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Lilly's Tacos

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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
+1 805-966-9180
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10:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 10:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Santa Monica, California
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94 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is highly touted by the local press as the best place for street tacos. Well, we guess it depends which street in which city you're talking about. We tried four kinds of tacos (doesn't matter which ones), and were disappointed by how dry they all were. There's no beer or wine, no chips and pretty low to the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't know tacos could be ordered and eaten so quickly. Inexpensive and tasty. Not the greatest, can't think of better offhand, but certainly the fastest. Not fast like a chain but real meat and flavorful. I prefer the pork. But they have the variety you won't find anywhere else. Eye, lip, cheek and tongue? No thanks! I'll stick to... More 

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Thank Scigris
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lilly's is a popular and cheap taqueria in Santa Barbara. As we read from TripAdvisor, there was a long line when we got there of hungry people wanting to get their daily lunch/pick up their newly discovered taco from Lilly's. Well organized place and a pretty fast line for getting the food - and at least in my opinion, authentic... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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602 reviews
409 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well you'll read lots of reviews about this place, but I went there for lunch and expected something special and was pretty disappointed. Not that anything was actively bad, but REALLY nothing to write home about.

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Thank Waterloonie
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 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.

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Thank Peipay H
Los Angeles, California
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149 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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 

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Thank dbartoletti
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

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 

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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 15 September 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.

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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 8 September 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.

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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 2 September 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Fast food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 21:00
Monday
10:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 21:00
Thursday
10:30 - 21:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9180

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