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“Great simple tacos a great value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lilly's Tacos

Lilly's Tacos
310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
805-966-9180
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Ranked #36 of 437 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
Santa Barbara
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great simple tacos a great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

love the tacos, many different kinds of beef to choose from and they have a good fixing station with good fresh salsa. tacos run 1.60 each on corn tortillas only. good place for a quick in and out lunch/ dinner or even snack

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Tokyo
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Cheap, delicious and authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Go here. Order. Spoon on as much onion/cilantro hotsauce as you like. Enjoy.
This is the perfect hole-in the wall place to stop at for some authentic tacos. We ordered 3 per person and it was plenty, though I wish I had room for more. Feeling adventurous? Try the eyeball taco!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Very straightforward taqueria - limited selection but what they have is excellent. Highly recommend the tacos al pastor - delicious! Expect to wait in line but it moves quickly.

Visited May 2012
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Yum tacos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Loved eating on the outside patio. Lots of ambiance in a beautiful location and the fish tacos were great!

Visited September 2011
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Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Cheap and delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Lilly's is a largely unknown (except to locals), family owned, gem of a taqueria. The fare is very simple, and they use many parts of the cow that many "first world" nations just throw away, which is great if you're an adventurous diner. In addition to the usual carne asada tacos, you can get cachete (cheek), lengua (tongue), labio (lips), ojos (eyes) or cabeza. All their tacos are $1.60 each, and they don't skimp on the meat. You can also buy the Coca Cola in a bottle there, and take your bottle home and fill it with sand or beads. Lilly's for the win!

Visited March 2012
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