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282 Orange Ave., Goleta, CA
+1 805-964-0995
Today
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
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Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

this place fills the bill. Kind of out of the way but it does serve a good meal for those with that craving. Try their duck or the venerable General Tso's chicken.

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Thank Jim F
St. Catharines, Canada
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Very basic atmosphere, but great fresh Chinese food, well prepared and great attentive service at a reasonable price

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Thank newexperiences2014
Santa Barbara, California
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248 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

In a tiny strip mall a block off Hollister in "old town" Goleta sits a small, humble, good Chinese restaurant. The food is fresh and "nothing comes out of a can." In fact, two servers where picking fresh basil between serving their tables. We were grabbing a quick meal before a lecture at UCSB and it was easy. We liked... More 

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Thank expectquality1942
Goleta, California
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166 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

As a long-time customer it never ceases to amaze me how "trending" places that are, let's be honest, mostly subpar tend to be frequented while treasures such as Red Pepper hang on through the patronage from mostly locals while they shine and shine and shine on never giving up on quality and taste! This place, while starkly simple in décor,... More 

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Thank toplay
Goleta, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

This place is my sons favorite place to eat. He is 24 and every time I ask where do u want to eat, he says duh red pepper. Food and service is the best. They have that personal touch attitude. They go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with the whole dining experience. Tip......Eat all the orange... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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555 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Came her for business lunch. There are only a few Chinese restaurants in the area, so there are no competition. This place can never survive in Monterey Park or China Town because they serve American Chinese food. I came from Hong Kong and I was a Chinese chef for a few year while I was in college and I know... More 

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Thank Tom Y
Huntington Beach, California
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228 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

terrible traffic in Santa Barbara / Goleta area force my husband and I to find a place to eat in Goleta - we did look up reviews of this place on TA and it had decent reviews - so we said lets go ... first- hard to find , located in skinny alley by apt complex and very limited parking... More 

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Thank Roxanne M
Agoura Hills, California
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645 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Ate here for first time. Food was good but the restaurant is in a converted apartment building so it is a bit of a dive. It was a warm evening and restaurant was also warm. They only had fans. After eating my Kung Pao Chicken I was soaking wet! Service was just OK and food was decent. Kung Pao Chicken... More 

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Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Goleta
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140 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

I have been going to Red Pepper for years and I have never had a bad meal. This is a family run business, wife out front, husband in the cramped kitchen cooking. Located on the ground floor of an apartment house they put great food on your table time after time. I strongly recommend a couple orders of onion pancakes.... More 

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Thank OLDFirefighter
London
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236 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Great place - easy enough to find despite 'odd' location, friendly staff and fantastic food. A great experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Chinese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 282 Orange Ave., Goleta, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-964-0995

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?