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“just okay”

Pepe's Mexican Food
Ranked #35 of 140 Restaurants in Goleta
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Sedona, Arizona
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“just okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband and I stopped by to have a lunch here as it was rated so highly in TripAdvisor. Not sure that we agree with these ratings, but perhaps it was an off day. We rate this as just okay and average Mexican food. We sat outside and were the only ones there. It seemed a little run down and the chips/salsa did not seem to be a "wow." The carnitas that my husband had was just okay. The flan was rich, heavy (in a good way) and tasty. We will not be back here the next time we are in SB area.

  • Visited July 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1,000 reviews
484 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 605 helpful votes
“Just your average Mexican restaurant....at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We read the raves reviews about this restaurant and were so disappointed when it didn't even come close to what people raved about. We ordered the house margaritas and all three of us said they were tasteless. They tasted like watered down limeade. We ordered the three enchiladas and it would have been nice to have had the enchiladas at least warm when they were served. They tasted adequate but that was it. We were given complimentary chips and salsa. We have eaten at many Mexican restaurants and always like to try new ones when we are on a vacation. This one will be crossed off the list when we return to the Santa Barbara area.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank minnesotans4
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Where locals go for great food and margaritas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

A trip to Goleta would not be complete without several meals at Pepe's. I could live on their salsa, guacamole and cheese enchiladas... And margaritas, of course. Absolute HEAVEN! The waitstaff has always been great. I can't wait until my next trip.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank KaceyC4
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San Jose, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cannot recommend highly enough !!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

After a loooooong drive from San Diego on the 405, full of the most aggressive drivers in the US, we arrived in Goleta on the final leg of our college trip for our daughter. All we needed was a cold beer/margarita and some food. Literally found this place by chance, after walking out of our hotel. What a HUGE surprise! Definitely cantina-style, fabulous Margaritas and the food was fantastic.... Really large portions and ultra fresh.... Honestly, I cannot recommend this gem enough!!! Not exactly in the nicest neighborhood but so worth it! Service was a little slow but the excellent, interim Margaritas took care of that!!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank loola2010
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Murrieta, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A great place to bring family and friends!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

We were invited to join some friends for lunch at Pepe's. The atmosphere was wonderful. The staff was very attentive for our large party. The food was served quickly and tasted delicious. The chips and salsa was hot and tasty. A great place to go for lunch!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank ShellyShellyH
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