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Lilly's Tacos

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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
805-966-9180
Today
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Small menu, big taste

If you're in Santa Barbara, hit this place up for lunch, dinner or a snack. It's towards the end of State Street (closer to beach) and is fantastic. Don't expect a luxury restaurant setting but do expect a line. I had one of each taco (beef, pork, chicken). All were fab with pork perhaps... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
MGood2014
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Trenton, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Trenton, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you're in Santa Barbara, hit this place up for lunch, dinner or a snack. It's towards the end of State Street (closer to beach) and is fantastic. Don't expect a luxury restaurant setting but do expect a line. I had one of each taco (beef, pork, chicken). All were fab with pork perhaps being my fave fave. There's a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Hands down the best tacos in the area. Flavors, style, spice, perfection. If you love the classic Mexico taco off the street this is where you go. Indulge. I can't leave without eating at least six.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great tacos! Cheap, fast and delicious. No fish tacos, but awesome meat selection and a great tasting vegetarian one. Don't miss out: this is one of the best food values in Santa Barbara.

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Surrey, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Cheap, cheerful and delicious.We waited in line for lunch, which tells you about the popularity of this restaurant. The wait was not long, and the tacos were great.

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Best carne asda tacos you can get in Santa Barbara if your looking for those smaller sized, double tortilla, with fresh salsa type of tacos. They have other items on their menu but are best known for their tacos. My boyfriend (whose family makes tacos just like this_ always has to have them when he's in town. Love the green... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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194 reviews 194 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have tasted many tacos in my time and I would have to put Lilies at the top of the list. If price is taken into account, Lilies is by far on the top. For $160.00 a taco, you can't beat the price and the meal is filled with meat. They have a salsa bar where you can make your... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This place is crowded for a good reason. The tacos are excellent and the salsa bar was good. They even supplied grilled onions upon request. This is obviously a place the locals know about and go with their families!

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So Cal
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340 reviews 340 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Lily's Taqueria as it should be referred to, ranked pretty high on the Y site, so I decided to try it when I was in the State St area. I came on a Saturday and was fortunate to get a parking space (90 minutes). They only serve tacos but they have a lot of choices. At $1.60, it's a good... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I travel to Mexico fairly frequently and have eaten at the best taco joints from the Yucatan to the west coast. These are as good as tacos get with one exception, they don't do tacos pastor on the rotating spit. Would definitely go again.

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Avon, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is the real deal. Yummy tacos with great homemade salsa and tortillas. Don't miss the chance to have real street tacos.

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?