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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 - 5:00 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, Takeout

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  • 16
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 0
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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
Great Mexican Food

Family owned and have making great food. It was on the food network (dinners/drives/dives). This was our first time here and food is Great. It only seats about 25 people so get their early. They have some street parking and little parking in the back.This place small and you can miss it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
bowman99
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california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Family owned and have making great food. It was on the food network (dinners/drives/dives). This was our first time here and food is Great. It only seats about 25 people so get their early. They have some street parking and little parking in the back.This place small and you can miss it.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Off the beaten path. Small, no frills, but awesome food. Friendly and inviting. Had the carne asada taco. Huge. Only needed one. Glad I followed the woman's advice. My parents both got burritos, big enough to take half home. Fountain sodas free refills. Very reasonable prices. Noticed that there were a lot of locals going in and out. Good sign.... More 

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Thank cindy l
Isla Vista, California
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Lito's has excellent Chili colorado and verde burritos. You can get them with beans and rice or just meat which is very tasty and filling. These are the best burritos in Santa Barbara. Looking forward to trying out the breakfast burrito next.

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Thank BallsofThunder
VA
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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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Thank BrideVA
Newbury Park, California
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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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Thank luckydean23
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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Thank leanne c
Duncan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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Thank Kat2001
Granada Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Thank Dan A
Seattle
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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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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