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Los Agaves

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$$ - $$$
As featured in Best of Santa Barbara
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600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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santa barbara, ca
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Santa Barbara has no dearth of Mexican restaurants. But when we want real but delicious Mexican food we head to the restaurant on Milpas. The De la vina place is just too noisy for us. And their original place has much more of a Mexican Ambiance.

Thank montecitoharve
Huntington Beach, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We biked here and arrived at 9 pm. They were closing the kitchen so we ordered two of the recommended dishes. They were amazing. The place has a nice patio, guitar player and did I mention the food is special???

Thank kimcsmiles
Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been going to Los Agaves for over seven years, Actually shortly after they opened. Now that they are closer to where I live, I find myself going there more often. I love the food, and the staff could not be nicer. I think they are doing a great job keeping the food consistent. It is hard to do... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Los Agaves is a family favorite. We all get something different each time. And, we've been to all their locations. Service is great and the food is delicious. if you like authentic Mexican, this is the place!

Thank Marti851
Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Los Agaves has traditional menu items, but their big board with specialities is where I choose the most interesting Mexican food in these parts. One time I had a dish with pork neck bones braised in a tomato-based green chili sauce. Often times there are mole or fish specials. I've never been disappointed!

Thank Vincent N
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They have great food here I've never had a bad meal service is good and sometimes the line is long. Go during the slower times and you don't have to wait. All the food is very good too

Thank danas247
Santa Barbara, California
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant is great for most people because they carry tasty new and unusual items. But for vegetarians and vegans like me most items have eggs and cheese and even the beans and rice have meat broths in them. I stopped going there.

Thank vjinsb
Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

a very popular and very authentic restaurant. it's always crowded. as you enter, you place your order from the large menu on a whiteboard above your head. then, you find a seat, and your food is brought to you. the food is always high quality and flavorful, with enough heat for those who like it. I'm not a fan of... More 

Thank juantag
Santa barbara, CA
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not only are the dishes outstanding, but they have a salsa bar with an array of sauces and condiments to add to your food -- all of it made fresh daily and you can take as many as you want (in small individual cups that you fill yourself). The place usually is packed but if you call ahead for "to... More 

Thank Reluctanttraveler78
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food usually, but they seem to occasionally mess up items and not serve both of us at the same time (several minutes apart). Not good!

Thank daynacrow

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-564-2626
Surprised not to see this on your web site - many people (myself included) consider it the best Mexican Food in Santa Barbara. Service also excellent, at least when they are not crowded, which the often are! Just down the street from another outstanding (but simpler) Mexican Restaurant, La Super-Rica Taqueria.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?