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Cafe Carlos

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6016 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 439-8448
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Cafe Carlos offers great Mexican food at a great price with great service. Pepe and his wife welcome you, remember you, feed you well and keep you coming back for more. We typically go for dinner (my husband loves the chimichangas), but we recently had brunch at Cafe Carlos. The eggs were cooked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Santacruzin2u
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Santa Cruz, California
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37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Cafe Carlos offers great Mexican food at a great price with great service. Pepe and his wife welcome you, remember you, feed you well and keep you coming back for more. We typically go for dinner (my husband loves the chimichangas), but we recently had brunch at Cafe Carlos. The eggs were cooked to perfection and loaded with delicious chorizo.... More 

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Scotts Valley, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I have only eaten at Café Carlos once with my family. The food was good and hot when served. Nice atmosphere. Somewhat hidden behind the Chevron Station at the Granite Creek end of Scotts Valley Drive. Seemed to get the orders ready in a reasonable amount of time and we all enjoyed our meal.

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Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Great food in this hidden gem! Carlos is very welcoming and had no problem adjusting several of our orders. The food was fantastic!!

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Scotts Valley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Excellent Mexican food. We have been eating here since it opened. Pepe, the owner and main waiter, is so friendly and hard working.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at this restaurant for as long as I can remember. In my opinion it is the best Mexican food around, hands-down. Pepe is a wonderful man, friendly and hard working. My experience has always been that when you walk in the door your senses are overwhelmed by the smell of cleaning products. It is off-putting, but we... More 

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Scotts Valley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have tried several Mexican restaurants and Cafe Carlos food is one of the best. We like the Shrimp Burrito, Fajitas and the kids love the Enchiladas.

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Gervais
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Best of the Best. I was here a month ago and ordered a Tostada Ensalada and fries. both were excellent. I am a healthy eater and couldn't finish the Salad and it was the best I have ever had so I had incentive to eat it. I spole with the owner who was very kind but was concerned about the... More 

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Baton Rouge
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Now I must admit I didn't eat at every Mexican Restaurant in Scotts Valley but I did get to eat at Café Carlos. I had a Chicken Burrito and it was EXCELLENT. One of the best I've had. Eat one of these babies and you won't walk away hungry. I will eat there again.

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North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Had a great dinner at this little place tucked behind a Jack in the Box and finding it was tricky but so worth it. The owner/waiter/host/ was just sooo incredible. The salsa was home made and could not have tasted better and our entrees were really good as well. NOT fancy at all just your home town Mexican restaurant with... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Small, but pretty nice - walk from the Best Western. TA wants more than I have to say so here is some Lorem Ipsum: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer nec odio. Praesent libero. Sed cursus ante dapibus diam. Sed nisi. Nulla quis sem at nibh elementum imperdiet. Duis sagittis ipsum. Praesent mauris. Fusce nec tellus sed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6016 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Scotts Valley
  • Phone Number: (831) 439-8448

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
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 - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?