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Lilly's Tacos

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310 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3408
+1 805-966-9180
10:30 - 21:00
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Wed - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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United Kingdom
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796 reviews
590 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We called by here as we arrived in SB. There was a line out of the door when we arrived and can see why. A really tasty, good value lunch. We sat out on the couple of tables. Really enjoyable!

Thank UkSil
Irvine, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delicious, authentic tacos!!!!!!!! Price is unbeatable!!!!!!! 3 minute walking distance from the train station, highly recommended!

Thank FarmerMickey
Los Altos, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Real, authentic tacos. $1.80 each. Line understandably out the door! Not fancy, but delicious and satisfying.

Thank JulA39
Seattle, Washington
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before visiting Santa Barbara we checked out local restaurant reviews and discovered that a highly rated taco spot was within walking distance of our motel. When we arrived for dinner and saw a line out the door we knew we were at the right place! Oh my; fresh, authentic tacos for $1.80 a piece! I loved my veggie and chicken... More 

Thank Alice F
Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Enjoy the tacos here. You must use 100 characters alphanumeric in your review, so here is 100 - now!

Thank FloatSB
Sofia, Bulgaria
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124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

It's a bit off the trodden path, and a worthwhile visit. I hadn't had tacos before, so as my first tacos ever, it was the right place. Very friendly staff, lots of options, all super tasty. We had chicken and beef tongue and all was great ! Very recommendable.

Thank Denitsa H
Wellington, New Zealand
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134 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Well our friend was talking about these Tacos for days until finally we made it to Santa Barbara and we were able to try them. The place is k, nothing fancy but it has tables so you can have a sit and enjoy. The tacos are really good value and very tasty but they are just Tacos, nothing about them... More 

Thank cmalinayi
Santa Monica, California
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100 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 

Thank Michael H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 

Thank Scigris
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
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?