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Lilly's Tacos

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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
Sun - Mon 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hidden gem. Great tacos, $1.80 each! If you want something other than taco's do not go here. Staff is also really accommodating.

Thank mickmankowski
San Diego, California
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Best street tacos in the county. We were impressed with the soft warm tortillas, each filled with flavorful carnitas, chicken and carne asada. It's very simple fare, yet exquisitely DELICIOUS. The place was packed and people were lined up outside, but the cashier and cooks were efficient and friendly. I recommend Lilly's Tacos to anyone who enjoys authentic street tacos.

Thank KCosta
San Francisco, California
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168 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cheap as can be but don't think that means low quality. Every taco we tried was so good. Asada, cabeza, lengua and adobado tacos. Great salsa bar too. They only serve tacos so get a bunch.

Thank JBR888
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a little corner in Santa Barbara but worth finding. Tacos are reasonably priced and taste great! Definetly try the cheek, so tender!

Thank Chris S
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Off the path a little and totally worth it. These wonderful Taco places dont exist on the East coast. Simple Menu, easy to order, clean and organized and friendly....steamed beef, beef "cheek", how great. You order, get a number and they call you to pick up your food, and then go to one of the several pristine, clean salsa bars... More 

Thank MusicwanH
Missoula, Montana
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing and very true to the one and only item they sell- tacos. Pros: tacos are just around $2/ each with tax Wait time is minimal no matter how busy they are Tacos appear small but are stuffed and AMAZING. Salsas are perfectly spicy Cons: I wish they had chips and salsa because their tacos are so... More 

Thank christiemb
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Stumbled on this place through a Yelp search for tacos while in Santa Barbara. It's a very small place and easy to miss but well worth the visit! You order the tacos you want, help yourself to some amazing salsa, onions, and cilantro and you are in taco heaven! Definitely going back the next we are in town!

Thank Angela C
Sacramento, California
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345 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We are visiting Santa Barbara and the woman who checked us into our hotel suggested Lilly's Taqueria. We went for lunch and it was very busy. The line moves quickly. We found a place to sit. We ate 4 different tacos and two drinks for $10! And it was delicious. Amazing actually. I loved the chicken fajita tacos best. My... More 

Thank Julie S
Huntington Beach, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We were hungry but did not want a big sit down lunch and my husband will not eat at fast food chain restaurants. We happened upon Lilly's, saw lots of people going in, which is always a good sign so we gave it a try. It was the perfect place to get a quick bite to eat and super cheap... More 

Thank HotelDiva2015
Santa barbara
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Lily's makes horn to hoof tacos. The grilled versions are pork, chicken, beef. The boiled ones are tongue, tripe - you know. I stick with the grilled version and love those. Usually a line but it moves quickly and the regulars are friendly. We live a block away and go here often.

Thank kathy h

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Mexican, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-966-9180

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