Lilly's Taqueria

Taco Place$$$$
West Downtown, Santa Barbara
  • This taco place is famous for their Mexican food. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Caroline G.
    "... I wasn't a fan of the beef cheek but I'm not generally a fan of steamed..."(3 Tips)
    Ranu R.
    "Awesome authentic tacos."(4 Tips)
    Kent H.
    "... supposed to be eaten. Adobado's good, but go for the lengua and smother..."(3 Tips)
    Lamar P.
    "Check out the pork tacos, they are awsome!!!"(3 Tips)
51 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • authentic
  • good for a quick meal
  • adobado
  • great value
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  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJanuary 23, 2015
    Awesome authentic tacos. You can easily eat lunch for $6 here with tacos at $1.50 a pop. Beef, pork and chicken are all good. And me likes the spicy salsas and no frills attitude.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 10, 2012
    You've made the trip, so grow some cojones and commit to something different. The beef cheek will surprise you with its juiciness. The tongue has a pleasant texture. The eye is unexpectedly succulent.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BaerSeptember 15, 2014
    Beef cheek tacos are killer. Super cheap. Trash can is outside so don't go wandering around looking for it like I did. Don't let a line scare you: it's quick.
  • Laurissa
    LaurissaSeptember 5, 2014
    We really enjoyed the beef and pork tacos, smothered in cilantro, onion, and lime. At $1.60 a pop, you can't beat that!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 8, 2013
    Most authentic Mexican food in Santa Barbara. It may not look like much but the tacos are incredible. Definitely a good stop if you like Mexican food!
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GMay 27, 2014
    The asada and pork tacos were my favorite. Stellar tacos. I wasn't a fan of the beef cheek but I'm not generally a fan of steamed meats.
  • Srikanth K.
    Srikanth KannanMay 27, 2013
    The tacos are delicious. You might have to wait most likely, given their reputation. But it's worth the wait !
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa ConejoDecember 22, 2014
    Don't forget to ask for cebollitas (grilled onions)!!! Add lemon to them and you have a delicious side.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AlvarezAugust 7, 2016
    Best tacos in Santa Barbara. Get everything. Be adventurous and try the lengua.
  • Lamar P.
    Lamar PughAugust 22, 2016
    Lilly's is the best tacos in Santa Barbara. Check out the pork tacos, they are awsome!!!
  • Koko Y.
    Koko YoungOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    even though they dont have cheese, still some of the best tacos. i always get the asada with onions, cilantro, and salsa verde. yum
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 8, 2014
    Decent quick option for tacos. They have an ojo (cow eyes) taco on the menu, but I wasn't brave enough to try it.
  • Priscila d.
    Very Nice little place , The chicken taco is pretty good, but the beef not that much.
  • Kim V.
    Kim V.November 11, 2012
    Awesome tacos for $1.60 each. Great variety, quick service. No alcohol, though.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SpearsOctober 26, 2014
    Don't bat an eye at ordering the same. The best thing we tried. Delicious.
  • Kent H.
    Kent HaFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Forget cheese, this how it's supposed to be eaten. Adobado's good, but go for the lengua and smother it in onions, cilantro, and salsa verde.
  • Jakob K.
    Jakob KahlenJuly 18, 2015
    Cute authentic taco cafeteria. Great taste and cheep tacos.
  • Nate P.
    Nate PickslayJanuary 4, 2012
    Thumbs up on the adobada - my favorite. And ya gotta try the cabeza for kicks
  • 騰 龍.
    騰 龍May 4, 2017
    Best lingua, cabaza, and steamed beef tacos this side of the Mississippi
  • Armando G.
    Armando Guerrero, Jr.September 25, 2010
    You have to try the tacos de adobada. And one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants north of the border. :)
  • Hebba A.
    Hebba AyaOctober 16, 2015
    Generally good , the tacos kinda needed more spices and stronger flavor
  • Adam T.
    Adam TothSeptember 22, 2016
    The most authentic taco place in town. Go and get some, its awesome
  • Jose H.
    Jose HuitronAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best tacos! Try the tacos de cabeza.
  • Charlie Enna C.
    Charlie Enna CurtisApril 1, 2013
    Try tha lengua taco for a more daring choice. My boyfriend couldn't tell. Lol
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    One of the best places to get your tacos, tell them DJ Latin Prince sent you. @latinprince
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChenMay 4, 2017
    Authentic and affordable family business
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RyanJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the lengua! It falls apart in your mouth.
  • Cassidy F.
    Cassidy FlynnNovember 30, 2011
    Best tacos EVER. I like the gringo taco. Think that's what its called
  • Cenk
    CenkDecember 16, 2013
    You can't go wring with anything you get here.
  • sasha A.
    sasha AblittFebruary 18, 2010
    Quick authentic tacos. Dont worry about the line - it is worth it and seldom more than 15 minutes
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel B.August 9, 2014
    Dare to try the ojo tacos. They're delicious.
  • Kirstie M.
    Kirstie MaryottMay 25, 2012
    Awesome- go for the lengua!
  • David M.
    David MagidFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Mexican food in town, even if it's only tacos. Super authentic and delicious!
  • Maritza S.
    Maritza SanchezMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The tacos adobados are!
  • Silvia U.
    Silvia UribeJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the tacos de tripa dorada. The best!!!!!!
  • Jasper V.
    Jasper VerplankenAugust 3, 2017
    Best value for money ever
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonApril 2, 2014
    Taco Perfection.
  • Clark
    ClarkSeptember 3, 2012
    Great local place for tacos! It's hidden!
  • Mary X.
    Mary XMarch 24, 2012
    Lengua tacos are yummy too
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KostosNovember 5, 2014
    So this is the real taco.
  • Maeve D.
    Maeve DalyMay 16, 2015
    Can't beat $1.70(+tax)/taco!!
  • Cassidy F.
    Cassidy FlynnFebruary 9, 2012
    Marinated pork! So good!
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherOctober 16, 2013
    Cow's-head barbacoa per JGold Read more
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MeierMay 29, 2012
    Adobada is bomb!
  • shoshannah
    shoshannahNovember 18, 2010
    Best salsa in Southern California!
  • Kate C.
    Kate CyganAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacos. Chicken fajitas.
  • Jim L.
    Jim LaVeckAugust 1, 2010
    Ask for the cebollas, too.
  • Jayni C.
    Jayni CunninghamAugust 9, 2011
    Good but small tacos
  • Miguel C.
    Miguel ChaconMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The adobada tacos are the bomb
  • Marcus D.
    Marcus D.May 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I always forget that they are closed on Tuesdays.
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