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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

4.4
4.4
150 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (805) 252-5409

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Richardo Maxwell

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Between Haley and Cota on State St.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Hot Spot

  • California Central Coast

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for Brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    This restaurant/bar is loud and busy, which could be fun. That being said, the food was pretty bad.
  2. P

    Pancho

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful venue with great food.
  3. T

    Thomas

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time back post Covid. Very happy to see they still own State St. The street aisle seating provide a different vibe & surprisingly less noise. The food & drinks are good and my guests each had a very good time. Thanks!
  4. MG

    MichelleG

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Shared the fajitas could have used more meat but this is happening everywhere now in todays economy. Eat outside near the heaters and were very comfortable. I had the skinny margarita with muddled watermelon it was so good it led to 2. :)
  5. BA

    BruceA

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good food, good pricing.
  6. B

    Beardkowski

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Waitress was stellar. Foo was stellar. Hostesses were bickering and didn't seem to know up from down. Couldn't find our reservation. Took us back to the back where tables were reserved only to not find our table. We then walked back up front and they seated us outside (which was perfect). Its crazy busy down there and understand its difficult to please everyone. The experience wasn't bad and id go back for sure. Just want to share a transparent experience.
  7. CO

    CindyO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Service was also good. Always enjoy meeting friends there.
  8. TT

    TravelinThru

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Originally went to SandBar because the margaritas had good reviews. 4 people in our party and 3 of us were disappointed due to drinks seemed light on the alcohol. Seemed to be a party bar atmosphere. This was fine, but tables and floors are not getting cleaned between parties. Our table was sticky and the floor under the table next to us was filthy. This table was empty for most of our meal and there was no attempt to clean it. Feel sorry for whoever sits there next. Food was generally OK, but not memorable
  9. A

    Achim

    Munich

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eine der nettesten Bars in Santa Barbara downtown.
  10. JM

    JMS1

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good. Outdoor setting was fun. We both had shrimp quesadillas. Those and the house salsas were flavourful. Service was OK but one person's wine arrived quite awhile before the other's cocktail. Music from the restaurant competed with music from the bar across the street. Music from the bar was better 😊.
  11. B

    Bnkroll

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Sat down right away however took time to get a waiter and also had to stand up and find the waiter as the food was not right. I would recommend if the service was better. Willing to give another chance. Margarita was bueno
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Dinner!
  13. S

    Sandyjk

    Los Angeles

    322 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    322 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A large restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating on the Main Street in Santa Barbara. Very convenient to the Art Museum and other attractions. Large variety of dishes to choose from and our lunch was delicious.
  14. CB

    CoreenB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere sitting outside. Food would have 5 stars but my husband's fish tacos were WAY spicy and he was not expecting it based on the menu description.
  15. C

    Choggs

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Trouble with recommending for the following reasons: The server we had was very good and efficient; the food was delicious, hot when it was brought to the table. The down side to our visit had nothing to do with the food nor the service. The downside was their bathrooms! They (all three sets) were a mess; their bathrooms were filthy with water all over the floors. Totally unhealthy conditions.
  16. W

    Wino

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    There are many things that would make us not want to return to this restaurant. First, it is very loud, even for someone who is hard of hearing. This is really more of a sports bar. Fish tacos themselves were just OK. There was very little fish in a lot of filling. The rice and beans were horrible. Clearly out of a can and no creativity in the presentation. The margaritas were OK, but very little tequila. Way too expensive for what we got. I am surprised that this restaurant is as highly rated as I was. The one positive comment is that we had a very good server. Oh, and the chips and salsa were delicious.
  17. t

    twinkle

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Creative and tasty Mexican food. Nice ambiance. We had a mess up with the credit card and they charged us twice for two different tables which took some time to straighten out.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, good value.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice vibey restaurant with decent food. More for the younger set maybe!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Great menu options. Wobbly unsafe high top chairs; slow service for refills on a slow night
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    They didn’t know where our table was. Setting up for a club event - didn’t feel authentic. Wouldn’t recommend
  22. PS

    PaulS

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good fun Restuarant with good food and prices - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  23. SG

    SandraG

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We must have picked the wrong items to eat because I was a bit disappointed with most. The sangria tasted a bit bitter and barely had any alcohol in it. We went for the steak with rice and beans which was 20$ each. The meat was so chewy we could not eat it. The rice and beans were lukewarm, but nice but...small portions. Told the waitress who let me order the small tacos instead. The pork was a bit hard still but managed to eat it. Was hoping to have a feast on Christmas day but that turned out quite differently. On the plus side...free nachos while waiting, pleasant staff and located on the main street so was not far to walk for us. Decided to have dessert and coffee elsewhere...to avoid more disappointment. Sorry guys. Nice venue though and you can sit outside with your dog if you have one. TV screens are on to look at in case you don't want to talk to the people you are dining with lol
  24. CM

    ChristineM

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Sandbar is a casual Mexican Restaurant/Sports Bar. It would definitely be fine if you were going for the sole purpose of watching a game, having chips and salsa and drinks. The food was just so, so. We got the house margaritas and they were a little light on the tequila. My son is a bartender, so our expectations might have been too high. The tacos were "okay", they service refried white beans, which was a tasty change from traditional pinto beans. We had made a reservation, but it wasn't really necessary. The restaurant was fairly empty when we got there which may be because of the holidays or few people were interested in the football game that night: Packers/Vikings.
  25. D

    Designer

    Central Coast

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked a party for 8. It was rainy and cold, however, they gave us a great seat at the back, warm, cozy, easy conversation. We had a VIP seating which included an appetizer plate and cocktail special. However we love their "Perfect" Margarita. That wasn't part of the package, but we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! Thanks for a great birthday celebration. We'll be back!
  26. RB

    RachelleB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Mexican food. The beef enchiladas chicken tacos and seafood ceviches were amazing. Perfectly prepared refried beans. Looking forward to making the 3 hour drive back up to enjoy a great meal.
  27. e

    ejb4933

    Central Coast

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    After living here six years, Sandbar remains our favorite Mexican restaurant. Cara waited on us yesterday and she was GREAT!
  28. D

    Designer

    Central Coast

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We are local and I brought some other locals. They had a different vision about this special find. The good is great, very cost effective and just consistent. Great price and value. If you book ahead, you can reserve the lower tables street side. Great people watching. When a restaurant has great salsa and chips to start you know the food can only be good. Their crispy braised beef tacos and chili relleno are always my favorites!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are on our second vacation to Santa Barbara. The first time here, we ate at Sandbar twice and couldn’t wait to return during this second visit. It did not disappoint. Good drinks, good food, good service, fun setting.
  30. D

    Designer

    Central Coast

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a birthday celebration. Love this place. We are locals and the food is always consistent, great value and good! We highly recommend this place. However, at night, meaning late night, I think it has a completely different younger party vibe! See you again soon! xoxox
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went twice in four nights!
  32. VM

    VictoriaM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sharon was a fabulous server
  33. SW

    SamanthaW

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Great atmosphere and wonderful drinks & food!
  34. D

    Designer

    Central Coast

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food for the price. Really good beef tacos and chile relleno...we are local love this place.
  35. ML

    MarquiL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful waitress. Great tasty food. Relaxing atmosphere. Always eat at Sandbar when in Santa Barbara.
  36. BV

    BeckyV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. Good food and service. Well staffed.
  37. s

    skidandtracy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok not great
  38. R

    Raymond

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The sand bar is a fun place to go and the food is good as well
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Large portions, very tasty, good menu. We went for lunch one day and enjoyed it so much we went back again another day for dinner. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting some good Mexican food.
  40. JF

    JulieF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun. Beautiful patio! Reservations important as there was a line but it worked for us.

FAQs

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 252-5409.

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

514 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Haley and Cota on State St.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richardo Maxwell

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 252-5409

  • 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

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