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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” (42 reviews)
“fajitas” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
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 5 days ago via mobile

When you walk on state street and pass by this place, you ll feel like this is the place to be: great terrace, live music, busy... but when you are a guest, it is simply a place like any other; service is slow, live music...More

Thank hitchthehiker2000
Reviewed 16 April 2018

We were luck to get an outside table here as walk ins on a busy Friday night but were so pleased that we did. Great, fresh fajitas, Margaritas, Tortilla chips and excellent live music. It was perfect for a family meal and couldn't be faulted

Thank timajacksoin
Reviewed 31 March 2018

We stopped in unexpectedly as our plans for the evening fell through. We normally go to great lengths to do research to ensure we aren't going to be disappointed. FAIL! Carlitos was busy and the atmosphere felt great, so we took a chance. We ordered...More

Thank tadders
Reviewed 27 March 2018

A busy restaurant on a Saturday evening. Friendly service. Good varied choice on the menu. Hot, fresh, and tasty. Good value too

Thank davidh of england
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I have an affinity for sopes and Carlitos is damn good! They come on a huge plate filled with goodness and salsa and I want another right now! Go there with an appetite for sure. They also have a full bar with great margaritas. A...More

Thank DanielleRenee805
Reviewed 23 February 2018

I was reared in the Southwest and coastal SoCal, lived in Mexico. I consider the chili relleno one of the true tests of U.S. Mexican cooking. The batter should be crisp not soggy, the chili fork-tender and full of cheese, the sauce flavorful. The relleno...More

Thank llionlady
Reviewed 18 January 2018

We had chicken / shrimp fajitas and both were excellent. The restaurant was very busy as apart from being popular, there was a concert on that evening, so booking might be advisable if you want to make sure of your table. The staff were very...More

Thank MikeAtsill
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We ate here two days in a row we liked it so much! High quality ingredients, the most delicious Mexican food we have ever had. (And as Southern Californians, we have had a lot in our lifetime)

Thank Annette S
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

I had not been to this restaurant in many years because I remembered the menu was not vegetarian friendly. I recently went with my carnivore son and other family members. I was prepared to have some salad. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a...More

Thank vjinsb
Reviewed 14 December 2017 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
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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
  • 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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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