King Taco Restaurant Inc

★★★★☆
  • 45 N Arroyo Pkwy

    Pasadena, CA 91103

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  • 626-792-0405

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The tacos here are overrated. They are very dry. The flavor is decent. I would eat here late are night but would not come here as a preference. This place does not give you lemons!

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★★★☆☆

The tacos here are overrated. They are very dry. The flavor is decent. I would eat here late are night but would not come here as a preference. This place does not give you lemons!

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Well, I just got back from my first time at King Taco: I had the carne asada tacos & they were great.however, everything else was way below average: the chips & guacamole I get I could SWEAR they bought from Smart & Final. The guacamole not only tasted wierd, it had a very peculiar consistency. Not appetizing at ALL. The Chips are a joke. Don't bother, and they charge you extra for everything outside of the tacos. This was a one time deal, I'll never go back again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Well, I just got back from my first time at King Taco: I had the carne asada tacos & they were great.however, everything else was way below average: the chips & guacamole I get I could SWEAR they bought from Smart & Final. The guacamole not only tasted wierd, it had a very peculiar consistency. Not appetizing at ALL. The Chips are a joke. Don't bother, and they charge you extra for everything outside of the tacos. This was a one time deal, I'll never go back again.

Pros: meets low expectations

Cons: everything else

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This is my all time favorite place to get tacos (the soft kind). I've been a patron since they opened in '74. (Wait I wasn't born yet!!) But anyway, I've been to every single King Taco From East L.A. to the SGV. Sure, some are better than others, but they are all pretty consistent. The East L.A. location has to be my favorite. I would drive from wherever I lived at the time to go there. There tacos are nice and simple -- they way they should be -- just onions, cilantro, meat and salsa.

Also, nachos and one of my favorite things to eat, and although I hate to agree with the nacho cheese comment, they do the processed melted cheese. But this isn't the place to order nachos. So don't let that dissuade you from going. Stick to burritos, tacos and SOPES! You can't get sopes everywhere and boy are they delicious! Try carne asada, pollo or al pastor and the best salsas ever! My fav is the salsa verde.

I miss living in So Cal and being able to eat there!

2
★★★★★

This is my all time favorite place to get tacos (the soft kind). I've been a patron since they opened in '74. (Wait I wasn't born yet!!) But anyway, I've been to every single King Taco From East L.A. to the SGV. Sure, some are better than others, but they are all pretty consistent. The East L.A. location has to be my favorite. I would drive from wherever I lived at the time to go there. There tacos are nice and simple -- they way they should be -- just onions, cilantro, meat and salsa.

Also, nachos and one of my favorite things to eat, and although I hate to agree with the nacho cheese comment, they do the processed melted cheese. But this isn't the place to order nachos. So don't let that dissuade you from going. Stick to burritos, tacos and SOPES! You can't get sopes everywhere and boy are they delicious! Try carne asada, pollo or al pastor and the best salsas ever! My fav is the salsa verde.

I miss living in So Cal and being able to eat there!

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I dont believe I went to the same King Taco as everyone else, considering the great reviews. Yes the menu is really affordable with everything being under 5.00. Rightly so, because thats about as much as the food is worth. In all fairness, I think I got the most horrible thing on the menu being the nachos with bright orange FAKE MOVIE THEATER NACHO CHEESE. I was appauled. I could have went to taco bell for that. The guacamole tasted a little funny too. Everything else seems to be your run of the mill taco stand food. The service was pretty rude as a few others have pointed out. The salsa verde was delicious though. Overall, theres too many restaurants in the area to give them another one of my dollars. If I do stumble upon the place again I wont get the nachos!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I dont believe I went to the same King Taco as everyone else, considering the great reviews. Yes the menu is really affordable with everything being under 5.00. Rightly so, because thats about as much as the food is worth. In all fairness, I think I got the most horrible thing on the menu being the nachos with bright orange FAKE MOVIE THEATER NACHO CHEESE. I was appauled. I could have went to taco bell for that. The guacamole tasted a little funny too. Everything else seems to be your run of the mill taco stand food. The service was pretty rude as a few others have pointed out. The salsa verde was delicious though. Overall, theres too many restaurants in the area to give them another one of my dollars. If I do stumble upon the place again I wont get the nachos!!

Pros: Cheap Eats. Good Salsa Verde

Cons: Fake Cheese!

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This place has THE best flautas I've ever had in my life. They also have awesome burritos with red hot sauce that makes tears come to your eyes. But back to these flautas. They have chicken and asada ones, the chicken ones are my favorite. They come drizzled with sour cream and guacamole and *yum* lettuce and other fixins. Good plate.

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★★★★☆

This place has THE best flautas I've ever had in my life. They also have awesome burritos with red hot sauce that makes tears come to your eyes. But back to these flautas. They have chicken and asada ones, the chicken ones are my favorite. They come drizzled with sour cream and guacamole and *yum* lettuce and other fixins. Good plate.

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It's not located on the main street of Old Town Pasadena but it is a must if you are looking for a nice Mexican fast food. The servings are not that big compared to other Mexican restaurants but the quality makes up for it. I love their recipe and it's cheaper than most of the restaurants in the area.

PROS: Price, quality of food
CONS: Serving size

4
★★★★☆

It's not located on the main street of Old Town Pasadena but it is a must if you are looking for a nice Mexican fast food. The servings are not that big compared to other Mexican restaurants but the quality makes up for it. I love their recipe and it's cheaper than most of the restaurants in the area.

PROS: Price, quality of food
CONS: Serving size

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this place is great. I go there for breakfast sometimes and get the machaca. ummm.hmmm. I'm going there in a few minutes cause I'm getting a hankering for some mex. One thing though, for this gringo, I get the salsa on the side. Their salsas are good but really hot, if you let them they will put it in your food and you might not like it that hot and well, you would have a bad impression

2
★★★★☆

this place is great. I go there for breakfast sometimes and get the machaca. ummm.hmmm. I'm going there in a few minutes cause I'm getting a hankering for some mex. One thing though, for this gringo, I get the salsa on the side. Their salsas are good but really hot, if you let them they will put it in your food and you might not like it that hot and well, you would have a bad impression

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Coming from Texas, I like Mexican food, but find that it's different in California vs Texas. Regardless, I very much enjoy King Taco. If you go, be sure to try the Combination Burito with Carne Asada (beef). It's very good, but be careful of the salsa. The mild (green) is fairly hot. That said, I love it.

4
★★★★☆

Coming from Texas, I like Mexican food, but find that it's different in California vs Texas. Regardless, I very much enjoy King Taco. If you go, be sure to try the Combination Burito with Carne Asada (beef). It's very good, but be careful of the salsa. The mild (green) is fairly hot. That said, I love it.

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King Taco knows what they do and they do it well. If you love Baja style tacos, this is the place to get them in mass quantities. They wrap two tacos into individual foil wrapers and they remain hot until you can get to the table, or even all the way home. This is not a place to get extravagant service or huge amounts of cultural atmoshpere. It's all about the food and the speed. If you love fresh tamales, go early. Once they're out for the day, they're out until the next day.

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★★★★☆

King Taco knows what they do and they do it well. If you love Baja style tacos, this is the place to get them in mass quantities. They wrap two tacos into individual foil wrapers and they remain hot until you can get to the table, or even all the way home. This is not a place to get extravagant service or huge amounts of cultural atmoshpere. It's all about the food and the speed. If you love fresh tamales, go early. Once they're out for the day, they're out until the next day.

Cons: Limited parking

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The burritos taste great here but I always feel like there is a garbage can nearby when I go there. Good for cheap eats.

PROS: Cheap, tastes great
CONS: Strange aftertaste, smells like garbage outside the restaurant

3
★★★☆☆

The burritos taste great here but I always feel like there is a garbage can nearby when I go there. Good for cheap eats.

PROS: Cheap, tastes great
CONS: Strange aftertaste, smells like garbage outside the restaurant

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They have really the best tacos and burritos in LA (possibly anywhere?). On a side note, on a recent trip to Mexico, I ordered tacos and expected King Taco and was highly disappointed. Anyway, burritos are about $4 and tacos are $1.15. Both are not the big portion-wise, but quality really rocks here. Always get the red sauce. The green sauce is a little sour, but another great idea is getting both sauces. I'm an average-to-big eater, and I can get full off of 1 taco and 1 burrito. It's may be good they don't have enormous portions like some Mexican places so you don't overeat and feel sick. The long lines there indicate the popularity, but it's definitely worth the wait!

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★★★★★

They have really the best tacos and burritos in LA (possibly anywhere?). On a side note, on a recent trip to Mexico, I ordered tacos and expected King Taco and was highly disappointed. Anyway, burritos are about $4 and tacos are $1.15. Both are not the big portion-wise, but quality really rocks here. Always get the red sauce. The green sauce is a little sour, but another great idea is getting both sauces. I'm an average-to-big eater, and I can get full off of 1 taco and 1 burrito. It's may be good they don't have enormous portions like some Mexican places so you don't overeat and feel sick. The long lines there indicate the popularity, but it's definitely worth the wait!

Pros: quality, fantastic salsas, great tacos/burritos

Cons: , long lines

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Dirt cheap, savory, and authentic Mexican that probably causes several heart attacks a month.

4
★★★★☆

Dirt cheap, savory, and authentic Mexican that probably causes several heart attacks a month.

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Stay the heck away from their veggie burrito. The veggies are always frozen. Plus, the restaurant always smells a bit like glue.

3
★★★☆☆

Stay the heck away from their veggie burrito. The veggies are always frozen. Plus, the restaurant always smells a bit like glue.

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If you're looking for a good burrito and taco then this is the place to come. They do have a recipe though, and it's delicious! The only drawback is that their burritos are not as big as other restaurant's. The good thing is they open pretty late and whenever I get hungry, I'll just hop on down here sinced I live down the street.

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★★★★☆

If you're looking for a good burrito and taco then this is the place to come. They do have a recipe though, and it's delicious! The only drawback is that their burritos are not as big as other restaurant's. The good thing is they open pretty late and whenever I get hungry, I'll just hop on down here sinced I live down the street.

Pros: food

Cons: , quantity

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King Taco is the most authentic mexican food I can find in the Pasadena area! The food is cheap- the tortillas are soft and the carnitas are to die for. This is a great spot but be ready for a nap afterwards, because it is heavy food that tastes soooogood!

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★★★★★

King Taco is the most authentic mexican food I can find in the Pasadena area! The food is cheap- the tortillas are soft and the carnitas are to die for. This is a great spot but be ready for a nap afterwards, because it is heavy food that tastes soooogood!

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I love Mexican food and I must say that King Taco makes good food. But food isn't everything when the people that work their and make your food are insulting and rude. Having heard their reputation I went with my girlfriend for an early dinner. As we were ordering, they started laughing and cursing at us in Spanish, and I mean really mean rotten stuff - I guess they didn't expect an asian to know Spanish. So go for the food - but beware what may come out of their mouths.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love Mexican food and I must say that King Taco makes good food. But food isn't everything when the people that work their and make your food are insulting and rude. Having heard their reputation I went with my girlfriend for an early dinner. As we were ordering, they started laughing and cursing at us in Spanish, and I mean really mean rotten stuff - I guess they didn't expect an asian to know Spanish. So go for the food - but beware what may come out of their mouths.

Pros: good food, descent value

Cons: not for a good time

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this has to be my longest-standing favorite in los angeles. i may be caucasian, but i know a good burrito from a bad one, and i need REAL spice - not watered-down - and king taco really knows how to pack a punch! i've tried copying their recipes for both rice and salsa roja, but no can do. the beans aren't laden in lard, which is good for us vegetarians. bring a spanish speaker, though, or else they might make some order mishaps (at least, this is the case at the maywood location). the ambience is not "superb," but don't forget that before king taco became a chain, it WAS a taco stand! love the fact that they use queso anejo rather than monterey or cheddar.

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★★★★★

this has to be my longest-standing favorite in los angeles. i may be caucasian, but i know a good burrito from a bad one, and i need REAL spice - not watered-down - and king taco really knows how to pack a punch! i've tried copying their recipes for both rice and salsa roja, but no can do. the beans aren't laden in lard, which is good for us vegetarians. bring a spanish speaker, though, or else they might make some order mishaps (at least, this is the case at the maywood location). the ambience is not "superb," but don't forget that before king taco became a chain, it WAS a taco stand! love the fact that they use queso anejo rather than monterey or cheddar.

Pros: comida muy buena, cheap, totally casual

Cons: sparse locations, order mishaps, long lines at times

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Absolutely delicious. I found the food to be heavenly and the price was extremely reasonable. The service was also friendly and hospitable. I had heard rave reviews from my friends and I agree that this place is definitely a must TRY!

2
★★★★★

Absolutely delicious. I found the food to be heavenly and the price was extremely reasonable. The service was also friendly and hospitable. I had heard rave reviews from my friends and I agree that this place is definitely a must TRY!

Pros: Food, Prices, Service

Cons: ---, ---, ---

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What more could an Angelino want in a Mexican restaurant. The food is spicy but tolerable. The portions are medium to large, definitely enough to fill ya up, and if it isn't, just get another helping, it's cheap enough. The location was great and the store clean. Recommendations are the tacos de carne asada, bean and cheese burrito. The rice is so good. So many places get the rice wrong, but a place that can pay attention to the side dishes as well as a main course is a place you know will be good.

2
★★★★★

What more could an Angelino want in a Mexican restaurant. The food is spicy but tolerable. The portions are medium to large, definitely enough to fill ya up, and if it isn't, just get another helping, it's cheap enough. The location was great and the store clean. Recommendations are the tacos de carne asada, bean and cheese burrito. The rice is so good. So many places get the rice wrong, but a place that can pay attention to the side dishes as well as a main course is a place you know will be good.

Pros: Food, Clean Store, Location

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This is fast & fresh I got hook while attending Cal State LA & then I found one in China Town & they were gone now I go to the one on Alarado & Pico/Olympic. I don't care which King Taco it is I just love this food. It should be like MacDonalds on every block.

2
★★★★★

This is fast & fresh I got hook while attending Cal State LA & then I found one in China Town & they were gone now I go to the one on Alarado & Pico/Olympic. I don't care which King Taco it is I just love this food. It should be like MacDonalds on every block.

Pros: Spicy, Resonable, Great Drink

Cons: Packed in some Places, Fast Food

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This place has some good food for a great place when you leave you feel like a fatty cause your so full or just cause it tastes good but either way you leave happy and it has big tables to hang with friends and chill and have fun joking aroung while you eat.

2
★★★★☆

This place has some good food for a great place when you leave you feel like a fatty cause your so full or just cause it tastes good but either way you leave happy and it has big tables to hang with friends and chill and have fun joking aroung while you eat.

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Just thinking of King Taco's tacos, burritos, and sopes, is making me salivate. Plus, their bombastic, make-me-cry-with-joy salsa roja will make an addict out of any heat-lovin' junkie. But the food is absoulutely tasty without the heat.

2
★★★★☆

Just thinking of King Taco's tacos, burritos, and sopes, is making me salivate. Plus, their bombastic, make-me-cry-with-joy salsa roja will make an addict out of any heat-lovin' junkie. But the food is absoulutely tasty without the heat.

Pros: Tasty, Succulent, Spicy

Cons: Long lines, Busy, Could be cleaner

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This is a great place to get good food quickly. The prices are cheap and the food is excellent. Even though the lines get long you don't have to wait to long because they prepare the food quickly. I highly recommend the Carne Asada anything - sope, taco or burrito. This is a place you will want to go back to time and time again.

2
★★★★★

This is a great place to get good food quickly. The prices are cheap and the food is excellent. Even though the lines get long you don't have to wait to long because they prepare the food quickly. I highly recommend the Carne Asada anything - sope, taco or burrito. This is a place you will want to go back to time and time again.

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This place has good Mexican Food. Not your average taco stand.

2
★★★★☆

This place has good Mexican Food. Not your average taco stand.

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This king taco has good tacos, but the service needs some help. I have been to other king taco's where the service is excellent and the staff actually looks you in the face while you are ordering. I like the tacos de carne asada and the sopes.
If are just looking to eat with no service from the staff then go there if not try the one in East L.A.- Now that is service and food with a smile!!!!!

2
★★★★☆

This king taco has good tacos, but the service needs some help. I have been to other king taco's where the service is excellent and the staff actually looks you in the face while you are ordering. I like the tacos de carne asada and the sopes.
If are just looking to eat with no service from the staff then go there if not try the one in East L.A.- Now that is service and food with a smile!!!!!

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So its late... u just left a club or a party... uve been drinking... and ur hungry... solution KING TACO!!! It doesnt get better , these are THE BEST TACOS IN LA!! Its open 24 hours... and the crowd is ULTRA HIP @ 2am...check it out holmes!

2
★★★★★

So its late... u just left a club or a party... uve been drinking... and ur hungry... solution KING TACO!!! It doesnt get better , these are THE BEST TACOS IN LA!! Its open 24 hours... and the crowd is ULTRA HIP @ 2am...check it out holmes!

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Maybe it's me, but this place is no where near as spicy as the one in East Los. Maybe they are catering to all the soft foos not willing to take the heat. Everything else is up to parr. I also like how big the joint is. It's crowded, but not hard to find a table. I also think that the serivce is on point. They never mess my order up. Roll in, but beware that the chilli is weaker.

2
★★★★★

Maybe it's me, but this place is no where near as spicy as the one in East Los. Maybe they are catering to all the soft foos not willing to take the heat. Everything else is up to parr. I also like how big the joint is. It's crowded, but not hard to find a table. I also think that the serivce is on point. They never mess my order up. Roll in, but beware that the chilli is weaker.

Pros: cheap, good sopas, big space

Cons: weak chilli

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This Los Angeles County fast food chain has been serving tacos, sopes, burritos and other traditional Mexican fare since 1974.

 

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