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138 S Salinas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2866
+1 805-963-0171
08:00 - 20:00
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Huge burritos enough for 2 people. The nachos were great. This is the place to eat when in central Santa Barbara.

Thank Rongcorrea
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

You wouldn't believe looking outside but food here is really good. Prices are also more than reasonable.

Thank Miska J
Greensboro, North Carolina
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94 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Three couples pulled of the highway, for lunch and a pit stop. At first look, we were still unsure, but the menu on the wall and some comments from other customers convinced us they had excellent food. Some of us being vegetarian, we had the especial quesadilla. Really good. If we lived in the area, we would be regulars.

Thank Gene H
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 May 2016

We eat lunch there and it is terrific. Food is authentic, mainly Mexican workers for lunch, and a bit short of seating. All in all, well worth it!

Thank David M
Santa Barbara, Calif
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184 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

The construction trucks and porsches share the parking lot of this fine little Mexican place. Some eat in, most take out. Good lunch.

Thank Oski80
Northern California
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015

I was lucky to find a place with quick service and very delicious Mexican food. I got the tacos, which were plenty grande, and tasty. There is a simple salsa bar, but the verde salsa rocked in a major way. I also had Jaimaca which was refreshing. Nice friendly atmosphere. I went back the next day and ate there again... More 

Thank mojorayjones
Landstuhl, Germany
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2015

The food is out of this world great atmosphere ,music ,view the price is right for great food. So enjoy and have a great time.

Thank Bobby370
Santa Barbara, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2015

Great food. When you see locals coming in for take out you know it is good! Not fancy but a great experience.

Thank Bruce K
Watford City, North Dakota, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

I don't live in SoCal but anytime I'm anywhere close to here. I ALWAYS get the Carnitas Tortas. The greatest thing on the planet. One time I ate here three times in one day. Yes. Three. So freakin good.

2 Thank Jordan W
Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Whenever I am in Santa Barbara I must have an El Sitio burrito. I love both the pork carnitas and the beef carne asada they serve up. They have some basic choices for salsa at the counter to fill a containers to go. We always call in our order ahead and stop by to take our orders to go. It's... More 

Thank Ken G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S Salinas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-2866
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-0171

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