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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Long Beach, California
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
Ocean City, Maryland
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135 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for dinner our first night in Santa Barbara and choose this place because we were craving Mexican and the reviews on Trip Advisor were very good. We sat at an outside table on the patio. The setting was very pretty even though it was on the parking lot. The weather was perfect, not hot and not cold... More 

Thank marylandusacpl
Cape May, New Jersey
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, the food was great and lots of it. Wasn't impressed with getting the only outside table with sun in our eyes but OK. Kids menu pushes things like Mango Smoothies, but in small print it says "Not included in kids meal". A kids smoothie is $7.50. We asked for a little more sour cream for our 8 year old... More 

Thank Gary H
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40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been going here for years, and always enjoy the margaritas and food. It's my friends favorite place and every time the fajitas never disappoint. I highly recommend the patio, and there is even a more private table at the side outside, perfect for a small group. I seem to always get the halibut which is always great, and an... More 

Thank emmyish
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever we visit Santa Barbara we always enjoy an excellent Mexican at our favorite restaurant. We are always welcomed with such hospitality as if we are having a meal with friends and family. We truly love this place!!!

Thank johnsD3907VC
Newark, Delaware
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate late and the place was busy. We all had different dishes and each one of those was great! Service was outstanding and friendly. This is a must place to go in Santa Barbara!!

Thank judyshirley
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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260 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a movie we stopped by rather late one night and sat outside. We loved the music and people watching while sitting outside. The food selection seemed a little less than most other Mexican/Cantina restaurants we have been to. The food was fresh and good as well as being a little pricey.

Thank radman143
Riverside, California
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely lunch and it was delicious! The fish tacos are great! Papaya & Mango salsa is wonderful! I need to recreate it at home! The enchiladas are yummy, rice & beans tasty. Their guacamole is a must have. Super fresh! Cadillac margaritas did not disappoint! Well made & strong! Service went well. Staff very friendly and attentive.... More 

Thank Gloria A
Rancho Cucamonga
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the second time my husband and I have eaten here and both times we were amazed by the wholesome freshness of each dish. We ate on the patio this time which was sunny, but the restaurant has umbrellas for the shade. My husband had the Rock Shrimp tacos and I had the chicken quesadilla. Both were very tasty.... More 

Thank Kim D
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Carlitos was recommended by a local friend as well as by our concierge and it didn't disappoint. We ordered 2 starters and the waiter tried to take our menus thinking that was all we wanted for dinner and was surprised when we each ordered an entree. He said "that's a lot of food" - he was right. The shrimp were... More 

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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
Romantic, Large groups, 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?