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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 #72 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
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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188 reviews 188 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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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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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Marietta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service was excellent and the menu offers everything that anyone would expect. A little on the noisy side but it was expected whether you are inside or outside.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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130 reviews 130 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

On state street with onsite parking which is a big plus. Service good but not great. Food was good but not as good as expected. Shrimp fajitas lots of big shrimp but way too many uncooked onions and a few green peppers. Not impressed.

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Irvine, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great Mexican restaurant, with traditional menu items and a few creative dishes. Outdoor seating with music, and pet friendly. I appreciated the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Several vegan/vegetarian choices.

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We loved eating outdoors at this lively cantina! The hostess seated us quickly considering we did not have a reservation and the service was attentive. The salsa, chips, and guac were excellent. The food however was just average, which was a bit disappointing. I wish we would have liked it, but really, there was nothing special about this restaurant.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere with live music and the food is great even though slightly more pricey compared to other Mexican restaurants. We had a lovely meal at Carlitos and will return in the future.

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Glen Ellen, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Top Tip, After the chips and fresh salsa and we found that a few appetisers do absolutely fine a the portions are pretty large!! Great food

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Monterey Bay, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

wonderful food and good selection of beer, wine ,and tequila. Parking can be a challenge, but the lunch or dinner has lots of reasonable and tasty choices.

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