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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
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Ranked #44 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Sun - Mon 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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So Cal
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314 reviews 314 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

After reading the reviews we thought we'd give it a go.... its a sort of fast food genuine Mexican Tacos... no glam just good rustic food that won't break the bank... some unusual cuts of meet but it all tasted fab.... would definatly recommend it...

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Phoenix, Arizona
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Found this little "hole in the wall" on-line. The line to place orders was out the door. We talked to some locals in line who said these were the best tacos in town. They weren't kidding. Affordable, more importantly, delicious. We had not been to Santa Barbara before and we were pleased with our choice for lunch. A must try... More 

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Lafayette, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

All I can say is: beef cheek tacos. Divine. This is a very informal beach taco joint. Décor is very minimal but the tacos are terrific. They come largely unadorned, just meat and yummy tortillas. A salsa/toppings bar allows you to add any number of delicious items like cilantro, salsa, onions, radishes, etc. An inexpensive and delicious treat!

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Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Lily's is authentic but unadorned food. The menu has taco's only, both standard and less common to the American palette (such as beef eyeball). The tacos are small, and it takes about 4 to fill a normal appetite. At $1.60 each, it's still a bargain. The tacos are totally unadorned- no condiments or cheese. A salsa bar helps, but it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

we had spent an hour on Monday night queuing outside La Super Rica Taqueria, which was amazing (also reviewed) and so it was a blessed relief that Lilly's queue was quick. The choice of dishes is not as extensive as at La Super Rica and that is what makes it proper "fast food". We had so many tacos of every... More 

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Solvang, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Found this on TripAdvisor and ended our SB/Goleta shopping day here. Great tacos - 3 were enough for me. Got three different kinds - pork, asada & pollo. They serve tacos. Only tacos. Great tacos.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If there is one place in SB that you must eat at it is Lillys. Nothing fancy but it is top in flavor. They are slinging out the best street tacos you have ever tried. The menu changes regularly depending on the fresh ingredients they are able to acquire. The pork tacos are my favorite.

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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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