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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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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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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
Great cheap tacos!

We walked here from the main strip and it was definitely worth it. The tacos were delicious and great portion sizes for such a cheap price! less than $2 each! Had the beef cheek, chicken and pork. Pork was my favorite! Would recommend if you are on a budget and want a quick hot delicious Taco lunch!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Greg P
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We walked here from the main strip and it was definitely worth it. The tacos were delicious and great portion sizes for such a cheap price! less than $2 each! Had the beef cheek, chicken and pork. Pork was my favorite! Would recommend if you are on a budget and want a quick hot delicious Taco lunch!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lilly's has some good adobada and tongue tacos. Didn't care much for the asada tacos, too bland. They get an A+ on cleanliness👍🏽

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It is not our first and definitely not our last visit to Lilly's. You might be surprised by the varied selections of meats they offer, but if you're a vegetarian... They have got you covered! If in the area and a taco fan (don't expect anything else other than tacos, as that is all they specialize in) then a visit... More 

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Stanwood, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Excellent excellent tacos, got two, went back for two more. This is not junk fast food, but fantastic carne asada with authentic cilantro salsa and other great garnishes. Can't go wrong!

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a super simple place - there is no table service, just a counter. And the food is streamlined to the extreme - just tacos, and just the meat on the tortilla. If you want fixings, they do have a self-service bar with veggies and salsa, but it's not a lot of stuff. That said, the food is really... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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: 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?