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Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

4.5
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Great Beer
  • People Watching
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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Phone number
(805) 252-5409
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richardo Maxwell
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Haley and Cota on State St.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We host a variety of Late night events and Fundraisers. Please call or check our website for upcoming events.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 103 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.5
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4.5
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Friendly servers.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We arrived, only table available was a shared one in the bar, although we reserved for the patio. Chicken mole was dry and under seasoned. No options for children. Not recommended.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Good food. Fun atmosphere. Nice outdoor heated seating.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great spot on State with a killer outdoor dining room. Food was great and very reasonably priced. Definitely on the list for a return trip

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Ate their for dinner. Sick the next day.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on August 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious food - HUGE portions! Great chips and salsa.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Good food, lively atmosphere and reasonable prices.

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2017

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

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

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

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

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

Food portions are quite large so would recommend Sharings items.

Cocktails are top notch 👍

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2017

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

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

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on September 10, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on September 4, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Great food... Very genuinely nice staff

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2016

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

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