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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 #82 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Goleta, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Carlitos is located on State St across from the Arlington Theater. It has very limited parking in the adjacent lot that is monitored by an attendant. Food is Latin inspired and generous portions are served. On a sunny day the patio has lots of tables and you can enjoy yourself while catching some rays. I had the chicken sopes today,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Seafood was divine- particularly calamari. The fish tacos were also good but not as good as other places further south in CA. Good service and fair prices - this is a solid option for mid level but not in the same league as Jane, Toma etc in SB

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Vancouver, Canada
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121 reviews 121 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Was on a quest for a quality Chili Relleno and thought a Santa Barbara restaurant might satisfy the yen. Was hard to even find a restaurant with them on the menu. Carlitos had them, so I ordered two. Very large plate of food , well presented. Sadly, the Chili Rellenos were good, .....but not really good or great! The rest... More 

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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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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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22 reviews 22 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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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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