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Alcazar Tapas Bar
1812 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 962-0337


Reviews by the General Public

Not what I expected.....
Reviewer: Emily from Santa Barbara, CA
Ate dinner here last night and based on the previous reviews, not what I expected. Atmosphere was dark, cold and wooden bench very uncomfortable. Service was friendly but forgot our kale chips. Also ordered the enchilada, lamb sliders and brussels spouts. Food was tasty but very small portions for the money. Not worth it. Went to Olio e Limone after which was wonderful and a real meal.


Friendly service, AMAZING food
Reviewer: Chloe from Napa, CA
This was our first time dining here and we were astonished by how few people showed up! We were absolutely blown away by the food. The Brie, avocado hummus, kale chips, and egg on toast were simple yet unbelievably delicious. The margarita is the best we've ever had! And this is coming from locals of Napa Valley, the biggest foodies around.


Good stuff
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
I would agree that both the drinks and food are great! Try the pizza and the scallops one. The items in red are the more "popular" ones. Its a bit small but cozy and intimate, open until 11pm also if in to some late nite food w/o the State St hussle. Its is pricey though.


Great Food, Great Service!
Reviewer: Julie from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this place. The food is great. The drinks are even better!


so-so
Reviewer: Kim from Santa Barbara, CA
I ordered the Tequila Tofu and it was delicious. Everyone thought the food tasted great, but the portions were so small. It is a tapas bar, but for the price, its not worth it. The restaurant itself had a great atmosphere. The service was a little slow-one order didn't come out with the rest of the order. If you have the money to spend, try it out.


My new fave...happy hour spot!
Reviewer: Claire from Santa Barbara, CA
I went to Alcazar last night for the all day happy hour which they have M-W. The service was amazing and the food was great! I was impressed with the ambiance...really sets the mood! The sangria was fabulous! I also tried the sopa de pollo... which is yummy rich soup that is perfectly spicey and warms and fills you up on a chilly night. Some places are so good you don't wanna tell anyone else about it... because you wanna save it all for yourself... but I don't wanna be greedy so I decided I should share this savory secret with you all! Enjoy!


Amazing dinner
Reviewer: kelly from Santa Barbara, CA
I went here with a friend last night and we had the beet salad, the roasted tomato sauce with goat cheese and brioche, and the filet with blue cheese mushroom sauce. Everything was great... the filet was cooked perfectly and the sauce was to die for. Wanted to lick the plate. Unfortunately there are only three dessert options, which I was bummed about, and none sounded good to me so we ate dessert elsewhere. But the food I did have was awesome!


Good Service - Inexperienced Cook
Reviewer: Edman from Santa Barbara, CA
If you're going to offer sushi-grade seared Ahi, please bring me something other than an over cooked slab of tuna. If you're going to ask how I'd like my filet mignon cooked, and I ask for medium rare, please bring me something other than a well done chunk of steak. Although the service was adaquate, the cook's are not on their game. It's all about the subtleties in a great dining experience, yet in our case, Alcazar totally missed the mark. Decent? I suppose for most. But when you've spent the money on the restaurant space, a cool concept, the right ingredients, etc., don't blow it all on the one thing that truly matters... Well prepared food as offered.


Brunch at Alcazar
Reviewer: C Bear from Santa Barbara, CA
Found out Alcazar was serving breakfast on the weekends so we had to go and check it out. Food was amazing and the price was very good. The Mexican style coffee was awesome - sweetened with real cane sugar. Check out the Chilaquiles or the french toast.


Amazing! Delicious! One of my favorite restaurants!
Reviewer: Diana from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here is incredible! I LOVE the chicken paella. It's not a traditional paella by any means, but definitely on my top 5 dishes EVER. Everyone I take here loves it and they either order the paella and love it or they don't and are totally jealous of my order. ;) The bacon wrapped dates and balsamic brie & apples are both great starters and never fails to impress my out of town guests. It's nice and quite so you can actually have a conversation without screaming and the atmosphere is mellow and welcoming. Great local place!


Best Place in SB!
Reviewer: Mikkele Curise from Santa Barbara, CA
Hands down one of the greatest spots to enjoy an amazing meal with someone you love. You must try the En"chuladas" - it's the #1 reason I go... or if you like mole, go for the Enchiladas de Mole. The Ginger Mojito is a great drink to start off with, and the Habenaro Passion Fruit Margarita is spectacular. Don't be fooled by the lame reviews listed on this site.


NOT WORTH IT
Reviewer: Koffee Marie from Santa Barbara, CA
I had never before in my life seen what they tried to pass as a paella...but i was open. Unfortunately, not only did it not resemble a paella, it didn't taste like one, infact, it didnt taste good at all- the ingredients were poorly cooked and the sangria was watered down to the point where i ordered a cocktail, that tasted like bottom shelf liquor and made me faintly reminiscent of rubbing alcohol. The atmosphere was nice, and the film projection on the wall intriguing. Service was friendly, but a restaurant really has one determining factor of it's worth: it's food, and this one fails.


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