El Taco Grande

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1096 Casitas Pass Rd
Carpinteria, CA 93013 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (805) 684-0135
Cuisine: Mexican, Tacos
Neighborhood: Carpinteria


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Good for Kids


Beer and Wine


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$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
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3.5 stars - Based on 11 reviews

review_stars 03/02/2020 - MenuPix User

review_stars 06/03/2014 - Amanda Loretto
To the dumbass vanwingerdon, how disrespectul can you be? I expect more from a vanwingerdon but apparently your head is so far up your ass its not worth it. This place is a great restaurant, and the migrant workers that work here in carpinteria will always be more of a man then your spoilled rotten ass. MEXICAN PRIDE

review_stars 11/21/2013 - Cruzz
Best bang for your buck! Good food, cold beer, friendly service. Great little local place!

review_stars 05/07/2012 - Monica
To Justin VanWingerden:
I cannot believe you can make such a racist comment “the customers by and large look and smell like migrant farm workers”, who do think works for the VanWingerden’s fields ?, do you have Dutch picking?, Is this the kind of education and values you received? You should be ashamed of yourself! you are giving the wonderful Dutch people in this city a really bad name with remarks as racist as yours.

review_stars 05/25/2010 - Kathryn
Taco Grande is a wonderful place to eat. It may not be your high class atmosphere, but it serves authentic Mexican food and the employees are very friendly. You can order at the counter or have your server take you order! Either way you can't been the food or the cost.

review_stars 04/27/2010 - Justin VanWingerden
I agree with the first guy that reviewed this place back in 2007. This place is totally gross. The tables are messy, the customers by and large look and smell like migrant farm workers. I actually got sick off of the food the one time I ate here. Funny, when I reported it to the owner it was a guy by the name of Flores, and the one stellar review on here is by a guy named Flores. Bring your own napkins.

review_stars 01/10/2010 - Laura and Dave
While visiting Carpinteria on vacation, we tripped over this fantastic little restaurant. We highly recommend the shrimp burrito, shrimp quesadilla, carne asada soft taco's and especially the shrimp cocktail. People were kind, service great and place was very clean.

review_stars 08/31/2009 - windella
I enjoyed he food very much! The whole tilipia was fried just right,not greasy at all!Rice was great,salad was great,just need a bit of dressing!
I didn't care for the chili relleno my brother in law ordered,it was greasy and not seasoned.
The garlic shrimp my sister ordered was wonderful! Very fresh seafood!
Great service!1

review_stars 07/07/2009 - sandra
EL taco grande is the best resturant in carpinteria the service is grat the place is clean i dont care what anyone says but this is the BEST EL TACO GRANDE !!! DELICIOSO EL AUTENTICO Y EL MEJOR LES DOY UN 10.

review_stars 09/10/2008 - MenuPix User
The food is delicious and the service is great. I promise your money will be well spent. If you get an opportunity to visit, i highly suggest you try their fantastic food! : )

review_stars 09/17/2007 - Miguel Flores
The food was gross and disgusting, i hated it! I've never been to a more disgusting restaurant. It should be closed immediatley.

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