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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
805-962-7117
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Ranked #70 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have been patrons of Carlitos for a number of years. The food is delicious, good service, if not a bit overpriced. Everything on the menu is good, as well as their margarita's. A great destination restaurant!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner here~Tapas style. The food was excellent. We would recommend this restaurant that is close to State Street.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The food was delicious with lovely fresh flavours and huge portions. We sat in an outdoor terrace area lit with fairy lights. Both of my teens ate from the children's menu which was excellent value. Definitely recommended.

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North Haven, Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This restaurant has very pleasant outside seating. My wife and I both ordered the veggie plate (I forgot the exact name of the menu item), which was huge and included braised squash, onion, chopped tomatoes, and greens on top of tortillas, rice, and beans. It was not very flavorful but fresh and appealing. We did not have much time and... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The grilled vegetable tostada was full of fresh flavor enhanced by the soft breezes in the cheerful outdoor eating area. We were having a late lunch but the staff were happy to serve us. The menu was full of fish options as well as grilled chicken. A pleasant dining experience.

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California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Five of us ate dinner at Carlitos and we all agreed it was the best prepared Mexican food we have ever had and the portions were large. The waitress was efficient, helpful and friendly and was able to answer our questions.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We choosed three different dishes. Everything was very good. Too big dishes. Sad to throw away that much good food.

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London, United Kingdom
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205 reviews 205 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It's a little above fast-food but came with really friendly service. Great prawn empanadas, decent margaritas. In fact pretty much everything was good. But the service was what put this restaurant above all the rest. Highly recommended.

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Hostess was nice. We were seated and then ordered water and guacamole and chips. The guacamole was fair but after a couple bites I only ate the free salsa with the chips. After 15 minutes we still did not have any water and had not seen our waiter again. I flagged down the hostess to get water and she found... More

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New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

When you walk up to a hostess with no reservation and the place is packed, and she greets you warmly and finds you the perfect table, it sets the right mood. Then, you order a mango margarita and it continues. The shrimp tacos and enchiladas with mole sauce were both amazing. Fresh hot chips and salsa were yummy. And the... More

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Additional Information about Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
Phone Number: 805-962-7117
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Mexican

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