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Pepe's Mexican Food

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254 Orange Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3605
+1 805-967-0313
Today
11:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sunday and dinner buffet is so good. Everything on the menu is great. This has been one of my families favorite restaurants for many generations.

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Thank CarolNeumann
Santa Barbara, California
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Not saying the restaurant side and patio aren't good--extensive menu and nice atmosphere--but this is a great place to chill out on the way home from work, have an attitude-adjusting margie &chips & salsa w/wo taquitos and such from the bar menu. It's a block south of Hollister and the Fairview exit off 101 and has parking beside and across... More 

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Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Authentic Mexican food! Delicious and tasty food. I always have leftovers and cant wait to reheat them for lunch the next day :-) I personally enjoy the enchiladas with green and red sauce. They do use beef stock in their rice - just fyi. I dont eat beef, so I dont eat the rice, but I hear its great!

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Thank jwhallca
Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Pepe's has become our local casual Mexican fave. Good, hearty food made with fresh ingredients, the menu goes beyond the usual suspects. One of my favorites is Chile Relleno Michoacán: a grilled Padilla chile stuffed with savory chicken and covered with a spicy cream sauce. The side of beans (I don't like the rice, so they give me double beans)... More 

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Thank fishfoto
Aginbyte
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Good Mexican food in a place that I have been going to for fifty years. Modest food and prices, very popular with locals. Full bar, but this is a family restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

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1 Thank Dennis A
Santa Barbara, California
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98 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

Came here with 15 people and was completely underwhelmed. The servers could care less, they acted like it was an imposition that we were there. The atmosphere is like a mix of school cafeteria and a Mexican restaurant. The food was again, average. Salsa tasted like tomato water. The guac was flavorless and the chimichanga that I had was plain... More 

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1 Thank Dutchman101
Santa Barbara, California
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Service totally sucks and the food is just not what it used to be. Did not have the heart to give this old favorite a ONE but it does not deserve more these days. Riding on it's long ago laurels- food is less than mediocre now. And as I said the service is almost non existent!

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1 Thank SharonD_11
Agoura Hills, California
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666 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Had fish tacos and they were good. Had a Negro Modello beer on tap and it was a bit flat but still tasted ok. It was busy on a Sunday evening and there was a large party there so it took a while to get the food. Usually the food comes up very fast. They have lots of selections on... More 

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Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This is the first restaurant my family ate at when we first arrived in Santa Barbara 40 years ago. We ate there regularly when I was in high school, but then it faded from memory until a few years back. It has become a favorite once again. Tasty, spicy Mexican food, a full bar, and friendly staff. The drinks are... More 

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Thank JesterDC
BUELLTON
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

I have been going to Pepe's since I was a small child, the food has always been excellent and so has the service! They offer a buffet a couple days a week but you can also order from their menu, either way you go you will be very satisfied!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 254 Orange Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-967-0313

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