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Los Agaves

600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-2626
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Ranked #4 of 438 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

One of the best Mexican restaurants we have been to. They have a wide range of delicious salsas. Definitely worth a visit.

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Corona, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

There is only one thing about this place not to like. It's not a real restaurant. No disrespect to my Santa Barbara friends intended, but when you stand on line, take a number on a little stand, and help yourself to the salsa bar, you're in a fast food place - and not a sit down restaurant with table service.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This place is the business! When heading to California on holidays from Ireland I had naively thought that all Mexican food here would taste as good as this. How wrong I was! But I am delighted to have found this gorgeous, informal place full with locals chowing down and great value uber-delish Mexican. We only had time to eat here... More

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Camarillo, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is my second lunch at the restaurant. Today I had a salad with grilled chicken. It was very good. This is a very busy place at lunch, so plan accordingly. The food both times ahas been excellent, the service friendly and attentive. Thanks for another great meal.

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36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Los Agaves is a consistent favorite in our house. Though the crowds often make lingering difficult, the staff always makes sure we find a table and the food is delicious. We particularly like the Rajas con queso, alambres, and the mole sauce. A top choice in casual Santa Barbara dining!

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11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Portions are huge - share and enjoy more. The fresh salsa choices are so great! Read the menu while you are waiting and there many more specials on the board inside. If you like horchata - very good

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Roseville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Don't get me wrong, I grew up eating Mexican Food. But, growing up, I was not exposed to the variety or gourmet aspect that comes from an excellent cultural restaurant. This restaurant provides numerous dining options that i never encountered in the many Mexican Restaurants where I have dined my entire life. I haven't led a sheltered life, having lived... More

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San Mateo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We are a couple on roadtrip in CA. Found out about this place on yelp. There is some waiting time involved but it's worth it. I had the tacos del mar with fish and thought it was great. Great value for money and the waitress was really sweet and caring :) Portions are big. We will probably go here again... More

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were seeking some satisfying takeout to enjoy at our hotel and Los Agaves did not disappoint. Our food was fresh, flavorful, and prepared on time. The wait staff and counter help were very friendly. Judging from the many full tables, Los Agaves is a popular destination.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Another find off of the tripadvisor website. We love Mexican food but it is hard to find good Mexican food where we live in the Midwest. The food here was delicious. Everything from the chips and several different kinds of salsas to the meals themselves was great. I had a combo of a hard shell taco, soft shell taco, and... More

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