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Carmelitas

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217 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-7829
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
always busy and always good!

Great food and reasonable prices. Fun crowd. Great service. Always busy, so make a reservation, or go early.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
rhondasworld
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Laguna Beach, California
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Laguna Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food and reasonable prices. Fun crowd. Great service. Always busy, so make a reservation, or go early.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. Servers are very friendly. Must try the cilantro cucumber Margeritas. Make sure you make reservations!

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Huntington Beach, CA
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is an upscale and very small Mexican restaurant. The margaritas are great, especially love the jalapeno versions, but they are very spicy and not for the faint of palate. The restaurant is kept quite dark, more candles on the tables would be nice and there is a high noise level, surprising for the small size. The food is very... More 

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Vista, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This restaurant had good reviews online and the concierge at our hotel said it was good so my husband and I had lunch here. I tried the Strawberry Jalapeno margarita. Did not care for the flavor at all. The bartender said they only use fresh strawberry puree-there were bits of strawberries in the drink but it didn't have much of... More 

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Trying for ambiance, but so dark - had hard time reading menu. Got there before the dinner rush - make reservations. Ordered the lobster chalupa appetizer. Good but very messy and no plate to eat from, just the appetizer board. For a "finger" food - very very messy. Good Margarita, attentive staff.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Someone recommended this restaurant to me so my husband and I went for breakfast. Not many people there so we were a little worried. No reason to worry--the food was great! We would definitely return.

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Maryland
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221 reviews 221 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Starting with the salsa and bean dip, we knew we were going to have a good meal, which we did. Each of the 4 of us was happy with both the food and the very friendly service. It was a good place to meet friends coming down from LA and for us driving up from Encinitas. I would definitely go... More 

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Newport Beach, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We love Camelitas! The service is always great and the food is always delicious, start with a margarita!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The chips and salsa we beyond yummy. I ate so many of them! The only negative is the bean dip has pork in it which I don't understand. I can't eat pork so I wasn't able to eat it. I ordered the Shrimp Faijtas and they were really really good. The view of Laguna beach was beautiful. So it was... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

This was our 2bd visit - the first was in April. If you like margarita's, try the roasted pineapple. The deconstructed guacamole, inventive and tasty. Roasted pork, yum. Shrimp appetizer. Ask if there us a secret chef creation - when we were just there- lobster rellenos.Service us exceptional!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 217 Broadway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: (949) 715-7829

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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