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Taqueria El Buen Gusto
836 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 962-2200

Reviews by the General Public

Don't pass it by
Reviewer: Matt from Chicago, IL
Came out to Santa Barbara, and a few locals said to try this place, especially the "El Pastor." Wow im so glad i did. The food is awesome. I honestly can say this restaurant has some of the best mexican food ive ever had. Good job!!!

Just Go.
Reviewer: Gavin from Santa Barbara, CA

Just Go.
Reviewer: Gavin from Santa Barbara, CA
There are taquerias on every corner on Milpas. One block down is a taco stand renowned all over the world, and I've never been. Not even once. The reason? El Buen Gusto, that's why. Friendly, patient service, and fresh straight-bomb authentic Mexican food. Maybe it's the salsa bar that makes my favorite carnitas tacos taste so dang perfect. Just go, you'll be happy you did.

Best tacos with a homemade salsa bar
Reviewer: Maria from Santa Barbara, CA
I am a regular at The Buen Gusto not because I live closeby, but because the food is so very authentic & delicious. Their carnitas tacos are my favorite as well as the tripas. The carne al pastor (seasoned pork ) on a sope with cold sour cream, lettuce tomato & red salsa & a cold Jarritos soda was my dinner tonite. Tomorrow is Sunday and a hot bowl of menudo w hominy and lots of lime will make my day. The staff is very attentive also. You also dont have to worry about finding parking like so many other taco spots on Milpas St.

wonderful gem & local hole in the wall
Reviewer: CaliGirlForever from Santa Barbara, CA
Food was excellent! We had asada tacos, wet chicken burrito, and chips & salsa. The gal taking orders and helping at the counter was SO nice and patient. The food was cooked fresh when you ordered it. Yes, like other reviews have said, it is dusty, older, not exactly the ideal dining ambiance, but if you get it to-go, it doesn't matter. The Spanish TV programs in the background just make it seem homey and authentic. The salsa bar is delicious. There is a sort of chipotle dark red salsa that we loved and a bright green avocado salsa that was to die for. It took a while to get the food but again, they were busy and cooked fresh to order. This was so delicious. Will be back again. Besides El Gusto, we love Rose's and Carlitos for good Mexican with a different ambiance. Could eat here everyday....

Best Tortas!
Reviewer: Maddy from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been going to El Buen Gusto ever since I was a freshman at SBHS and would walk there during lunch. 10 years later and I am still addicted to their food. They hands down have the BEST tortas in town! Everything on their menu is phenomenal, what good Mexican food should be, simple with good quality ingredients!

Loyal customer for over a decade
Reviewer: Brian from Santa Barbara, CA
I started coming here in about 1999 and fell in love with their carne asada super burritos. I still come back often for their delicious food. Breakfasts are amazing and really haven't had any complaints about the food. Just delicious!

5 starts
Reviewer: Robert from Corona, CA
El Buen Gusto has by far the best Mexican food I ever tasted. I tried there specialtys that are surved on Saturdays and Sundays, menudo and birria. It was very delicious and the service was great!

Great taquitos!
Reviewer: Jeff from Santa Barbara, CA
On a whim I decided to get dinner there a few nights ago. The counter person was extremely friendly and helpful. I chose the beef Taquitos Dorados. They were all well filled with meat and accompanied by nice amounts of lettuce, sour cream and Guacamole. I can't wait to go back and try something else.

Good Food, people not really there
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Food was good, not really the bargain stated below as their pricing has gone to be comparable to other similar places in town. Lots of seating but the place was a bit dusty/dirty. The servers seemed like zombies and took a while to get someone to help me. If you want a mexican channel TV blaring to you this is the place for you.

good for breakfast, too
Reviewer: Chris C from Santa Barbara, CA
This friendly taqueria will do you a custom breakfast plate if you ask, in addition to the usual huevos, burritos, etc. Try their carnitas with a side of eggs and avo - outstanding.

Best torta in town
Reviewer: R Williams from Santa Barbara, CA
Hands down the best torta in town! Great burritos and quesadillas as well. I always order the same thing and dont miss out on the spicy avocado salsa in their salsa bar. Its like being in a taqueria in Mexico- fabulous!

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