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Lilly's Tacos

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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
805-966-9180
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Tacos. Just great tacos.

Heard about Lilly's for years, and they have the best taco truck tacos. Going back to larger restaurants for a fuller selection, but if you want a really fine taco, you're here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Jim N
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Ventura, California, United States
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We wanted to try some authentic street tacos. Due to the ratings on tripadvisor and yelp we gave this place a chance. It was just disgusting. The tacos tasted very chemical. They were sloppy and stale. Maybe we just don't like this kind of food. But even the worst fast food we had so far was way better than this.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We are from europe and wanted to try some authentic mexican street tacos. Due to the ratings on tripadvisor and yelp we gave this place a chance. If this is authentic mexican food we can give one advice to you: Don't go to Mexico. These Tacos were just disgusting... They tasted very chemical, stale, slappy. I dumped mine and couldn't... More 

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Ventura, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Heard about Lilly's for years, and they have the best taco truck tacos. Going back to larger restaurants for a fuller selection, but if you want a really fine taco, you're here.

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

You know how excited you are when a party features a taco truck? With authentic tacos - meat and nothing else? Yeah, this is it. There are choices of grilled meat and also boiled meat, only corn tortillas. They have a bar well stocked with cilantro, onions, and all sorts of hot sauce. If you are looking for authentic, this... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a must go to place when in SB. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that it's one of the many reasons we stop in SB when we visit. We go there at least once a day to eat when we visit. The people that work there are extremely nice and the service is exceptional. They have a limited menu... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We walked here from the main strip and it was definitely worth it. The tacos were delicious and great portion sizes for such a cheap price! less than $2 each! Had the beef cheek, chicken and pork. Pork was my favorite! Would recommend if you are on a budget and want a quick hot delicious Taco lunch!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lilly's has some good adobada and tongue tacos. Didn't care much for the asada tacos, too bland. They get an A+ on cleanliness👍🏽

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It is not our first and definitely not our last visit to Lilly's. You might be surprised by the varied selections of meats they offer, but if you're a vegetarian... They have got you covered! If in the area and a taco fan (don't expect anything else other than tacos, as that is all they specialize in) then a visit... More 

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Stanwood, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Excellent excellent tacos, got two, went back for two more. This is not junk fast food, but fantastic carne asada with authentic cilantro salsa and other great garnishes. Can't go wrong!

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a super simple place - there is no table service, just a counter. And the food is streamlined to the extreme - just tacos, and just the meat on the tortilla. If you want fixings, they do have a self-service bar with veggies and salsa, but it's not a lot of stuff. That said, the food is really... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-966-9180

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?