There’s certainly no shortage of places to score tacos around Santa Barbara, but only a few stand out among the many. Our rule of thumb: when the line is out the door it must be worth the wait! Not only do these hot spots have lines that snake around street corners, they all boast unique eats that are as Instagram worthy as they are tasty.
Read on to discover our favorite taco shops around Santa Barbara!
217 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara
This Funk Zone staple has become one of the best taco places in Santa Barbara. With almost 20 types of tacos and at least 8 unique salsas to choose from, patrons are able to customize their order every time they go. Mony’s also recently announced that their famous salsas, which previously you could only get on location, are finally being sold to the public!
La Super Rica Taqueria
622 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara
La Super Rica Taqueria is arguably the most famous taco shop in town. It opened in 1996 and the late Julia Child, the famous TV chef, called it her favorite restaurant. She talked about it on TV (Good Morning America to be exact) and would talk to any food writer about how great the food was. Because of this, La Super Rica always has a line out the door. Show up early or risk waiting for up to one hour!
38 W Victora Street (inside The Public Market) and 214 State Street, Santa Barbara
Corazon Cocina is taking Santa Barbara by storm! After gaining a massive following from their humble beginnings as a weekend pop-up restaurant, their first location in The Public Market has been a huge success. So, it’s no wonder they added a second location in the Funk Zone! Their tacos are exactly what you would expect from a street vendor in Guadalajara and THE place to go for a fresh take on seafood.
310 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara and 290D Storke Drive, Goleta
Lilly’s is one of the hidden gems of Santa Barbara and the very definition of a “no-frills” spot. Located just off of State Street, this taco establishment wastes no parts. Order up any cut of beef or pork as this place is known for using and preparing every part of the cow or pig plus their handcrafted traditional salsas. Consider this hole-in-the-wall a true street taco, locals-only haunt.