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“great food and drinks!”

Carlitos Cafe y Cantina
Ranked #55 of 531 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Santa Barbara, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great food and drinks!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

try mahi mahi tacos and margaritas! outside seating is a bit tight but grab a seat outside if you can :) ........

Visited July 2012
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Victoria, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lunch Al Fresco”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Went for lunch with another couple who are vacationing here s well. Nice to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Started with the free chips and salsa and had a Guacamole plate for the table with the requisite Marguaritas before ordering lunch.
Shimp soft tacos and combo shrimp steak fajita were well prepared and flavorful.
I think it is a little over priced but maybe a State St. location has higher rent costs.

  • Visited February 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Avoid”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Good location, near the Arlington Theater on State Street. Unfortunately, the sewer began spewing water underneath our table. The manager quickly moved to correct the leakage, but left us stranded. What's worse is the salsa led to stomach cramps throughout the night.

Visited February 2013
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Riverside, California
Level 6 Contributor
258 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Great Ambiance OK to Good Food, Service is OK”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is a Mexican restaurant on State Street Really nice inviting open patio. Nice atmosphere with evening entertainment, live music, but then service is ok It might be a little overrated. There are other Mexican Restaurants in Santa Barbara, with great, but the ambiance and location might not be as good as this one Host seem nice but her approach was inpersonal. Waiter was friendly and nice, but seem in a hurry or too busy and we just seem another table. There were two employees rolling silverware and taking their break on the back tables. Food was Ok, but not that great. We ordered the Chicken tacos, they were unseasoned, but they had a nice grilled flavor. The Albondiga soup was good, but it wasn’t hot. On expects soup ot be hot. Read some reviews indicating huge portions, but soup was not that big. Overall food is ok, great ambiance, but pricey for he food, then yet you are paying for the great location on State St as well as the live music. Not a bad experience, but little disappointed based on the reviews.

  • Visited January 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Visiting from out of town and met friends there. Service was very good and the food was excellent. Tostado was rich with generous portions of avocado, cheese and chicken...not 75% greens like so many others. Definitely worth a repeat visit.

Visited January 2013
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