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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
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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: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 33
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  • 24
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  • 2
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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
Just like my Abuelitas

These tacos take me back to memories from my Abuelas house when I was a kid. The tripas are my favorite. Go there. Best tacos in SB.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Vincent N
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

These tacos take me back to memories from my Abuelas house when I was a kid. The tripas are my favorite. Go there. Best tacos in SB.

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New York City, New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A small restaurant near the 101 but the customers always leave with a smile. As soon as we ordered at the counter the order was given to us. And the place was busy. Tacos fajitas etc are inexpensive and Excellent. For a light lunch this cannot be beaten. Will go back for lunch every day.

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Santa Barbara, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Lilly's on 310 Chapala St offers a very basic menu. If Tacos is all you want then go here. They are inexpensive ~$1.70 each. No alcohol. Sodas, water and fruit (Snapple) drinks. They have a steady clientel that comes in for the inexpensive and reasonable food. This is not a Taco place that you will come back to because of... More 

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Santa Barbara
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

There are a lot of places selling tacos in SB. This is one that locals love to hit. Very simple restaurant, don't go for the ambiance. Buy your tacos, take a bite and feel very happy that you were smart enough to go to Lilly's. My mouth is actually watering while I am writing this review. Yum, yum yum!

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Trenton, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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110 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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Additional Information about Lilly's Tacos

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

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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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