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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 106
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    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
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Located right across the street from Main beach. Fantastic food, great drinks, friendly service. Will absolutely come again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Located right across the street from Main beach. Fantastic food, great drinks, friendly service. Will absolutely come again!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Am I the only one that is disappointed with the food?? We heard great things about Carmelita's so we decided to try it. We went very early on a Friday night thinking we could beat the crowds ... No such luck. We got there around 5pm and was told it was an hour wait for dinner. We decided to wait.... More 

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Windsor, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I had three different preparations using seafood. One was a stuffed jalapeno, one was a tostada and the third was a shrimp taco. Very tasty. My husband had a chicken chimichanga that was delicious, but a very substantial portion (easily shared). The guacamole had chunks of avocado and is well worth getting it as an appetizer. Service was very good

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Carmelitas was very good. My husband and I got the queso appetizer and halibut fish taco's to share. The fish was great, meaty fish and the queso was so cheesy! The server brought out chips and salsa to start which was also good. Nothing to complain about.

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Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Fantastic food, service and margarita. I highly recommend sitting at the bar and socializing with the bartenders and the locals that are very proud of this restaurant. Within steps of the beach!

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Mesquite
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Take your time, relax, not a fast meal. Tasty Margarita, to much ice. Habanera salsa hot, black bean dip yummy. Guacamole mmmmmm. Jalapeño Poppers tasty, tad fishy. Chili verde not bad, I prefer a tad more cumin. Relleno very good. Fish tacos outstanding. Burpppppppp!

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Ansonia, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went with another couple on our first night in Laguna Beach. The food and drink were excellent. The bartender was very generous with his pours. The margharitas were great. The food portions were very large. The burritos looked like a small log. My wife and her friend decided to split one because they were so big. I had the... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

As others have said, you are packed in, and you pay the Laguna Beaching pricing model, but the food was excellent. Even the chips and salsa were exceptional. All four of us cleaned our plates. My colleagues raved about their pork dishes. I had the oaxacan steak tacos and they were superb. Service was good as well. Would definitely return... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Waiter was amazing. Food definitely a cut above. My fish tacos however were tiny and there were only 2 for $20 so it's a bit overpriced....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great food excellent service well crafted drinks went with wife and children (11 &,16). Everyone loved it. Carnitas especially good.

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?