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Dos Carlitos

Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
+1 805-688-0033
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Santa Ynez, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is always consistent as are the drinks. This is definitely a local spot. We end up here when nothing else seems to fit the bill.

Thank MerQueen
Stockholm, Sweden
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628 reviews
376 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First, if you want a romantic dinner go somewhere else. This place has many happy people with happy voices. We had really good margaritas. And the combo plate with burritos and tacos was nice! Do reserve a table, long line if people waiting.

Thank R_Sweden
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I made reservations a week in advance. The morning of our dinner I received a confirmation call. That was the first awesome thing that happened! Reservations were for 815p. Our party of 8 arrived at 730 and decided to see if we could be seated early. It was a full house but they were able to accommodate our early arrival!... More 

Thank Jen D
Morro Bay, California
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167 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Made a stop here on the way home and thy never disappoint. From their hot chips with two different salsas (one red, one with black beans, corn and a whole lot of goodness). I was glad we were there for lunch menu because I just LOVE their Huevos Rancheros. Crispy form tortilla, tasty black beans (and I hate black beans)... More 

Thank jamaicabitty
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Surprisingly delicious and excellent service! We can't wait to return to the Santa Ynez area so we can dine at this delightful restaurant again. It was a birthday celebration and Dos Carlitos did not disappoint.

Thank fltravelwriter
Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The 1st time I visited Dos Carlitos it was a great experience. I sat at the bar initially and the service was not great but managed to get there in time just for one happy hour drink. The 2nd time just over X-mas was far too crowded. They were short staffed as they told me. We had a 45 +... More 

Thank Lisasview
Santa Ynez, California, United States
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Can't recommend this place enough. Some businesses just get it all right, and they sure did at Dos Carlito's. Great Mexican food, welcoming and warm staff–who remember you when you've been there a bunch. And what you like to eat and drink. Great ambience and decor. My only criticism is that it gets very busy and noisy at the regular... More 

Thank Sandy N
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We had a delicious dinner here and the worst margaritas ever. Skip the latter and try another drink, because the food is great. I had the Carne Asada - huge chunk of tender meat along with a tasty cheese enchilada and Spanish rice (I skipped the frijoles). The Enchiladas Verde was excellent also. Huge portions. Salsa was tasty, chips were... More 

Thank BoomerBabe
Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Lunch menu seemed limited at first, but then I realized why. This is fine dining Mexican-style. Dishes are not conventional and very nicely prepared.

Thank Richard B
Solvang, California
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146 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

My husband and I hadn't been here for a while and decided to have a special dinner out. The interior of the building is really lovely with high beamed ceilings and framed with a fireplace at one end by the bar. We did not have a reservation but nonetheless were seated promptly by a friendly staff person. We did notice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Ynez
  • Phone Number: +1 805-688-0033

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