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Rosales Mexican Restaurant

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827 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3220
+1 805-845-2000
09:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 21:00
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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618 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us had lunch here, one of us was a local and a regular. We all had huaraches without a meat selection. This veggie option was not on the menu, but easily accommodated. The masa base was fantastic and the topping ingredients fresh and flavorful. The three salsas we tried were unique and perfectly spiced. The staff was friendly!

Thank dragonflytw65
Ventura, California
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91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Greeted by the nicest young man at the counter. You order from the overhead menu. The restaurant was spacious and clean. Very busy at 1PM on a Sunday. Decided on two platters, hubby had two chicken enchiladas w/rice & beans and I two chili rellanos w/rice & beans. Chips & salsa from the awesome salsa bar were included. As was... More 

Thank GoSeeDoTravelDuo
Las Vegas, NV
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We loved this place! Food was good as were the margaritas and service. It has a great view of Lake Las Vegas from the patio. We will be back!

Thank VegasLady46
Las Vegas, NV
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Order at the counter kind of place. Pretty good breakfast options. Priced right, excellent salsa bar. Bottled beer only. Parking available onsite.

Thank VegasLady46
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143 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Lunch-time walk down Milpas Street. Lucky I saw Rosales down a cross street, across from a USA gas station. The employees give a good feeling. I ordered a tamale (puerca en chile verde) and it was good. Very good. Flavorful. The location is a nice looking stand alone building. Inside you order at a counter, seat yourself. There's a self-serve... More 

Thank Dennis F
Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

If you came here for ambiance or atmosphere, you came to the wrong place. But authentic Mexican food and a surprisingly good beer selection -- oh yes! Very friendly service, a nice salsa collection. Flavorful and inexpensive and quick: not a bad combo!

Thank James H
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Rosales is a great place for lunch. Good food at a decent price. The cheese quesadilla is great and enough to share.

Thank Lisa K
Santa Barbara, California
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

We pondered why it was so quiet when we were last there (on a Friday evening!). Perhaps their lack of liquor license (we like beer with Mexican food). That's a biggie. Nice enough staff. Plenty clean. Good sized menu. But the food is a bit "institutional" for lack of a better word. The neighborhood (Milpas Street) has many Mexican restaurants... More 

Thank JohnandGlo
Tahoe City, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Went in after a walk. Friendly staff who were always grinning. Had a brilliant spicy chicken burrito.

Thank Paul E
Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

The quality of mexican food in this area can be hit and miss, and this is one that is consistently very good. It also is a family run business so you it's nice to support them.

Thank Gary W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 827 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3220
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-845-2000

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