Sandbar Mexican Restaurant
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sandbarsb.com/
  • Phone: 8052525409
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast/Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Richardo Maxwell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer on-site and off-site catering options for parties of 10-500. Please contact our Event/Promotions Department at (805) 252-5409 or email at sandbarpromo@sharkeez.net
  • Entertainment: We feature live DJ's after 10pm every night except Wednesday when we have Live Reggae that has been a locals favorite for over 15 years.
  • Special Events: We host a variety of Late night events and Fundraisers. Please call or check our website for upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Haley and Cota on State St.
  • Public Transit: Local taxis pick up and drop off at a designated area 20 yards from our front door. The State Street Shuttle runs in front of our restaurant from 9am-11pm. It costs $1.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Please park in the City Lot 11, its directly behind our restaurant and offers the first 75 minutes for free. There are 2 entrances to this lot, one on Anacapa St. and one on Haley St.
A word from Sandbar Mexican Restaurant
We are a traditional Sonora style Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Guests will experience the authentic tastes and warm outdoor dining of Mexico. We use homemade sweet and sour with organic agave nectar in our world class margaritas. We also feature handmade tortilla chips and salsas, fresh Ceviche, homemade guacamole and the best fajitas around.

We feature a vibrant bar scene and a social atmosphere. We also serve our full menu nightly until midnight. Stick around after dinner as we transform into one of Santa Barbara's best late night hot spots.
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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (9)good for groups (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (5)neighborhood gem (3)romantic (2)special occasion (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a very enjoyable tex mex meal. The guacomole was outstanding. Highly recommend if you are looking for mexican!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Sandbar Mexican Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Bachelorette Party
    MoJ30
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I booked this place for my friends bachelorette party and it was awesome! We dined there as well. The food was great....we all sat in silence as we ate. The running joke was, "How do you get six women to be quiet? Put good food in front of them!". Loved the ambience...the lights, the decor....everything was just great and really set the tone for a great evening. They were a little late in getting us to our table for the Bachelorette party, BUT they made up for it in service. Overall, it was such a great time and the DJ was awesome! If you are looking to book bottle service for an event (bachelorette in this case), I would highly recommend them. Super affordable and super fun!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last minute reservation...
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Walked past it as we were shopping and it looked so fun and relaxed...found it on Open Table made our reservation and went back that night...lovely staff!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santa Barbara Gem
    sturgeVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The Sandbar is located on historic, beautiful State Street, in the heart of great shopping, site-seeing, and everything you've ever expected out of the California experience. Obviously very well managed, from the host to the waiters to the servers and bartenders, smiles abound. Great Happy Hour (4-8pm buy one beer or house wine, get a second for a quarter!). Food was delicious, delivered fast and hot. Atmosphere is a nice mix of family-friendly fun, romance, and stress-free dining. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food is great! The scenes is diverse and welcoming. The service is really good and the people overall make it a great experience. I would def. recommend this place to a friend or family member. The wait time for the food is about 15-20 min depending on how busy it is but it is worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Love all the lanterns, heat lamps and fire pits! Such a nice place to relax in the evening! The food was solid - cheese enchilada could have been a bit more tasty, but overall everything was good. Same with the waitstaff - solid but not overly friendly. Could smile a bit more and be more engaging.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found it on our last night :(
    LovegoodfoodNdrinks
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    While on vacation with my boyfriend we found this place and decided to go for happy hour. All the drinks we got were amazing and our server Katie was great ! We sat outside and really enjoyed the atmosphere We ordered apps and they were ok . Would def tell anyone I knew that they must go if they are ever in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried going there for dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Tried going there for dinner, but apparently it turns into a nightclub at around 10:00 (not my scene). Went back the next day for lunch and was a bit calmer. Wish they'd forget the whole nightclub ruse and try to stay a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great
    Richbitch
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The tacos were just okay. It was really noisy so be prepared to speak loudly at your table. The service wasn't really great. There's too many people and not enough staff. Also the chip guy wasn't dressed properly. This place is good for the bar and party scene but not really the best place to grab a meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, energetic happy hour place
    firstanniversarydinner
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    This restaurant is one our favorites in Santa Barbara. Its energetic, vibrant environment is ideal for happy hour and a fun date or evening out with friends. I especially enjoy the colored lamps in the outdoor patio area. Also, in my experience, the staff have always been nice, engaging, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Bar
    Bethie
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We booked this bar for the 49er Packers game. We asked for a table with a great view of the big screen TV. Not only did they let us pick a table when we got there but there was really NO BAD table. We were surrounded by at least 7 big screen TV's. It was great for the party. If that wasn't great enough the food was over the top, fresh, and authentic. I cannot say enough about the tequlia's and speciality margaritas. The staff was wonderful and the service was expert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Star Food with 2 star Drinks
    Bblee
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation and were seated promptly. Had an additional 2 guests with us ... A total of 6 people. Menu looked great ... Happy Hour 7 days a week from 4 - 8 pm. Draft beer is the only real value. $6 for first beer and .25 cents for second. Margarita was all ice and about 4 sips of liquid. I ordered watermelon fresco margarita with cumin salted rim - Delish! But not on the happy hourr menu and a ripoff at $10.95 for 4 sips! The food, however, was fantastic! Chips and salsa addicting!!! All 6 of us LOVED our food! I would suggest you skip the mixed drinks ( and sangria ... It's sooper sweet ... Not much wine) and get a draft beer. But don't miss this stop - mexican food at its best!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour Rip
    Kyle
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    When did it become acceptable to put conditions on Happy Hour seating? I travel to SB frequently for business and family. One of my favorite past times to happy hour, particularly on State Street. I like Sandbar, not because the drinks are amazing nor the food, but because of its outdoor dining area. I can understand that on weekends or after happy hour (4pm-8pm), Sandbar would like to ensure that the primary outdoor dining area is reserved for people who will order dinner. But Sandbar during the week has what I would call a "bait and switch". If you want to sit outdoors, you can have the Happy Drink prices, but you pay full price for the appetizers? Not the greatest policy for week days when things are slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place. I live
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    I love this place. I live in la and me and my husband go every two or three months to eat and drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Santa Barbara Restaurant
    captfan1
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    If you are looking for a very good Mexican restaurant in a great Santa Barbara location where the environment is hip and the staff very friendly - then this is the place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    SBlocalVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Beverage service in dining area took quite a while. 2 beers took 15 minutes. Fajitas were ok, but swimming in oil.... Not much here if trying to eat healthy. Happy hour pricing is good if looking for that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the ambiance and the
    TXMom
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Love the ambiance and the food we ordered. The waiter was very nice and attentive. The drinks we had during happy our were simply okay however had it not been happy hour pricing I would not have felt value in that purchase. I didn't particularly like the seasoning on the chips but the salsa was very good. Overall our family of four enjoyed our time at Sandbar and enjoyed the food. we would definitely return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Students, tourists and bachelorette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Students, tourists and bachelorettes; this place is more fun than food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has its qualities
    BenjaminVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    Cute wait staff and good value happy hour make this place worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    smiller33
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    We had a lovely lunch as we celebrated my wife's birthday. Thank you for picking up the cost of two entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday's Dinner experience
    Danielita
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    I celebrated my 30th birthday at Sandbar and I really enjoyed the dinner. We were a 14 people group and we had a big table just for us. Food and drinks were delightful. Plus, the restaurant has live music on Wednesday to juice up your party!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a very good experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    It was a very good experience, friendly and the place felt like being in your back yard. Would defenetly eat there again. Not expensive good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Festivities at the Sandbar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    Six of us came for my birthday, and I was way impressed. My tests when I'm at a Mexican restaurant the 1st time are margaritas, chile rellenos & the flan--all of which were excellent at Sandbar. The margarinta was big & flavorful, as was the chile stuffed with light Mexican cheeses. It was lightly battered (instead of heavily coated) with an almost tempura-like crispiness. The creamy-style flan was warm with an amazing caramel sauce & chip (and a lighted candle!). My sister's test is the beef taco, which she mentioned was the best she's ever had, even in Mexico. My daughter's BBQ chicken ensalada was gone in minutes. The service was very attentive. Mgmt will comp you a shot or desert for your birthday, which made my day and my festivities!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was very pleased with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    I was very pleased with the reservation. Sandbar was able to accommodate my seating request. The only thing that I did not like was that they wanted us to wait for all of our party to arrive before seating us. The food is much better. They changed the menu which was a great idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The overall impression of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    The overall impression of the restaurant was good. We had a good time even if the service was kind of poor. We had to wait for a long while to order drinks and when we did we did not get all of them. we did not let that affect our night out but it was a bit annoying. Great food and the atmosphere there are great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made a last minute online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    Made a last minute online reservation an hr. or so before arriving and we were seated immediately. We loved the food and outdoor dining that drew us there in the first place. Great menu selection and two for one beers too. We would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • They didn't know about my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    They didn't know about my reservation that I booked through opentable when I got there - frustrating. Good food, though!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat outdoors, overlying
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    We sat outdoors, overlying a pleasant streetscape in downtown Santa Barbara. The tables had oilcloth and the menus were worn. However, the food was excellent. I had the seafood enchiladas with tomatillo sauce. Other entrees at our table were fish tacos and a beef burrito. The margaritas were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    The food and service was very good. A very nice night with lots of activity. We will definately return on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love sandbar, I have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    I love sandbar, I have been coming here for years for brunch, happy hour, and late night drinks. I took my family for after graduation brunch and while the food was great the service was really astounding. Practically all the dishes were cold and it took several attempts to get drinks and orders, she even took a long time picking up the check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location and food! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Great location and food! Service was accomodating...we were not prepared for how cold it would be and sat outside. They moved heaters closer to us so we would be warmer! The BBQ Ranch salad was amazing!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Loud, rambunctious bar-scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Very Loud, rambunctious bar-scene with many TV's playing sports games. Have eaten there twice and the food is nothing more than barely average Mexi-Cali cuisine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The LED-candle lighting, comfortabl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    The LED-candle lighting, comfortable couch/booths, and stone walls made for a very upscale and chic (and still very affordable for a group of college students) ambiance. The enchiladas verdes and tacos were amazing! The margaritas were a little weak, but tasted good. A few downers: it was very hard to get the waitress's attention and they didn't let us bring our backpacks in - not to the bar area, that would be understandable, but to the outside restaurant area... at 7pm... about 10ft. from the entrance (we're in college!) Also, they didn't have a birthday... cupcake, brownie, cake, flan, margarita, nothing! Overall, it was a good experience. 2 for 1 margaritas at happy hour are totally worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas day treat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    We had an unusual Christmas meal that was exciting and great fun. The service was informative and friendly and the margarittas were fantastic. If you are visiting Santa Barbara, the Sandbar is worth a visit in atown where you are spoilt for choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it - only average food
    MarkinKYVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2011
    We found the food to be no better than the average Mexican chain restaurant with little flair and house margaritas that had a teaspoon of liquor. Nice dining outdoors, but why bother?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty solid food, good prices
    phaxian
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Pretty solid food, good prices on drink & appetizers during happy hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2011
    At the busy end of State Street, Santa Barbara, Sandbar is a very energetic restaurant offering a typical Mexican menu. The food was good, service was a bit slow but the atmosphere of the restaurant made the experience enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took good care of us for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    Took good care of us for our bachelorette party. Offered a free shot for the bride to be. The margaritas were average, nothing special. Food was good though & cool atmosphere. We were squished at a table in the back, which ended up being ok. It was a little disappointing though when the special events coordinator asked us how things were, we voiced our opinion about the table size (or lack thereof), and she just said, "Ya, you do look pretty tight in there".
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our waitress was absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    our waitress was absolutely fantastic!!! great service and perfect ambiance for a bach party!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice location in Santa Barbara.
    Johndoe98VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2011
    Nice location in Santa Barbara. Food was so-so tasting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate