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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: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Taco restaurant and excellent

As they say you can tell where the good food is by the lines out the door and up the street. This has tacos only and they are very good. You can get beef, chicken or vegetable, or you can get, lip, cheek, eye ball, and a few others. I eat there quite regularly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
johnfromeden
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As they say you can tell where the good food is by the lines out the door and up the street. This has tacos only and they are very good. You can get beef, chicken or vegetable, or you can get, lip, cheek, eye ball, and a few others. I eat there quite regularly.

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Thank johnfromeden
Ashland, Oregon
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lilly's offers tacos that are about as close to those you find in Baja California as anything the West. Each taco is composed of your choice of meet on top of 2 small corn tortillas. They have a salsa bar from which you can choose your toppings Sichuan as cilantro, diced onions a selection of salsas and, of course, radishes.... More 

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Thank RCdeCruiser
Santa Barbara, California
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91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've never had real street tacos, Lilly will educate you. Little tacos filled with beef, chocked, pork and all other sorts of parts, like lips, eyes, head, brain, tails etc. it's all good too! Be brave and try some of,the more authentic tacos! You'll be surprised. Cheap too.

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Thank oldfresno
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

This place sells authentic Mexican tacos! If you expect tacos with sour cream and shredded cheese, do not come here. I'm talking about asada, fajita de pollo (grilled chicken), adobada (grilled pork), tongue, head, lips, eyes, and veggie tacos. Don't let the variety scare you! They are delicious! If you are not a adventurous eater, try the asada and fajita... More 

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1 Thank Rachelle W
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Are you kidding me this place is awesome! Authentic Mexican tacos in Santa Barbara, next place I could think of close to here with tacos with such good flavor clean and good cst service is in Los Angeles, They have great authentic Mexican tacos. I recommend the chicken tacos and the carne asada tacos but you have to get the... More 

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1 Thank Oceanic93
Santa Barbara, California
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Santa Barbara has no shortage of taquerias - but Lilly's stands out for several reasons. Firstly, they serve only authentic Mexican street tacos - if you want a burrito you'll have to go somewhere else. While I've only ever tried the asada (beef) and adobade (pork) tacos, they are so good - with onion and cilantro and either red or... More 

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Thank Bob B
San Luis Obispo, California
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Living in SLO, we are devoid of taco shops or for that matter any restaurant that isn't just trying to cater to Cal Poly students. With that said, I'm lucky that in my work I travel to places like Santa Barbara, Salinas, Watsonville, etc., because here you will find FANTASTIC tacos. That preamble was to tell the world: Lilly's Tacos... More 

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Thank John1957Go
Santa Barbara
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Lilly's is a locally owned taco stop that started out of a very small stand in Santa Barbara and has expanded to Goleta. Tacos are inexpensive and very flavorful and you can get all different authentic types, beef, pork, tongue, etc. Too die for!

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Thank katzrn
Stafford, Virginia
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125 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We ordered chicken, steak and choriza tacos...so good! Service was good and they supply the sauces. It is a little whole in the wall with seating on the inside (no air conditioning) and a few outside tables. We took our food back to our room.

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Thank Boytbab
Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Ask anyone local in Santa Barbara where Lilly's tacos are and, even if they don't speak English, they'll point you in the right direction. The tacos are tasty, inexpensive, and the salsa bar can really spice up the order. Something about a restaurant that is small and has been around for a long time tends to always attract my attention.... 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?