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Cafe Carlos

Mexican, Southwestern
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6016 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 439-8448
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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San Jose, California
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The food was hot and plentiful. It was tasty and made by the couple who owned and operated the restaurant; very authentic. Quiet ambience. Though it's a little strange to get to - turn by the Jack in the Box and keep going back in - it was worth it, and I'd recommend it.

Thank Deb N
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The food was good, chips and salsa really good. Service was friendly and quick. I think it's pretty important to know that this restaurant only has a wine/beer liquor licence. The margarita's are made with something other than tequila and lime, and are not good. The food took awhile to come out and the chairs were very small/uncomfortable. But the... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Unpretentious mexican cafe with good old fashion mexican food. we both ordered off the lunch menu (even on a Sunday) and for $7.25 had a great chicken enchilada and shredded beef taco with rice and beans. It was more than either myself or my husband could eat and we had the rest for lunch the next day. The sangria for... More 

Thank marieandpat
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

It's tucked away behind a gas station but if you can figure out how to get to it you'll be rewarded with really good for and friendly service. Good prices too. Seldom found it crowded could be the location. Always have had good food here.

Thank Sharie G
Santa Cruz, California
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355 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

This hidden gem is still by far the best Mexican restaurant in the County! The owner "Pepe" is such a hard worker and does an awesome job to make sure his customers are well taken care of. I eat here every week and the food is very much authentic Mexican and the portions are very big! Great selection of salsa,... More 

Thank davidsantacruz
Woodside, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

This Mexican food restaurant is so good, I have dreams about it. Originally from Fresno, I grew up with what I thought was great Mexican food and have been mostly disappointed with the Mexican food in the Bay Area. A family-owned restaurant, Pepe, the owner, often serves us the delectable food his wife cooks up and sometimes his children will... More 

1 Thank SharlaHill
santa cruz,ca
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We have been going to Café Carlos every week for 15 years. Our favorite is the sizzling fajaitas. Just returned from Mexico this week and could not wait to go to Café Carlos for our favorite Mexican dinner!!!!

1 Thank lauriebroughton
Ben Lomond, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Tucked away in an out-of-the-way location in Scotts Valley Cafe Carlos has great salsa and authentic Mexican food. Good prices.

Thank tinatinyone
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

All servers were Mexican and spoke very little English. Hard to determine what you ordered. Specialty Mexican food was just fair.

Thank Philip C
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Really good and authentic cuisine with great customer service. Ingredients are always fresh and high quality.

1 Thank Mike M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6016 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Scotts Valley
  • Phone Number: (831) 439-8448

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