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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

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Mexican
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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
805-962-7117
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 123
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty and Relatively Affordable

The meal was good, the service was fine and the atmosphere was pleasant. Our party especially enjoyed fish tacos, eggplant quesadillas and a burrito asado. I don't enjoy paying $5 for a bottle of beer ... but, after all, Carlito's is located in Santa Barbara.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bill3763
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Springfield, Missouri
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Springfield, Missouri
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The meal was good, the service was fine and the atmosphere was pleasant. Our party especially enjoyed fish tacos, eggplant quesadillas and a burrito asado. I don't enjoy paying $5 for a bottle of beer ... but, after all, Carlito's is located in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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142 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't understand the great reviews this restaurant garners. Over the years, the prices at Carlito's have risen--$12 for guacamole. It is a generous size, but so is Los Agaves' version, at $5. It used to be one of our "go to" spots, but the decline in the quality of service and mismatch between the menu and what's on your... More 

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Thank Jagggs
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara we asked the Reception staff at our hotel if they could recommend somewhere for us to eat - they recommended Carlitos and we were very pleased they did as it is a great place. The staff were friendly, the food very good and we were able to sit outside on the Terrace, which... More 

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Thank Vicki P
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I went here off of a bartender's recommendation in Paso Robles. Hands down the freshest halibut I've ever had! The patio is pleasant but I wish they had bar seating.

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Thank Amy A
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Good Mexican restaurant with parking just in front. A large choice of Tequila and usual Mexican dishes. Friendly staff and fast service.

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Thank Laurent M
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

First place we visited upon arrival in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara and we were welcomed by fresh margaritas and large shrimp tostadas that were the envy of passers by!

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Thank kmptop10
Los Angeles, California, United States
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103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

My favorite Mexican restaurant in Santa Barbara! Whenever we are here from out of town, this is now our go-to Mexican restaurant. The fajitas are arguably the best that we get in Southern California and this time we tried the albondigas soup. My wife said it tasted just like how her mom makes it. So that's a plus! Usually I... More 

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Thank Gerard R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We were recommended to go here by our hotel - and after a beautiful long drive down the PCH it was a perfect choice. We sat outside under twinkling lights and stayed warm with heaters. Our chicken enchiladas and salmon were delicious. Simply excellent!!!!!

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

My wife had been wanting Mexican food for a couple of days and as this was the first one we came to walking into town we stopped for dinner, now I'm no expert on Mexican food but this was really good, we had the calamari to start and one portion was more than enough for two people, I had the... More 

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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196 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Dined on a Sunday for brunch. Great selections with attentive service. A meal with great guacamole ($12), two salads and Huevos Rancheros ran $62 plus tax and tip.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-962-7117

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 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?