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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
+1 805-962-7117
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had Chicken Enchiladas, they were superb. The service is top notch. Outdoor seating is also warm, due to tons of heaters. Service was excellent. I will be back here for sure

Thank TechIntellect84
Lodi, California
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160 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived sharply for our 7:30 reservation time and were quickly shown to an outside table. Unfortunately the table next to us was occupied by a group of very noisy partiers. The hostess vanished before we could express our dissatisfaction (we shouldn't have been seated there). I located her and we were promptly moved to an acceptable table. I told... More 

Thank Randall-Anne
Vancouver, Canada
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785 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to Carlitos Mexican Restaurant for lunch one day in March. Seating indoors and out, busy, pleasant service. I had Mexcian Meatbell soup or, as those in the know call it, Albondigas Soup. It was excellent. Recommended.

Thank Linda S
Atlanta, Georgia
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507 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The chips were superb at Carlitos and served with 2 kinds of dip, a traditional salsa and a bean and corn dip. Best chips and dips I have ever had in a Mexican restaurant. The grilled chicken salad was enormous and delicious. The waiter recommended ordering it a bit chopped with two dressins, a vinegrette and something a bit spicier.... More 

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Ojai, California
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Quality Mexican food menu with excellent choices. The margaritas are delicious. Right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.+

Thank RozDe
Las Vegas, Nevada
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134 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This place is in a strip mall with limited parking so street parking may be the only option. The interior is decorated well and the patio is sunny and airy. The food was plentiful and delicious. Consider sharing a meal if you are a light eater.

Thank MLE0904
Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Here with a family of 4. Had 3 mains and we have leftovers. A must for Mexican food lover. Though the prices are quite high. But the portion might compensate if u are willing to share with the other people on your table.

Thank 985ab564
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous restaurant! Best out- for-dinner event of our week stay in Santa Barbara. Add Carlitos to you "must do" list.

Thank Ron E
Waimea, Hawaii
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Party of 8 on a Tuesday night. Service was glacially slow. My entree was served last and it was cold. It took a few minute to get the staffs attention and my plate was taken away. I was very nice about the problem. Just requested the heat my plate. By the time I was brought a new plate, my friends... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I took my boo to Carlitos for his birthday (it was his first.time visiting the restaurant. I was disappointed...the service has gone down. It appear that they were short handed with staff.. I had to grab the hostess to let her know that no one had taking our order. Once the waiter arrived he had salas and chips we ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 35
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?