El Paseo Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 10 El Paseo

    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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  • 805-962-6050

About El Paseo Mexican Restaurant

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I have been here for a few events and their food and service are incredibly consistent. The location is awesome because you are in the perfect location to go out for drinks after dinner!

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I have been here for a few events and their food and service are incredibly consistent. The location is awesome because you are in the perfect location to go out for drinks after dinner!

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The atmosphere is wonderful and breathtaking. It is set in a historic hidden courtyard that looks like a Spanish colonial village with a beautiful fountain. However, it is overpriced for the so-so food, and for some reason, the restrooms are in horrible shape. If management would just change a few things- food quality, service, cleanliness; this place could be as great as it looks.

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★★☆☆☆

The atmosphere is wonderful and breathtaking. It is set in a historic hidden courtyard that looks like a Spanish colonial village with a beautiful fountain. However, it is overpriced for the so-so food, and for some reason, the restrooms are in horrible shape. If management would just change a few things- food quality, service, cleanliness; this place could be as great as it looks.

Pros: Amazing setting

Cons: cleanliness; over-priced

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I love El Paseo. It was one of the first restaurants I went to when visiting Santa Barbara deciding if it was where I wanted to go to school. Four years later, I chose to have my graduation dinner there. You walk down from State St through a courtyard with a fountain to get to the restaurant. It is a large place with a ceiling that opens up. They have a lot of plants inside. The setting and atmosphere are beautiful.

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★★★★☆

I love El Paseo. It was one of the first restaurants I went to when visiting Santa Barbara deciding if it was where I wanted to go to school. Four years later, I chose to have my graduation dinner there. You walk down from State St through a courtyard with a fountain to get to the restaurant. It is a large place with a ceiling that opens up. They have a lot of plants inside. The setting and atmosphere are beautiful.

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The customer service -- mainly from the manager -- at this restaurant was appalling. It was a chilly night and the restaurant is semi-outside (it has a retractable roof) and there was one heat lamp working to cover about 15 tables. We asked repeatedly if other lamps could be brought in, but were told that they were out of propane (this was fairly early on a Sat. night) or couldn't be moved. When we asked to speak with the manager, he came over with his cell phone glued to his ear on a personal phone call, obviously so that he would not have to actually address us. At one point during the evening, there were three children huddled under the one lamp trying to stay warm. The food was fine, but I would not subject myself to such poor customer service again.

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★★☆☆☆

The customer service -- mainly from the manager -- at this restaurant was appalling. It was a chilly night and the restaurant is semi-outside (it has a retractable roof) and there was one heat lamp working to cover about 15 tables. We asked repeatedly if other lamps could be brought in, but were told that they were out of propane (this was fairly early on a Sat. night) or couldn't be moved. When we asked to speak with the manager, he came over with his cell phone glued to his ear on a personal phone call, obviously so that he would not have to actually address us. At one point during the evening, there were three children huddled under the one lamp trying to stay warm. The food was fine, but I would not subject myself to such poor customer service again.

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This res't was highly recommended by the hotel staff, but my friend and I weren't totally impressed. Great ambience and really good food is slightly outweighed by the difficulty in finding the place. Another bad note was that, sadly, the margaritas were very poor -- especially considering we paid extra for Herradura Silver in mine and Patron in hers, but could barely taste it. We might have gone on a bad night, but I would recommend holding back your excitement til you're there and decide for yourself.

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★★★★☆

This res't was highly recommended by the hotel staff, but my friend and I weren't totally impressed. Great ambience and really good food is slightly outweighed by the difficulty in finding the place. Another bad note was that, sadly, the margaritas were very poor -- especially considering we paid extra for Herradura Silver in mine and Patron in hers, but could barely taste it. We might have gone on a bad night, but I would recommend holding back your excitement til you're there and decide for yourself.

Pros: Ambience, tapas

Cons: Location, weak margaritas

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I have come here for years and always have a great margarita with so many different types of tequila with great chips and salsa you feel like your in Mexico having a good time. Great Place!

2
★★★★★

I have come here for years and always have a great margarita with so many different types of tequila with great chips and salsa you feel like your in Mexico having a good time. Great Place!

Pros: Margaritas, Great spot, Over good

Cons: none

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Finding the place was a little hard but when you walk through the old Spanish building and to see this beautiful setting. Had table side guacamole made right in front of was wonderful. Server recomended the 'El Paseo' margarita best I have had. You feel like your outside with the open roof that can close or open

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★★★★★

Finding the place was a little hard but when you walk through the old Spanish building and to see this beautiful setting. Had table side guacamole made right in front of was wonderful. Server recomended the 'El Paseo' margarita best I have had. You feel like your outside with the open roof that can close or open

Pros: Beautiful, Great Guacamole, great Margarita

Cons: hard to find

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Guacamole is prepared tableside and the tequila selection numbers well above one hundred at this popular downtown restaurant. Housed in one of Santa Barbara's oldest buildings, El Paseo is more famous for its architecture and decor than…

 

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