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Cafe Carlos


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Certificate of Excellence2015 Winner


Dinner, Lunch
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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All reviews chilli gas station jack in the box mexican food his wife family run place served hot salsa greets entrees
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Probably my favorite Mexican restaurant in the Santa Cruz area. It's always good, and you gotta love the staff.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Navigate560143
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

My husband & I really enjoy this little family owned-run restaurant. It’s a gem in Scotts Valley and one of the few good restaurants here. The service is as good as it was at my Nanas house! You are treated like family and it never...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank B2756PWnicoleg
Reviewed April 17, 2018

Little hidden gem to the side and behind Jack in the Box. Delicious and hot Mexican food. Small place, intimate atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Shirley R
Reviewed April 2, 2018

This "Hidden Gem" really is hiding behind a Chevron Station and a Jack in the Box at the North end of Scotts Valley. Carlos, the owner, greets his guests and does the cooking. The Salsa is the best we've ever had. Unlike other Mexican restaurants...More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Betty L
Reviewed December 3, 2017

Very good Mexican food for a very reasonable price. A family run place that has many locals coming in, so we knew it was the right place to dine. Main server was the owner/ husband and his wife is the cook.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Billie F
Reviewed November 17, 2017

This is a small, family run Mexican restaurant behind a gas station! The location is bad, they are usually understaffed for the business, and the atmosphere is a bit tacky. BUT, the food is pretty darn good, and the prices are quite reasonable! It's a...More

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank Thomas S
Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for Mexican food and wasn't disappointed. I had the chili Verde and modelo. The salsa was excellent. To bad they didn't have any soup or I would have given it a 5

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank toohuge
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Sitting down at the table I noticed food splatters on the low wall next to our table and a further glance we noticed the chip basket probably hadn't been cleaned for months and months! Went to use the restroom while we were waiting for the...More

Date of visit: June 2017
1  Thank love2flyWatsonville
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

Good family restaurant. Mom and pop establishment. Nothing fancy but good homemade food. The father is a hard working and alway attentive waiter.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank MaAgnes
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Reasonable and tasty lunch specials. Owner manager Pepe very friendly, fast and energetic! Nice man,makes you feel welcome

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank JuneBH
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