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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Excellent food and service

Centrally located in downtown Laguna Beach with attentive, excellent food and service. Recommend without hesitation for some of the best Mexican food you will ever have.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Patrick M
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Laguna Beach, California
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Laguna Beach, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Centrally located in downtown Laguna Beach with attentive, excellent food and service. Recommend without hesitation for some of the best Mexican food you will ever have.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My seafood enchaladas were very good, my husband said his fish tacos were average. We waited 35-40 mins which was longer then we actually spent inside dining. The drinks were good, I preferred mine over my husbands, I had the pineapple jalapeño and my husband had the cucumber cilantro, a bit too sweet for my taste. The bill was a... More 

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Solomons, Maryland
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117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Absolutely one of the best places I've ever eaten at!! The food was delicious!! The service was good and the prices were decent.

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I love this place! for me it was the perfect combination of contemporary dining fused with traditional culinary techniques... Whatever they're doing - it works! We started with the standard Guacamole - the texture was good - chunky but well blended; flavorful, spicy but not overbearing generous portions, and the chips were hot and crispy; next the Crab Jalapenos with... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went in for dinner and chose to sit at the bar instead of waiting. I had the fish tacos and my husband had the ribs. We were very impressed! I also tried a pineapple jalapeño margarita at the bartenders recommendation. Very good!! We will definitely eat here again.

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Germantown, TN
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Came here for dinner based on positive reviews. It was okay. The tables are too close together. We were seated at a small table in a row of tables facing a long bench on the wall. I sat on the bench side and my husband was in a chair on the other side of the table. One table next to... More 

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anon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We ate a mid-afternoon meal at Carmelitas with friends visiting from Japan who had never eaten Mexican food. We ordered from the appetizers selections and enjoyed flavorful, delicious food. It was a nice atmosphere, just one block from the beach, and great service.

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Laguna Beach, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My husband and I, local to the area, have heard the buzz about Carmelita's (directly across from Main Beach) weekend breakfast offerings over the last year, so we decided to try it. Restaurant was very welcoming, service was impeccable and a simple menu was presented (one small page, picture included). I decided on the spinach and tomato omelet, made with... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

There are lots of places to eat in Laguna Beach, and if you're a tourist, its sometimes hard to figure out what is overpriced, pedestrian, tourist food, or something special. Fortunately, Carmelitas takes the guess work out of deciding, particularly if you like Mexican Food. First they have great Margaritas, reasonably priced for Laguna ($10 for a Margarita while one... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wonderful food, great salsa and chips. We had made reservations ahead of time; they were busy, but definitely worth the wait. I'll eat there again when I'm in Laguna.

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Additional Information about Carmelitas

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

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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?