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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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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“guacamole” (43 reviews)
“fajitas” (25 reviews)
“pozole” (9 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

It’s amazing to even know of a restaurant surviving 40 years. We were here 8 years ago and their guacamole dip was just as delicious as we remembered it. So delicious! We tried their halibut ceviche this time and it was very fresh and tasty....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Famluv2travel
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

The location is great and you can eat inside or out. The food was wonderful and the marguerita was fantastic.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ppark0927
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Delicious food at very responsible prices. Nice restaurant with outdoor seating. Fast service and clean.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Jackson321
Reviewed 24 October 2018

IT`s always fast and great food.We always dine on the patio warm weather and warm servers .drinks are good and strong the best stop before a concert at the bowl we all ways to forget to slip a meal so good and big.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank rickalbropainting
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Really good Mexican food, highlighted by the homemade guacamole and meats and fish that are grilled and would stand in their own. On some nights they have live music and a great patio area for warm nights. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Reasonable prices for...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SG200-2017
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Ate on the patio on a beautiful October day. I had the a la carte Chile relleno because I didn’t want to fill up. It was plenty of food for me and it was good. Husband had the chicken enchilada plate and he thought his...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank maryaling
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We stopped here for an early dinner one night while visiting Santa Barbara. Sat at an outside table since it was so nice. I was little surprised by the price for the Guac BUT it was just about the best I've had. Nice big chunks...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank beachmama595
Reviewed 24 September 2018

There had been a while since we last went to this restaurant. Today, we asked ourselves where can we get a good Mexican meal and could only think of Carlitos. We live just half hour away and do not mind the drive to go get...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank TAluis
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Lunch on the patio with family was really nice. Service was good. Guac was awesome. Mexican food was a different style then I'm used to so I wasn't excited about it. It was OK, just not my style.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank haztaz69
Reviewed 30 August 2018

We got this restaurant recommended by the hotel stuff as the best mexican place in town. We ordered tacos with seafood, a soup and tacos with chicken. The seafood, I didn't digest at all. Maybe my stomach, maybe the fish was not good anymore -...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank wagnerjoerg1965
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20 May 2018|
Response from llionlady | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know. Probably too much. Go to Los Arroyos in Montecito for much better Mexican food.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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