|Downtown Location (store #290)
|425 G Street , across from Regal Cinemas Davis Stadium 5 movie theater
|Sun-Wed 10:00AM-2:00AM Thu-Sat 10:00AM-2:00AM
|Mace Location (store #3205)
|4811 Chiles Road , near the Mace Blvd. freeway ramps
Sun-Thu 10:00AM-9:00PM (drive-thru open until 11:00PM)
Fri-Sat 10:00AM-10:00PM (drive-through open until Midnight)
Silo Location (express) (store #4692)
|Woodland/Pioneer Location (store #????)
|411 Pioneer Ave. , in Woodland, near Food 4 Less
|Mon-Thu 10:00AM-8:00PMFri 10:00AM-5:30PM
|Open 24 Hours
|Woodland/Main Location (store #????)
|208 W. Main St., in Woodland, at Cottonwood St.
Taco Bell is a fast food restaurant that offers inexpensive food using Mexican inspired ingredients and presentation (burritos and the like can be found, but much of their menu is made up of dishes referred to using trademarked words that sound vaguely Spanish). The downtown 'Bell does not have a drive through but does have good parking and generally better service. It was also remodeled in 2011, reopening in late May.
Use the Super Saver Card and get a free medium soft drink with purchase of $3 or more. Taco Bell also has Hot Sauce packages called "Border Sauce". This sauce is rather vinegary but does marginally improve the taste of their food. The sauce is not actually very hot which is presumably why it is called "Border Sauce" rather than "Hot Sauce". Compare it to another hot sauce packet in town, Del Scorcho.
The sauce comes in three flavors, ordered in ascending spiciness:
- Mild - Yellow Packet - Quite weak. The most obvious vinegar taste of the three Border Sauces.
- Hot - Orange Packet - More of a chili pepper flavor. Note: The "hot" sauce is actually hotter than the "fire" sauce.
- Fire - Red Packet - Some spiciness, even more chili pepper flavor.
While I typically prefer spicier sauce, I find that the Hot sauce has more flavor than the Fire sauce, which I attribute to there being more onions in the Hot sauce. - MikeIvanov
Yeah, I agree. I don't think the Fire is hotter in any meaningful way, and it tastes worse. - jr
The ridiculously small size of the Silo Taco Bell waiting area (where you pick up your food) inspired an even smaller but vocal contingent of the March 4, 2010 Public Education protest.
The downtown location has WiFi.
The restrooms at the downtown location sport Dyson Airblades, the fastest, most hygienic hand dryers in the world.
Taco Bell is the only place to find Cinnabon Delights. These are golden bite sized pastries filled with Cinnabon frosting and topped with Makara cinnamon sugar.
2005-04-26 14:18:22 Ant trails from somewhere in the ceiling lead to the sauce area. GROSS! —DorotheaChow
2005-08-01 12:46:07 That place reeks... literally! I had to get out of there. —WengFF
2005-11-05 13:14:52 Taco Bell rules!! —TaylorClark
2005-11-06 20:53:13 The food's alright, but that isn't really why I go there. I eat the same food at home, I just go to eat with my friends. —DanielGonzales
2005-11-07 09:12:59 mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... :] i don't eat any of the meat though. grade d just isn't my thing. —NoraSandstedt
Actually, beef doesn't get letter grades. The newspeak names assigned to beef are as follows:
I've never seen anything below "select." Furthermore, things that do get letter grades (butter, eggs, etc) get grades of AA, A, B. The highest grade poultry can receive is A, but butter and milk and I think eggs can be AA. The whole system is pretty confusing, and dairy's not my field. - arlen
- Honey is also graded A,B,C. But it is very straight-forward. You'll only see letter A in stores, and B/C end up in... who know's what. Hey, anyone tried the honey BBQ sauce at KFC lately? -KJM
My point is that it is passed in America, but it's not approved of in Canada because we pass lower quality meat than them. That, and it's mixed with oatmeal because the same monopoly that owns Taco Bell owns Quaker Oats. - nora beth
- Several of these statements are incorrect or appear to be incorrect. Yum Brands is strictly a restaurant company (Five fast food brands) and doesn't own any food retail brands. Before that they were owned by PepsiCo, which does own Quaker Oats... but Yum was spun off in 1997, four years before PepsiCo bought Quaker Oats (for Gatorade). Thus, at no point now or in the past has Taco Bell been associated with Quaker Oats. In addition, they are neither a legal nor de facto monopoly in any way. Plenty of competition. Finally, other than BSE (Mad Cow) blocks (which are all currently lifted), the import of beef to and from Canada is very much allowed... and the Canada and the US have the same grading grid, although Canada uses numbers and letters and the US uses (as Arlen documents above) a series of names, which are diagonal stripes across the grid. The grid is age vs. fat content, by the way, or technically "maturity vs. marbling". It is possible that there are other quality tests that apply, but the grading is the same (although the end result isn't translatable due to the US's "diagonal categories"). Canada does have stricter regulations regarding meatpacking and animal feed, but that just applies to the spread of BSE, which is almost nonexistent in either country and, if it were to strike, would be just as like to hit a $50 steak at a high class restaurant as a $1 taco. Finally, while I can't find a resource for the ingredients in the Taco Bell beef, I can look up just the beef filling's nutritional info (by selecting a Taco without shell or condiments). It contains zero fiber. It is slightly possible that there is some oatmeal, but it would be a very very minute amount. — jw
2005-11-07 10:45:21 Love the Mace bell —AlexNorris
2005-11-13 20:33:24 The Mace bell has excellent service, as the employees are friendly, funny, and give great customer service (employee Tim). —JohnDudek
2005-11-29 08:49:06 Um. John, no. Retainers are gross. Bad sanitation Employee Tim! —NoraSandstedt
2005-12-01 17:34:13 The only fast food I like! —AubreyJohnson
2005-12-06 15:48:13 Can this place even make a decent bean burrito? This place will kill you slowly. Anyone that eats here should read fastfood nation. —DudeNude
I would read it if I could. What's so bad about TB bean burritos? This is a serious question, considering I've lived on them for years. —SteveDavison
Are they made from dark matter? — TarZxf
I think from brown matter, not gray matter, that's what matters. —SteveDavison
2005-12-07 17:05:00 Go get a bean burrito from Del Taco, then you can tell me what's wrong with the Taco Bell bean burrito —DudeNude
2006-08-25 00:55:40 uhh.. I think there is lard in refried beans, and usally they forget to hold the cheese. for vegans...for to the Farmer's Kitchen! —GehLei
2007-01-01 14:03:32 The downtown location reeks of death and evil spirits. Avoid if you are a normal human being. —MattLow
2007-02-25 09:10:02 The service at Taco Bell on Pioneer in Woodland is pretty bad. The only fast food place I've called (twice!) to complain about. They consistently screwed-up orders, and have a bad attitude toward customers to the point of being flat-out rude. For a while, they had a handwritten sign taped to the drive-thru menu "Have your money READY when you get to the window!!!" After my first complaint, TB corporate apologized and mailed us a coupon...which that same TB refused to honor! (prompting the second call). I avoid that one, now. If you're in Woodland and have to have Taco Bell, go to the one on Main St., where service and quality are up to standard. —DukeMcAdow
2007-03-18 22:07:24 avoid the downtown location, unless you have enough alcohol in your system to kill the bacteria —GarrettGallegos
2007-04-27 13:43:58 I had the worst fast food service experience of my life last week at the G Street location. Granted, they were swamped with business and with only two employees on duty, but cashier Saralina was incredibly rude, and she was not washing her hands between handling food, money, and sneezing and coughing into her hands, and wiping her runny nose. First I spoke up about my order being wrong (I said nothing of the 25-minute wait (I was timing it because I had made the trip to Taco Bell only because it's 2 blocks from my house, and I wanted to eat in time to get back to a basketball game on TV before halftime ended)), and she said they were out of a certain menu item. I asked her why she didn't tell me that before when I ordered, but she answered with unnecessary attitude. That's when I dropped the "Wash your hands" deal on her. Many in line also spoke up because they had noticed, too. She erupted at us. She refused to prioritize the replacement of my order. I demanded a refund, which she slammed into my hands. I made it back home halfway into the 4th quarter, still hungry. I called corporate to complain (I NEVER DO THAT!), and yesterday, five gift certificates came in the mail from the apologetic franchise owner. —RickEle
2007-09-19 15:43:29 I just love this place.... —viviancute
2007-10-17 17:25:01 The south davis bell is really good and i love their food!!!!!!!! —pebble
2007-11-16 20:29:56 I wouldn't recommend downtown Bell...I ordered a cheese quesadilla and a bean burrito there in October from cashier Taylor, and she and another girl were the only ones there. Well, it really wasn't pleasant. When I took a bite into my quesadilla, it tasted weird; when I opened it she'd given me VELVEETA cheese and hardly any real cheese (when I say real I mean Taco Bell standards), so my boyfriend took it back for me and before eating my burrito I checked it. It had weird sauce that looked aged and even more velveeta cheese. Needless to say, I didn't eat the burrito but I did get a free new quesadilla and cinnamon twists from them. The most problems I've ever had with the Mace location is them not putting jalapeño sauce on my quesadilla, but I can live with that. ALSO—don't eat at the one in Dixon (I don't know which one), because my brother-in-law found MAGGOTS in his food. —HannahFolkes
2008-02-19 20:15:19 My roommate and I always remember that Taco Bell is on G street because G stands for gordo... which is what we feel like after every culinary adventure at TB. And yet, we return on an almost daily basis (seriously - where is the support group for TB addicts?).
I miss the chili cheese nachos dearly, but all TB nachos are awesome. So are the bowls of pintos and cheese when you dump some hot sauce in. I don't care that it's all complete junk, sometimes you are just in the mood for complete junk. —KateAusten
2008-04-17 21:34:45 I was at the G Street restaurant with my friend last night. The manager, Roger, was serving us. First off, he's a straight-up a$$hole. Second thing, there was almost no ice in the machine and Roger treated me like I was some kind of an idiot because I couldn't get it to work (it wasn't working properly on top of the fact that it was almost entirely empty). Then, there was all this mold (or a moldy-like substance) all over the machine. The meat tasted odd to boot. I will never go to this location of Taco Bell again until that loser Roger is gone... which may not happen anytime soon. Furthermore, I have filed a complaint to the Yolo County Department of Health.
That being said, the Mace Taco Bell isn't bad at all. —thelonepiper555
2008-07-10 15:41:48 lol
the ice machine almost fell on a little girl the other day at the G street taco bell. the dude just stared at her and one of the women came out, looked at girl w/ giant piece laying on the ground told her, "oh u can still get ice". uhhh. i'm getting paranoid now about the sanitary conditions. i wasnt big on taco bell, but they get ur food to u fast. and i guess it is what it is...what can u expect?
i do think i'll try the mace one, its just located in an awkward place though. and its all right across from healthy subway, how ironic. —KimberlyMiller
2008-08-15 19:48:49 Recently visited again because I was thirsty. I'd like to reiterate that the downtown location smells like homeless people. —MattLow
2009-01-06 19:12:58 Tacobell doesn't have Velveeta cheese... get a life instead of complaining about a one time instance at TACOBELL which was most likely a misunderstanding. —T.D.M.
2009-01-31 22:36:11 As a disclaimer, I love Taco Bell. $3.65 for 2 cheesy double beefs and a large drink is awesome! However I won't touch the Davis locations.
I have had several bad experiences (inexplicably rude manager and incredibly messed up orders) at the downtown Taco Bell, and observed bad sanitary practices (food preparation without gloves) at the Mace Taco Bell. The Taco Bell Express on campus is fine, but overpriced and doesn't carry many of the items I usually order.
The new Taco Bell by IKEA in West Sac is awesome, and the Dixon location is pretty good too... I go to both all too often when I'm broke and in the area :-) Despite the negative review, I've had generally good experiences with the Pioneer location in Woodland. —ErikFriedlander
2009-02-13 15:13:02 the one on mace is sooooooo ghetto. All the employees there look like they have just gotten out of juvie. last time i checked, wearing tall tees and hats to work were not allowed. —BettyBean
2009-05-04 16:45:41 I've been to the ones in downtown and Silo. They're both okay. However, the one in Silo doesn't have the $.79,$.89,$.99 menu, a little disappointed. —thtly
2009-05-20 14:08:59 Apparently the Silo location now charges for sauce. I immediately canceled my order and walked away once I heard this. Absolutely insulting and ridiculous. —Anonymous
- As I understood it, they don't actually charge for sauce. They simply ask you what sauces you want, instead of having a big tub of them out for people to grab. This is meant to cut down on waste. I just called and confirmed, they do not charge for the packets. I can only imagine that you misinterpreted them asking which sauces you wanted, and walked away without trying to understand what was going on. —JoePomidor
- Oh, they definitely tried to charge me for sauce the last time I was there. There was no confusion. Here's basically what happened:
< I order a burrito >
TB girl: "What type of sauce/how many would you like?"
Me: "5 fire please"
TB girl: "So, burritos normally come with only 3 sauce packs. We need to charge 5 cents extra for each additional pack. Is that okay?"
Me: "Um...why are you guys charging for sauce?"
TB girl: "Because we pay for it?"
Me: "Alright, I don't want my food anymore, bye."
TB girl: "Are you sure?"
< I walk away>
Perhaps they changed back to not charging for sauce? I bet it was pretty damn unpopular. If so, maybe I'll consider eating there again.
- hmm. I was there yesterday, and there was none of this tomfoolery. I called and asked today, and they claimed not to charge. Sounds like they may not know either.—JoePomidor
2009-06-03 18:37:52 Lol. I love how out of all the super picky comments someone bothered to rant about me calling it Velveeta cheese. What I meant was nacho cheese, the thick creamy stuff. When someone says band-aid they really mean a bandage. Calm down, bud. Other than that one problem, I have no qualms with Taco Bell. I go all the time, in fact. :) —HannahFolkes
2009-07-20 23:14:48 i recently went through the drive-through at the mace location and the kid's meal was $2.99 (pretty cheap for a 2 taco, cinnamon twists, toy, and drink, which is usually what i get =]) then i went to downtown location and ordered a kid's meal, it was $4.49 or something like that (and who ever prepared my food there was pretty stingy about the fillings of the tacos and cinnamon twist, nothing like the mace location) anywho...
does anyone know if there's a price difference between the drive-through and actually going inside the restaurant? or is it purely just a mace location promotion? or...? —TriPpy
- I used to live off of Taco Bell back in San Jose and I am pretty sure the prices at the downtown location are much higher than normal. —hankim
- So i went through the drive-through at the mace location just to look at the prices (luckily they were closed, otherwise taco bell would think me and my roomie were weirdos), so
we looked at the prices and they were sooo much cheaper than the downtown location. the kid's meal was indeed $2.99 in comparison to the $4.49ish one in downtown and my roomie also agreed that the prices for the other items on the menu were much cheaper at the mace location. so i'd recommend going to the mace location if you are close-byish lol plus they are cleaner smells much better inside too... —TriPpy
2009-08-16 13:11:09 i am very mad at taco bell!! they had this text going around and if you showed it to the cashier they wood give you a free burrito. they stopped doing it because to many people got ahold of the message. i used to eat all my meals at taco bell for free! not any more! —guarunga
- You're mad at Taco Bell because they won't give you free food? — TheShah
2009-11-06 13:33:59 Went to the downtown location with a couple coworkers for lunch....the stank drove us out; smelled like sewer or someone exploded in the restroom. I don't know how the people could manage to sit and eat in that. Went to the Mace location instead. —CindiDrake
That's funny. I went like a week or two ago after dinner time, but it was the Mace one that smelled like someone exploded in the restroom. Seriously. —HidetoMatsumoto
2010-06-26 17:32:54 After the downtown location was remodeled and they started the four and five dollar deals, I have been going there quite a bit. Most of the time, I can get my order a minute after ordering and I can see them making my food right there so it's not something that's been sitting around (of course, the individual ingredients have been sitting around). They have improved quite a bit. I avoid the Taco Bell at the Silo though. Takes forever for an order and everything is about 25% more expensive. Also, for some reason, eating from the Silo makes me need to go to the bathroom a few minutes later (not just the Taco Bell, but everything there). —hankim
2011-02-18 11:01:33 The downtown one has no drivethru and smells like a public restroom. The Chiles Tbell, however, is awesome. I went one rainy day and we were the only people eating there. The guy at the counter taking our order said "If you tell my manager you're going to call the survey number on your receipt, he'll probably give you free cinnamon twists." We politely declined, as I was already getting them and the other person didn't like the cinnamon twists. As we were sitting down eating our food, the guy came over with an empanada and said "since you didn't want the twists, here's an empanada." Definitely never going to the other tbell. CHILES TBELL FOR LIFE! —AndrewWalker
- the stank of shit from the downtown TB was fucking NASTY!!! —JoshLawson
2011-05-23 20:36:51 Went in for the first time today since the remodel. I was impressed not only with the new staff, but also with the higher quality food as well as the aesthetics. It now seems like a very comfortable and relaxing sit down restaurant more than a quick-stop fast food joint as far as it's visual appeal goes, both inside and out.
The food quality has much improved, presumably due to the new equipment they now have, tastes much fresher and is more consistent than it was previously. Even the fountain soda machine is better.
The new staff, completely different crew, is much friendlier and more professional than previous crews have seemed to me in the past.
Overall, I would rate this new Taco Bell a 4/5 compared to other incarnations of the same genre of food. —Wes-P
When I went at night two of the crew were there before. They transfered to Fairfield during the remodel.—BruceHansen
2011-06-21 23:49:25 Downtown Taco bell used to be pretty nasty. Would never clean the toilets and sometimes the stink would come to the ordering/dining area to such an extent that all you could smell was shit. Also, ordered a chicken soft taco and there was a dead maggot in my lettuce. But last month (june 2011) it has been renovated and looks fairly nice so far —JohnathonJosephs
2011-08-04 14:43:35 Some of us are old enough to remember before the first remodel, early 80's I wanna say... they had a REAL bell up there, that would constantly be stolen... mostly be local frats I believe. —OldDavis73
2011-08-30 02:51:25 Maggots? Get real you babies. If there really were maggots in their food, why aren't they shut down? Why did you decide to complain HERE and not to the proper health officials or even see what your legal options were? Everyone and their brother knows Taco Bell is shit but we keep eating it because it's the american way!!!!! —JustinYoder
- Jesus, calm down. I wrote that when I was barely 17. I wasn't there when he found whatever he found in his food. You really think I knew what my legal options were at that age? In short, troll moar. —HannahFolkes
2011-11-14 20:33:08 This play is MUY BUENO as they say South of the border. I have surfed all along the Baha coast, so i know a thing or too about authentic crunch wraps and chalupas. Taco Bell is the REAL DEAL!! THe BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN DAVIS!!!!! —KCSlater
- Is this guy for real?
- No. He says basically the same thing about every fast food restaurant in town. An interesting take on trolling though. - Mikey
2015-06-28 14:45:50 I don't go here expecting great things obviously. But the last 4 times in a row has really sucked. Wrong meat in my food and really really soggy food from soaking wet lettuce. Gross. I'll pay more somewhere else. —Foxismydog
2015-06-29 12:04:29 5th times the charm? —ToddKaiser
2016-02-11 17:32:01 I think the mace location has some store policy of trying to nickel and dime customers, because even though I rarely come here anymore (related), they've almost always gotten my order wrong or "forgotten" sides I pay for. The worst is when they're charging extra for something and they still forget it. Like, I like the sauces they put in their stuff so I sometimes get sides of those and while I used to get a fair amount at other locations, this place barely gives you any. So then you ask for 2, and they'll "forget" and give you one. I'd taken a long break from coming here but remembered how bad it used to be, so I pulled over to check and yep - only one sauce this time too. The fact that this has happened with multiple people makes it seem like it's not the individuals serving, but some manager trying to squeeze profit margins. It's seriously annoying. —iratepotato