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El Pollo Rico
5698 Hollister Ave, Goleta
Phone: (805) 692-5000

  • Category: Mexican
  • Hours: Mon 10am-2:30pm, Tue-Fri 10am-7:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7:30pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Lunch
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Reviews by the General Public

Not all that crazy good…, 4/26/2018
Reviewer: Rex Of SB from Santa Barbara, CA
"Crazy good burger," one reviewer writes. Really? REALLY?? Based solely on this recommendation, I went to El Pollo Rico today for a hamburger. There was no variety from which to choose. Just one. It involved a smallish patty of beef, a bunch of lettuce and chopped onions, a tomato, a piece of cheese, and about two tablespoons full of mayonnaise. No ketchup, mustard, relish or pickles. I would have called it a Mayo Burger. Other than the overwhelming raw onions, it was pretty flavorless. The fries were nice, though. The burger wasn't "bad," it was just…a study in mayonnaise. The nice lady behind the counter was a delight. My first thought was don't go to a Mexican restaurant for a hamburger. I should have listened to myself.

Foods alright, but the new prices!? , 4/18/2018
Reviewer: Jay from Santa Barbara, CA
Okay let's just say the prices for this place have like doubled in the last year. A quesadilla is 9.50, but if you want to add chicken it's another 3.50! That's a $14 dollar quesadilla. I'm sorry, but there's no way that makes sense. This is not to mention the meat plate items. I worry they made a bad call on this and may regret it. The place was empty at dinner time.

Love Letter
Reviewer: James Schaffer from Santa Barbara, CA
This place closed up for a month for renovations or something and I practically starved to death. Their meats are fantastic and the house salsas are perfect. I think this is the only place I can go to get a full plate of nachos and not feel sick by the end of it. Pretty much every other burrito and tri-tip/chicken joint in Goleta/Isla Vista is a joke compared to this place in terms of food quality. Even The Habit across the street has a hard time comparing to the burgers you can get here, and even then they don't offer up nearly as much variety. I love you, El Pollo Rico, and I'm coming to visit =)

Crazy good Burger!
Reviewer: David from Goleta, CA
Best burger in town! I haven't tried the mexican food. I get the bacon-double-cheeseburger, and WOW! It's crazy good! The bacon bluecheese burger from the Burger Bus is better, but this place is always right where I left it. I heard of this place from some of the other foodies at work that have been taste-testing all the burgers in town. They are a little skimpy with the bacon, but....did I say WOW! Best burger for a place that is not on wheels.

Who would have thought awesome food next to laundry mat!
Reviewer: Dave from Goleta, CA
We're local and looked for new place to eat. Had past this place countless times giving it no thought since it was next to laundry mat. Excellent food and helpful staff, great dining experience. We'll be going again.

a great chicken salad
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
We highly recommend the unique chicken salad. Their delicious marinated seasoned chicken on a healthy bed of mixed peppers, onion, avo, and lettuce doesn't need dressing, though a nice one is served on the side. Everything else we've had is excellent, service is consistently friendly, and their mixed chili salsa is especially nice.

Reviewer: Tina from Carpinteria
Went here for lunch again...wanted to try something else but just can't get past the Mexi-pasilla-bacon burger. It is soooo good. You don't even have to add anything, it is juicy and delicious just the way it comes.

Great chicken!!
Reviewer: Valery from Santa Barbara, CA
This place is awesome; the food is great, the prices affordable and the service is wonderful; that guy of Pasadena I think is a fake because I already saw a review from “another” guy from Pasadena about, guess what… a Mexican restaurant here in this area also, and he used the same argument: the people didn’t speak English and were rude to him. Nothing but a bigot with prejudice in his veins; what a shame that even in sites so useful and nice like this one we have to put up with those jerks.

Great Mexican BBQ Food
Reviewer: Paul from Santa Barbara, CA
I come to goleta a few times a month and everytime I come here the food is great. I tried the 1/2 chicken plate this time and it was delicious. The salsa they have to select from is also good. This place is always clean and the staff is friendly. I recommend you stop by and try this place.

Reviewer: Charles Reid from Pasadena, CA
I was in Santa Barbara over the weekend and tried Pollo Rico because of all the stellar reviews. I was disappointed. The cashier/order taker was not friendly and got our order wrong despite telling her 3 times. I suppose I should have spoken in Spanish, although the menu was in English. Anyway the food was just ok, not memorable at all. I suppose if this place were on Los Angeles, it would be great. I ordered a combo plate and had chips and guacomole on the side. Both the chicken and tri tip were a little dry. The chips were a tad stale and the guacomole needed m ore seasoning. IMHO, this place is overrated.

Reviewer: Ratatouille from Santa Barbara, CA

Reviewer: Anna Garcia from Santa Barbara, CA
I am from Mexico and almost immediately could taste the authenticity of the food. Unlike the "white washed" Chicken Ranch the rice was made from fresh tomatoes and the beans were totally from mexico. The chicken was almost identical to the place down the street from my grandmothers house in MEXICO, and the Tri-Tip was delicious..and had more meat than fat! The salsa can tell its made fresh too...I was surprised to see they had daughter ordered the burgers and they were so good...the fries were kinda bad..possibly frozen but i was glad to find out that we could of substituted them for fresh tortilla chips.

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