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Julian's Mexican Cafe
[closed, no longer in business]

421 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 564-2322


Reviews by the General Public

saludos a todos.. atte jesus
Reviewer: jesus from carpinteria ca.
muy buena comida pero hace falta el cocinero estrella el jessy


Won't go back
Reviewer: Michael from Los Angeles
First and last time I eat here.Bad food (cold and tasteless) and bad attitude (asked for a different dish and was refused). If you want the real deal in Mexican food in Santa Barbara try La Super Rica. Better food and better prices. I went to UCSB so I know.


awesome tacos!

Just had some steak tacos--delish! Fast, friendly service w/ a smile always marks Julians.


que pasa juan
Reviewer: jesus from mexico city
que no lee sus correos o que espero todos bien por alla un saludo a juana lucy y angel de la joyeria a y a mi jhonny boy


hola juan
Reviewer: jesus from mexico city
hola juan como estas espero te acuerdes de mi soy jesus trabaje contigo como hace 2 aņos te acuerdas, como estas espero que bien que dice el julian´s como esta el mi jhonny, mi juana y mi lucy y luchiano juan bueno gusto en saludarte saludos a angel el de la joyeria nos vemos pronto el jessy


OK, nothing special
Reviewer: Nicolas from Santa Barbara
Food is often warmed up in the microwave, and hygene is very questionable. The atmosphere is good, and also the service is very friendly. But I am afraid that is just not enough for a place called restaurant. In my opinion a restaurant should not even have a microwave, and hygene must be at its top... not here.


best mex in SB
Reviewer: jennifer from Santa Barbara, CA
I hesitated to write this review, as i want to make sure i can get a table when i come in... but amazing food deserves props. You really won´t find better mexican in SB. (The Napoleon will blow your mind.) Superica isn´t even in the same sphere. From the warm, fresh, perfectly salted chips to the homemade salsa and sauces... it´s the BEST! The fact that it´s also reasonably priced is just a bonus.


Incredible food
Reviewer: KWH from Santa Barbara, CA
This is the truly the best Mexican food in town--for lunch-- as I have found dinner (service) to be lacking. They need to add a bar so I can enjoy a margarita!


Best Mexican Restaurant in town

So far.... beats Super rica any day hands down Especially for vegetarian food - awesome food, great price


Wedding Day feast
Reviewer: Karen Wiginton from Chillicothe, Ohio
My husband and I ate dinner here on our Wedding Day with 6 friends and had a great meal and a great time celebrating our Wedding Day. We went back another time and they gave us a menu to remember our special day.


One of the Best Mexican Choices in SB
Reviewer: Eric from Montecito
Perhaps I am shooting myself in the foot for sharing this secret but this is one of the best mexican restaurants in the area (sorry, I was never impressed by superica) The food and service are excellent and the atmosphere is very comfortable. Flip your menu over to see a lovely picture of Julian, the son of the owners and obviously, the namesake of the restaurant.


Taste, Quality, Service--Excellent!
Reviewer: Richard from San Diego, CA.
We loved the down home atmosphere--all brought about by the lovely owner, Esperanza (Hope): a marvelous, hard working senora who makes sure you get what you came for--great mexican food. Coming from the barrio area of San Diego, we tend to compare mexican food to what we were brought up on. Julian´s is equal to any here. It´s taste, presentation and succulent smells draw you right into the plate. We discovered Julian´s on-line while researching La Super Rica´s reviews. Some reviews said go to Julian´s instead of Rica´s. Being adventurous and eaters who try to avoid in-crowds and waits, along with being avid walkers, we decided to walk the mile from State Street down Haley to Milpas--(Driving or taking a cab is okay--though you burn less calories). There it was, right around the corner. The next morning, we walked back to this little hideaway to get one last feast before departing S.B. The walk was well worth every step of the mile there and the mile back.


My favorite mexican food!
Reviewer: from Santa Barbara. CA
This is the best mexican food in santa barbara!!!


One of the Best!

I have lived in Santa Barbara all my life and have enjoyed all its many wonderful Mexican Restaurants but I have to say this is one of the best! The food is wonderful and inexpensive and the service was great. I highly recommend if you really love authentic Mexican food.


Excellent food, very reasonable prices
Reviewer: Matthew from San Diego
The atmosphere is authentic and cozy. The fact that you can see into the kitchen makes it feel home-made. The food is excellent, even compared to the large number of good of mexican restaurants in Santa Barbara. The chips and salsa are some of the best in town. $8 and under for great meal.


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