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Pepe's Mexican Food

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254 Orange Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3605
+1 805-967-0313
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

Good Mexican food in a place that I have been going to for fifty years. Modest food and prices, very popular with locals. Full bar, but this is a family restaurant serving lunch and dinner.

1 Thank Dennis A
Santa Barbara, California
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97 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Came here with 15 people and was completely underwhelmed. The servers could care less, they acted like it was an imposition that we were there. The atmosphere is like a mix of school cafeteria and a Mexican restaurant. The food was again, average. Salsa tasted like tomato water. The guac was flavorless and the chimichanga that I had was plain... More 

1 Thank Dutchman101
Santa Barbara, California
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Service totally sucks and the food is just not what it used to be. Did not have the heart to give this old favorite a ONE but it does not deserve more these days. Riding on it's long ago laurels- food is less than mediocre now. And as I said the service is almost non existent!

1 Thank SharonD_11
Agoura Hills, California
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645 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Had fish tacos and they were good. Had a Negro Modello beer on tap and it was a bit flat but still tasted ok. It was busy on a Sunday evening and there was a large party there so it took a while to get the food. Usually the food comes up very fast. They have lots of selections on... More 

Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This is the first restaurant my family ate at when we first arrived in Santa Barbara 40 years ago. We ate there regularly when I was in high school, but then it faded from memory until a few years back. It has become a favorite once again. Tasty, spicy Mexican food, a full bar, and friendly staff. The drinks are... More 

Thank JesterDC
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

I have been going to Pepe's since I was a small child, the food has always been excellent and so has the service! They offer a buffet a couple days a week but you can also order from their menu, either way you go you will be very satisfied!

Thank PAM I
SF Bay Area
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116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

several people in our group came here at separately for dinner and when discussed our dining experiences all agreed this place was really mediocre. Seems especially surprising in an area with many Mexican restaurants. Has an outside area, can accommodate larger groups, but the place seemed loveless (we would have left immediately had we not been so hungry) and the... More 

1 Thank TravelwKids4
Santa Barbara, California
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

If you are looking for a local place to come unwind after work this is a good spot. They have margaritas by the pitchers and big portions of mexican food. its not the best mexican food but it works ya know?

Thank sblibra86
Clearwater, Florida
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113 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

Very noisy. Food was just so so. Not much flavor. Chips were okay but not fresh or warm and the salsa was a very thin consistency. Service was okay (not bad and not fantastic either). Team approach. There are other better restaurants. They also close early (8:30pm on a Thursday).

Thank dlishan11
San Diego, California
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369 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

Stopped in here for lunch with my parents. I had the nachos which looked small when it was delivered but it is piled high. I had trouble finishing them off. They use real shredded beef which was a little dry, it was probably a little overcooked, and the cheese was burnt around the edges which means it was in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 254 Orange Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-967-0313

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