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514 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3108
(805) 962-1559
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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Ventura, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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57 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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52 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We're driving from LA to Paso Robles. Based on the recommendation from DDD, we decided to make a quick stop for late lunch. Parking is street parking. We pull up around 2:30pm in front of the restaurant. The area was not crowded and traffic was light. The restaurant does not have any decor. Simply couple tables for dinning in. Nothing... More 

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San Jose, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Great place to have some simple, absolutely delicious tacos, burritos ... Stopover on our way up to Solvang and Paso Robles for a late lunch. Carnitas taco, yumm, soooo tasty, fish taco, equally tasty, nice firm fish , fresh made! Chicharron special - I expected crispy pork rind , but it was in a sauce, side of Spanish rice and... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We were in Santa Barbara to look at colleges and jaycees for my grandson. His favorite food is Mexican and his favorite meal is breakfast. He had heard of Lito's, so we went for breakfast and were not disappointed. The menu has plenty of authentic Mexican dishes other than breakfast, but we were into burritos. They are huge and delicious.... More 

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Culver City, California
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66 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Pretty bad take-out/sit-down food including the bland rice and beans, boring salad (just lettuce and tomatoes) and fried breaded shrimp that was out of the freezer section at a grocery store....yuk!($9) A grand disappointment after eating at Los Agaves a few blocks away.....which, for $3-4 more, the food was phenomenal. Sauce and chips were the only thing any good. Probably... More 

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Box Elder, MT
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79 reviews 79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This place has the best posole ever! The other menu items are okay. The place is small but comfy. We could actually smell the food from the vehicle as we approached the building! We had found this by searching for "dinner, drive through, and dives" in the area and will be back again in the future just for the posole.... More 

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Virginia, USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We always search out good, authentic Mexican food on our travels, and overall this one was as authentic as you can get! My husband loves pozole soup and he said it was about the best he's ever had. The other two in our group had delicious burritos. My meal was a bit disappointing in that the pork in the tamale... More 

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Additional Information about Lito's Take Out

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

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