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Cadiz

4.1
623 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Cadiz Restaurant & Lounge offers a Seaside Cuisine influenced by flavors from the seaside villages of Italy and Spain. Cadiz offers pizzas, pastas, seafood, entrees, and a variety of "small plates." The menu is seasonally driven, and all produce is bought from the local Farmer's Market right outside our front door. Our wonderful selection of seafood dishes come from local, harbor fresh seafood, purchased daily. Our mixology bar offers seasonal, market-fresh cocktails, and on weekend nights Cadiz transforms into an upscale European style lounge/nightclub at 10:30 until 2am.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-9pm
(Closed Mondays)

Happy Hour: Sunday, Tuesday-Friday, 5pm-7pm
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Phone number
(805) 770-2760
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Vazquez
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Private party facilities
Spanish, Italian, and Sicilian Inspired Cuisine in historic Downtown Santa Barbara. Tapas, seafood, flatbreads, pastas & entrees all made from local, fresh produce and seafood. Seasonal cocktails & market-fresh ingredients come together in a warm, inviting space perfect for your next special event.
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Private party contact
Messina DeRose: (805) 259-6693
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Catering
We offer various options for catering. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Haley and Cota
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Parking details
On Friday and Saturday Nights, we provide complimentary Valet Service out of our back Parking Entrance, which is located on 509 Fig Street.

There is also ample public parking just a few feet away from our front door. The lot is located at Anacapa and Cota Street.
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Public transit
Right in front of our building at 509 State St.
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Entertainment
On Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30pm Cadiz transforms into a lounge/nightclub with DJ's for entertainment.
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Special events & promotions
Cadiz can be used a venue for many different events. Rehearsal dinner's, wedding reception's, the after party to your wedding, bachelorette dinner's and private luncheon's to name a few. Please call to book or inquire
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 623 People Are Saying
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4.1
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1.0Dined 7 days ago

The paella was basically tomato sauce over rice! Overpriced and too salty. The Cioppino tasted like canned soup. It is over priced and I don’t know how they have 4.5 stars on Yelp. Another example of deceiving Yelp reviews and rating. Avoid!!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We loved everything , had a great experience overall. Our server Max was very accommodating. highlights were the scallops, sliders, and salmon.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Paella was tremendous! Will be back very soon for that alone

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Online menu was different from that in the restaurant. Server was great!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food. Seasoned properly. Good service.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We shared the small plates. They were good, but nothing special. The calamari was a little fishy tasting. The deviled eggs were on the bland side. The salad was adewuaye. The scallops were good, and we can't remember the last plate. That says something.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Beet salad was great. Shrimp ravioli was favorable. Boar bolognese was sour. Great service.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

So disappointing. We were not even brought water for 20 minutes. The wine pour was tiny and the server barely dealt with us. Food was good not great. Wouldn’t recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

This was quite a surprise! It was a very nice little place right on the main street, but you never heard any of the hubbub going on outside. Very well appointed, nice people, great meet at the door and We were ushered right in. There is very little downside on this, and I'm very happy that we ended up there on the second night of a 3 day weekend.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The restaurant is so beautiful and the wait staff is super friendly. Valentine's Day was obviously packing up the restaurant, but even so the atmosphere was nice.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall, very good.
It was a price fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.
The service was just “okay”. Meh.
But we’d return and I talked it up with some of my colleagues.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food - excellent service - excellent ambiance. Not much else to say.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Very appealing decor and nice menu featuring tapas and Spanish themed seafood. Good food, good service.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

It was excellent

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Very nice ambiance. Food decent and good service.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

The tapas are out of this world! Warm and flavorful. We were visiting from out of town for Thanksgiving and decided to have the thanksgiving entree. It was not outstanding. I appreciate them catering to those that wanted a traditional dinner however I recommend they stick what they do best.
The rest of the dinner was outstanding including the cocktails.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food - roughly 1 hour to get main dish though. I think they had lost the order, sheer bad luck on our end probably dye to a special group event in the back, because they put the dessert on the house. All in all, a nice place with good food.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Maseena, we missed you. Everything was wonderful as usual.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Original combination of Italian and Spanish, leaning mostly to Spanish. Owner is Sicilian and "sharks" the room quietly to be sure every guest is happy and every detail is attended to. Staff works like a well oiled machine and are constantly helping everyone, even if you have a different waiter. Food choices are unique and different. Wine list limited but they had some European options off the list that made us happy. Only complaint is the affinity to Pecorino cheese as it's in everything. Even the Charcuterie was 3 or 4 different types of it and then again on our salads and mains! Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

The ambiance is very nice, great lighting with a hint of Moroccan, made it for a very comfortable evening. The food was excellent, and the service was great; we enjoyed our dinner.

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1.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We were eager to give Cadiz a try as we love Spanish and Italian cuisine. My husband and I both ordered paella. Food was lukewarm, the shellfish was tepid, the rice lacked any hint of saffron seasoning and was starchy. It appeared as if the paella was pre-prepared and then reheated. If food is freshly prepared it is steaming hot. Our dishes were not. We complained to our server and he supposedly spoke to the "chef." He assured us that the chef said it was freshly prepared, but we found it very hard to believe. The server said he would give us a dessert as "compensation." We refused as we were all ready turned off. In addition, no manager was around for us to speak to to complain. We shall never return to this very poor excuse of a restaurant. Our dining experience there was dismal. Next time we are in Santa Barbara, we shall go to our favorite Italian restaurant, which I am sorry we didn't this time around - Ca Dario, which is superb. Cadiz is a major fail!

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful flavors from the Tapas, pot belly a must, to Paella.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

For our first ever evening in Santa Barbara we selected Cadiz because the reviews were great and it is within walking distance of the condo we're renting. We loved everything! Fresh ingredients; perfectly prepared pasta dishes; terrific setting and ambience. Professional servers are a cut above.
Thanks for a great welcome to SB. Cadiz set a very high bar.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, but the arrival of both our appetizers and entres was slow. Took over 25 minutes for each to arrive. A bit surprising considering it was not that crowded. Once I brought it to the server's attention the food came out right away and we were waited on by three different servers till we left!

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Great and fast service, thanks for a delicious meal!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

Menu options easy to read and great deserts and happy hour. I was there for my Birthday and was recommended by the hotel I was staying at and it was worth it, had a great time and food was sooo delicious. Will be back went we come to visit Santa Barbara again.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

This was a family weekend away . Everyone in our group of six raved about their food and drinks. I ordered the Seared Salmon and it was wonderful. Three others ordered the special which was a Filet, apparently the best filet they had ever had. The table service was great and even after we had finished the meal we were not rushed to leave.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Excellent meal and charming waiter

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Arrived at restaurant and were shown to table, didn't see anyone for a further 15 minutes. Dinner took much longer than expected to be served to the table. I was not impressed with the service at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and great service and a wonderful Birthday Celebration!

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

This was our second time to visit Cadiz. The patio offers great people watching along with the great food. Order a Santa Barbara wine to accompany your pasta or risotto and you won't be disappointed.

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2.0Dined on September 9, 2017

In addition to looking for a great dining experience, we were looking for gluten-free dining for one person at the table. Searching online via four different sites brought us to Cadiz for purported high-quality gluten-free dining. Our experience was neither high-quality or gluten-free and we were left to wonder how on earth the reviews led us to eat here! Won't be back - no matter the occasion!

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

The service was very good. We were seated promptly upon arrival. Had reservations and guessing by the groups that came in after us, they were also seated quickly. The food is exceptional. The paella and skin on salmon were incredible. The octopus appetiser was unique in presentation and flavour. Their olives appetiser are also recommended. Overall, a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Great resturant! My fiance and went to celebrate her birthday. We were staying in Santa Barbara for the Labor day weekend. I went online to check out the reviews and took a chance and made reservations. She loved it! Recommend this resturant to anyone 100%!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Best place ever!

So good we came back the next night.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Messina runs a wonderful top notch restaurant. I can't wait to get back to try more items off their creative and delicious menu.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Cool place, didn't disappoint other than the lack of much vegetation options.

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2017

The ambience and service were great. Cocktails were very good. A couple of the food items we ordered were really good, and others were just okay. Nothing special that would make us want to return.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Waiter was very "business like". Ordered caprese salad and pasta bolognese to split with my daughter. Received the bolognese first. Waiting on caprese. The waiter told us that he put the order in and told them to have the items delivered in the order listed. OK. Not something you'd want to tell your customer. Food was excellent. Kitchen/Service needs improvement.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Good food and service. Adequate serving size. Limited menu. Noise not bad at 7:00PM On an August Friday.

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