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Taqueria El Bajio

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129 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3303
805-884-1828
Today
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Awesome pork tamales

I love El Bajio. We discovered this place a couple of years ago and we always go back when we're in town. It's small and unassuming so if your going for ambience this probably isn't the place for you. Don't let this fool you though because they have great food. My favorite is the pork tamale. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2013
Gatormom36758
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Sycamore, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Cool place Little family buisness! The facilites for eating is not great but works! The food is good homemade food! Also the prices aren't that bad!

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Abilene, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Fantastic quality Mexican food cooked as it should be. Good assortment of tacos, gorditas, authentic soups, and more. Great salsa options with additional condiments. We had the Asada and beef Gorditas and they were fantastic. My crew could eat lunch here every day. The place is small so be prepared to take it with you if it is busy. Enjoy.

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Redondo Beach, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I had friend in SB introduce me to this gem a couple of years ago. And now every time I come to town I always eat here. Personal favorite is the crispy taco plate. You get three tacos, rice and beans. Always super friendly service, but small area for seating. Always a packed house.

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westlake village
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Drove any hour today to go to my favorite watering hole La Superica. UGH, it's closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays folks. Anyway, I Googled "alternative to La Superica" and Taqueria El Bajio came up. We were excited to find a great new dining experience. Boy were we disappointed. First, it was expensive. $3 for ONE taco. Second,, the meat was... More 

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Oro Valley
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

Surprised that this isn't rated higher among SB eateries. Ate here twice on a recent trip, and we loved everything we had. Tacos dorados were delish, as were gorditas and caldo de pescado.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I live in Washington State which has an abundance of American style Mexican restaurants. This is so different and authentic that I hardly recognized it. Try the tacos de lengua. Fabulous.

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Sycamore, Illinois
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I love El Bajio. We discovered this place a couple of years ago and we always go back when we're in town. It's small and unassuming so if your going for ambience this probably isn't the place for you. Don't let this fool you though because they have great food. My favorite is the pork tamale. The tamales are huge... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Got take out to eat at our hotel. The entire group loved their choices, its now officially on our list of must stops when we are in Santa Barbara

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Just a hole in the wall, but they have the best Chile Relleno and sweet corn tamale we have ever had.

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San Jose, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A small place that has plenty of traffic, both Spanish-speaking and not, so that's a good sign right there. I like the lengua (e.g. tacos) and torta de carne asada looked really good but I personally prefer stuff made with masa over tortas or anything with flour tortillas, so I didn't order a torta. Don't remember what we got the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 129 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3303
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-884-1828

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?