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“Busy but excellent”
Review of Cielito Restaurant

Cielito Restaurant
Ranked #107 of 536 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $30
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is an eclectic and somewhat quirky restaurant/bar that has been lovingly created by the owners. The polished tin ceiling that covers the main bar area glistens in the low light. The bar itself apparently hails from Chicago and is an elaborate wooden creation that feels two centuries old.

The menu is Latin in flavour and the generous portions were delivered in good time with great flavours. The staff as very friendly and well trained so service is timely and properly executed. They have a pretty long selection of tequila's so if your enjoy your tequila straight or in a sensitively mixed margarita you'll love this place!

Thank Steve E
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Anna M, Manager at Cielito Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2014

We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and share you experience with us. It sounds like you found the Cielito fun facts, located on our menu! We look forward to your return and hope you are able to try a few more tequilas off our list.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

A wonderful stroll through La Arcada off State Street arrives at Cielito with both outdoor and indoor seating. The interior is two levels of gorgeous design and must be wonderful in the evening. I was there for lunch and both the food and service were excellent.

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Thank Mary C
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Anna M, Manager at Cielito Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2014

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your time while dining with us!

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The chef is brilliant. My wife and I shared the pork belly quesadillas, and each had the shrimp enchiladas, washed down with margaritas. Beautiful location, top notch service, very high end. No complaints whatsoever. Since we live nearby, we frequent this restaurant often and wanted to give it the kudos it deserves. For those looking for adventurous and delicious food, come here A bit pricy, but you get what you pay for.

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Anna M, Manager at Cielito Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences while dining with us. The Pork Belly Quesadilla and the Enchiladas de Jaiba y Camaron are guest favorites! Next time try the Pulpo a la Plancha, another favorite of our guests!

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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Delicious. Had the guava margarita, tacos of the day which were BBQ pork, pork quesadillas, pulpo a la plancha, and guacomole. All were delicious, and a nice twist on Mexican cuisine. The outdoor seating is really nice, it was a little cool but they had the heaters going. Would def recommend if you are looking for something different. The service was also very good as well. I like have the small dishes to share with everyone so you can try more of the menu

Thank LR060708
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Anna M, Manager at Cielito Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to share your Cielito experience. We are glad you enjoyed your time out on the patio and look forward to your return. Next time if it's still chilly, ask for one of our cozy blankets to keep you warm!

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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Tucked away in a corridor of of State Street, this hidden gem was surprisingly high end in food quality, drinks, atmosphere and service. Highly recommend!

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Thank DRVDIVA
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Anna M, Manager at Cielito Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for taking the time to write your review!

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