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Michelin Guide: New Additions, Central Coast, California Restaurants

Servers know the menu by heart, so follow their lead and start with tapas like crusty pan con tomate, before digging into hearty chorizo y pollo paella. An homage to the El Bullí olive is a contemporary signature, while carpaccio garnished with pickled mustard seeds and aged sherry vinegar is forever popular.

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Pure Wow: The 13 Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara

To dine at Loquita is to briefly escape to Spain. There’s no wrong answer to what to order here, from classic tapas to seafood grilled on wood fire to sharable paellas. Add to that a menu of gin and tonics and a beautiful patio surrounded by flowers, Loquita is the perfect night out in the American Riviera.

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Malibu Coast: Exploring Santa Barbara, The American Riviera

For a fancier dinner in the Funk Zone, try Spanish tapas and craft cocktails at Loquita.

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Montecito Journal: Celebrate Mother’s Day at These Local Restaurants

Loquita will introduce diners to jamón ibérico de bellota on Mother’s Day. Known for its authentic hot and cold tapas, Loquita is offering Spanish delicacies for mom on her special day. Executive Chef Nik Ramirez introduces a new menu item: jamón ibérico de bellota – the finest aged ham in the world, sold by the half ounce. If mamá is thirsty, order her a rosé sangria.

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PureWow: The 25 Best Beach Towns in America

Santa Barbara is one of the most favored California getaway towns, and for good reason. In addition to stunning beaches, it’s renowned for its Spanish-influenced downtown area, which is riddled with delicious restaurants and shops. Grab dinner at Loquita, or Blue Agave or Bouchon. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Conejo Valley Lifestyle: Daydream Destinations for Your Next Getaway

Once in Santa Barbara, spend time in the hip Funk Zone, a walkable area with numerous places to dine and sip wine and beer outside from boutique tasting rooms. Peruse art pieces and graffiti murals on converted warehouses as you meander the area. Consider dinner at The Lark, Spanish tapas and craft cocktails at Loquita, or wood-fired pizza at Lucky Penny.
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Santa Barbara Life & Style: Take A Sip, Cheers to Takeout Cocktails

Our wondrous city is home to an inspiring cocktail scene—skilled mixologists bring masterful creations to our restaurants and bars routinely.
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805 Living: A conversation among four 805-area culinary proprietors about the unprecedented challenges that their industry continues to face

805 Living connects four restaurateurs who have kept their businesses afloat and the rest of us well fed during the pandemic. Read on for their 20 questions and 20 answers.
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Santa Barbara Independent: Six Santa Barbara Stars for Date-Night Takeout

Loquita provides an escape to Spain without the stress of a pandemic flight. “Chef Nik Ramirez was inspired by the travels of the conquistadors throughout the country,” said GM Stephanie Perkins. Their four-course Valentine’s Dinner features tasty pintxos, remolacha with Mud Creek Farms citrus, ricotta salata, and chicories, and paella bursting with Santa Barbara spiny lobster and wagyu short rib.
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New York Times: 36 Hours in Santa Barbara County

For a more cosmopolitan dining experience in the city of Santa Barbara, sit beneath the strung lights on Loquita’s side patio, where quintessentially Spanish dishes mix with the gauzy atmosphere in ways both intoxicating and magical.
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Plantfull Kitchen: Loco for Loquita’s Vegetable Paella

Santa Barbara’s Loquita does proper paella and Spanish tapas in the heart of the city….the veggie-friendly options on the menu are well worth it. The most notable being the verduras or vegetable paella. Perhaps it’s a humble name, but this was a stand out dish on its own, delicious enough to make me want a second taste of the paella the following day.
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Forbes: A Relaxing Weekend in Santa Barbara

The trendy Funk Zone has new diverse dining, including The Lark for quintessential Californian food, Loquita for Spanish tapas and Tyger Tyger for Southeast Asian street food.
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Domino: Happy Camper – Our Guide to Santa Barbara

Loquita One of the hottest tables in town—thanks to Spanish tapas with a twist, like pork belly with kimchi paella. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, from the whitewashed modernist dining room to the terracotta patio surrounded by jacaranda trees, bougainvillea, and flowering vines.

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LA Eater: 13 Essential Santa Barbara Restaurants

Lower State Street’s Loquita is all about the Spanish influences, from the colorful tiles to the tapas menu and the stand-up bar tucked into the back. Step through the front door on any given weekend night for the scents and sounds of paella coming fresh from the kitchen, or plate after plate of croquettes winding their way to the sunny back patio. This is the place to spend a summery Santa Barbara evening.

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Travel by Entree: Loquita: great Spanish cuisine in Santa Barbara

Our experience one recent night (Loquita is open only for dinner) was sensational. A polite and charming hostess offered us seats at the lively bar or at a comfy table with cushions overlooking the open kitchen. We settled in comfortably and Justin, our very adroit and congenial waiter, brought us a bottle of light Spanish wine and a signature saffron-infused gin cocktail and martini while we perused the menu. View full article

The Infatuation: The Best Restaurants In Santa Barbara

If you’re looking for an upscale dinner with great cocktails (that isn’t stuffy at all), Loquita is a place where we’ll always send you. The pulpo, the scallops with chorizo, and the churros are all must-orders.

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Santa Barbara Independent: Foodie Awards

But almost exactly a year to the day since its opening, everyone knows that Loquita thrives as a delicious and dazzling postcard to modern Spanish cuisine.

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Coastal Living: The Ultimate Shopping Guide to Santa Barbara, California

The patio at Loquita… is the perfect alfresco setting for feasting on paella and Spanish tapas
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Santa Barbara Life & Style: A Little Loca

What’s better than sharing stories and laughs with good friends, over good drinks? Truthfully not much, besides perhaps the drinks being authentic masterpieces.
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805 Living: HOLA LOQUITA!

A new eatery celebrates the culinary traditions of Santa Barbara’s historic roots
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Santa Barbara Magazine: NEW Spanish Days!

On the edge of the Funk Zone, LOQUITA serves up authentic pintxos, tapas and paella
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