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Rudy's Mexican Restaurant

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811 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3246
(805) 564-8677
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 am
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Santa Barbara, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been eating at Rudy's for thirty years at least, and look forward to every time. Not much decor to ruin the eating experience. Wow, I'm hungry and Rudy's is only a mile...

Thank skip2go
The Woodlands
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Do you want something that is Santa Barbara? Try Rudys! This establishment has been located off of Bath street since I was a kid in the 80s. For me I always get the chili relleno, chicken tacos or chimichanga. Don't get your hopes up on the atmosphere. It has only been updated once since I have known it, but it... More 

Thank scotticus77
Santa Barbara, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I love, love, love this place! It's family-owned and the food is delicious! The service is okay (you go up to the counter and order, then they bring it to your table). But, oh my! The food is awesome, especially my favorite, the cheese enchilada. This is huge, you can take it home and make two meals out of it!... More 

Thank Beaglesm0m
Hermosa Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Rudy's is really starting to step their game up. It started to slide a bit, but with the renovation and upgrades, I gave it another chance. I was impressed with the food, the service, and the location. I will be back.

Thank HBWilliams
Los Angeles, California
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122 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A Friend Took to Me To Rudy's and I was Very Impressed. Service Excellent, Food Excellent, Lots of Chips and Salsa. Very Generous Portion Sizes. Great For Friends, Families, Social, a Nice Date Night Out. Food is Very Very Good, Great, Delicious. I Will be Back. Great Prices. Highly Recommend.

Thank mrfoxycat
Santa Barbara, California
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337 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I had Rudy's for dinner last night and had crispy beef tacos and chicken taquitos. Both were very good. They got my order wrong but were nice enough to give me the extra food that they accidentally served me, so I ate way too much. Very good salsa bar. Nice chips. I suggest you get the specials on the board... More 

Thank Marc L
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229 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had lunch here, and I liked it. Very tasty and, at the hour I arrived, it wasn't crowded at all. You order at the counter, and the server brings it to you. The cuisine was a cut above average, so I'm rating the joint as very good. Service is fast, and it is the kind of place where you... More 

Thank OnParleFrancais
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

For what it is, this place gets a 5 star from me! What I mean by that is that it's not fine dining or anything like that. But when u need some good quick Mexican food this place is great! Very large portions at a great price. I usually get the chicken quesadilla which comes topped with fresh lettuce and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The guacamole is very good, tostadas are crispy and fresh, food in general very good. Great place for a quick lunch that is very good and fresh made.

Thank PlanetValentine
Long Beach, California
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79 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Lots of glop factor, fair guacamole, good but greasy carnitas, largwe portions. Small dining area, order at counter. Don't expect a fine dining experience.

Thank DrDave_at_CHS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 1:00 am
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 811 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3246
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 564-8677

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?