Alcazar
Alcazar

Alcazar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://alcazartapasbar.com/
  • Phone: 8059620337
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 Am - 1:00 PM; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 Pm - 10:00 Pm, Thursday: 5:30 Pm - 11:00 Pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 Pm - 11:00 Pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: Thank you for choosing Alcazar for your event! We require a 50% deposit to secure all events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meigs Rd
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Alcazar
Years ago, before paved floors, Spanish bar keeps would cover their drinks with a napkin to keep dust from falling into their customers' drinks. The napkins eventually evolved into small plates to hold food and from there, the food on top of the drink became known as "tapas".
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Alcazar reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food5
    Service5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (3)fit for foodies (2)romantic (2)good for groups (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Ahi salad
    CBuf
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Everything here is great, but really loved the Ahi salad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Small cool place with great, great food. Awesome service and very cool vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 26 reviews are from the Alcazar reviews archive.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    IoneTaylorVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our server was enthusiastic and friendly and offered suggestions when we asked. The cocktails were interesting and tasty - I tried the French gimlet. Our favorite dish was the lamb sliders - oh my were they good. We also loved the brussels sprouts with bacon, the ceviche tostada and the carne con crema. An old movie was being projected on the back wall - Clash of the Titans - which was retro and fun. The only drawback was that one of the woodplanks on my bench dipped which made it awkward to sit on. But, we had a great time and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Alcazar and their terrific
    JenmishkinVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Love Alcazar and their terrific food. We always have a great time when we dine here. Lamb sliders... YUM!! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tapas delight
    Glikbarg
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    The restaurant is small but has a nice tapas menu and a full bar. My family likes to order lots and lots of the little dishes -- sort of like ordering sushi in that if you are still hungry, you just order a few more plates. I was surprised when the bill came that the 5 of us had spent less that $120 including two sangrias and some other fancy drinks. We did order a lot of the 5-7pm special items. Very reasonable considering everything we got. My daughter loves the chocolate lava dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but LOUD.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    I wouldn't hesitate to go back but my husband and I don't get out much alone and it was nearly impossible to have a conversation after we had been there a while and the place had filled up (Friday). The food and drinks, however, were FANTASTIC and our server was very attentive. Very fun/funky little place! QUITE small...I'd recommend a reservation, for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The smell of oil was overwhelming,
    kkw4
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The smell of oil was overwhelming, the windows were open and the smell reached me before we entered the restaurant. The bread was very oily. The food choices sounded good, but hey were all too greasy. The ones not fried were tasty
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Away from downtown, good tapas
    Sheafe
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Alcazar selected from list on Open Table for a meeting with an old friend, hoping to be able to have intimate chat; then changed the evening reservation at last minute... no problem.. from 2 to 5 persons. Quickly noted the distraction of ambient noise in this small-plates spot, where conversation was difficult at best... for this hearing-impaired diner. Our server was prompt & friendly, responded to our questions and brought orders in good time. Aside from a tiny serving of chips & salsa, our selections were of expected size: Lamb & beef sliders, avocado hummus, ahi plates.... all very tasty. Many other enticing items on the menu. Recommend for casual dining-without-pretense, perhaps not for a romantic or special-occasion experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    I'll start with the bad: the patatas bravas didn't live up to my expectations. Everything else was more than fantastic. The service was great, food was amazing, and drinks were good as well. I definitely plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to try a tapas place
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Wanted to try a tapas place and came her from the suggestion from a woman who was working at a local winery. We walked in and stood there for a while confused. The tapas plates are smaller and much more expensive than usual places we have dined and they were just okay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    guest78
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    One of my favorite places to eat in Santa Barbara. Food is excellent (love both the sirloin and lamb sliders), and the drinks are not only creative, but delicious! It's also a nice setting. Although it's a little small and can get a little crowded, it's not downtown so you can at least avoid the tourists shopping downtown...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The small plates were excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The small plates were excellent & generous, the cocktail list is impressive. It was unfortunate a bachelorette party took away from the intimate and cosy setting, but once they left everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Innovative menu! Food was
    TonyDVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Innovative menu! Food was nicely prepared and tastey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great except for waiting for 1 dish
    OnemanstreasureVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Everything started out well with all our dishes coming out in a timely fashion, but we waited and inquired many times about the patatas we ordered, which only came after we settled our bill more than 30 minutes after our last dish had come out. Otherwise the food was great and the waitresses very courteous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was so cold in the restaurant
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    It was so cold in the restaurant that night we all left our coats on. Made it less than enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Alcazar's sister restaurant
    JenmishkinVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    We love Alcazar's sister restaurant, Milk and Honey and were excited to try Alcazar. We were not disappointed. Super good food and drink. Love the cartoons. My husband and I both crave the sliders!! YUM! We will be back, a lot! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excelant. But the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    Food was excelant. But the blood orange margarita was horrible, had too much sour mix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very overpriced for what was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Very overpriced for what was served. The tuna especially was both tiny and bone dry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a very nice time, and
    dpdave
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    Had a very nice time, and enjoyed all the great food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the Visit - Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    We really enjoyed the food...we tried four different Tapas and they were all perfectly cooked and the flavors were delicious. We will recommend this place to anybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were expecting more from,
    JoMKess
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    We were expecting more from, coming from out-of-town, than a small establishment in aan old strip mall. It really reminded us of a dive bar. However, the service was great, and the tapas are different and extremely imaginative. The lamb sliders, while not traditional Spanish tapas, are not to be missed, and the hummus and flatbread were like none we've ever had before. The place is very small so reservations may be helpful, maybe not, and the dress code is way casual. In all, a very pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always have fun here, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2011
    Always have fun here, and really enjoy being somewhere we are not afraid to laugh and have a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our visit started out a little
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Our visit started out a little shaky when they couldn't find our reservation, but we were soon seated. The dishes were wonderful - we especially enjoyed pigs on a date, the beef with blue cheese, enchiladas, mushrooms, and a variety of shrimp dishes. Our one disappointment was that the pappas bravas were not available. The one HUGE negative from our point of view was the noise. We were a party of six. The restaurant was only about half full yet we couldn't hear each other it was so noisy inside. If you go on a quiet night - the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food on the Mesa in SB
    mrmeat
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    A unique gem! Great drinks (love the mojitos), great service and above all great food. The staff are all fun, friendly and attentive. The sliders are outstanding, but really, there's nothing on the menu that isn't imaginative and tasty. Where else can you find bacon-wrapped dates? Mmmm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood psuedo-Spanish
    JessVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    Great neighborhood psuedo-Spanish tapas place. It would be much better if there were at least a couple of Spanish wines on the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good (very create
    Sonyani
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    Food was good (very create and delicious) - but service was slow and not terribly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date with a Pig! Yum! Give
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    Date with a Pig! Yum! Give the Heat of Passion cocktail a try. Very delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I can always rely on Alcazar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    I can always rely on Alcazar for a great tasty meal and great drinks. The Gambas Alcazar and Filete con Crema are my favorites and they have the best Torilla soup on the planet.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic