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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Jakarta, Indonesia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Here with a family of 4. Had 3 mains and we have leftovers. A must for Mexican food lover. Though the prices are quite high. But the portion might compensate if u are willing to share with the other people on your table.

Thank 985ab564
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely fabulous restaurant! Best out- for-dinner event of our week stay in Santa Barbara. Add Carlitos to you "must do" list.

Thank Ron E
Waimea, Hawaii
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Party of 8 on a Tuesday night. Service was glacially slow. My entree was served last and it was cold. It took a few minute to get the staffs attention and my plate was taken away. I was very nice about the problem. Just requested the heat my plate. By the time I was brought a new plate, my friends... More 

Thank Love2GoSee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my boo to Carlitos for his birthday (it was his first.time visiting the restaurant. I was disappointed...the service has gone down. It appear that they were short handed with staff.. I had to grab the hostess to let her know that no one had taking our order. Once the waiter arrived he had salas and chips we ordered... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mexican food is my favorite but sadly it was not this time. Start with the positive. The location is great and they have a nice outdoor patio. We had no reservation but were able to be seated promptly and on the patio. After about 5 min. the buss person brought us chips and salsa. No exaggeration but after another 10... More 

Thank Terry B
Aspen, Colorado
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends took me to one of their "Favorite Restaurants". I agree. We ate on the patio. Great food. Great- very friendly - service. I started with the Tamale trio and then had the Enchiladas Mexicanas.

Thank ColoradoMtTraveler
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your visiting Santa Barbara and love mexican food or would like to discover the kitchen, then its a place for you! Great food, good service, good and cosy location and decent prices!

Thank arnela6
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best Mexican food I have ever eaten! Such a nice atmosphere sitting outside with a live band. Very friendly and attentive waiting staff. Huge portions with homemade authentic Mexican food, really reasonably priced. Highly recommend!!!

Thank vickglaze
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate outside and the ambiance of the parking lot wasn't great. I almost regretted our concierge's recommendation. Then the food came and I realized why it was on their list. Very good margaritas as well. I will go back next visit to Santa Barbara.

Thank claudia b
Long Beach, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were visiting Santa Barbara and checked trip advisor for nearby Mexican restaurants. Carlitos was in the top few, so we asked the valet at out hotel, who said Carlitos was his favorite....so that's where we headed. Small parking lot but other parking options near by. Nice patio right on State street, great for people watching and... More 

Thank OceanVu4me

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-962-7117

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?