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Rudy's - Upper State
3613 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 563-2232

  • Category: Mexican
  • Hours: Sun-Wed 8am-9pm, Thu-Sat 8am-10pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

Blast to the past!
Reviewer: Foodie Dan from Santa Barbara, CA
On a whim, our family found ourselves back at Rudys'. My sons Torta was OK, the carne asada was overcooked small strips of beef. My other son had chicken nachos. They were a huge amount of chicken, beans,cheese etc. very good! I had my favorite, the Floutitas verdes', which I have never been able to find anywhere else in town. Salsa bar was fresh, had to ask for cups for salsa.?

Very rude
Reviewer: Tami from Santa Barbara, CA
My family and I have been going to all the Rudy's for years and always have excellent food but this Rudy's has such rude help. I recently decided to call in my order so I wouldn't have to deal with the rude girls and they just kept picking up the phone and hanging up on me! I'm so mad! I had to call the Goleta Rudy's and go out of my way just to get the food we want. So angry !

good food and terrible service
Reviewer: Bryan from Santa Barbara, CA
I come here often.. the food is always good! Unfortunately, the service is not! The couple girls who work the counter really need to take a basic customer service skills workshop. They need some training! I have had them roll their eyes at me when I needed to take a moment to look at the menu before ordering.. they almost never smile.. Especially the tallish thin girl! Whoever manages this store needs to come in more often and just observe.. The other day I came in and there was a woman and man in front of me. They were the only customers in the restaurant. There was a lot of smoke coming in through the front door because of the cigar shop a couple doors down. I smoke occasionall... but this was a very strong in your face smell and definitely not appetizing. The customers told the girl at the counter that it was really hard to deal with the smell and the worker literally said "okay" and just let them walk out. She did not even offer to close the door or apologize or anything! It was embarassing.. Seriously learn some customer service skills. You would not have a job if it was not for your customers. Thanks!

food is great
Reviewer: francisco from Santa Barbara, CA
The problem with some of the people who put bad reviews is that maybe in this ocation they didn't get a discount or something free personally I had being eating at this restaurant for years and i always get the food right period.

O. M. G.
Reviewer: Kile from Santa Barbara, CA
I drank the salsa out of the cup. That. good. Period.

Potato Taco/Tacquito Lovers must try
Reviewer: Paul from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been searching for a potato taco since I left LA. There you can go to Don Antonios and have an amazing mexican meal with real potato tacos. Tried Rudy's and they have a potato taquito which is equally good. Next time I will ask for sour cream on the side, because it was loaded on top, very generous portion and the three taquitos were just enough. I will be coming back soon.

Real Mexican food at good prices!
Reviewer: Marie T from Santa Barbara, CA
Went to Rudy's after hearing about the good food and was not disappointed. Small restaurant with just a few tables but the salsa bar is outstanding and the menu offers tacos, burriots, enchiladas, tortas, and various combinations ( and even breakfast too). I got the combo with cheese enchilada (sauce was delicious) and carne asade soft taco (tons of meat!). Definitely will be going back - and trying their other locations!

Best Mexican food around
Reviewer: Aaron from Santa Barbara, CA
ATTENTION TOURISTS - YOU HAVE BEEN MISINFORMED. Rudy's, not La Super Rica, is the #1 Mexican restaurant in this town. I've eaten at this Rudy's hundreds of times over the last 20 years and can count on one hand the number of times I've been disappointed. Why spend an hour in line at La Super Rica when better Mexican food is available in minutes at any of the Rudy's locations? It's relaxed, casual, and delicious, so it's always a good choice when you can't think of what to eat for lunch or dinner. I'm pretty sure they must have their own cheese factory, because you get a hefty serving of cheese on any item. My mouth is literally watering as I write this and think of biting into a Rudy's burrito.

Reviewer: JAVIER "TANK" from LAS VEGAS , NV

Great Food and Service
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Good stuff, better food than I have gotten at other Rudy's in town. Nice Order taker. Good salsa bar and soda. No Mexican drinks though on tap but they do have bottled. Parking a problem here but I have found a little after 5pm is a good time to come. This looks like the first review in awhile of this place.

I have had it!
Reviewer: Heidi Ortiz from santa barbara
I don't know where to begin. We have been coming here for years and lately the service and attention to getting the orders right are non existent. Tonight we went to spend our hard earned money and actually buy food out. We ordered the food items we wanted and got two wrong items. Problem is that this same thing happened three weeks ago when we went there. I didn't go back to tell them that time but tonight I went right back and told them. They told me I ordered wrong. WELL - I am a mexican and I know what a cheese enchilda is and what a flauta is. They gave me some wet burrito and called it a flauta and they gave me a quesadilla and told me it was an enchilada. Then they told me "you ordered the wrong food". I totally lost it and took my wrong food back and left. I am so mad I am crying right now. LESSON: The customer is ALWAYS right, even when they are wrong. YOu have to know this in the restauarant business. You get return customers when a person is treated nicely and given quality food. I am so upset - I will never go to this location again. I always get good food and kind service at the Rudy's on Montecito street. What's going on here?

VERY disappointed
Reviewer: Pat Neuman from Santa Barbara
My husband and I have been eating at Rudy's for years, but the quality just isn't there anymoe. The food looks good and fresh, but its tasteless. The meat is dry - no sauce or spices, the beans and rice might as well have been cardboard. They apparently have problems keeping help - especially cashiers. Tonight, in spite of ordering our for for "Here" it was presnted to us in a bag "to go." No apologies - just a shrug of the shoulders. I doubt that we'll be going back. Ever. Too bad. We live in the neighborhood and used to go there all the time.

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