Owner Richard Lambert has launched “Santa Barbara Tamales To Go.” The tamales are made to order, so you place your order at least one day in advance. They deliver three days a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM and the tamales arrive hot. Their minimum delivery order is one dozen tamales. The delivery charge is based on distance and ranges between $5 and $15. There’s a 10% discount for orders of five to ten dozen, and a 20% discount for orders over 10 dozen. They serve Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta and Isla Vista.  Order hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Call (805) 965-2321 or visit sbtamalestogo.com.

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27 Responses to TAMALES TO GO

  1. Milo says:

    $3 each? Bwhahahaha

  2. Glenn says:

    Not too sure if that deserves a laugh? Maybe because you can get some near the $2 range at some of the mexican bakeries in town. Of course if you go to the more mainstream mex places in town $3 is not too much and if you can’t get out of your house for some reason the delivery is nice. It seems like they are touting better ingredients than you might find at other places too? Maybe a laugh comparable to a neighbor next door making them, sometimes those can be the best I’ve found.

    • Milo says:

      The entire concept is a joke. Not only are they $3 a piece, but you have to buy at least 12 and you’re on the hook for a delivery charge up to $15.

      Authentic Mexican markets in town sell them for $1.50 a piece. Let see: An order of 12 costing $18 or an order of 12 costing $51?

      Obviously this is a seasonal gig, put out there right in time for Fiesta, where the town turns into Disneyland, and people are willing to fork out Disneyland prices.

      • Marna says:

        Why the negative comments when you haven’t tried them? Why not give a new business a chance to be successful? I don’t know where you can buy a good tamale for less than $3.00 ( a really good tamale) & delivered right to your door is a plus. Do you complain about paying a delivery fee for a pizza? People need to stop being negative & enjoy/eat one before posting a comment.

      • Glenn says:

        I called some mexican bakery places yesterday and prices were 1.75, 2.50, 2.50(yes I have no life). $15 does seem steep but with a dozen at $3 that’s $36, with a 20% tip you are at $7+ so $5-$15 does not seem too out there if they are driving to IV and Carp for the $15 from APS I guess. Since there is no entry for them we can’t really see if anybody likes them yet.

      • BA says:

        SBTAMALESTOGO are the best tasting tamales I’ve ever eaten! If you haven’t eaten a SBTAMALESTOGO, you haven’t eaten a tamale; they are AMAZING. The flavors in these tamales are something you would stand in line for. The preparation that went into these gems must have been intense, and very time consuming. The layers of flavor in these tamales is a masterful achievement. These tamales have very thin masa, unlike ever other one I use to buy from our locals who use to sell them door to door. These are gourmet tamales, and are really under priced for the freshness and layers of flavor which just melts in your mouth. Way to go SBTAMALESTOGO.COM!!! I ordered 2 of each, and they ALL have an AMAZING combination of flavor of a talented, GREAT gourmet chief! If you have not tasted these tamales, your missing a mouth watering experience you will not ever forget, and just can’t wait to get more! Thank You SBTAMALESTOGO!

        p.s. All you people who posted about these tamales need to order some tamales, and some of you will feel shame.

  3. SL says:

    Depending on where you live your best bet is the old tamale ladies that roll by your house. Tasty tamales delivered to your door and they don’t cost $3+ For the premium these guys are charging you’d think they would include some salsas and even beans and rice to accompany the tamales, but according to the site that doesn’t seem to be an option. So you end up having to purchase the accompaniments elsewhere or make yourself which kind of defeats the whole convenience of catered tamale in the first place.

    Now if these folks rolled into the local drinking establishments equipped with tasty tamales and salsa a la the famous Tamale Lady up in San Francisco, I’m sure many wouldn’t have any problem forking over 3 bucks.

    • robert says:

      not enough beer in the world to pay $3 for a tamale.

      • Lily says:

        Why is $3 too much if the ingredients are top quality and it turn out to be one of the best tamale you ever had? Doesn’t that experience worth $3? If anything is too expensive in Santa Barbara, its the rent. I’ll gladly pay $3 if the taste warrants the up charge.

  4. Glenn says:

    I think its that 7-11 conveinence price(speaking of which slurpees are free today there today only 7-11!). Not that I need more sugar…

  5. Charlotte says:

    I think some folks will love the novelty of this new concept. On a budget? Gather some friends, make some Margaritas and make em yourself, it’s fun and easy.

  6. Judy says:

    The tamales have a lot of meat and are delicious. Well worth trying–you will be hooked. Judy

  7. Judy says:

    How can you compare Rusty’s fast food to gourmet tamales? This chef has created a delicious commodity that is well worth the cost. We need to give praise and encouragement to someone that has taken months, even years of their time to create a speciality item. It is so nice to be optimist and encourage all new entrepreneurs. As you know, we have the option to patronize only the things that are within our liking, but need to keep that optimistic attitude when doing so. This makes for a better living environment and much more pleasant for everyone. We need to support our LOCAL business people, not big franchises! Judy

    • Patrice Summers says:

      As a former gourmet cook turned health nut I love and
      appreciate SB Tamales To Go because the ingredients are healthy and
      tasty. If one checks out the website (sbtamalestogo.com) one will
      see that Mr. Lambert trained with the “Queen of Tamale Making”, in
      Mexico City, and because I have been a customer since this business
      was launched I have learned that he is also a gourmet cook, who
      uses healthy ingredients in his tamales. Yes the tamales made by
      the Mexican grandmas are tasty, but I prefer to know where the
      ingredients came from, and lard is not a part of my dietary
      regimen. The price is quite fair considering the excellence of the
      product. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”, and I for
      one appreciate quality over price. I might also add that I am a
      grandma, living on Social Security and a small pension, but with
      careful planning I have managed to maintain quality, and keep to a
      healthy diet.

  8. Michael says:

    We ordered 120 tamales for a graduation party. The guests
    were about half college students and half parents (older people!).
    Everybody thought the tamales were the best they ever had. They
    loved them! We would definitely use Tamales To Go for future
    parties! The tamales came tied with a colored ribbon so you could
    tell the fillings apart. We ordered the pork tamales, the chicken
    verde, and vegetarian chile and cheese. There was plenty of filling
    in each tamale, and the tamales were made with less masa than the
    typical tamale. All this made for a very flavorful tamale instead
    of just a mouthful of corn meal. If you are expecting to pay $1 for
    a tamale you are calling the wrong place, but if you want the best
    tamale ever, with generous amounts of fillings, for a little more
    money, Tamales to Go is the best! Note: the tamales did not come
    wrapped in the traditional corn husks (they were in some other kind
    of wrapping), but that actually made them nicer, more consistent,
    and less messy. And the best part…the leftover tamales were even
    better late that night with beer!

  9. Megan says:

    Judy – You said “We need to support our LOCAL business people, not big franchises!”
    Rusty’s Pizza is a local business too. They have just been around a long time and is completely family owns.

    If the tamale shop has a store front I can pick up from. I would love to try them and compare them to the tamales I get from the store that are super fluffy and tasty, and those cost ~ $1 each. For the price I would expect the ingredients to be premium. Where are the ingredients sourced from? Are they purchased from the local farmers market or other Santa Barbara/Goleta/Carpinteria growers? Is everything prepared fresh in house?

    • Richard Lambert says:


      Just a quick note. The wholesale cost of the filling in veach of our tamales
      exceeds $1.00. It seems fair to say that what you are purchasing for that
      amount is not similar to what we are producing.

  10. Beariz Ramirez says:

    The haute cuisine requires very high quality ingredients and extremely skillful handling of food. Quality requires time and good taste…I wish you the best, Beatriz Ramirez.
    Regards from Mexico City.

  11. Jerry B says:

    After Doctor appt. at Sansum on Dec 10, 2012 I made it a point to try your tamales. I live in Lompoc. I read in the Thursdays News-Press article about your tamales so I sure wanted to
    try some. Drove up and down East Cota St for a tamale place, with a Blue door. Finally stopped at this cleaners and asked if they knew of a place that sold Tamales To Go., oh yeah he said and led me this tiled alley and he said there it is on the right side with a Blue Door. So I strolled down there, this was about 1:20 PM. Another person before me turned around and told me they were “So Out – Sorry” – More tamales tomorrow. I’ll be damned if I’ll drive back to try these tamales. Also when I returned to my residence in Lompoc, I read the complete article about Mr. Lamberts tamales. It was highlighted that: “You can’t do shortcuts. You can’t cut corners.” In the article, Mr. Lambert states that they are “Gluten and lard free”!!! Please tell me now a “TRUE” tamale can be “Gluten and lard free”. I’m now happy that they were sold out. Just this afternoon, we had delivered (no charge) 2 dozen pork tamales from “The Tamale Man”, Ph. #805-896-8133. Best I’ve ever tasted. But, to be fair, I will try one of Mr. Lamberts if I am in the area when they are open during the days and hours noted in the News-Press.
    PS…You can find The Tamale Man on Facebook at: “ThetamaleMan” in Lompoc CA

  12. Gerald Bostock says:

    Haven’t tamales always been gluten free? Research corn/maize. Gluten is in wheat, barley, rye, triticale and more.
    I haven’t tried these tamales, as good as I’m sure they are. I do love carbs, so very little masa is not a selling point for me.

  13. Gerald Bostock says:

    I must add, I too appreciate lard!

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