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Paloma Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar

$$ - $$$
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5764 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2316 (Formerly Rudy's Mexican Restaurant)
+1 805-681-0766
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Lawrence, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great find. The food is fabulous, the staff is friendly and professional, the atmosphere is good too.

Thank Randy M
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

What a find! Service was excellent. Food was good and plentiful. The restaurant was busy on a Saturday night but they handled it well. We were able to get in without a reservation.

Thank Karen S
santa rosa,ca
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213 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the strip mall location,Paloma is spot on. Great enchiladas, burritos and quesadillas. Service is good and prices are reasonable. Would eat here again in a heartbeat

Thank alan k
Lake Forest, California
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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The service was absolutely terrible , slow and inattentive . Took forever to place our order and then when we got our order my husbands order was wrong . The women's restroom was broken .

Thank kd1314
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The Chile Ranchero and Chile Poblano Del Mar are both excellent. Another member of our party had the Chile en Nogada, and was also very pleased. The Alambres was good, but not great. Service is good; the fresh chips and salsa are really good. Prices are not bad, unless you order the Margaritas, then it adds up quickly. For some... More 

Thank paulbie
Seal Beach, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

don't let the strip mall location throw you off. This restaurant has the best homemade salsa and food. And by the way their drinks are great. They serve two kinds of salsas, a green one and a red, both great. We had bloodly marys and tequila shots.

Thank Brian B
Santa Barbara
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Paloma is the only place I go for Mexican in the area. Yes there are a few good places for quick eats here and there but Paloma consistently rocks both the quick eats burrito/taco style food as well as the amazing sit-down combinations and specialties. My favorite is the Cochinita Pibil (pork marinated in a special adobo sauce). Another wild... More 

Thank digitaleye3
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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169 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We selected La Paloma because it was in walking distance to our hotel. It turned out to be a very good choice. I had cheese enchiladas and my dining companion had a veggie burrito - each came with rice and beans). In addition, we shared an order of guacamole, and an order of empanadas as appetizers. We were both very... More 

Thank lfiebert
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

The chef here is reknown in the area and has devised a menu with quisine from unique areas in Mexico, which include wonderful flavors not usually found in the typical Southern California Mexican restaurant. Whey they do serve great, cheap tacos at happy hour, and excellent, fresh civeche (divided in scoops atop small, crispy tortillas) and offer a simpler lunch... More 

Thank AgentMinx
Fullerton, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Great staff and enjoyable tequila pairings. Wish we were not full so we could have tried the food. Food looked great. Chips and salsa we had were excellent. Comfortable outside dining available and the inside was packed on a Friday night. And, great service!!

Thank LongRangeRiders

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5764 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117-2316 (Formerly Rudy's Mexican Restaurant)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-681-0766

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