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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
+1 805-962-7117
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“fajitas” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was reared in the Southwest and coastal SoCal, lived in Mexico. I consider the chili relleno one of the true tests of U.S. Mexican cooking. The batter should be crisp not soggy, the chili fork-tender and full of cheese, the sauce flavorful. The relleno...More

Thank llionlady
Reviewed 18 January 2018

We had chicken / shrimp fajitas and both were excellent. The restaurant was very busy as apart from being popular, there was a concert on that evening, so booking might be advisable if you want to make sure of your table. The staff were very...More

Thank MikeAtsill
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We ate here two days in a row we liked it so much! High quality ingredients, the most delicious Mexican food we have ever had. (And as Southern Californians, we have had a lot in our lifetime)

Thank Annette S
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

I had not been to this restaurant in many years because I remembered the menu was not vegetarian friendly. I recently went with my carnivore son and other family members. I was prepared to have some salad. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a...More

Thank vjinsb
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Carlito’s is a popular spot for locals and tourists. It has both inside and outside dining and although it offers typical Mexican fare, it’s very good quality. The Caesar salad was fresh-tasting with the right balance of greens to dressing. I had the Gambas Al...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

We had Cadillac margarita’s that were the best ever! I had the three tamale sampler, really good-especially the cheese, corn and poblano Chile one. Hubby had the combo enchilada and taco with a Cesar salad also very good. Get there early seating inside and out,...More

Thank lmyers21
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We visited recently and wanted Mexican food and this looked like a good place to eat. We were shown to a table and given a menu but then nothing happened for 15-20 minutes. There were plenty of staff standing around but they didn't seem interested...More

Thank dp6464
Reviewed 20 November 2017

I visited with Santa Barbara friends. One of their favorite places and now mine also. The staff are fantastic.

Thank Charles H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Had another wonderful dinner at Carlitos this weekend. I especially love the fact they use fresh ingredients and cut way back on the grease. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a warm fall night and live entertainment. Jesus our server was FANTASTIC!!!! He...More

Thank Tom K
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We came on a Friday evening, having obtained a reservation through Open Table. There is parking in the little strip mall (if you arrive early enough); we ate outside and it was breezy and cool, but then they fired up the heat lamps. Great location...More

Thank CKmom_4
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117
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