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“guacamole to die for”
Review of Dos Carlitos

Dos Carlitos
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Santa Ynez
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 28, 2014

For a very small town, Santa Ynez has a few very good offerings. Dos Carlitos is comfortable and provides a good value for the menu prices. Just plan to make a meal out of the Guacamole ($10) which is mostly smashed avacados and little else. The salsa is serviceable, but not outstanding. The service is personable and helpful and the outside patio is very popular. The roasted Anaheim peppers stuffed with cheese are not as good as they sound. The cheese doesn't quite melt and the result is a decent wrap if you top it with corn and black bean salsa. We would definitely eat here again.

Thank Larry R
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

I had the serrano margarita. Yikes! Very spicy, so beware. I would try a regular margarita next time. The guacamole is very good. The chile relleno was buried in a tomato soup like sauce. But the atmosphere was nice and the place was quite busy as it was midweek in January.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

If you like fresh lime margaritas and a fabulous ceviche, this is your place. The serving size was enormous, maybe 3-4 times the size of many cerviches. The rest of our crowd had swordfish tacos and normal stuff, which were fine. The cerviche was exceptional. The staff was friendly and helpful. We did have trouble tracking down the place in the dark so they could use a brightly lighted sign.

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Thank John S
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Our favorite for special occasions because of the quality & uniqueness of the food and drinks! Wife loves this for her birthday, Mother's Day or any other excuse to celebrate.

Thank dan P
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

While staying at the Santa Ynez Inn, the proprietor recommended Dos Carlitos for great Mexican food. We live in Los Angeles where there are excellent Mexican restaurants, but Dos Carlitos is as good if not better than any of them! From the minute you walk in, you feel welcome and comfortable. The staff is very attentive; the service is excellent and the food is scrumptious and presented with special care. You can tell the staff takes pride in their food and service. I love guacamole, but my husband doesn't, so our waiter suggested ordering a1/2 order. It was delicious and went down easily with chips and a Margarita! The restaurant is within walking distance of the Santa Ynez Inn (which I also reviewed and recommend) as are about 5 other restaurants. Don't miss Dos Carlitos if you enjoy Mexican food!

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Thank Diane H
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