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“Bland Mexican Food” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Dos Carlitos

Dos Carlitos
3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
805-688-0033
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Ranked #5 of 17 Restaurants in Santa Ynez
Cuisines: South American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Algonquin, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Bland Mexican Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We decided to eat at Dos Carlitos after walking by and seeing people eat outside. It looked good. This ended up being the only bad meal on our vacation. The service was great and we got a table right away. Their guacamole is okay and you get a large portion, but it doesn't have any flavor whatsoever. I had the mahi tacos and the fish was like rubber with absolutely no taste. The beans and salsa added no flavor either. My son had the ribs which were probably the best item we ordered. The sauce on the ribs wasn't like a bbq sauce however and tasted like balsamic vinegar. His mashed potatoes were good. My husband had the carnitas and they were tasteless and bland as well. It was the same thing with the chicken tacos. I don't know how people give this restaurant an excellent rating. Walk down the street to SY Kitchen where the food and the service is outstanding.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Food I've had in California”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

On a recent trip to Santa Ynez I searched for a nice place for dinner and selected Dos Carlitos based on the Tripadvisor reviews. Everything in this restaurant was perfect. I didnt have a reservation, yet the wait was about 15 minutes long, even when the restaurant was full. The service was impecable, the margaritas' were excellent (they have many tequila choices) and the food was just yummy. I met one of the owners briefly and he was friendly and corteous. Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having s great time. I loved this place, I highly recommend and will definetively be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Willoughby, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Great salsa!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This might be the best Mexican restaurant we've ever been to. It starts with unbelievable salsa and a homemade bean/corn salsa too (we're still trying to figure out what's in it!). The meals and service were excellent. Great location to surrounding wineries and towns. It's a must visit if you're in the Santa Ynez valley!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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115 reviews 115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Mexican food in a fun place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is very good Mexican food. Served very efficiently and all food was very warm. To me it is true Mexican. Ate their twice and both times each server was friendly and very efficient. The atmosphere is fun and the bar can be a bit noisy at times but it never seemed to last long. There is eating on the outside, but it is next to a street. They have done a good job trying to shield the street.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We decided to try this place and we were not disappointed! Great food and service reasonably priced....fun times...definitely a go-to place!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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