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“Try the Parrillada!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Los Agaves

Los Agaves
Ranked #4 of 528 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Surprised not to see this on your web site - many people (myself included) consider it the best Mexican Food in Santa Barbara. Service also excellent, at least when they are not crowded, which the often are! Just down the street from another outstanding (but simpler) Mexican Restaurant, La Super-Rica Taqueria.
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Try the Parrillada!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

I’d recommend Parrillada, which includes a combination of steak, salmon, shrimp and chicken. And it comes with tortilla, guacamole and sour cream. It’s just yummy and the portion is good enough to feed two adults! This item is not on the menu so just ask! The restaurant also has salsa bar so you can mix and make your favorite salsa. The parking lot is small though and street parking is not easy to find.

  • Visited November 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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201 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great. Period.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

This was such a great experience for the two of us. We found it based on TA reviews. In somewhat off the main part of Santa Barbara, but decent neighborhood. It was busy even fairly early on a Friday night. We had seafood ceviche with cucumbers, avocado, pineapple and a light green, light citrusy sauce/juice. It was so unique and delicious. We then split the Carne Veracruz, a combination of a very tender strip steak, plantains, stuffed peppers. Everything was delicious. They have a walk-up salsa bar with about a 1/2 dozen different salsas and pico de gallo. Endless chips brought to the table. You order your food by getting in line (it moves quick) and reading from their menu and the specials board. Beer on tap and bottles and wines as well as soft drinks. They then deliver the food to your table. Very efficient and very attentive staff, several of them came around to check on the tables. Would highly recommend this restaurant. Oh, and a great value to boot!

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Horrible Customer Service!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Was in SB along our hwy 1 coastal drive. Arrived at the restaurant and there was no host or waitress available to seat us. We sat in an evidently open table and was asked to move because it was reserved. No reserved sign --just a table number, I guess was the indicator. Moved to another table and sat there for about 10 min before a bus boy informed us to order upfront. Horrible that we were asked to move but we're never informed of the way the place worked. Seemed the staff at the front were to busy with their conversation to pay attention to paying customers. Food is good but lacks greatly in service.

  • Visited November 2013
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Girdwood, Alaska
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171 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Love love love!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

I LOVE THIS PLACE!! I was dying for Mexican food, I love the laid back style and ordering setup of this place. It has all the right ambience despite being more or less cafeteria style. Affordable, a ton of delicious, flavorful food, great location and awesome experience. I will definitely go back next time I am in Santa Barbara.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic Resturant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

Los Agaves has incredibly helpful staff and great food, all for a decent price. I had the Tacos del Mar (with halibut) and they, along with the house salad and rice, were fantastic. Everyone esle with me enjoyed their food as well. If you are in the area, stop here to eat, you won't regret it.

  • Visited November 2013
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