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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

4.3
4.3
146 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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Booked 5 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

Menu

Bocaditos / Shareable Bites

  • Ceviche de Pescado$18.49

    Chilled citrus marinated sea bass, red onion, tomato, fresh avocado, crispy plantain chips

    • Guacamole Fresh$11.99

      Fresh hand-mashed avocado, red onion, lime juice, serrano pepper Served with crispy tortilla chips

      • Crispy Potato Taquitos$9.75

        Russet potato mashed with fundido queso, roasted poblano and garlic wrapped in crispy red tortillas. Served with guacamole and sour cream

        • Nachos La Cantina$11.25

          Crispy seasoned tortilla chips topped with refritos blancos and Mexican queso blend. Topped with pico, guacamole, and crema

          • Chicken Machaca$13.75
          • Braised Shredded Beef$13.75
          • Fresh Pork Chorizo$13.99
          • Slow-Roasted Carnitas$14.49
        • Wicked Buffalo Wings or Bites

          Original crispy breaded in our special seasoning and tossed in honey BBQ, buffalo, or habanero hot sauce. Served with ranch dressing and celery

          • Bon In$13.75
          • Boneless Bites$12.49
        • Sizzling Queso Fundido

          Molten cheese blend, poblano rajas, salsa fresca, tomatillo avocado salsa and flour tortillas

          • Make Your Own Melted Cheese Rolled Tacos!$12.25
          • Add House Pork Chorizo$13.99
        • Sonora Style Taquitos$9.49

          Crispy corn rolled tacos filled with braised shredded beef or machaca chicken, pasilla verde salsa, Cotija cheese, crema and cilantro

          • Quesadilla de la Parilla$10.99

            A blend of melted Mexican cheeses spread over a grilled flour tortilla. Served with pico, crema and fresh guacamole

            • Chicken Machaca$12.75
            • Braised Shredded Beef$12.75
            • Chipotle Chicken Breast$12.75
            • Slow Roasted Carnitas$13.25
            • Chimichurri Carne Asada$19.25

          Taqueria

          3 Street Tacos per order on handmade corn tortillas

          • Chipotle Mushroom Tacos$10.99

            Light Veggie Tacos good things growing. Lime scented mushrooms, chipotle, pasilla peppers, onion, corn pepper relish, cilantro, serrano chile, Mexican queso mix, cotija cheese

            • Pollo Asado Tacos$10.99

              Tacos de Barbacoa raw wood fire. Chipotle marinated chicken breast, griddled Mexican queso, avocado tomatillo salsa, pickled jalapeño de gallo, queso fresco

              • Rib Eye Steak Tacos$12.99

                Chimichurri marinated rib eye steak, melted Mexican queso, caramelized poblano and onion, avocado tomatillo salsa

                • Baja Sur Fish Tacos$11.75

                  Seafood tacos fresh from the sea. Crispy, lightly battered rock cod, jalapeño cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli, roasted garlic mojo, queso fresco, fresno chile

                  • Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos$11.99

                    Grilled shrimp, mango salsa, fresh guacamole, fresno chile, lime, queso fresco

                    • Isla Cortez Shrimp Tacos$8.99

                      2 crispy tacos filled with grilled shrimp, melted queso fundido, spicy aioli, roasted poblano, serrano chile, scallion

                      • Birria Crusty Queso Tacos$8.49

                        Two crunchy, cheesy braised beef tacos on grilled crispy corn tortillas. Served with chile spice dipping sauce

                        Ensaladas / House Made Salads

                        • Sonora Chopped Chicken Salad$12.99

                          Grilled chicken breast, applewood bacon, apple, candied walnuts, golden raisins and queso fresco tossed with chopped romaine and honey apple ranch dressing

                          • Ensalada de Casita$8.99

                            Shredded mixed lettuce, cherry tomato, red onion, cucumber, roasted corn, queso mix, roasted pepita seeds, tossed in chipotle citrus vinaigrette.

                            • Serrano Caesar Salad$12.49

                              Crisp romaine, tossed in serrano caesar dressing with Mexican queso blend, toasted pepitas, red onion, cherry tomato, micro cilantro and crispy plantain chips

                              • Add Chipotle Chicken Breast$15.75
                              • Add Seared Shrimp$16.25
                              • Add Chimichurri Carne Asada$19.99
                            • Rio Grande Fajitas Salad

                              Grilled fajitas, shredded lettuce & cabbage, Mexican queso blend, pico de gallo and cucumber tossed in cilantro lime vinaigrette. Served on a bed of roasted onions, peppers and tomatoes. Topped with sliced avocado, cotija, cheese and crema

                              • Chipotle Chicken Breast$15.49
                              • Seared Shrimp$18.75
                              • Chimichurri Marinated Rib Eye$19.99

                            Tostadas del Rancho

                            Shredded lettuce, cabbage, fresh guacamole, tomato, black beans, and queso fresco tossed in jalapeño lime vinaigrette. Topped with crema, fresno chile and micro cilantro

                            • Refritos Blancos$11.49

                              • Chicken Machaca$13.75

                                • Ground Beef Roja$13.75

                                  • Braised Shredded Beef$13.75

                                    • Chipotle Chicken Breast$13.75

                                      • Chimichurri Carne Asada$21.99

                                        Burritos and Bowls

                                        Burritos wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla. Select burritos available as bowls. Order your burrito "Oven Style" topped with sauce, crema and queso $3.75, Add Rice and Beans $3.75

                                        • Baja Breakfast Burrito$12.49

                                          Crispy thick cut Applewood bacon or Valdez Farms crumbled chorizo, butter browned tater tots, queso blanco and green onion. With Spanish rice and roasted tomatillo salsa on the side. Available all day!

                                          • Cheesy Birria Beef Burrito$12.49

                                            Crispy cheese and jalapeno crusted tortilla stuffed with chile braised beef, smoky queso sauce, chipotle dulce, red onion and cilantro rice

                                            • Rancho Bean & Cheese Burrito$10.99

                                              Refritos blanco, melted queso fundido, red onion and taco sauce. Served with fresh guacamole & pico

                                              El Supreme Burrito or Bowl

                                              Spanish rice, refritos blanco, corn relish, roasted salsa, spicy sweet chipotle, shredded lettuce. Topped with pasilla verde sauce, guajillo sauce, Mexican queso blend and crema. Served with Spanish rice, refritos blanco, fresh guacamole & pico de gallo. Choice of

                                              • Chicken Machaca

                                                • Burrito$16.75
                                                • Bowl$13.75
                                              • Chipotle Chicken Breast

                                                • Burrito$16.75
                                                • Bowl$13.75
                                              • Roasted Carnitas

                                                • Burrito$16.75
                                                • Bowl$13.75
                                              • Braised Shredded Beef

                                                • Burrito$16.75
                                                • Bowl$13.75
                                              • Ground Beef Roja

                                                • Burrito$16.75
                                                • Bowl$14.49
                                              • Blackened Mahi Mahi

                                                • Burrito$21.25
                                                • Bowl$17.25
                                              • Chimichurri Carne Asada

                                                • Burrito$21.25
                                                • Bowl$20.25

                                              Baja Asada Burrito or Bowl

                                              Spanish rice, cilantro, red onion, Mexican queso blend. Served with spanish rice, refritos blanco, guacamole, pico and crema. Choice of

                                              • Chipotle Chicken Breast

                                                • Burrito$16.99
                                                • Bowl$11.99
                                              • Blackened Mahi Mahi

                                                • Burrito$20.25
                                                • Bowl$17.25
                                              • Chimichurri Carne Asada

                                                • Burrito$21.99
                                                • Bowl$18.99

                                              Parilla al Mesquite / Wood Fire Grill

                                              • Blazin' Fajitas al Carbon

                                                Your choice o f smokey sizzlin' fajitas sautéed in garlic butter and charred on the mesquite broiler, uuith roasted pasillo chiles, caram elized onion and blistered cherry tomatoes. Served with sweet corn cake, refritos blancos, Spanish rice, pico, guacam ole, crema and flour tortillas. Choice of

                                                • Chimichurri Marinated Rib Eye$26.49
                                                • Chipotle Chicken Breast$18.49
                                                • Seared Gulf Shrimp$19.99
                                              • La Asada con Salsa$23.99

                                                Chimichurri marinated skirt steak and roasted salsa roja or chimichurri sauce. Served with Spanish rice and your choice of refritos blancos, black beans or corn pepper salsa

                                                • Chimichurri Ribeye Enchiladas$21.49

                                                  Two enchiladas con queso topped with grilled chimichurri marinated rib eye steak. Served with guajillo sauce, queso fresco, pickled onion, cilantro and spicy sweet chipotle

                                                  • Arroz con Pollo Ranchero$14.99

                                                    Grilled chipotle marinated chopped chicken breast, sautéed garlic mushrooms, chipotle, onion and pasillo peppers mixed with a blend of Spanish rice, melted queso and salsa ranchera

                                                    • Sausalito Double Burger$17.25

                                                      Two double stacked, hand-crafted 4oz gourmet patties, 2 slices of American cheese, diced red onion, pickles and honey dijonaise on a toasted artisanal bun. Served with house tries or casita salad

                                                      Viva La Combinations

                                                      Made to order. Combos de mexico. Served with Refritos blancos, queso & spanish rice

                                                      • Two Crispy Shell Tacos$14.49

                                                        Crispy tacos with choice of chicken machaca, ground beef roja, braised shredded beef or carnitas. Topped with Mexican queso blend, lettuce and taco sauce

                                                        • Soft Tacos Asados

                                                          Two soft tacos on flour tortillas with choice of chipotle grilled chicken breast or chimichurri marinated carne asada. Topped with chipotle mojo, roasted salsa, red onion, cilantro and Mexican queso blend

                                                          • Chipotle Chicken Breast$12.99
                                                          • Chimichurri Carne Asada$17.25
                                                        • Suizas Enchiladas$14.99

                                                          Two chicken machaca enchiladas topped with pasilla verde salsa, Mexican queso blend, sliced avocado, pico and crema

                                                          • Chile Relleno y Enchilada$14.49

                                                            Mixed cheese chile relleno, pickled onion, queso fresco and ranchero salsa; Enchilada filled with choice of cheese, chicken machaca, ground beef roja or braised shredded beef. Topped with guajillo sauce, queso fresco and crema

                                                            • Chile Relleno y Crispy Taco$13.75

                                                              Mixed cheese chile relleno, pickled onion, queso fresco and ranchero salsa; Crispy taco with choice of chicken machaca, ground beef roja, braised shredded beef or carnitas Topped with Mexican queso blend, lettuce, and taco sauce

                                                              • Crispy Taco y Enchilada$15.49

                                                                Crispy taco with choice of chicken machaca, ground beef roja, braised shredded beef or carnitas. Topped with Mexican queso blend, lettuce, and taco sauce; Enchilada filled with choice of cheese, chicken machaca, ground beef roja or braised shredded beef. Topped with guajillo sauce, queso fresco and crema

                                                                • Crispy Taco, Enchilada y Chile Relleno$18.25

                                                                  Crispy taco with choice of chicken machaca, ground beef roja, braised shredded beef or carnitas. Topped with Mexican queso blend, lettuce and taco sauce; Enchilada filled with choice of cheese, chicken machaca, ground beef roja or braised shredded beef. Topped with guajillo sauce, queso fresco and crema; Mixed cheese chile relleno, pickled onion, queso fresco and ranchero salsa

                                                                  • Enchiladas de Vegetales$14.49

                                                                    Two enchiladas filled with sautéed garlic mushroom, chipotle and pasilla peppers. Topped with ranchera sauce, melted Mexican queso blend and diced red onion. Served with black beans, queso & Spanish rice

                                                                    Sea of Cortez Especial / Special From the Sea

                                                                    • Fresh Fish Tacos$14.99

                                                                      Choice of two flour or corn tortillas! Fresh grilled mahi fish filets or crispy lightly battered rock cod. Topped with jalapeño cabbage slaw, pico, roasted garlic, avocado mojo, cilantro and chipotle crema. Served with Spanish rice, black beans and queso freso

                                                                      • Sinaloa Seafood Enchiladas$18.49

                                                                        Two enchiladas filled with seasoned shrimp mixed with mahi fish and Mexican queso blend. Topped with light pasilla verde sauce, crema and pickled red onion. Served with Spanish rice, black beans and queso fresco

                                                                        • Jalisco Shrimp Quesadilla$15.49

                                                                          Mexican queso blend spread over a grilled flour tortilla, then folded and melted with grilled gulf shrimp, roasted corn salsa and chipotle crema. Served with cotija cheese, diablo salsa, guacamole and crema

                                                                          • Guaymas Burrito Del La Playa$17.25

                                                                            With Mexican shrimp or blackened mahi mahi, tequila cream sauce and pasilla chiles, Mexican queso, Spanish rice and chipotle aioli mojo. Topped with pasilla verde sauce and melted queso. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and crema. Available wrapped in a grilled tortilla "burrito style" or as a crispy chimichanga

                                                                            Desserts

                                                                            • Hand Rolled Fried Ice Cream$8.75

                                                                              Coconut honey crusted cinnamon brown sugar ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauce, and whipped cream

                                                                              • Cinnamon Custard Flan$8.75

                                                                                Homemade Mexican custard with a cinnamon bunelo and whipped cream

                                                                                Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                What 146 people are saying

                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                4.3
                                                                                4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                                                • 4.4Food
                                                                                • 4.2Service
                                                                                • 4.4Ambience
                                                                                • 4.3Value

                                                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                                                • Santa Barbara

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                                                                                  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.

                                                                                2. 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.

                                                                                3. 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

                                                                                4. A

                                                                                  Achim

                                                                                  Munich

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Eine der nettesten Bars in Santa Barbara downtown.

                                                                                5. 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 😊.

                                                                                6. 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

                                                                                7. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Anniversary Dinner!

                                                                                8. S

                                                                                  Sandyjk

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  320 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  320 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.

                                                                                9. 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.

                                                                                10. 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.

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                                                                                  Wino

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  46 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  46 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.

                                                                                12. 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.

                                                                                13. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  New York Area

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 18, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Good food, good service, good value.

                                                                                14. 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!

                                                                                15. 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

                                                                                16. 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

                                                                                17. PS

                                                                                  PaulS

                                                                                  Dublin

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 31, 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                  Good fun Restuarant with good food and prices - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

                                                                                18. 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

                                                                                19. CM

                                                                                  ChristineM

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  18 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  18 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.

                                                                                20. 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!

                                                                                21. 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.

                                                                                22. 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!

                                                                                23. 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!

                                                                                24. 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.

                                                                                25. 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

                                                                                26. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Denver

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on September 6, 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  We went twice in four nights!

                                                                                27. VM

                                                                                  VictoriaM

                                                                                  Hawaii

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on August 29, 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Sharon was a fabulous server

                                                                                28. SW

                                                                                  SamanthaW

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on August 24, 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great location. Great atmosphere and wonderful drinks & food!

                                                                                29. 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.

                                                                                30. 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.

                                                                                31. BV

                                                                                  BeckyV

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on August 4, 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Nice atmosphere. Good food and service. Well staffed.

                                                                                32. s

                                                                                  skidandtracy

                                                                                  Chicago

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on July 26, 2019

                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                  Food was ok not great

                                                                                33. 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

                                                                                34. 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.

                                                                                35. 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.

                                                                                36. 2

                                                                                  212to805

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 27, 2019

                                                                                  overall2food1service3ambience3

                                                                                  We actually had to get up and leave as there was NOTHING on the menu that two of our guests could eat, besides a salad and that's not why we went out for Mexican food. In this day and age and in this town I was shocked to learn that all of their beans were made with lard and all of their rice is made with chicken stock. To not offer these two basic core Mexican staples as a vegetarian option is outrageous. Beans don't need to be cooked with animal by-products and nor does rice. I hope to return once they realize they're missing out on a huge demographic of potential diners. Just skip these practices, no one will miss it and you'll appeal to an even wider audience.

                                                                                37. CL

                                                                                  CarolLP

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 17, 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Liked the relaxed feel of the place. Food was delicious however portions were very large (non American) 😀

                                                                                38. TT

                                                                                  TeriT

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on March 23, 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                                                  Our waiter never brought us chips to our table he brought salsa but never brought us chips while every other table had chips. Also it took forever to get our mimosas I think they forgot about them until my friend asked him where our drinks were.

                                                                                39. AD

                                                                                  AllenD

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on January 15, 2019

                                                                                  overall1food3service3ambience1

                                                                                  The place looked like it was bombed out. Your listing did not mention this essential fact along with fact that two sides are open to the elements! It was raining and rather cold. Fortunately the waiter, Matt was kind and understanding. The food was moderately good if cold. You should warn customers of the condition of a place like this👎!

                                                                                40. E

                                                                                  Emma

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 1, 2019

                                                                                  overall3food5service3ambience4

                                                                                  Good food but couldn’t get past the fact that they made us pay a cover charge at the hostess desk!!! It was only 8:00 pm, too early for a cover charge and it would have been nice to know they required one!! We would have gone somewhere else.

                                                                                FAQs

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

                                                                                Sandbar Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                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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