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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

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$$ - $$$
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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
+1 805-962-7117
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a place you meet friends you've not seen in forever restaurants wonderful staff and outside atmosphere was great for the trip from Irvine California

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Fillmore, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost did not go to this restaurant due to another review site and I am so glad I decided to experience this wonderful place for my self. We took a party of 7 after a showing at the Arlington for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We all loved our dishes. They were traditional with a wonderful flavor twist:... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate lunch here and the food was delicious. The salsa and chips were the best I've had in a long time. Just the right amount of heat in the salsa. Had the rock shrimp tacos everyone is raving about and I know why. Very tasty. Loved the presentation.

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Thank JVLD
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for Mexican food and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent. Our only regret was that we weren't with a large party so that we could share portions. We had appetizers and would have been fine sharing either of the entrees we ordered. The prices are very reasonable. Atmosphere is very casual. The outdoor... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding food! Service was a little slow, but it was lunchtime on a Sunday. Well worth the wait! HIGHLY recommend!

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Chino Hills, Calif
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for dinner on a saturday night & it was the best Mexican food I had tasted in a very long time!

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Thank ginarella
Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time here. Staff very friendly. Food was outstanding. Homemade tortillas. Chips served with 2 kinds of salsa. Made for a great date.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Used TA to find a Mexican restaurant for lunch. This choice was terrific! Tacos, chile rellanos, Caesar salad were all delicious. Service was very good. Would highly recommend this location for lunch or dinner. Outside dinning is also available.

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Turlock, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I am glad we stopped here to eat. We ate outside on the patio. It was very pleasant with the outside heaters. The service was great. Our food was very good. I recommend the fajitas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

the atmosphere of the restaurant was beautiful. We were there the week before Christmas so there were lights over the patio and on the trees which created such a beautiful affect. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly. The FOOD......was delicious. Portion sizes were big so had to take some of it home and there were plenty of good options.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117

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