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Taqueria Santa Cruz

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2215 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5221
+1 831-423-0606
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09:00 - 23:30
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 09:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 23:50
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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212 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had one carnita and one Arne asada taco. Both. Rey good and both with a lot of meat. These days you're lucky to get a 1/4 cup of protein on a taco. This place easily 1/2 cup. So good and flavorful. Staff were nice as well.

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Thank tjeason
Honolulu
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is the spot if you want some good down home food. We could not believe the low cost of almost every menu item! We had the tacos, grilled chicken and vegetarian, and both were awesome. I would eat here 3 times a week at least if I lived in SC, go check it out!!

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Thank LivinGreat808
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Good food. The tacos El pastor are very good. Food is spicy, but not burn your mouth off, just tasty. Tacos have a lot of meat on them, you won't leave hungry.

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Ellijay, Georgia
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102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch on our way to Monterey. Small hole in the wall with really good food and service. We tried quesadilla and tacos.

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Boise, Idaho
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Tacos de cabeza, camerone, al pastor and fish!! So exceptionally good!! Very fresh and perfectly seasoned ingredients. Good prices and great food!!

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

I sometimes take for granted my favorite Taqeria in Santa Cruz, but when I go to one of the many others in the area, I am often reminded how good they are by what I am missing..... And almost always, I say to myself, this place doesn't have anything to compare to the El Pastor at Taqueria Santa Cruz. This... More 

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San Francisco, California
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111 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

After three times at this taqueria I am still happy to go there but don't expect exciting food. The tacos are very nice, with a large selection of meats, and the green salsa is terrific with chips or placed in the tacos. The fresh salsa is OK and the "hot" salsa is just terrible. The posole was to terrific. Definitely... More 

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Thank Randall B
St Croix Virgin Islands
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161 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

the place shares a parking lot on the side of the road with a subway shop! walk in and there is a large room and off to the left is a taqueria to die for. you can get anything you want on a pair of perfect soft corn tortillas. there are fountains of local drinks in addition to american and... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

Too noisy to eat in for me, but this is the real deal. You know it's good because all the local Mexicanos eat here. I frequent the branch on Mission St, at least once per week.Try the carnitas or shrimp burrito. Wife likes the taco salad. Even my grand kids like the food! If you need desert get some donuts... More 

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Thank frsaccomd
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

This is simply the best Taqueria in Santa Cruz. We have many good ones but this is the best in town. What makes them special is the Soquel avenue location that does real authentic El Pastor. El Pastor is like a Greek jiro where they trim the meat to order off the big rotisserie. Only this is way better...., You... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 23:30
Monday
09:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 23:30
Thursday
09:00 - 23:30
Friday
09:00 - 23:50
Saturday
09:00 - 23:50
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2215 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5221
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-0606

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