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Dos Carlitos

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3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-688-0033
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Restaurant Open Early for Dinner in Santa Ynez

Very good but, IMHO, not great, Mexican fare. The decor was tasteful and comfortable. There were two people to greet everyone upon their arrival, but the apparently more-than-adequate staff didn't seem to translate to a great deal of attentiveness to the seated diners' needs. Compared to other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Jeff N
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Gainesville, Georgia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Gainesville, Georgia
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Very good but, IMHO, not great, Mexican fare. The decor was tasteful and comfortable. There were two people to greet everyone upon their arrival, but the apparently more-than-adequate staff didn't seem to translate to a great deal of attentiveness to the seated diners' needs. Compared to other quality Mexican restaurants in Southern CA, the food was somewhat pricey.

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Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I live in Phoeix,so Mexican food is ubiquitous. But I look forward to my annual visits to the Solvang area and never miss the opportunity to have one of my meals at Dos Carlitos. The food is extremely well prepared, flavorful, and generous portion. The guacamole is perfect. I ha the carnitas tacos, tons of meat here. Hubby had the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

House made guacamole (which was comped from a Friendship Pass from For Friends Inn) was delicious, as well as a huge serving. Tasty chips with regular tomato salsa, as well as another salsa of black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, chiles and cilantro. Large entree servings, very good meal.

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Long Beach
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Dos Carlitos is a higher end mexican restaurant. The food was awesome and they made some very tasty margaritas. Had the Al Pastor it was excellent and the salsa was great as well

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Santa Ynez, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good food, good service. The steak burrito is filled with lots of good meat, and is more than I can eat in one meal. So half is taken home for next day's lunch. We eat there at least 3 times a month.

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you want Mexican food but with a fresh take, Dos Carlitos is it. Fun setting and great drinks, patio dinning. We love to go there on a warm summer evening.

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Santa Clarita, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We love Mexican food and eat it often at home and when we travel. There was nothing at all wrong with the food here, but we felt it was just average. The portions are large and the value is good. The server was nice and attentive. We will likely eat here again because we visit the area often and the... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We did not have a great experience at Cos Carlitos. While the food was hot and plentiful the quality was average for a Mexican style restaurant. I have had equal quality at a mom & Pop shops in a variety of Southern California locations. There are so many other Restaurants in Santa Ynez, that unless you have a craving for... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We started here with friends for lunch and they never disappoint. We called ahead and let them k ow we were 7 of us coming in a 1/2 hour and they said "No problem!" and had our table ready for us. The tequila is amazing here, they have the best of the best and the Serrano chile margarita is AMAZING.... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We arrived on a Friday night after going through Los Angeles traffic. We were hungry and thirsty. Had wonderful margaritas to soothe our thirst and a delicious Carnitas burritio. Enjoyed the atmosphere. Had the perfect seat next to the fireplace. Food service was attentive and friendly!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Ynez
  • Phone Number: 805-688-0033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 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?