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Lito's Take Out

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514 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3108
(805) 962-1559
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6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Incredible pork taco

Serioulsy a great pork taco, shredded, moist with wonderful burnt ends. We also ordered pork verde and beans, but they did not put them in the bag, so do check your items before you leave! The fish taco was fine but the tri tip taco much too tough. Stick with the pork for sure!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

My family and I always look for GOOD Mexican food since we are used to New Mexican food. This place definitely delivers. The chips, salsa, burritos, taquitos, chile, carnitas, beans, rice... are all delicious! The food is definitely almost the same as New Mexican food. The staff are really friendly, too. Please note there are tables and chairs to sit... More 

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Newbury Park, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The carnitas nachos are AMAZING!! It's a small restaurant but we'll worth the visit if you're in Santa Barbara and craving Carnitas.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Serioulsy a great pork taco, shredded, moist with wonderful burnt ends. We also ordered pork verde and beans, but they did not put them in the bag, so do check your items before you leave! The fish taco was fine but the tri tip taco much too tough. Stick with the pork for sure!

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Duncan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I can't say enough about Lito's food. Everything from the Chili Verde to the fish tacos is fresh made and delicious. Go here every time we're in town and even take lots of extras home to Oklahoma. The family appreciates return visitors and they are so nice.

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Granada Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Went to Lito's right after they were closed for renovation and I must say it was a wait well worth it. The food was fantastic as was noted by the crowd that was there. The service was fast and friendly. Not many tables but since we were getting take out it did not matter.

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Seattle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Finding an authentic Mexican restaurant that is very reasonable for delicious food and lots of Hispanic people eating there was really a great experience. Lots of people were taking out food, but there are a few tables where you can eat in the place. Beer is served, but that was it. The fish tacos were really good and had a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The first restaurant I have been to in Santa Barbara. Nice joint. Very customer friendly. They have been really sweet to customize my order to make it vegetarian (lard-free and chicken broth-free). Very fresh salsas and tasty food. Been a Lito's loyalist since then. Lito's is so popular, I wish they had more seating area. We have been forced to... More 

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Ventura, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I moved from Santa Barbara 25 years ago and still get my 'Lito's' cravings. It is a must stop anytime i am in area, even if not hungry, as will at least grab some take out for later. The carnitas are the best on the central coast, and for me, the 'go to' is the carnitas torta. Friends who are... More 

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phoenix
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Without a doubt they had the best carne asada we've ever had. After days of mainstream/fancy/new-wave and organic restaurants, this was the relief we needed!! Lito's will be a regular stop on future SB - area trips!!

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

My sister-in-law told me about this place, she knows we like trying Triple D places. Small place, get there early if you want a seat. Very friendly staff, we heard they were famous for Carnitas. The daily special was fish tacos and that's what we had. I couldn't believe how much grilled fish was in the tacos, double most restaurants.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 514 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 962-1559

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?