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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
+1 805-962-7117
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Turlock, California
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297 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am glad we stopped here to eat. We ate outside on the patio. It was very pleasant with the outside heaters. The service was great. Our food was very good. I recommend the fajitas.

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Thank Tcard2013
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the atmosphere of the restaurant was beautiful. We were there the week before Christmas so there were lights over the patio and on the trees which created such a beautiful affect. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly. The FOOD......was delicious. Portion sizes were big so had to take some of it home and there were plenty of good options.... More 

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Thank JenCasselli
Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late dinner on our first night in Santa Barbara. This place was inviting with great Latin music and fabulous food! My meatball soup was the best! Be careful when ordering the spicy ribs for kids. I thought it was fine but a bit too much for the 10 year old. Try this place for something different!

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Thank Cristina T
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Carlitos with my family, the place is very nice and the service is very good!! The food is fresh and well done!! Recommended Paulo

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Thank Paulo S
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was well worth the wait for our table, and it was ready right when they said it would be. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the chile rellenos. It came placed in a bowl of their wonderful red sauce which was like have an amazing bowl of tomato soup on a cool December night on the terrace. The... More 

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1 Thank msmor
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch there on 29 December 2016. The place is on state street and has good outdoor seating. I could see that they have a good cook and he did good job. However we found a big long black hair in black beans, found the server with bit of attitude while taking order it seem he was not having... More 

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Thank Sherry T
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was so nice to sit outside and enjoy a margarita and some good Mexican food. It was annoying to have flies buzzing around while trying to eat and drink. The wait staff was kind of slow and forgot my friend's drink after waiting 10 minutes. Never got refills on water. Had chicken fajitas that were charred black and stuck... More 

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Thank Ann R
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why have Mexican food if it is not authentic in taste? I have eaten here several times; the first couple of times I was in the area on business. This time it was personal and I am glad my taste buds directed me back to Carlito's. The food is amazing and the chips & salsa are almost addicting. I did... More 

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Thank Monique A
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Had Chicken Enchiladas, they were superb. The service is top notch. Outdoor seating is also warm, due to tons of heaters. Service was excellent. I will be back here for sure

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Thank TechIntellect84
Lodi, California
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161 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We arrived sharply for our 7:30 reservation time and were quickly shown to an outside table. Unfortunately the table next to us was occupied by a group of very noisy partiers. The hostess vanished before we could express our dissatisfaction (we shouldn't have been seated there). I located her and we were promptly moved to an acceptable table. I told... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117

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