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".
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Tapas / Small Plates
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
$30 and under
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Alcazar Ratings and Reviews
This is a quirky, hard to find the first time, tapas restqaurant. It is cool, noisy, fun, crowded, very good food and friendly service, and affordable. I can't remember the dishes we ordered now about a month after our visition, but after my glass of Rioja I tried another excellent Spanish red from Ribera del Duero. Very fun wines. And the Wonder Woman movie playing without sound on the wall fit right in. Good luck finding it the first time you go.
Went on Friday nite. Low overall score but Tapas were all really good, esp Lamburgini, as usual. Problem was the drinks. They were really subpar. Margarita wasn't mixed right -> how do u mess up a margarita?? Granted the waitress did offer to re-do it, I declined as my faith was not there...as my friend's scotch based cocktail was also off as well~. It's a Tapas place... gotta have a bartender who can at least not screw up a margarita ?
My wife and I were visiting CA from TN and heard about Alcazar, so we decided to check it out. We're so glad we did. The food and atmosphere were excellent, the wait staff friendly and helpful, and the prices very reasonable. Alcazar is a great little gem of a place.
I'm a big Alcazar fan and frequently recommend the restaurant for the terrific happy hour and drinks. I've never left disappointed and will continue to frequent Alcazar with family and friends. Special shout out to Anna for being fantastic :). She is often there when I go to dine and always gives my guests and me an incredible dining experience! Thank you, Anna!
Anna is excellent, always. I've noticed how busy one server gets when the restaurant is full. As a result, we have to wait for quite some time to place our orders. Sometimes we then miss the opportunity to order more on the happy hour menu. We like to graze and order wine. With only one person the wait can be a bit much. Again, Anna is GREAT! Another server would help!
I often eat here with friends and/or family to enjoy their great menu and because of availability of vegan choices since many of my family members are vegan ( not me, )\ We always have a good time. The indoor noise level can be high but we are getting used to it...Pleasant servers.
Love Alcazar! The cocktail menu is heavenly and so is the food menu. Their friendly staff always makes us feel very welcome and at home. Great service. This restaurant is very fun to go to with friends or on a date. Lots of delicious plates to share and enjoy together.
The restaurant was really nice. We were happy to see the decor and walked around to see all the different paper artwork. The food was very tasty, with a lot of options for vegetarians and delicious small plates. We really liked brussel sprouts as they were chopped. The garlic in mushroom was a treat.
Fun menu with selections like Date with a Pig (bacon wrapped dates) and Lamburginis (Two sustainably sourced lamb sliders, golden raisins, mint, house made pesto, Hawaiian rolls). The Lamburginis were delicious. When we arrived at 6 on a Friday night, there were only a few diners, but the place was full and hopping by 7:30.
Alcazar is an interesting experience, a tiny restaurant with tasty food, unique presentations, and good service. If you're over 40, you'll be hard-pressed to have a conversation across the table, because it gets quite loud, even if only 1/2 the seats are occupied. The decor is almost exclusively hard surfaces, and that contributes to the noise level. However, the noise is a result of people enjoying themselves (and we did too), so do give Alcazar a try for a memorable evening.
We ate at Alcazar while on vacation and throughly enjoyed it. Although not a traditional tapas restaurant, Alcazar has a great assortment of creative small plates. It is tucked away in a small strip, but easy enough to find.
We started with the prawns and Ahi "Tartare" - both of which were good. The raw chiles on the ahi overpowered the subtle fish, however. Next we had the chicken tacos and pulled pork tostada. Both were excellent, with tender, succulent meat. We finished with the arugula salad.
The wine list is not extensive, but features many local wines. We opted for beer that evening, finding something for everybody on the menu.
Alcazar's cuisine is fresh, delicious, and creative. Give it a try if you'd like to try some smaller plates instead of one large entrée.
The food here is so flavorful and rich. We started with bacon wrapped dates that were served with a honey drizzle, very nice. The patatas bravas were seasoned well, and the aioli had a bit of a kick. The lamb sliders with mint, raisins, and Hawaiian rolls offered an excellent balance of sweet and sour, and the tipsey turvey was amazing! The environment is bohemian chic, and the service was fantastic!
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