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Los Agaves

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Mexican
As featured in Best of Santa Barbara
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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • 415
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Spicy good

When we arrived the line was out the door and I was a little apprehensive but it was worth the wait. The Molcajetes was a spicy tasty treat . My wife have a steak that was actually very good. The chips were warm and very good and the tortillas were excellent. A little pricey for lunch but in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
georgemaxson
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Ventura, California
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Ventura, California
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When we arrived the line was out the door and I was a little apprehensive but it was worth the wait. The Molcajetes was a spicy tasty treat . My wife have a steak that was actually very good. The chips were warm and very good and the tortillas were excellent. A little pricey for lunch but in the end... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Surprisingly rich presentation for a walk up to the counter and order kind of place! Excellent food, and a great deal-we'll be back!!!

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Thank Jeff t
Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the reviews and decided to go here. We ordered the Los Agaves Burritos and Enchiladas plates. These were filled with seafood and were both marvelous. The Enchilada sauce was delicious. The burrito had good spice and great mixture inside. My wife said the food was a bit spicy for here, but she ate it anyway because it was... More 

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2 Thank Happydevo
Sacramento CA
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate Sunday lunch here during an escape weekend. The place was busy but not overwhelmingly so (no wait for tables). Chips were fresh with a good variety of salsa options. The shrimp tacos were flavorful and fresh. The stuffed peppers were great - flavorful without being greasy. I hit all around.

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1 Thank Hiker-7
España
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, I highly recommend come to this location in particular. The service is much better as they really love what they're doing. This is authentic Mexican food. We drove 2 hours and it was totally worth it. The best restaurant in California. Had 2 ceviches, wished I could have eaten more. We all loved our food. Great work... More 

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1 Thank playera77
Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bustling eatery with an authentic Mexican food menu. I've not found a restrauant in Santa Barbara with their selection and preparation style and it's consistantly excellent.. Don't be overwhelmed by a possible line of folks waiting to order, somehow it all moves along quickly and worth any wait. Beer and wine is available and the best tortilla chips and... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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212 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend who resides in Santa Barbara recommended Los Agaves. Fantastic referral! My daughter and I had dinner. Each of us had a combination dinner, as many options available and can be creative with your order. I had a taco, enchilada and salad. Was so tasty and yummy. It was crowded on the Thursday night we visited. Very family friendly... More 

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Thank Shuttrrbug
Goleta, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The portions are gigantic and the food is well made, however I ordered a side of rice for 3$ and it was literally a 1/4 cup of rice, like comically small. I will definitely go back, just not order the sides I guess they seem like a bit of a rip off.

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Thank Kimi C
Santa Barbara, California
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to all three of the Los Agaves locations. The original, on Milpas, seems to be the best in terms of the food. All locations are extremely popular, and you have to wait in a long line to place your order then stand around waiting for a place to sit. If you try to sit at an open space... More 

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Thank sharonannie22
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food was amazing. This was my first time going to Santa Barbara and i got to say, it's lovely out here. I had the cheese enchiladas and i give it a 5+, that's how good they were. The staff is very friendly and kind. And the restaurant is clean and nice... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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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