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Los Tarascos - Goleta
5915B Calle Real, Goleta
Phone: (805) 683-1919

Reviews by the General Public

You gotta try the tortas!, 8/15/2014
Reviewer: Amy from Carpinteria, CA
First, a disclaimer - out of the 10 times I've probably eaten here, I've only ventured to try the tortas. I've barely looked at the rest of the menu, it's just the go-to food here. Fresh bread, tender meat, and interesting tastes. I recommend the Cubano. Service is friendly, the gentlemen seem like they enjoy their job and just go about it kind of quietly and under the radar while somehow being very attentive. Prices are very reasonable, but note that a drink refill might cost extra. So take it easy with your soda as you feast on the chips and salsa they bring out when you sit down! My biggest secret to reveal - you have to order the flan. I'm normally too full to eat it after a torta, so I order it to go. They have it all packed up in the bakery display case near the front door. Just be cautious on your ride home - all those flan juices can leak (I speak from experience!).

Excellent Food!!!
Reviewer: Mark from Santa Barbara, CA
Four months ago my family and I discovered Los Taracos in Goleta, and we have been there nearly 20 times since. Now it is by far our #1 choice for eating Mexican food here in SB/Goleta and I have lived here for almost 30 years. The food is amazing and you can get an inexpensive meal with outstanding food quality every time. Last Friday I had the Shrimp Enchiladas and the creamy tomatillo sauce on it was the best ever. I am still thinking about how good it was. Each dish is made fresh to order and the recipes come from the southern part of Mexico. Aminada, the name of the owner, is always there to serve and is one of the nicest people I have met. Los Taracos is excellent and we can't wait to go back.

Reviewer: tina from Santa Barbara, CA
I used to love this place but I haven't come for a couple months until today and I was disappointed. I asked the waiter what was on the La Tarasca torta and he said, "Everything." I asked what everything was and he said, "Uh, salchicha, tritip, uh, chicken, you know, everything..." Uh, no I DON'T know. I ordered a carnitas torta. It wasn't bad but there was a big blob of fat in one part. The thing that really bugged me is that my cup had a crack in it that made it look like a bug on the sided and my plate was all chipped around the edges. This looks really bad. I hope the pick it back up to the way they were before but I won't be back for awhile.

Worth a second visit
Reviewer: Janice from Goleta, CA
This was a first time for me and my friend. The special chicken flauta was very good as was the salsa. The server did not appear to know the menu well because he didn't know that there was a choice of sides for the meat entrees. The carnitas were bland and dry, and no sauce on the enchilada. About 15 mins. after we had ordered, the server asked us if our food had been brought to us...hmmm. There was a large group that was VERY loud. They were having a good time, but it would have been a courtesy to the other diners if the server would have asked them to hold it down a bit. We will try some other items next visit.

One of my Favorites
Reviewer: Cris from Santa Barbara, CA
This place really is a hidden gem, if you don't really know about it you would probably never give it a chance. I'm here to tell you, PLEASE give it a chance. Go for the Torta, stay for everything else!

Delicious Torta!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: DN from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been to Los Tarrascos twice so far & both times I have been pleasantly surprised. The food is flavorful & the prices are very reasonable. The service is also good & the place is clean. I recommend the milanesa torta. DELICIOUS!!! It's a panini-style torta, not over-barring & VERY tasty. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I hope this restaurant sticks around for many years.

Great Find!
Reviewer: Tina from Santa Barbara, CA
My co-worker told me about the $1.25 tacos so I had to give it a try. I've been there twice this week! The first time I ordered 4 tacos (chicken, asada, lengua, and carnitas) and they were all delicious. And today I went back and tried a Tinga tostada and a chile! They were both delicious and decently priced. Not only that, I found the staff to be very nice and attentive. Think I found my new favorite Mexican place here in Goleta.

Reviewer: KG from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this place! It's been here for years but I've never known about it until recently. Now that I know about it I can't stop going - it's absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for good Mexican food.

Great food but the waiter is a bit of a D
Reviewer: Greg Simpson from Santa Barbara, CA
I go here quite frequently and try out everything on the menu because the food is very very good. They used to have a woman waiter who was very nice, but sometime ago she left and got replaced by "tattoo neck guy". The guy doesn't listen to orders (messed mine up 2 times in the last 2 months) and oogles any decently attractive woman who comes in and completely forgets about his table and service. The food is great, and the original guy who I believe to be the manager is always there as well as kind and friendly. Since they've hired this "tattoo neck guy", I don't come back nearly as much anymore because he won't bother filling my water, getting my check, or seeing if we need chips and salsa or napkins. Kind of a shame really, because I used to really enjoy this place.

What a menu!
Reviewer: Huyen from Santa Barbara, CA
Yay for another great Mexican restaurant in Goleta! This and La Carreta are truly authentic Mexican cuisine. Inside is well decorated, clean, and cheerful. Attention to detail is found throughout the space. I'm not sure if the previous reviewer was referring to dinner prices, but lunch is cheap. I had the torta which comes with a side salad for $6.50. Added a side of rice n beans for a bill around $10. Check comes with a complimentary cookie :) The torta was one of the best I've had in town - almost panini style the way the bread is grilled/toasted. Filled with marinated carne asada, avocado, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce and the yum. When ordering our waiter made sure to go over exactly what was inside so you know what you're getting and can modify if needed. My bf had the chicken burrito that I sampled - grilled chicken was great. Strawberry smoothie, also good. Huge selection of fresh fruit juices and smoothies. Diverse menu, cheap tacos. Please check this place out - say no to Taco Bell and support the locals!

Cheap and Delicious
Reviewer: Alex from Santa Barbara, CA
I've eaten here twice, both times very satisfied. The tacos are my favorite at $1.25 each (I loved the adobada marinated pork). Chiles rellenos was amazing. Barbacoa plate was excellent too. I haven't seen that many customers in here...if you're looking for good Mexican in Goleta then try it out!! I'd love for them to stay in business.

Reviewer: Amanda from Santa Barbara, CA
This please has delicious tortas! I just had a carnitas torta from this place and it was amazing (take out, so no rating for service). I'm currently still on my lunch break and had to write a review of it because it was so good! the bread is so tasty and the meat was fantastic. I hear the carne asada torta is even better.

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