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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

4.1
4.1
176 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 11pm. 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


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast/Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Daily 9:00 pm–1:30 am
  • Phone number
    (805) 966-1388
  • 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 176 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

176 Reviews
  1. TimM

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience! Awesome server and hostess!

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  2. JoseH

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always bring my wife to Santa Barbara to celebrate her birthday and we always eat here when we arrive because the food and service is always great. We had a great time dining here.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ambiance was very much college hang out spot. Sticky tables and loud, but food and service was excellent!

    1 person found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, comfortable seating, so accommodating of our child and dog!

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  5. JDizzzy

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cool bar, not so much for food. Our fault we thought it was a restaurant.

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  6. DougJ

    Tahoe

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here. Enjoyed our dinner and wide selection of cocktails and tequilas. I would recommend this place for a good Mexican food choice.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were amazing, we’ll definitely be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was Great Loved the bowls and the music was great!

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  9. Roseyness

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a friendly vibe, fresh food that is reasonably priced and a stellar assortment of drinks. Not to mention the complimentary chips and salsa service. Will return!

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  10. DonnaO

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice outdoor patio. Good food and service. I'd recommend it!

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  11. CherylS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really fresh and delicious. We had the chicken tacos and the beef taquitos.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Got a reservation in the morning for 6:30 that day (Sunday on 4th of July weekend). We saw many waiting or leaving due to long wait so highly recommend a reservation. We sat at a small table between the sidewalk and the restaurant. Food was good. Margarita was like 2 because they pile it up so high. Service wasn't anything special, but we had what we needed for the most part. Nice for a fun dinner out on State Street! I have been here when it turns into a bar, and it is also very fun!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Fish tacos were a bit too spicy though. Great flavor

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  14. MnMnMnMnM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is just getting started at this location. We were welcomed warmly, and the waitstaff was attentive. The food was not great... just not as fresh as expected. Maybe they were still working out the kinks with the new kitchen? The drinks were quite good. Overall, it was a bit pricey for the quality of experience.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    News years

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  16. JohnA

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place for breakfast/brunch. Located on the southern end of State Street, it is the perfect place for a meal. I had the steak and eggs. It was perfectly cooked and was flavorful. The kid had the Egg Quesadilla, minus the bacon and jalapeño sour cream. I tasted it and it was equally tasty and cooked to perfection.

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  17. BobW

    Central Coast

    132 reviews

    4.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious. Our server was OK. Not super friendly and attentive. The plate that my tacos were served on was old and had some jagged edges. It should have been thrown out a long time ago.

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  18. LuluV

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, great service for it being a Holiday.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good chips and salsa. Our food was great!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Anniversary

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  21. SeanD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Watch out for crows in the tree if Al Fresco dining. Take cover. Not a pleasant experience.

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  22. Chriski

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and service

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Just ok. Food was average. Service was fine but our waiter seemed to be having a bad day and in a really bad mood. It was pretty dirty everywhere. Seems like more of a fun place to come for late night drinks not for lunch.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it ! And thanks for the candle !

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  25. MARIONW

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I would not go back again

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  26. REGISC

    BW

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Serveuse parfaite! Nourriture excellente !

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  27. Gabev

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location and ambiance. Food and service was so-so.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant/bar is loud and busy, which could be fun. That being said, the food was pretty bad.

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  29. Pancho

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful venue with great food.

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  30. Thomas

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  31. MichelleG

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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. :)

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  32. BruceA

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good pricing.

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  33. Beardkowski

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  34. CindyO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Service was also good. Always enjoy meeting friends there.

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  35. TravelinThru

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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

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  36. Achim

    Munich

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eine der nettesten Bars in Santa Barbara downtown.

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  37. JMS1

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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 😊.

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  38. Bnkroll

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  39. NydiaH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anniversary Dinner!

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  40. Sandyjk

    Los Angeles

    329 reviews

    4.0

    329 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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FAQs

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 966-1388.

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 176 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


Order delivery or takeout

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 Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Daily 9:00 pm–1:30 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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) 966-1388
  • 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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