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La Super-Rica Taqueria

622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3032
805-963-4940
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Ranked #27 of 438 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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new york
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

How can you NOT go? It's basically a little shack. Make sure you check open times, since when I went, there was a sign that it is closed a couple days during the week. You wait in line, place your order, wait for your food to be cooked, prepare your salsas and accompaniments, guard your table, wait for your number... More

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Toronto
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358 reviews 358 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A friend who grew up in Santa Barbara recommended this as a MUST DO for the most amazing Mexican food ever, and she was right. Cash only. Long lineups that move fast. Everything made from scratch to order. Worth every second of waiting and lunch for two (huge) with two beers and a watermelon drink (THE BEST) came in at... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've lived in SB over 25 years and still find Super-Rica capable of providing the most satisfying simple meals. This is not fancy cuisine, just pure, fresh ingredients artfully combined. This is why Julia Child called it her favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Go at the off-hour--I recommend 5-5:30--and order at least one of the daily specials. I particularly like... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

You'll find the real hole in the wall by the people lined up outside on the street corner. You'll wait in line You'll pay in cash. And chances are, you'll agree that it was DEFINITELY worth the wait!

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Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I loved this! It's got character and is a authentic experience. The queue was out the door and took 30 minutes but it is worth the wait. It's a small shack without anything fancy, but #16 is definitely worth ordering. It was by far the stand out!! The tortillas are the freshest of fresh and melt in your mouth.

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Boulder, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We walked up from the beach on a Monday evening and had to wait for 15 minutes. This is simply proof of excellence and economy of this great spot. Everything we had was fresh cooked and delicious. Some people are accustomed to more food than one of these portions but they cost 2- 5 dollars so order two or eat... More

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Los Angeles, California
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307 reviews 307 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

This place is very unique. The food is almost entirely ala carte, as you can order 3-4 items off their chalk board menu and make a very nice meal. The food is good and the shaded patio seating is very relaxing. Every time I have gone though there is a line to order and it can take awhile to get... More

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We had a late lunch (1:45 p.m.) on Friday at La Super-Rica Taqueria and waited in line about 15 minutes. We ordered three specials (tamale with vegetables, sopas with chicken, empanadas), guacamole and rajas tacos. Also tried the refreshing resca de sandia (watermelon drink) which was sweet and good -- tasted like fresh watermelon with chunks. We ordered a little... More

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SoDak
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

In Santa Barbara on business, enjoyed dinner here with some family members who had been here many times. We had tried to go on Wednesday night but they were closed, so came back on Thursday night - line wasn't too long and we found a table. Wasn't sure what to make of the menu but had a difficult time deciding... More

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santa barbara
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Not your typical Mexican joint. Fastidious recipes, high end food while dining in an open air shack. Fantastic food--don't miss the #16. A word of warning to newbies. It gets busy and there is often a long line. Try and come off hours and note they are often closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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