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About 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".

1812 Cliff Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Meigs Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 962-0337

Website:
http://alcazartapasbar.com/

Catering:
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Alcazar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (6)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
Casual (1)
Romantic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 21, 2017

A bit overwhelming at first -- so crowded, so noisy. Should we leave? Let's give 'em a chance. Glad we did. They got the job done somehow. Fun food, fun staff. They can do it!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always exceptional food. The wait staff are all pleasant, professional and enhance the experience.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We are just visiting the area but had this place on out to do list from our previous trip last year. It was just as good as we remembered and we’ll be coming back a few times before we head home.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The restaurant was warm and welcoming. We did not have to wait for our table and they brought us two glasses of sparkling wine to celebrate our anniversary. Although the place was packed, we had no problems having a conversation. The food was great!

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

As good as the previous time. Inventive, imaginative tapas! The "Lamborghini" remains a hot favorite of ours.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Quick anniversary dinner. Very tasty! The new strand of lights they have hanging are very bright and VERY hot to sit next by. We didn't like that but the food and service were great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I think they forgot our order because although our first few dishes came out quickly, our "main dish" took an extremely long time, which made us late to and wvent

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very good food & service. Unusual menu items, but really good!

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Tasty sangria and fish tacos, fun old wonder woman series for entertainment.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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 ?

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·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We went for our anniversary. The food was excellent. Fresh and tasted great. The tapas plates were perfect for two. They gave us two glasses of champagne for our anniversary. The specialty cocktails were great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 27, 2017

How fun! Tapas dining can be SO fun, and the staff and food quality makes Alcazar the very best in town. Period. A little noisy, but that might be the eight girls that took over an adjacent table. Server (Alvaro) was awesome!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Fantastic all around. Delicious cocktails, excellent service, a wonderful ambience, and quality food with interesting and well-balanced flavors. I've already been recommending it to friends

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great service, Anna took good care of us. Food was delicious. A little crowded and cramped, but fun.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 6, 2017

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Nice vibe, great selection of comfy food tapas. Small but nice selection of wines. Would definitely re visit

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Love this restaurant. Anna is wonderful! Great Service, awesome variety and delicious food!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Organic, Cozy, Vegan, Happy Hour, Tapas, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This is a great find for a neighborhood restaurant on the Mesa. Food quality and prep were great, super friendly wait staff and great drinks! Great find and looking forward to visiting again soon.

Tags: Spicy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Tapas, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Vegan
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Wonderful spot! Our food was delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Excellent, great food, nice service. Highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Delicious flavors. Extensive menu. Friendly service. Relaxed ambiance. Intimate without being fussy or precious. Hole-in-the-wall neighborhood joint.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2017

It was great first evening in Paris.. love this place..!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, People Watching
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Tapas, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Great food - small place - acoustics tricky when it's busy. great live music. great service.
fun place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 27, 2017

We gathered to enjoy each other's company and enjoyed so much more!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Wonderful experience, delicious and creative food. Service was friendly and helpful. Make sure to try the Ginspiration Point cocktail.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2017

I like the feel of this place and always look forward to returning. Great, friendly service. Unique among the plethora of neighborhood gems in Santa Barbara.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Very good Spanish cuisine. Moderate to small portions for the price, but very good quality and delicate.

Lovely waitress.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Always a big hit. Great food, great service and very nice ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great atmosphere and service. Cool hipster style vibe. Location was good with plenty of street parking outside. The food was great and innovative but quite expensive for the portion sizes.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 22, 2016

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Loved the menu and food selections and that the chef was willing to adjust to dietary needs. The service was a bit slow especially as the place filled up. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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