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Los Agaves

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600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-2626
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Surprised not to see this on your web site - many people (myself included...
Surprised not to see this on your web site - many people (myself included) consider it the best Mexican Food in Santa Barbara. Service also excellent, at least when they are not crowded, which the often are! Just down the street from another outstanding (but simpler) Mexican Restaurant, La Super-Rica Taqueria.
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  • 46
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Upscale Mexican food

This Food is for folks who like sophiticated mexican food in a relaxexed authenic environment. The ingredients are fresh & the chefs prepares fresh enticing meals to draw one into an authenticMexican food dining expreience. Try it. Taco Bueno will never be the same.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This Food is for folks who like sophiticated mexican food in a relaxexed authenic environment. The ingredients are fresh & the chefs prepares fresh enticing meals to draw one into an authenticMexican food dining expreience. Try it. Taco Bueno will never be the same.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Best Mexican in Santa Barbara - both Milpas and De La Vina locations are great. Go early or late to avoid the rush... But worth the wait!

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Hands down, this is a delicious bargain fiesta of authentic flavors, a variety of homemade salsas, wonderful people, and great ambience for the casual diner. Portions are HUGE, so be prepared. Any line at the door moves quickly. Service is friendly and fast.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Have tried other very good Mexican restaurants in SB, but this is far and away the best. Quite possibly the best Mexican food I have had the pleasure of eating. Nice location, walk up to order at the counter and the food is delivered to your table. Extensive menu and large amount of seafood options. Spacious dining area, multiple rooms,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Best Mexican food I have had in SB. Authentic, well cooked and quick which is just as well as this place can get very busy. The Los agaves burrito with shrimp, halibut and the mole sauce is stunning. The nachos and ceviche are also superb. Our family favorite casual eating out place in SB.

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Orlando
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a very casual restaurant. You order at a counter and food is delivered. I don't think there was air conditioning and it was really warm but they had the doors/windows opened. They were good at bringing water and chips around. I think there were just too many options and while my food was good, I don't think it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We had an excellent family meal here recently. The food was authentic and well prepared. The enchiladas with mole sauce were fantastic...best mole I have had in a long, long time. Restaurant is very casual. You order food at a counter and they bring it out to you. Get there early as a line forms (at least on weekends when... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This restaurant is off the main commercial area and is packed to the gills but this was one of the best meals I've eaten in a very long time. It's no fuss -- you order and pay up front and then the food is brought to your table-- and the food is delicious.... fresh, tasty, and plenty, and the prices... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great mexican food. Mostly a self-serve place to the following extent: You walk up to the counter to order, and are given a number to put on your table. You get your own flatware, paper napkins, salsa of your choice, plastic cup and soda from the side tables; and then sit down at whatever available wood table you can find.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I ordered Costillitas de Puerco en Chile Colorado Con Nopales (Mexican Pork Rib and Cactus Red Stew) and my taste buds were in heaven. Just a "hole in the wall" spot in downtown Santa Barbara where you queue up to order, find your own table after going to the "salsa bar" for additional sauces. There were four of us, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-564-2626

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Surprised not to see this on your web site - many people (myself included) consider it the best Mexican Food in Santa Barbara. Service also excellent, at least when they are not crowded, which the often are! Just down the street from another outstanding (but simpler) Mexican Restaurant, La Super-Rica Taqueria.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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