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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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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 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank haztaz69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank wagnerjoerg1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went there for dinner on our last night in Santa Barbara. The service overall was quite good while the restaurant was not very busy. To start we had some guacamole which tasted very good. The same goes for the margarita I...More

Thank the_q81
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We were in the mood for Mexican food and found this place on Open Table. Glad we did, the food was good from the chicken mole tacos to the Sopes. Did I mention the mole? Amazing. Cynthia our waitress was very fun and steered us...More

Thank Jose F
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Waiter was very attentive and served us promptly and made excellent suggestions. Salsa was wonderful and everything (including the pina colada) was delicious and portions were generous.

Thank valkyzyl
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

This is a great Mexican restaurant with a full bar. The patio seating is the best for location on State Street. It’s up out of the riff raff, so has some nice ambiance with the Historic Arlington Theater across the street. Parking is easy. You...More

Thank MandLCarey
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in late. We thought they would turn us away, but no! Come on in. We had a a great server. My wife and I had a great meal. The Tamales and Ponzole was awesome. My wife forgot her purse and...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

The chips, salsa and guacamole are just great!!!! There was so many choices on the menu it was hard to decide. There were 12 of us so we were able to sample many items and share. No matter what we ordered it was terrific. Very...More

Thank Blue P
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We’ve walked past this place a number of times and finally decided to try it. We liked the ambiance and decor and the patio seating option is very nice on a pleasant day or evening. The chips and salsa were quite good. I ordered the...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 6 July 2018

We were staying up the street and it was a short three block walk from our hotel. They have a parking lot with an attendent (to make sure people are not parking there to go somewhere else on State Street) They have two outdoor patios,...More

Thank Cynthia A
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Tom C
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
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  • 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, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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