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About 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.

514 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

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

Cross Street:
Between Haley and Cota on State St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 252-5409

Website:
http://www.sandbarsb.com/

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.

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

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Richardo Maxwell

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host a variety of Late night events and Fundraisers. Please call or check our website for upcoming events.

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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (152)
Good for Groups (108)
Vibrant Bar Scene (102)
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Casual (18)
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Scenic View (11)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Sandbar has been our go-to Mexican restaurant for the past 5 years we've lived here. We were devastated when they had a fire and ended up being closed for several months. Thrilled to have them back open! Dustin is our favorite waiter! Great guy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Ate their for dinner. Sick the next day.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

After 6 years spent in Mexico, I am usually disappointed by the Mexican restaurants whose food is nothing like what you eat in Mexico. But this restaurant is different and makes tasty real Mexican food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We used a $20 Open Table certificate, part of the problem. The restaurants were limited to 3 in Santa Barbara and 2 more 60 miles away. We decided to take a chance on this one. Even the bar (it is a bar after all) wasn't very good with flat tonic in our drinks. The food really is terrible, fortunately not very expensive. It would be lovely if Open Table let the diner choose where to use the certificate.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious food - HUGE portions! Great chips and salsa.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Friendly service and great food! We will definitely go back!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

I'd driven or walked past this place innumerable times. Was happy to see they took reservations and was able to reserve a table on a day when everything near the beach had a 90 minute wait (hard pass on that). Food was delicious and chairs were comfy. Lived up to my expectations!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, People Watching, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Everything was fine, they were busy, our food took a while, was expensive and never asked if we wanted another drink when they were empty (water and beer) they just took the glass of beer and walked away. We wanted more beer but didn't see the waiter until we were asking for the check. My Q salad was good but pricy, it came with steak. It tasted good and was well cooked but was a little too expensive for the quality. Wish they had hot salsa. Cool place and odd fun outfits but had better of everything.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

This is a hot spot in Santa Barbara! I love the outdoor seating and the heaters or fire pit when it's a bit chilly! The chips and salsa are addicting and the food is top notch. You can eat your typical Mexican dishes or even order a more Vegan meal. I like the option.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Delicious! It's been two years since our last Santa Barbara stay and Sandbar was very better than I remembered it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, People Watching, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Good food, lively atmosphere and reasonable prices.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Vorab das Positive: das Ambiente, die Gratischips mit Salsa und der Quinoasalat..
Dann hörts aber auf..

Das Wasser stank, der bestellte Bacardi-Cola war durchsichtig mit einem Tropf Cola, dafür viel zu viel Eis, als hätten die das noch nie gemacht..
Der Burrito war ganz ok, aber geschmeacklich kein Erlebnis, auch nicht die schlecht zerkleinerte Guacamole...

Hinzu kam ein Kellner der mehr demotiviert als sonst was war...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 12, 2017

My first time coming to santa barbra with my boyfriend and everything was great it was our first time at the restaurant and he enjoyed the food and the game was playing so that made him even more excited. Great customer service

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Good food in a nice casual atmosphere. The crispy shrimp tacos were a hit. We would definitely consider going back if we return to the area. Service was good and food was served hot and fresh. Staff was pleasant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant when visiting Santa Barbara. The servers are always warm and gracious and friendly. The food is great and cocktails too. Love the fact that you can see TV screens from basically every seat.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to Sandbar for brunch on Mothers Day as it was one of the few places left that had reservations and started serving before 10 am. We were seated outdoors in their beautiful patio on a beautiful morning. The menu had so many great choices we had a hard time deciding and everything was DELICIOUS! And great prices!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great meal with friends! This place serves up great food and service as always!

Food portions are quite large so would recommend Sharings items.

Cocktails are top notch 👍

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Hostess and waitress were superb and made the lunch experience worthwhile. The waitress gave us pointers of sights to see so we were very appreciative. Great 80s playlist during our lunch as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Food was good, drink pricing is a joke. Margarita in a 8oz glass, filled to the top with ice , weakly pour for $10. Cost them maybe .60 cents.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 14, 2017

The bean taco was exceptional! Warm-friendly and inviting. Sat outside with terrific heaters. Unusually good value located in the heart of State Street Santa Barbara.

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vip
 (Tulsa)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Went during happy hour (3 to 7 except Saturdays) and ordered a margarita (could have been stronger) and 3 items off the half price appetizer menu - for just me. I'm a big eater but I'm not sure I could have finished even two of the appetizers. I'm talking big portions and all the dishes I tried were quite good.

So, the one drink I had was just okay. But the food was both delicious and a great value. I'd go back for sure.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Sandbar is our 'go to' Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara, but usually we got for dinner. We have just recently discovered their Sat/Sun brunch menu and like it alot! LOVE the sweet corn cakes with poached egg and a delicious 'hollindaise' sauce. Yummy!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Food was delicious as was ambiance. Waitress was nice and friendly, but she would disappear for long periods of time. The bar took forever and the drinks were sub par. We would go back simply for the food and give another bartender a chance.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Since moving up to Santa Barbara, Sandbar has become our 'go to' place for good mexican food but this was our first time to go for Brunch. While a totally different menu than is offered at dinner, we loved what we ordered and will definitely be going back!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Nice surprise on State Street. Outside is comfortable, also during the evening with several heaters.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great Beer
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Was ok but a bit pricey . A little bit loud for a good conversation

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 21, 2016

The service was phenomenal! I had a reservation for six, and though two unexpected people showed up, we were given a larger table and accommodated for entirely. I adored the staff who worked so hard to make my friend's birthday special.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2016

We were celebrating our anniversary! The moment we walked in we were greeted with great enthusiasm. Our server was quick to our table and had great recommendations!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We were in Santa Barbara for the weekend and made a reservation at Sandbar not knowing what to expect. Had a great experience! Food was great, so many TVs to watch college football, and atmosphere is unique. My only complaint is my margarita was unimpressive.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2016

No your employees are terrible the was horrible..as a
Mexican was insulted ...your food was a notch above Chipotle , not saying much since a version of taco-bell

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Our food was good but the service was awful. It was also very loud like a night club in there. The server never came around then got upset when we ask him to split the check. He then proceeded to keep my change without asking (I was going to leave the change for tip anyways but still expected him to ask). don't recommend if you want to go somewhere you can chat with friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Food was very good, but the place could use a good cleaning, table was sticky, floors and bathroom were not clean.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2016

The food menu changed. The taste is not so great not sure if there is a new owner, new cooks or maybe ingredients changed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Great food... Very genuinely nice staff

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 8, 2016

We ended going to Sandbar twice in three evenings we liked it so much. It's a fun vibrant place with different areas for seating. We liked the indoors outdoor sections. Service was fast and attentive. The food was good quality - in our case a nicely split carne asada burrito with two different sauces - and very tasty. Their guacamole is chunky and uncomplicated so the very fresh avocado can just shine. Their portions are sufficient for us, but for those expecting a huge plate don't be disappointed because the food and its preparation are excellent. A fun and worthwhile spot to go on State Street in Santa Barbara.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 27, 2016

Sandbar makes their own tortillas, the guacamole house made and good, the meat grilled with a bit of char (nice!) and the margaritas tasty. Will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Fun little spot on State street with a lively, young crowd. If you are looking for a quiet lunch, go elsewhere. If you are looking to be surrounded by drunk 20 somethings, go here!!! Tacos were OK. Small portions and inexperienced wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2016

Fun afternoon place.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2016

We were impressed with our waiter who was extremely attentive and friendly. It was our first time at the restaurant and needless to say, we will return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Dined here before a concert and the ambiance, food and waiter were all great. Also great selection of tequilas.
This would be a great place to dine after shopping and strolling State Street.
We will be returning many times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic
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