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Dos Carlitos

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

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    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
'Comida Increible!

This place is a must go to for Mexican food in the Santa Ynez area. The atmosphere is open, yet cozy and rustic. The black bean and corn salsa is superb. Do not leave without having the Eggplant Quesadilla appetizer, its components are one of the most perfect flavor combinations ever, plus it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
Bruinjeepman
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Los Angeles, California
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I appreciate the efforts of this restaurants' desire to be authentic mexican food, it is anything but authentic. All the staff is Caucasian. & not one of them could answer me a question about what type of chiles were in my salsa. Food had no flavor! no cumin, oreganos, or any spices!! & VERY EXPENSIVE & NOT WORTH IT!! I... More 

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Thank Vicki M
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very popular place, so book in advance. Great selection of tequila and Margaritas. I had the swordfish tacos which i can thoroughly recommend. As you wait for your food, yiu get served nachos and dips which in themselves are tasty and filling.

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Thank KAWJuba
Santa Rosa, CA
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92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Had a family dinner and was impressed. I had the posole and found it to be spot on. Other dishes around the table satisfied other family members. Margaritas were very good, and the tequila tasting menu provided a nice dessert. Food was served warm and service was excellent.

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Thank Chipol
Palm Springs, California
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151 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

My food was cold, bland and very average. Good tequila choices and very busy with a good vibe. Maybe I ordered wrong? Friends were not impressed either. Eggplant appetizer was good though.

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Thank R K
Los Angeles, California
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231 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

This place is a must go to for Mexican food in the Santa Ynez area. The atmosphere is open, yet cozy and rustic. The black bean and corn salsa is superb. Do not leave without having the Eggplant Quesadilla appetizer, its components are one of the most perfect flavor combinations ever, plus it's enough for an entire meal. The food... More 

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Thank Bruinjeepman
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I spent a week in SY and had a couple of meals here. There is indoor and outdoor dining, which is a plus in the sunny valley. They do have a great tequila selection and lots of good margaritas. The interior is spacious but my sizzling' fajitas took up most of the table. I do have to say that you'll... More 

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Thank goldtoothedvillains
Solvang, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Awesome food, great atmosphere and servers are friendly and helpful, they have an awesome tequila selection and samplers as well. Make reservations they are popular and rightly so

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Thank Diane m
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I had the steak fajitas and it was a big enough portion for two. Not a large selection to choose from and I would not call it authentic Mexican but it was delicious and I would highly recommend this place. They served black beans instead of refried beans. When they gave the complimentary chips and salsa they brought two dishes... More 

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Thank Quinn P
Palm Springs, California
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Excellent Mexican food in an area where you wouldn't expect it? We enjoyed dinner with a large group (10), and everything was great. Entree choices are beyond the typical Mexican combinations, and everyone enjoyed their dinners. Tequila and margaritas are outstanding! Would definitely return and very much recommend Dos Carlitos!

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Thank PSBil
Southern California
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158 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Great Mexican food. Not what I would call authentic - much better. Large portions and very flavorful. Can get rather crowded so go early.

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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: Mexican, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
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?