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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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Tacos were a great price at a dollar eighty each tacos. Wait time wad quick plenty of seating however my Asada meat was dry and my grilled onions are still hard. Decent place to eat but the food wasn't as great as the hype on the reviews.

Thank Peipay H
Los Angeles, California
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138 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch on the advice of a friend and I was so very glad we did! This is a no frills, no fluff, great Mexican food place. We got there 5 min before opening and within that 5 min a line of at least 10 people formed behind us. The menu is pretty basic with 4 grilled meat... More 

Thank dbartoletti
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were visiting the area and were getting hungry. As we were driving around mom smelled the food from the car. So we stopped on in and had some really great tasting tacos. Very fresh and stuffed with meat. Quick and speedy service and had a nice selection of salsa's and other trimmings. This is a must to stop on... More 

Thank ygmickey
Halle (Saale), Germany
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We ended up here following the Lonely Planet, and indeed the place was as described: small, unpretentious, cheap and above all....delicious. We had tacos and a burrito, both with carne asada. Extra sauces can be taken from the counter and all tasted very fresh.

Thank mirmiru86
Los Angeles
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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Great place for a quick bite in Santa Barbara. Authentic tacos with great flavor. Loved the chicken fajita, which was so much more moist and flavorful than most chicken tacos. Service was fast, food was fresh and flavorful. Highly recommend.

Thank travelbuggLA
San Bernardino, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Brought here by a friend who insisted that I try the tacos. They are very similar to Mexican street tacos. A little on the higher side since each taco is $1.80. I tried a chicken taco and the veggie taco. I enjoyed the veggie taco. The vegetables were well cooked great color nothing was muddled well seasoned. The chicken taco... More 

Thank Tucuxii
Palm Desert,CA
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126 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Locals love this place....Usually we get the tacos to go...They are really great. Get plenty of lime to squeeze over the tacos...You cannot go wrong here and price is good.

Thank Offthebeatenpath011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Don't be put off by the rough-and-ready exterior (and interior). The tacos here are just amazing, especially the chicken fajita. Lots of lovely fresh dressings and sauces, too, but beware the green chilli sauce. Fiery!

Thank Jamie S
North Westchester, Connecticut
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

but be forewarned, there is no air-conditioning, alcohol or a fish option. We had grilled meat, pork and chicken, and one friend even tried the tongue!

Thank erc5
Santa Barbara, California
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89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
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?