently it was excellent. We had wonderful service, attentive and helpful. At the recommendation of our waiter we ordered two specials. We started with some tuna sashimi tacos. They were small but very good. Since our main meal was a little slow they were kind enough to bring us chips and salsas while we waited. For our main course we had a whole cooked fish with Israeli cous cous and vegetables, which was excellent. Overall it was the nicest meal I have had out in Santa Barbara in a long time!

  • Visited August 2013
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California
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Upscale and Classy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

This restaurant is excellent. Everything from the homemade chips to the dishes to the desserts was truly top notch. I ordered and split two dishes from the tapas menu: the pork quesadilla and the seafood empanada. Both dishes were extremely delicious and enough to split between two people. I like that there is a tapas menu and an entrée menu; it allows you to "sample" and share different dishes. However, the best part of the meal was certainly the dessert. There is a special pastry chef that prepared some sort of chocolate ganache, chocolate/peanut butter/caramel mousse with an ice cream filling. Words cannot actually describe this dessert; it was that amazing. Don't miss this restaurant when you go to Santa Barbara.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank SarahandSuch
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Jackson, Tennessee
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant! One of my Favs in Santa Barbara”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've only been here once, but I'll be back soon! The building and decor is fabulous. Our waiter was very informative and made sure we had a great time. We sampled several things and I really liked them all. It was my beat meal in Santa Barbara!

Visited July 2013
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Thank PhilipTN
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USA and South Africa
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158 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had a great dinner of tapas and margaritas in this nice restaurant down a side street off State St (on a courtyard with art galleries), sitting outside in the patio area. The margaritas were great, and the tapas were a creative mix that were fun to sample and share. The service was also very friendly and professional. We recommend it!

Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fusion at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Cielito offers a wonderful menu filled with delicious options. The Tapas concept ensures there is something for everyone. Especially enjoyed the Kobe beef plate. Anna, our server, was exceptionally sweet and knowledgeable. She helped my wife goose a number is gluten free dishes and was always avialable to answer our questions. Try the Blackberry Margherita to start!!

  • Visited July 2013
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