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Pepper Garcia's

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3301 Terminal Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93455-1837
+1 805-928-4088
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Suva, Fiji
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Stopped for a snack while waiting for visiting family. We were greeted by friendly staff and the food came quickly

Thank NickHobgood
Santa Maria, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I love their Albondigas! It's not crowded at lunch do I can get in and sit down and get served quickly. For dinner, I recommend the Pollo Blanco Enchiladas. They are really yummy and rich. Save room for Fried Ice Cream. This is American/Mexican food. If you are looking for authentic Mexican, this is not the place.

Thank Tricia M
Santa Maria, California
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Santa Maria has many better Mexican options than Pepper Garicas. The food is below average Americanized Mexican.

Thank Jeff M
Pismo Beach, California
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75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Restaurant was not full, food was okay, they were out of special and did not have any ranch at twelve noon. Disappointing meal to pass the time until our flight departed.

Thank CaboGal1995
Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

This restaurant is located inside the terminal at Santa Maria Airport. Very easy access as parking lot is right in front of terminal. Very good food and large portions, you will have left overs or can share a plate. The shrimp tacos and burritos are excellent. Go early on a weekend as this is a popular place for locals and... More 

Thank Jsb53
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25 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

taco bell is more Mexican than this place. the sauces are not home made, less than average for food. the good about it is the location, nice to see the airplanes outside the window

Thank rick a
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

it is a fun place to go and eat on wed night they have a great buffet and a great price you can also watch the planes fly in and out the staff were very happy and friendly

Thank MATTOX23
Phoenix, Arizona
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

We had supper here one night while staying at the Radisson. The restaurant is located in the airport terminal. The service was good, the food had good flavor but my meal was not hot. I should have sent it back but didn't.

Thank JSafranek
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25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Very average at best. Very "Americanized" Mexican. The best part is a great location and views. Its a shame because they could really create a gold mine here if they made large top niche margaritas and fresh Mexican food. The salsa has no kick and isn't all that tasty.

Thank rick a
Santa Maria, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

Recently had a large group there for a memorial. They were notified in advance and yet only had one server for entire group(she did well). The problem, food was either overdone or cold as kitchen staff had no clue how to serve a large group. They need better training or management needs a clue how to run a kitchen. Food... More 

Thank Michael T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3301 Terminal Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93455-1837
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-928-4088

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?