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509 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 770-2760

Reviews by the General Public

I suggest everyone treat themselves to Cadiz!
Reviewer: Allison from Santa Barbara, CA
As a long term hotel concierge, I pride myself on having quality taste in the restaurants in SB. Cadiz is at the top of my list! The atmosphere is impeccable with heated indoor/outdoor seating and a wonderful bar set up. You can have a light fare tasting with their tapas small bites (I highly suggest the bruschetta) or do a full meal (my favorite is the Pomodoro and Shrimp Scampi). They have a nice wine list and their desserts are to die for. The wait staff is very accommodating and attentive without rushing you through each bite. I would suggest a romantic evening or a casual treat as the quality is high but the prices are not nearly as high as some others in town. All in all a wonderful addition to SB and a new favorite of mine.

Great place
Reviewer: Chris from Santa Barbara, CA
I've eaten here many times, every experience has been a good one

Very poor service
Reviewer: Kat from Santa Barbara, CA
I dined at Cadiz with friends on a Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. The service was extremely unorganized and unprofessional. A hostess was the one to finally take our order. About 10 minutes later, our waiter appeared and asked what he could get for us. He was inattentive the rest of the evening. A third staff person brought us our food. The food was fine, not good, not bad. I won't be back. It just wasn't worth it.

Going Strong
Reviewer: Linda from Santa Barbara, CA
Went here on Saturday Night. Our third or fourth time and had another excellent meal! They have maintained their high standard! The place was buzzing, owners are there nightly ensuring the high standard. We had the risotto, chicken skewers, lamb meatballs and scallops, each was amazing and very unique! Great Tapas and atmosphere!

Reviewer: trish from Santa Barbara, CA
Dinner on a Saturday evening 7:30. Staff not friendly, service slow, Patio seating just as loud as inside. Unfortunate because we were looking forward to this. Apparently forgot to turn in our dinner order... it took an hour to get it. Appetizers were served promptly. Food was good once we got it, but the mood had already been set. Would have been nice if staff was more pleasant and attentive

I don't see this lasting much longer
Reviewer: John from Santa Barbara, CA
Overpriced, too tight, small portions, disappointing service, just to name a few. The restaurant shifts to a bar/club and it's quite awkward for such a tiny little space. Like so many others, this place just won't last. What a shame.

An Off Night, or...
Reviewer: Steven from Santa Barbara, CA
It had been a while since we last visited Cadiz, but fond memories were triggered by the beautiful atmosphere and friendly host, who seated us immediately on a busy Friday night. Unfortunately, fond memories would be sullied by new experiences. The opening dishes were fine, but I found the silky smooth risotto to be a little more chunky than last time, and the mixed drinks weaker. The main courses, however, both had to be sent back - the linguini with clams being way too salty, and the fries with the burger salty and luck warm. While the staff wanted to be helpful, they were also disorganized, and we ended up having to explain the problem to three separate people (this is one of the problems when the waiter does not take ownership of his or her tables). Then there was almost a 10 minute delay between the time my remade dish and my wife's remade dish arrived, making for an awkward wait. Finally, feeling a little bit embarrassed, I simply wanted to pay and leave, but first it took a while to get the check, and since we turned down the comp'd dessert, we ended up paying the bill in full. We will go back anytime soon? Unlikely... :(

Some good some great
Reviewer: Mike F. from Santa Barbara, CA
The main course was good and the tapas were great. I think I will order just tapas next time. Nice staff and comfortable place. I was surprised they didn't have more business on a Saturday night @ 7:00. The margaritas are very small for $12.00.

Great Dinner
Reviewer: Barrett from Santa Barbara, CA
FOOD: The food was very good. We had a variety of tapas which were very good and very easy to share. I highly recommend the scallops. SERVICE: Service was fantastic. Water and bread was refilled before we ran dry every time. Natalie was our waitress, and she was perfect. Just the right amount of conversation, answered all of our dinner and restaurant questions, and give us a great set of recommendations for the evening. I wish she were our waitress every time we go out to eat.

Highly recommended
Reviewer: Nora from Santa Barbara, CA

Astonishingly Great Time
Reviewer: Krista & Tony from Goleta, CA
My wife and I found ourselves downtown fairly early (5:30) on a mid-week evening and we decided to pop into Cadiz for happy hour. Well, we discovered the best kept secret in happy-hour dining in all of SB! Their whole drink and tapas menu is HALF-PRICE from 5-6:30!!! Now I know some folks have had some issues with the portion size/price ratio but let me tell you that at $6-$7 the tapas are a fabulous deal. We sampled 4 of them: beef skewer, chicken ka-bob, lamb-albondigas and the gnocchi. All were Superb! We were both blown away by the great flavors and perfect preparation of all four, these were simply leagues beyond what you get at even the better restaurants in this town. Now, granted, we were there early and the place had just opened so there was no pressure on the kitchen but the food came out in a timely manner and our server, a wonderful and exuberant young lady was just fantastic (and full of information and accurate recommendations). Even at the full prices the food here seems worth the price but at half-price its an absolute steal. And, lest I forget they have a nice selection of original and creative full strength cocktails, also at $7 for happy hour. (Beers are just $3). Bottom line is; you're crazy to eat anywhere else between 5-6:30 on lower State! T

new place for us
Reviewer: Susan Smiley from Goleta, CA
My husband and myself have been there twice now and both times a great experience so I have no reservations in recommending this place to others. My husband and myself have been to Spain twice now and enjoyed the tapas there, Cadiz is the only place in Santa Barbara that we can honestly say feels like a place in Spain, and we have tried other places that say they have Tapa's. I recommend anyone that enjoy eating out try this place at least once so that we can keep this restaurant open.

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