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Rudy's Mexican Restaurant

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811 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3246
+1 805-564-8677
06:30 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 23:00
Fri 06:30 - 01:00
Sat 07:00 - 01:00
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oxnard, california, usa
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

the paseo mall location is not there anymore, the upper state street location food is hit or miss, sometime you get your avocado on your taco sometimes not, and the help is really rude and insulting. don't like the shreaded meat in the taco.

Thank hearthis09
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We needed a quick bite on our way down to LA, and stopped in SB for Mexican food. We got a random suggestion to try Rudys from a local. Ugh. We got carne asada tacos and a burrito. $19 for tasteless, bland food. The tortilla was the best part. We ended up throwing away the majority of the food. Meat... More 

Thank traceorama
Santa Barbara, California
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have been eating at Rudy's for thirty years at least, and look forward to every time. Not much decor to ruin the eating experience. Wow, I'm hungry and Rudy's is only a mile...

Thank skip2go
The Woodlands
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Do you want something that is Santa Barbara? Try Rudys! This establishment has been located off of Bath street since I was a kid in the 80s. For me I always get the chili relleno, chicken tacos or chimichanga. Don't get your hopes up on the atmosphere. It has only been updated once since I have known it, but it... More 

Thank scotticus77
Santa Barbara, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I love, love, love this place! It's family-owned and the food is delicious! The service is okay (you go up to the counter and order, then they bring it to your table). But, oh my! The food is awesome, especially my favorite, the cheese enchilada. This is huge, you can take it home and make two meals out of it!... More 

Thank Beaglesm0m
Hermosa Beach, California
1 review
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Rudy's is really starting to step their game up. It started to slide a bit, but with the renovation and upgrades, I gave it another chance. I was impressed with the food, the service, and the location. I will be back.

Thank HBWilliams
Los Angeles, California
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125 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015

A Friend Took to Me To Rudy's and I was Very Impressed. Service Excellent, Food Excellent, Lots of Chips and Salsa. Very Generous Portion Sizes. Great For Friends, Families, Social, a Nice Date Night Out. Food is Very Very Good, Great, Delicious. I Will be Back. Great Prices. Highly Recommend.

Thank mrfoxycat
Santa Barbara, California
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343 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2014

I had Rudy's for dinner last night and had crispy beef tacos and chicken taquitos. Both were very good. They got my order wrong but were nice enough to give me the extra food that they accidentally served me, so I ate way too much. Very good salsa bar. Nice chips. I suggest you get the specials on the board... More 

Thank Marc L
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235 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

I had lunch here, and I liked it. Very tasty and, at the hour I arrived, it wasn't crowded at all. You order at the counter, and the server brings it to you. The cuisine was a cut above average, so I'm rating the joint as very good. Service is fast, and it is the kind of place where you... More 

Thank OnParleFrancais
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2013

For what it is, this place gets a 5 star from me! What I mean by that is that it's not fine dining or anything like that. But when u need some good quick Mexican food this place is great! Very large portions at a great price. I usually get the chicken quesadilla which comes topped with fresh lettuce and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 01:00
07:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 811 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3246
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-564-8677

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