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Rosales Mexican Restaurant

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827 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3220
+1 805-845-2000
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite places to eat. Breakfast lunch or dinner. They have the bbq grill going. Menudo with honey comb style meat. Michaladas with a variety of beer to choose from.

Thank Brooke H
Palm Harbor, Florida
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618 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

Three of us had lunch here, one of us was a local and a regular. We all had huaraches without a meat selection. This veggie option was not on the menu, but easily accommodated. The masa base was fantastic and the topping ingredients fresh and flavorful. The three salsas we tried were unique and perfectly spiced. The staff was friendly!

Thank dragonflytw65
Ventura, California
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91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

Greeted by the nicest young man at the counter. You order from the overhead menu. The restaurant was spacious and clean. Very busy at 1PM on a Sunday. Decided on two platters, hubby had two chicken enchiladas w/rice & beans and I two chili rellanos w/rice & beans. Chips & salsa from the awesome salsa bar were included. As was... More 

Thank GoSeeDoTravelDuo
Las Vegas, NV
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

We loved this place! Food was good as were the margaritas and service. It has a great view of Lake Las Vegas from the patio. We will be back!

Thank VegasLady46
Las Vegas, NV
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Order at the counter kind of place. Pretty good breakfast options. Priced right, excellent salsa bar. Bottled beer only. Parking available onsite.

Thank VegasLady46
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159 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Lunch-time walk down Milpas Street. Lucky I saw Rosales down a cross street, across from a USA gas station. The employees give a good feeling. I ordered a tamale (puerca en chile verde) and it was good. Very good. Flavorful. The location is a nice looking stand alone building. Inside you order at a counter, seat yourself. There's a self-serve... More 

Thank Dennis F
Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2016

If you came here for ambiance or atmosphere, you came to the wrong place. But authentic Mexican food and a surprisingly good beer selection -- oh yes! Very friendly service, a nice salsa collection. Flavorful and inexpensive and quick: not a bad combo!

Thank James H
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2016

Rosales is a great place for lunch. Good food at a decent price. The cheese quesadilla is great and enough to share.

Thank Lisa K
Santa Barbara, California
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2014

We pondered why it was so quiet when we were last there (on a Friday evening!). Perhaps their lack of liquor license (we like beer with Mexican food). That's a biggie. Nice enough staff. Plenty clean. Good sized menu. But the food is a bit "institutional" for lack of a better word. The neighborhood (Milpas Street) has many Mexican restaurants... More 

Thank JohnandGlo
Tahoe City, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2014

Went in after a walk. Friendly staff who were always grinning. Had a brilliant spicy chicken burrito.

Thank Paul E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 827 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3220
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-2000

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