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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.SandbarSB.com
  • Email: sandbarpromo@sharkeez.net
  • Phone: (805) 252-5409
  • 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: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I love this place. I live in la and me and my husband go every two or three months to eat and drink."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013