Southern California is filled with countless top-notch taquerias. Looking at the many options around town, we decided to sift through the duds and show you some of the best taco spots in Santa Barbara.
The open courtyard-like setting creates a charming ambiance with natural lighting. Mosaic tiles decorate the walls and on many nights your meal is accompanied by live music. On Tuesday nights El Paseo offers a buffet-style special, which gets you unlimited tacos for just $9. The bar includes a variety of choices from flour or corn tortillas to succulent pulled-pork, juicy shredded chicken and a variety of veggies and sauces to decorate your bounty of tantalizing Mexican cuisine.
Lilly’s offers one of the most diverse choices of taco meats, perfect for the more adventurous eater. Featured ingredients vary from marinated pork to tripe, veggie and even beef tongue, head or cheek. This beloved taco haven is just a ten-minute walk down State Street from hotel Milo.
Having two locations, one in Downtown and one in Goleta, makes Los Agaves a reliable place for some of the most simple yet enticingly delicious Mexican cuisine. From the fresh and juicy house made ceviche to smoky sizzling fajitas, a meal here is both scrumptious and satisfying.
We love Casa Blanca for its design, food and drinks. A mission-style exterior leads to a charming dining room accented by mosaic blue tile floors. Most of the time its open, it’s happy hour (3pm-close on Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday) with over 120 types of tequila available. This also home to some of the best fish tacos in town, with a $10 Taco Tuesday, all-you-can-eat special.
The outdoor seating is perfect for summer nights and there is a little fountain pond with turtles paddling around in front, which adds a refreshingly nice touch to this taqueria. Get here early for dinner time because the tacos are in high demand, especially on Tuesdays. With fillings like tempura avocado, lime shrimp, duck carnitas and maple squash, Cielito undoubtedly has the most unique choices in Santa Barbara.
While there, be sure to also try some house-made tequilas and fruit purees in the margaritas, which we highly recommend you add to accomodate your plate of endless tacos.