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California Tacos Cantina & Distillery - Buellton, Buellton, CA

California Tacos Cantina & Distillery - Buellton

4.3
4.3
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Welcome to California Tacos Cantina, a premier Mexican dining destination located in the heart of Buellton, CA. Our restaurant offers a wide variety of authentic Mexican food options, including our signature tacos, burritos, and various seafood options, made with the freshest seafood from the Pacific coast.

Some highlights of our restaurant include our agave distillery, and an extensive selection of 100% Agave tequila and mezcal, making us the ultimate destination for tequila and mezcal lovers in Santa Barbara County. Our homemade tortillas are made daily, adding that extra touch of authenticity to our dishes.

At California Tacos Cantina, we pride ourselves on providing our guests with a true taste of Mexico in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley. Whether you're a local resident or a visitor to Solvang, our restaurant is the perfect destination for a memorable Mexican food experience. Book your reservations now and join us for a culinary adventure.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 688-8525
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 24 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

24 Reviews
  1. ERIGBY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food nothing special for the price. No high valued quality contents, very disappointed.

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  2. ksb48

    Orange County

    258 reviews

    5.0

    258 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good consistent food, friendly staff and a great dining experience.

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  3. RobertB

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    OK...they're menu provides for a wide variety of Mexican entrees but I have had many more "better" Mexican dishes than was served here. It's "OK" food but I have had better tasting food at local "ma and pa" restaraunts. The prices of the food were also on the high side.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this restaurant. Drinks were fantastic but pricey. Try the cucumber mint margarita! So good I needed two. 😜. Tortillas were great in my enchiladas, beans were terrible, tasteless. Next time I will have drinks and appetizers. Wait staff was wonderfully attentive.

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  5. Mark

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was terrific! Some of the better Mexican food I have had in years! Margaritas were inventive and tasty! Lighting needs a bit of work but a fantastic new addition to the area. There were so many choices on the menu that I can wait to return to try. Still thinking about the food!

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  6. Deeeee

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a come back place for dinner. Food and margaritas were good.

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  7. HerminioR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We heard about this place from some friends so we decided to try it out. It did not disappoint! The margaritas were awesome, the fajitas were even better. Definitely eat here!

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  8. AP71

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall excellent experience ! Drinks and food are delicious. Definitely going back.

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  9. CDRDiner

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One person in our party has celiac disease and can't have gluten. Our server conferred with the kitchen multiple times to answer questions about cooking methods and ingredients to ensure there is no cross contamination. The service was great and so was the food. Portions were ample.

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  10. ksb48

    Orange County

    258 reviews

    5.0

    258 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy the food at CA Tacos....everything is fresh, hot and delicious. The presentation of the food is beautiful with garnishes of fresh orchids etc. They take the time to put together a beautiful plate....we will be back when we are in town. Keep up the good work!

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  11. BryanN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    California Tacos is a refreshing alternative if you’re looking for a Mexican Restaurant. We have been to the restaurant in Buellton several times and alway leave feeling like we just enjoyed a great experience.

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  12. AngelicaR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, environment was nice….Definitely my favorite Mexican food on the central coast 😋

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  13. ksb48

    Orange County

    258 reviews

    5.0

    258 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to celebrate my birthday with my husband and we had a great dinner and experience. Everything was delicious….including the modified margaritas I asked for and both our dinners. We even got a beautifully presented dessert…..

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  14. AnnieJay

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding all the way. A welcoming restaurant and bar … great choice for families or just grabbing a beer or margarita and tacos at the bar. Staff couldn’t be friendlier or more genuinely interested in how we enjoyed our food and experience. So happy we found this nice place! Looking forward to visiting the Solvang location … we already tried the place in SLO and the outdoor seating was perfect! Love it.

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  15. harlsmits

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First time here, we stopped for lunch. The chips and salsa are very good. I had a margarita with fresh strawberries and enjoyed it very much. I had the 3 tacos with carnitas and carne asada, and my husband had the fish tacos. We enjoyed everything very much. Happy we decided to eat here instead of one of the nearby chain restaurants.

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  16. DonaldC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Good service. Would prefer more lighting.

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  17. MaxomanDavis

    Denver

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I want to love this place. It's close to my home, and with its nice bar and large screen television, it could become a regular hangout. Very friendly staff! Bartender was either very busy or couldn't be bothered to take our drink order at an empty bar. We gave up after ten minutes and went to our table. Our server was delightful and apologized for the delays in our food orders. She really was at the mercy of either a sluggish or inexperienced kitchen staff. The food was okay, I have eaten here twice before and it was much better than tonight. I hope they can improve the kitchen and bar for the future. There is potential

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  18. MLisa

    Central Coast

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been CA Taco fans for many years but this was our first attempt at their new full service restaurant. They need some serious staff training. Once we got our food after 1 hour and 10 minutes, it was delicious but they were not prepared for our reservation, they did not reply to a message sent 12+ hours in advance through Open Table, and we felt invisible once we were seated. There seems to be plenty of staff but they do not make eye contact. You might have better luck sitting at the bar and keep it to a party of 2. Some of our meals were served on massive slabs of wood with a cluster of small bowls. This made it very awkward, not only to figure out how to eat your meal but not to constantly crash into your neighbor's massive 30" x 12" x 2" thick slab as well. Also, prepare for spicy! We loved that but it was definitely a notch up than your typical spicy.

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  19. DavidT

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Cali Tacos. The filet mignon fajitas were fantastic! The meat was well-seasoned and incredibly tender. The carnitas pizza was a novel take on Mexican flavors that the whole family enjoyed. Our server was attentive and helpful, sharing tastes of the beers on tap to help us choose the right one. Overall, we would recommend Cali Tacos to anyone looking for great food at a very reasonable price.

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  20. StephanieB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The Garlic shrimp cold. Considering what they charge for a meal, the should serve a mixed green salad, instead of unhealthy head lettuce. My husband requested milk for his coffee and was told that they don’t provide milk/cream. Considering we arrived shortly after they opened, the had already run out of menu items, and the substitution was more in line with something from Taco Bell. We were extremely disappointed with our meals and will not only not be coming back, but warning friends and family not to waste their money. The food was way overpriced for what we were served.

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  21. healthy805

    Central Coast

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is yummy, the wait staff awesome, especially Miguel and the ambiance is lively! We are thoroughly enjoying this new restaurant in Buellton 🎉

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  22. ksb48

    Orange County

    258 reviews

    5.0

    258 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in town for a week and had dinner at CA Tacos twice. The food is amazing, authentic and beautifully presented in the plate. Everything we had was exceptional including the margaritas….the staff is friendly and helpful. The best part is it’s a family owned business which we are always excited to support. We will return on our next trip thru the area….we are in the area every few months and have already recommended it to our friends and family.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great and we complemented the chief staff. Chile rellenos and shrimp enchilada were delicious; ordered veggie enchilada and was served cheese which was just okay. Bar staff tends to make various margaritas too sweet and margarita which bar staff said was spicy, had no kick.

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  24. KimiW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and the food was fantastic. We’re so excited this opened close to where we live. We’ll definitely be regulars!

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FAQs

California Tacos Cantina & Distillery - Buellton is rated 4.3 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Google Map for California Tacos Cantina & Distillery - Buellton

328 McMurray Rd, Buellton, CA 93427

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Buellton
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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