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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 - 10:00 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
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Excellent value

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
AmyhTB
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Surrey, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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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141 reviews 141 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
109 helpful votes 109 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
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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
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?