Join our mailing list and be the first to learn about news and upcoming events at Loquita!


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.
View full article

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.
View full article

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.
View full article

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.
View full article

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.

View full article

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.

View full article

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.

View full article

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.

View full article

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
View full article

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.
View full article

805 Living: HOLA LOQUITA!

A new eatery celebrates the culinary traditions of Santa Barbara’s historic roots
View full article

Santa Barbara Magazine: NEW Spanish Days!

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

For press inquiries, please contact Jannis Swerman & Company