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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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Mount Beauty, Australia
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't really care whether or not this is "authentic mexican". I ate here regularly while stuck in santa maria a decade ago and loved it. So while visiting recently, we tried it again and it was still the great food that remembered. The servings were huge but they willingly divided one burrito between two of us. It was more... More 

Thank John H
Anaheim, California
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158 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Not terrible, but not terribly authentic either. It's what you'd expect from a Central Coast Mexican restaurant located INSIDE an airport terminal! I went in with low expectations, and got a good meal. Since I'm doing the "low-carb thing" I opted for the steak ranchero, and asked them to hold the beans and rice, which they did - subbing in... More 

Thank Arlene744
Suva, Fiji
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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
Reviewed 21 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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
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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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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
Reviewed 30 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?