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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
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Ranked #100 of 454 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I've been going to carlitos for many years now and it is one of mine and my friends fav places for a girls night out! Gotta sit on the patio! On the weekends they have a live band and it is so fun. Get the fajitas they come out with a flame. Good drinks always a fun time

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Mission Viejo
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We come to Santa Barbara 3 - 4 times each year and we always have dinner at least one night at Carlitos. This time, it was a pretty chilly evening but we sat outside under the patio heaters and we were very comfortable. The Cadillac Margaritas are among the best we've had anywhere, including Mexico. The guacamole is fantastic. We... More 

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Chino Hills
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The food was very good as well as the service. Disliked the tiny bathroom. Liked that the restaurant was in walking distance to the Simpson House Inn where we stayed.

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Newport, Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a family Christmas Eve dinner with 11 people (4 of them kids) outside at one table. The service was cheerful and efficient -- alot of attention was paid to the kids food and drink (somewhat picky eaters). There was plenty of wonderful food that was well presented. They were very busy, but were able to give us plenty... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We dined at Carlitos on December 21, 2014. I found the food to be below average. The service was okay and y'all be honest was was okay it was a nice evening out so we decided to dine outside however her table was overlooking a parking lot in a fairly busy street. We understand there is a better Mexican restaurant... More 

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San Diego, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

At first we were shocked by the prices, but it's due to the portion sizes. My Vegetable Tostada fed me for 2 days - excellent flavor and enormous portion. Fast service.

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Visalia, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This looks like a little Mexican joint went in expecting good food it was mediocre but super expensive!!! For 2 adults a teen & a toddler 1 alcoholic beverage over $100 ridiculous I'm not in a fancy steak joint. Food was only ok not worth the $$$

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San Antonio, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We happened to cross this place while walking along state street on our recent visit to Santa Barbara. They have plentiful indoor and outdoor seating and even though we did not have a reservation, they were able to accommodate a outdoor table for us on a splendid sunny afternoon. The service was really great...we didn't even have to ask for... More 

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Big Bear Region, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It is very rare for us to give a one star review. A place has to have either terrible food or service. This one had horrendous service!!!!! We didn't really have much of a chance to try the food - we did get an appetizer and it was quite good - but the waiter was so extremely rude, we walked... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

There is a lot of very average Mexican restaurants. Fortunately Carlitos in Santa Barbara is not one of those places. It is rare that we visit Santa Barbara that Carlotos isn't among our stops. Regardless of the weather, the patio is the place to sit. Whether on a sunny day under an umbrella or a chilly evening next to a... 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
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Mexican

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