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Los Arroyos - Montecito
1280 Coast Village Rd, Montecito
Phone: (805) 969-9059

  • Category: Mexican
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-8:30pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Reservations: No
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Great Food, good service
Reviewer: Marc from Santa Barbara, CA
I am a usual to Los Arroyos and I have never had a bad meal there. I am being unbiased but it is some of the best mexican I have ever had. I saw a lot of the reviews say the service is bad. I have had good service usually, I think it is a little bit of an attitude though, but for the most part they are fine to me. Maybe you have to give them a little rich person attitude. The Burrito Mojado is huge and is a great deal and the fajitas are unbeatable.

The Real McCoy
Reviewer: Robert from Minneapolis,MN
I'm from Texas and know real Mexican food. This is definitely it. Seating inside or on the patio in Montecito is great. We had super service - not sure why others are knocking it. Price is reasonable too. We love Los Arroyos.

Susan B.
Reviewer: Susan from Santa Barbara, CA
Love this place! Great food, fresh chips and award-winning salsa! My favorite is the crab enchilada.

Excellent food, worst sevice ever.
Reviewer: Alan Prichard from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been enjoying Los Arroyos since Tony and Maria opened their first place on Anapamu ten(?) years ago. I usually order take out from the Montecito store since it's around the corner from home, but I do (or did) eat in occasionally. The food has always been consistently outstanding, the service so-so. Tonight my waiter was so over the top rude and arrogant that it completely ruined my dining experience. My waiter got my order wrong, but flat out insisted that I was the one mistaken. I have been ordering the same thing (chile relleno and crispy chicken taco) for ten years, and am 100% certain I did so tonight. Go there for the excellent food, but don't expect good service. I should say that Tony and Maria have always been cordial and pleasant.

Good experience overall
Reviewer: Erica S. from Santa Barbara, CA
I came here on a weeknight and actually found the food and service to be quite satisfactory. The servers were pleasant and attentive, and the food was quite tasty (their corn tortillas are good!). The only drawback is that it is a tad pricier than I feel it ought to be--but then, this is on Coast Village Road.

non attentive service
Reviewer: robert hawthorne from Santa Barbara, CA
I liked it when it opened,but the service went dowm hill-my wife called 20 minutes ahead (for a take- out) and when I arrived,they told me they never got the order.the prices are high and you halve to pay for the chips-never again.

Bad service rip off food
Reviewer: Renee from Santa Barbara, CA
We arrived at 4:45 pm to a near empty restaurant. The hostess took us to the smallest table in a cramped corner with no leg room. Since my husband is tall, we asked if we could move to a booth. The hostess snapped NO, only parties of three can sit there. Well the place was empty. We should have left then, but stayed for bad food, bad service and small portions. Skip this place and go to Cava!!!!

An average food place with higher end ambience.
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
I think the food here is Ok but pricey. That said since they are in downtown Montecito what they are trying to be is a restaurant to those who can afford it. They have a nice ambience here both inside and out(much better than the cramped SB location) which may be the draw to eat there. They have a lot of employees also(valet included, park at CVS next door or across the street). Problem I saw was most of the employees were talking to each other and not really engaging any customers at all. The people were nice but I wonder if they could lose an employee or two and offer the free chips everyone keeps asking about($4.25 I think for chips) plus they guard the salsa like its gold. Maybe some of the extra employees could be making chips and salsa like other places do? But for a nice ambience mexican meal in Montecito not much elsewhere to go and they are catering to the richer folk in Montecito with the prices/location.

free chips
Reviewer: don henderson from Santa Barbara, CA
does the owner ever read these reviews? most of the reviews complain about being charged for the chps and salsa while other places, chain or indepenent , give it to you for free.just give in and if the cost is your concern, mask it somewhere else. its the principle of the thing. i can tell you of many dinner parties where everyone sits around and talks about different restaurants around town and yours always comes up with the above gripe.give in or else keep counting the number of locals who wont return regardless of food or sevice.

So So
Reviewer: Elena from Santa Barbara, CA
While this place used to be our favorite Mexican, both for proximity to home and the food, we were a bit disappointed the last couple of times we were here. The menu hasn't changed, though the portions of some items have gotten significantly smaller. The $7 large guacamole is more or less the same size the small portion was last year. The chips are still great (warm and fresh), though not really sure why a basket is over $2 when at most other places, great chips are included in your order. The service was a bit slow, especially for a week night, and not as friendly as it has been in the past. However, this could be simply coincidence for that evening. While this place is still fun to go to, we will not be going here as much as we used to. There are a couple of other great Mexican restaurants that seem to be a notch better than Los Arroyos is right now.

Yum and Great Chipoltle Salsa
Reviewer: Mikey from Santa Barbara, CA
The other $8 goes towards many things. For example... rent (in Montecito), payroll (the server, the prep cook that made the guacamole and cooked the chicken, the cook that made your quesadilla, the busser that cleared your plate and refilled your water, the hostess, the morning/night cleaner, the bartender), payroll taxes, taxes to the city, state, feds, linens, phone, internet, advertising, utility bills for the water that cleaned your plate and utensils, refrigeration of the food that went into your tortilla, the heat that melted the cheese and cooked the chicken in your tortilla, maintenance of the restaurant, permits, and oh maybe a few pennies for the owners, lets not forget that they're not just in it for free! Chips cost money too, so does the complimentary salsa, why should they give it to you for free, because chain restaurants and places that can afford to do? Their food is outstanding but I think they could use some good food service training for some of the employees that work there.

Break it down
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Ok, they charge $11.75 for a chicken quesadilla.... two flour tortillas .35, one tablespoon of sour cream .15, a tablespoon of guacamole .25, cheese .50, some shredded chicken .75 - labor .75 - what is the other $8.00 for?! Get rid of the cheesy harp player and give us some complimentary chips instead! Rudy's has the same food without the "entertainment".

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