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“Very Good, Very Inexpensive Cuban Dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlos & Lucia's

Carlos & Lucia's
Avenida Cameron Sabalo #2000 | Golden Zone, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
6699135677
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Ranked #17 of 248 Restaurants in Mazatlan
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Great Cuban restaurant toward the north end of the Golden Zone.
Saguatuck, MI
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Very Good, Very Inexpensive Cuban Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is a casual place, good food, inexpensive with good service. We had lunch here, ordering an entree each. The two of us could easily have shared one. The food is nicely spiced, nicely flavored. It’s not in the same category as Topolo, Pancho’s, El Aljibe or others that would be called fine dining. This is basic, casual but good and cheap. The map locator on Tripadvisor won’t get you here. Its across from the Palms Resort, North of El Cid, near Restaurant Lasa Country.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Treated like Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

"Come on in, there's no time share presentations here my friends..." This is how my wife and I met Carlos, patriarch of the family run Cuban/Mexican restaurant Carlos & Lucia's. It really is a family affair with Carlos and Lucia and their kids Carlitos and Jacqueline all chipping in to serve you and make this the one place you absolutely have to come back to in Maz. My wife and I visited twice during our week in Maz and would have returned a third time if time had allowed. The restaurant has a great ambience, filled with Cuban souvenirs and an eclectic mix of other family memories. The mojitos are amazing and a joy to watch being prepared as they pulverize the mint in a mortar & pestle, giving it a flavour unlike any other. The service is top notch, with every diner in the place feeling like an extended member of the family whether it's their first time there or their 50th. A few particularly great dishes on the menu are the Cuban Sandwich with plantains ($70MX), the Shrimp Fajitas ($110MX), the Tacos Carlos or Lucia ($75MX), and the amazing Banana Temptation for 2 dessert ($70MX). The restaurant is found in the strip of restaurants just north of the El Cid complex in the Golden Zone, but is worth the trip regardless of where you're staying in Maz. This was truly our favourite dining experience in a city of great food and ambience!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Markham, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Bring Cash”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Nice little family run friendly place. Your servers will be Carlos, Lucia or their daughter. Food was O K but the service was lacking. No one seemed to be taking charge and we were asked three times by all three if our orders had been taken. Once the crowd dispersed Lucia and her daughter sat at the table and we had a great conversation about 'things'. So go before the rush or after to get the full experience.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Winnipeg, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“They treat you like a welcome guest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Carlos and Marty are so warm and welcoming. The Mojitos are first rate, the food excellent but what puts then apart is their warmth and hospitality. Do not miss this gem of a restaurant!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Everyone's treated like family!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The food was good, although not the best we had on our trip, and the atmosphere was celebratory and fun! We enjoyed the Cuban flavors and hearing some of the owner's stories of how they came to Mazatlan. It's worth the trip!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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