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Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

965 E. Frontage, Litchfield, MN 55355
(320) 593-0079
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Ranked #1 of 17 restaurants in Litchfield
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 10, 2013
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Dining options: Reservations
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I did not expect such an amazing experience and great food based on the location. Carlitos proves you can't judge a book by its cover. Exceptional food! Love the self serve bar! The owner really does it all and makes ou feel like a regular customer on your first visit. Worth the drive!!! I will be back.

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calgalinmn1956, online manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks so much for stopping into Carlito's and for taking the time to write a review. Jill, the owner of Carlito's, loves it when her customers enjoy the food and the experience. We're glad you found us, and look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Minnesota
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Carlito's is located in a small strip mall in Litchfield, MN. I stop in from time to time and have never had a bad meal there. Jill (the owner) is quite friendly and unique in her own right. You sit where you want and you also get your own drinks (even adult beverages) along with the self-serve chips and salsa... More

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calgalinmn1956, online manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review Carlito's. Jill truly appreciates your positive review and especially that you rate Carlito's as having the best Mexican food in Meeker County!! We look forward to your next visit. More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I would echo others comments of "fresh and inviting" and "great Mexican food in an unexpected place". Self-serve drinks and chips/salsa changes things up a bit. Food was good, nice balance of seasonings, hot and fresh for sure. My wife and I will be bringing our kids back for our next visit!

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calgalinmn1956, Guest Relations Manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and would like to thank you for taking the time to review Carlito's. Jill and her crew look forward to seeing you and your family again soon. More

Hutchinson, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Met a friend here at her recommendation, and just about missed the place to begin with!! The place is small, not flashy in the least, but it's like walking into the "Cheers" bar where the owner Jill I'm pretty sure knows everyone's name, and if she doesn't she makes sure that before you leave she does! This is very different... More

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calgalinmn1956, Guest Relations Manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

We enjoyed reading your review and want to thank you for taking the time to write it. Nothing makes Jill happier than knowing that her customers liked the food, and had a fun experience. She works hard to provide authentic and tasty food. Hope to see you again soon. More

St Paul, MN
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Great mexican food in a very unexpected place, A hole in the wall kind of place in a small strip mall attached to a grocery store. I could have easily missed it. I walked in and was told where to sit and then told to go to the cooler and get whatever I wanted to drink. Menu on the wall... More

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calgalinmn1956, Manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

So glad you found Carlito's, and that you enjoyed your visit. Jill works hard to ensure that delicious, authentic food is served at her restaurant. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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170 reviews 170 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Worth the drive...no matter where you live.. This is authentic mexican all the way...Its run by a great and entertaining lady that adds to the experience... I recommend anything she says...I have been here several times with everything top notch, both on taste and experience. Its one of the most inviting restaurants I have ever been to and that is... More

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calgalinmn1956, online manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

Carlito's thanks you for taking the time to write this review, and for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. More

Minnesota
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Carlito's is the way I imagine small restaurants were run 50 years ago. The owner is there, welcomes you at the door, and probably remembers your name, or at least remembers that you've been there before. That's just the beginning. Whe she stops to chat and take your order, if you tell her you're in the mood for, say, seafood,... More

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calgalinmn1956, online manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your recent visit to Carlito's and would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review. Jill works hard to ensure that her customers have an enjoyable experience, and appreciates your positive words about her restaurant. Hope to see you again soon at Carlito's. More

Sioux City, Iowa
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152 reviews 152 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

What can I say about Carlito's? I love everything about it. My sister lives in Litchfield and when I visit, I request a trip to Carlito's. Do not expect fancy and do not expect speedy service if they are crowded. The owner does it all - she takes the orders, presents the orders, and rings up the tabs. However, she... More

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful review of Carlitos. Jill, the owner of Carlto's, works hard to make Carlito's food authentic and delicious, and her restaurant an enjoyable experience for her customers. She asked me to respond to your review to let you know that she truly appreciated your kind words. She looks forward to seeing you again the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

great food, real food, better the El Lorros! Great prices. If you're ever driving Hwy 12/394 through Litchfield, you MUST stop. She takes orders by phone too! We take all our out of town guests there!

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calgalinmn1956, online manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review, and for your loyalty to Carlito's. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Minnetonka, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We had never been to Litchfield before and stopped at this little Mexican restaurant in a strip mall for lunch. An incredible experience! The owner (sorry I didn't ask her name) greeted us warmly and invited us to help ourselves to drinks (e.g. Mexican beer) from the fridge. She learned Mexican cooking in Mexico and takes pride in serving authentic... More

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calgalinmn1956, online manager at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, responded to this review

We are happy that you found Carlito's on your first trip to Litchfield, and would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review. We will look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in our neighborhood. More

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