Loquita

4.7
619 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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Loquita serves authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fired grilled seafood and meats, and seasonal paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood an ideal match. The wine list is comprised almost entirely of Spanish wines with exceptional local wines that pair well with the cuisine. Loquita's cocktail list showcases Spanish vermouths, farmers' market Sangria, hand-crafted cocktails and a rotating selection of Spain's king of cocktails, the Gin-and-Tonic. Down the hallway is Poquita, with displays of Manchego cheese, Manzanilla olives tapas, and pintxos (small bites). Loquita was awarded as one of USA Today's 10 Best New Restaurants for 2017 and delivers outstanding food, wine, cocktails and service.

Loquita, located on the corner of State and Yanonali, is truly a gateway to the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 880-3380
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Lee
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Private party facilities
Loquita may be contracted for private receptions and events from 30 guests to restaurant buy-out.
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Private party contact
aran@loquitasb.com: (805) 705-8895
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Yanonali Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet is offered. Street parking, adjacent parking lot off State Street and three nearby city parking lots are available, just a half-block away.
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Public transit
Enjoy a train ride to Santa Barbara from southern or northern California and meet us at Loquita. No driving required.
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Special events & promotions
Contact Special Event Manager 805-705-8895 or aran@acmehospitality.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish restaurant in California!! Wonderful patio.

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WF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! We will definitely recommend Loquita to friends and family!

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So pretty and everything we had was delicious.

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AW
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful dinner! Everything was delicious. We haven’t visited Santa Barbara in years, and were excited to try something new.

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B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Many unique dishes.
Nice vibe in the restaurant.
Staff very attentive and helpful.
Can't wait to return!

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JJ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner with friends. Everything was very enjoyable from tapas to their paella. Highly recommend.

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VO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus, skirt steak, cauliflower and paella....every dish was delicious!

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C
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there with a small group. Treated well every step of the way - great drinks, unique menu, attentive service

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RW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply spectacular. This is elevated Spanish cuisine at its best. I can’t wait to return.

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LR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s absolutely my favorite restaurant. We all love it. The food is amazing, the drinks, the patio - just a wonderful experience.

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NF
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is good. Service was attentive. Pleasant meal.

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had. Great service and culinary!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good tapas

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SB
Central Coast
91 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always good. Patio is lovely. We love the unique cocktails. I do have to say, everytime we eat here we comment on how pricey it is. But, it's worth it.

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OT
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from the food to the ambiance to the staff!

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RM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food as always but some great new additions to the menu.

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED everything about our dinner here! They were delightful from the moment we walked in. Even leaving a handwritten birthday note. The food was amazing and we can't wait to go back.

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T
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice new spot. Drinks are great. Service was spot on. Food was very good

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive, well prepared food in a very convivial setting--particularly the outdoor garden area. Standouts were the duck croquettes, octopus, cauliflower, jamon iberico, carpaccio, and the Porchetta. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. All in all a really enjoyable meal.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Loved sharing food with friends, Service was outstanding. Every employee steps back and smiles when a customer passes

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LB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my Spanish-food-loving guests from out of town to Loquita for dinner. Although the patio is lovely, the service excellent, and the food very good, I will never return to Loquita. Unbeknownst to us, the proffered pitcher of Sangria, which is at best a moderate size, is $55. We brought the unbelievably high cost to the attention of the waitress after receiving our bill. She reported our displeasure to the manager, and he did nothing to appease us. The episode with the Sangria has totally and permanently soured me on Loquita.

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MM
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last night I had one of the most interesting dinners I have had in a long time. . . .if ever! My friend and I both loved every aspect of the evening, from the service, to the food, to the drinks and wine, to the dessert. It was a memorable foodie evening. Thank you. See you soon.
Michelle Joanou

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very inventive tapas!

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j
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The tapas menu is always one of the most interesting in Santa Barbara, ranging from the expected (Tortilla Espanola and Patatas Brava), to the more exotic "small bites". The Paella seems a bit less interesting/flavorful that we've found elsewhere.

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GE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is excellent and the ambiance is great. We were there on a busy Saturday night and there were some timing issues with getting a table despite having a restaurant and quite a bit of time between courses. The amazing food made made the wait worth it and overall it was a great experience.

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L
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A win, again! Loquita has a BEAUTIFUL space, delicious food, expertly mixed drinks, and a lively vibe. We have never had a bad dish here, and dream about some such as the patatas bravas and creme brulee. Well done, team! Can't wait to come back.

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C
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Loquita is among the best in Santa Barbara.

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MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Chef's week here, party of 4, for dinner before going to the Lobero. It was amazing! Since there were 4 selections for each of the three part meal we just ordered it all. I'm a vegan and still enjoyed it! Can't wait to go back and order off the menu. Would love to go to Poquita too which is attached to the restaurant and is a tapas bar. Love the decor too. Really fun.

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EC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been here twice and found the experience to be delightful in all ways. Creative tapas, a pleasant patio and an excellent white wine, all served by efficient and knowledgeable wait staff!

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always inventive, delicious, professional service, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails. Go now. Don't wait.

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T
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend the octopus

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AH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paid a visit to Loquita in late Feb 2018. Tried the Santa Barbara Restaurant week menu and was not disappointed. I made a reservation through open table and mentioned that it was my Wife and I 1st year wedding anniversary and they did something very special for us. Food was delicious, the atmosphere was romantic, the wait staff was attentive and knowledable. The tequila drinks were a tab bit strong. Everything else was damn near perfect. Thumbs up and I recommend. We will be back.

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BB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed dinner at Loquita, nice space and good selections on tapas for all types.

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s
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, Loquita was terrific; food was delicious and interesting, service was excellent and ambiance on the patio is very pleasing...a favorite of mine, to be sure...

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BF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good cocktails, great food and great service. Will definitely be back!

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C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Evidently Loquita does not participate in The Opentable Rewards program, despite the fact that Opentable provided me with a $50 rewards certificate specifically for our reservation at Loquita. So, either Opentable is fraudulently misrepresenting or Loquita is not honoring the agreement.

*Update*
The general manager of Loquita reached out to me the next day about this issue. Both Loquita and Opentable are taking steps to resolve it. As I told the manager, our dining experience was great up until the bill came. Since resolution is underway, I have changed my review to a more positive. I appreciate their effort to make things right.

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K
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing - location great - patio fun and the drinks and dessert wonderful!

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RC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, creative tapas

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JT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from out of town and first experienced Loquita in our honey moon a year ago. We came back for our one year anniversary and were just as blown away as the first time. We were greeted with champagne to celebrate our special evening and our server was very attentive. Ever course was perfectly prepared and not at all what you would find at every other restaurant. Carrots whole roasted and served with a beet hummus. The most amazing cured meats and cheese’s served with unique accompaniments like raisins still on the vine, artisan crackers and quince paste. The paella is the star of the show. If anything I would say they could dial back the salt. Nonetheless, divine! We will be back again. Our favorite place in Santa Barbara hands down!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food!! Do not sit outside on a cold night. Not enough heat accommodations

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