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Rudy's Mexican Restaurant

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811 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3246
+1 805-564-8677
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

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Long Beach, California
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81 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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
Santa Barbara, California
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2012

I eat lunch here often! A soft taco with carnitas is divine. Always cooked to perfection. I tend to stick with the same thing as the burritos and enchiladas are just way too big. Too big for me anyway. Plenty of other people can be seen enjoying the larger sized portions.

Thank Paul B
Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Rudy's on Montecito St. in Santa Barbara, CA, is the old, relaxed, eat in or outside original restaurant that serves authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, nachos, and other dishes. The tacos are huge! Loaded with shredded lettuce, a pile of shredded cheese, and a big handful of shredded beef or chicken - just excellent!

Thank Merimac25
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

I loved this restaurant, looked it up on T A before we left and as the reviews were good gave it a go. It's no frills,order at the counter,collect the food yourself and diposable cutlery and plates but my enchilladas with chicken, rice and black beans was beautiful.Unfortunately they had run out of my husbands first choice and he didn't... More 

Thank ronniepEastbourne
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2012

This one is just "ok." Nothing really stood out to me. However, the place was clean, the service was ok, and the food was edible.

Thank Victoria M
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147 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Although, the looks may be deceiving, the food was outstanding! It is a small, order at the counter restaurant, then sit at a very casual dining room, or order to-go (which we did). We were extremely pleased with the taste, quality and promptness when we ordered the food. My husband and I shared the 2 item combination and we had... More 

Thank Jehesbeth
Santa Barbara, California
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80 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2012

We live in Santa Barbara and have tried many places for Mexican food. Rudy's is our favorite. We've been to Rudy's at three locations around town - one on Yanonali St. near the waterfront, one on Upper State St., and one in Goleta. All of them have very simple and basic decor, but excellent food, with big portions. I especially... More 

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Reviewed January 6, 2009

The food is good, but even mcdonalds has better service. Never go there again because I can find the same quality of the food with a much better service.

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Reviewed November 5, 2008

Great Authentic Mexican Food! My family owns it too.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
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: +1 805-564-8677

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