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For 2
7:00 PM

Sandbar Mexican Restaurant

101 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Happy Hour
  • People Watching
  • Casual
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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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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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
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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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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 101 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Good food. Fun atmosphere. Nice outdoor heated seating.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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

vipejb4933 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

Ate their for dinner. Sick the next day.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

Diningout (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious food - HUGE portions! Great chips and salsa.

Emma (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 12, 2017

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

sequinhappe (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
3.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

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

Emily (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

Good food, lively atmosphere and reasonable prices.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 26, 2017

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

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

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

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