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The Mex Authentic
No longer in business
Opened: 2015-04 Closed: 2017-05

413 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 845-6364


Reviews by the General Public

Bring back the old menu!, 12/27/2016
Reviewer: Duane from Santa Barbara, CA
Not as good as it used to be. Much more limited menu, maybe trying to copy the big chains. We know it's hard to run a restaurant on State street but the food doesn't feel family style anymore.


Great place
Reviewer: Vincente from Santa Barbara, CA
My wife and kids love this new place on State Street. Great food, classic style refried beans with melted cheese on top and rice, good spicy salsa and fresh chips. The dishes are very flavorful and well prepared with good home cooking style sauces. This is a great addition and easily one of the better Mexican restaurants in town, and that says a lot with all the competition. The slogan is strange, though - "Real Mexican Food Made by Real Mexicans". When was the last time you saw (or how often do you see) a non Mexican chef in an authentic Mexican kitchen? Additionally, who's to say a person of another ethnicity can't dedicate a lot of time as a chef to Mexican cuisine and master the art of cooking Mexican food? Finally, it's not really all "real Mexican food". Burritos, mexican pizza, fajitas, burgers, are generally considered Tex-Mex, not considered authentic by Mexicans, even foreign to some, and not found in most places in Mexico, especially where tourism isn't a large industry. Fantastic restaurant and food, good friendly service, silly slogan.


Very Good
Reviewer: Foodie Dan from Santa Barbara, CA
Great menu, nothing too Americanized. Chile rellano was perfect. Reminds me of the old Casa Blanca. Good solid Mexican food. I will be going back!!


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