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Los Agaves

600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA
805-564-2626
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Ranked #6 of 441 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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Hastings, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great meal we had at this restaurant. The food is traditional Mexican at great prices. Service was good even though the restaurant was extremely busy. Will definitely return when is Santa Barbara.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Mexican food, great place, good food. Vibrant and busy, worth a visit. Good guacamole, excellent ceviche.

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San Diego
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were looking for something simple to eat and saw that Los Agaves was one of the top rated restaurants in Santa Barbara. We went to the Milpas location. Coming from SD, we have some really good Mexican food, but this was outstanding. It is a simple, low key place - you wait in line to place your order and... More

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Montecito, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Simply the best Mexican food in all of Santa Barabra. My favorites are the Los agaves enchiladas, tacos del mare, salmon tacos (you can tell I like fish and the SALSA BAR!!!!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There is something authentic and low key with this place which I really liked. the food is excellent. No kids menu but very easy to reshape the menu to kids taste. I will go back there any time!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The line was long but we waited. The woman who took the order was nice but our food came out wrong. I am allergic to dairy and made if quite clear. My food was brought to me with cheese all over it. Then they seemed annoyed that they had to remake it. It was busy, I'll give them that but... More

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you're looking for great Mexican food while in Santa Barbara it pays to detour a few blocks from the tourist stops on State Street. Los Agaves is delicious Mexican food. You order at the counter and the food is brought to your table - don't panic. The service is friendly, portions huge and all around tasty. Yes it's casual... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great Mexican food. All the food is great, but the alambres deserve a special shout out. The staff is really friendly and there's a great salsa bar with options that will meet everyone's tastes. Tip - If you're looking to get any of their specials, go early rather than late. By the middle / late afternoon they may be sold... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A little out of the way but made the trip because of the great review and wasn't disappointed. Quite simply the best salsa I've ever tasted; worth checking all the varieties out at the bar. Really fresh and tasty, try it and you'll understand! Plenty of parking and seating during our trip, so no need to wait. Mains cost between... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Being new to this restaurant and not being that familiar with Mexican food, we found their system confusing. The restaurant does not take bookings and I was told that there was a waiting time of 20 minutes. Given the positive reviews of others, we thought the wait would be worthwhile. When we arrived we waited to be seated until someone... More

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