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Lilly's Tacos

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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Palm Desert,CA
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200 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 21, 2016

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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180 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 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 July 4, 2016 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 July 1, 2016

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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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 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

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?