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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
+1 805-962-7117
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Carlito’s is a popular spot for locals and tourists. It has both inside and outside dining and although it offers typical Mexican fare, it’s very good quality. The Caesar salad was fresh-tasting with the right balance of greens to dressing. I had the Gambas Al...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had Cadillac margarita’s that were the best ever! I had the three tamale sampler, really good-especially the cheese, corn and poblano Chile one. Hubby had the combo enchilada and taco with a Cesar salad also very good. Get there early seating inside and out,...More

Thank lmyers21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited recently and wanted Mexican food and this looked like a good place to eat. We were shown to a table and given a menu but then nothing happened for 15-20 minutes. There were plenty of staff standing around but they didn't seem interested...More

Thank dp6464
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited with Santa Barbara friends. One of their favorite places and now mine also. The staff are fantastic.

Thank Charles H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Had another wonderful dinner at Carlitos this weekend. I especially love the fact they use fresh ingredients and cut way back on the grease. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a warm fall night and live entertainment. Jesus our server was FANTASTIC!!!! He...More

Thank Tom K
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We came on a Friday evening, having obtained a reservation through Open Table. There is parking in the little strip mall (if you arrive early enough); we ate outside and it was breezy and cool, but then they fired up the heat lamps. Great location...More

Thank CKmom_4
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Sat outside and had a very enjoyable and tasty Mexican meal, good service, we had a burrito and enchiladas.

Thank martin p
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

October 1st (my birthday), my husband and I had lunch with my niece at Carlitos on their outdoor patio and it was perfect. My niece, who is lucky enough to actually live in Santa Barbara, suggested Carlitos for a special lunch with her favorite aunt...More

Thank Lori K
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Went there based on a recommendation of a local when we were in town from the East Coast. Great food, great service and a real friendly staff. My wife adored the Patron Margheritas. Truly a great place to eat at.

Thank coachee1313
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This was the worst service ever. Nonexistent! We were ignored. No drinks, no chips,o food order. Never going back!

Thank Claire H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117
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