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“Don't pass this up!”
Review of Carmelita's

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Ranked #7 of 168 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
ormond beach
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't pass this up!”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Person at shoe cellar recommended this place. Very friendly staff. Glad we came. My husband had chili verde with Berkshire pork. Large portion, fork tender. He felt this is some of the best he's ever had. Spicy and full of flavor. I had a trio platter. Seafood enchilada stuffed with seafood, shrimp taco, and crab and lobster relleno! Each was different and very tasty. They had some unusual margaritas also...maybe next time!

Visited February 2014
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English first
Laguna Beach, California
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289 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fine Mexican cuisine with Serious Attitude”
Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

For the record, I only write about very good or great food. With that said when things don't relate to " food," my objective is that ownership reads this and makes adjustments. On more than one visit I've experienced a haughty, Mexico City attitude from the bar tender and a person who said she was the manager. Last night I ran into a local friend who experienced a similar situation, which prompted this latent review.

Now for the good stuff, the food and Margaritas are awesome !
The Chile Verde is tender, tasty and to die for and the bean dip is uniquely and gastronomically satisfying.
While they have a nice tv and atmosphere, it's the worst place in town to watch a sporting event, and don't even think to ask to change the channel as the manager would rather allow skating over a great football or baseball game (or an out of town team as opposed to a local team.)
Yes locals go here, I was one of them. They are now so popular it's a wait to get in on any day or evening. The bar doesn't move and they allow empty seat holding and the tv is too low to watch from tables.
With better staff this place could be one of the best in Laguna Beach.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Top Mexican Restaurant in Laguna Beach”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Everything about this restaurant, except the crowds, tells you why everyone comes to this Mexican Restaurant. Everything was wonderful including the "chips" and, if you like "hot", it is at this restaurant.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Mexican food”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

The best Mexican food in town and everyone knows it. Crowded even during the week but well worth it if you like Mexican and they will accommodate any of your food preferrances like not hot peppers

Visited January 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Delicious and highly recommended by locals”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is real, fresh mexican food. It was recommended by at least 4 locals and we were not disappointed. I had the Tostada salad and my husband had the Carnitas. Everything was so fresh. The guacamole and black bean dip was outstanding. It was so good I could not stop eating even though I was full. :) Yummm Thank you.

  • Visited January 2014
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