La Playa Azul Cafe, Santa Barbara

Playa Azul Cafe, Santa Barbara, California, United States of AmericaWhy we love La Playa Azul Cafe-

When we're in the mood for authentic Mexican Cuisine La Playa Azul Cafe is at the top of our list.  We love sitting out on their patio terrace overlooking Santa Barbara Street while sipping one of their exceptional Signature Margaritas.

Owned and operated by the Elias family since 1976, they specialize in Mexican seafood and traditional dishes.  This is a historic local favorite and it's just 2 blocks away from State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

Some of our favorites include the Tacos de Camerones (Spectacular Fish Tacos), and the Pescado in Salsa Verde (Halibut in green salsa).

Stop in and see why we call La Playa Azul Cafe one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara.  

  1. Kelly B. says:

    have been enjoying La Plaza Azul since the 1970′s when it was small, and in a different location. Still one of my all time favorite spots in SB!

  2. Phoenix S. says:

    Playa Azul is a hidden gem. We come here time and time again for the adorable patio and incredible happy hour!

  3. Laurie K. says:

    Love this place off the busy State St.

  4. Peggy C. says:

    So much value for your money. Great service, food and the premium margaritas were great!

  5. Michelle S. says:

    Great food and service at playa azul. We’ll be back!

  6. Marcia B. says:

    Loved this place-first time we sat on the patio on a warm summer night! Delightful service, outstanding cocktails and food, even cinnamon Mexican coffee!

  7. Hana S. says:

    Our only complaint is that our stomachs weren’t big enough to eat all the delicious food we were served!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Playa Azul is one of Santa Barbara’s “Best Bets.” If you like good food, kind and attentive service and a relaxed and happy atmosphere, this is the place?

  9. Clair W. says:

    Beautiful patio. Great service. Love the crab tostada and the margaritas!

  10. Monte C. says:

    My new “All-Time” favorite for Mexican/Seafood in the 805. The patio, ambiance and service were inspiring, with the food well prepared and amazing in flavor and texture. Fantastic drinks as well. Crab Quesadilla highly recommended for starters. Chef Ignacio Elias stopped by our table to chat and say hello as well. Very impressed – a real gem, and can’t wait to return.

  11. Audia R. says:

    A tremendous value for the money. All items were available, made to order a delicious. Go hungry, leave happy with a to go box! All in the name of charity and a date night!

  12. Michelle S. says:

    Great wine selection. Seating outside was perfect for a warm day. The food was amazing.

  13. Carol Mulkern says:

    Wish I had seen this sooner! Love to bring friends from New England there to taste real Mexican food.

  14. Mary I. says:

    Great ambiance, wonderful food, an overall delightful experience!

  15. Lydia S. says:

    I have been eating at Playa Azul for over twenty years and consider it one of my very favorite restaurants. The food is consistently prepared and always flavorful, the service always good, and the setting probably one of the most pleasant in Santa Barbara!

  16. Rebecca H. says:

    Playa Azul is simply one of Santa Barbara’s best bets. Food always fresh and well prepared, service always attentive and kind, atmosphere casual and festive for everyone.

  17. Jill L. says:

    It has been years since we have dined there, a Santa Barbara gem that we forget. So happy to have had the opportunity again!

  18. Melissa D. says:

    We were amazed at the quality, quantity and prices so low! We look forward to returning!

  19. Joe S. says:

    We have been to Playa Azul many times and it is always good. It was a no brainer to participate in the fundraiser for Transition House.

  20. Andrew M. says:

    All these years this little gem of a restaurant has been in Santa Barbara and I had no idea. A casual, warm, Central American ambiance with authentic, fresh food. The beans and tortillas tasted homemade and the scallop dish was to die for. Great margaritas! I ate way too much to have room for dessert.

  21. Terry Tabacchi says:

    Just saw this ad and sorry I missed getting this offer. We often eat there with two other couples. Love the outside in summer, and inside in the winter. See locals there often.
    Great food and service.


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La Playa Azul Cafe

914 Santa Barbara Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 966-2860
Tue-Thu 11am-9pm
Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Sun 11am-9pm
914 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
(805) 966-2860
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