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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
+1 805-962-7117
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (42 reviews)
“fajitas” (20 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've been fortunate to enjoy this establishment several times over the past 15 + years. The food is VERY GOOD but not 'over the top Excellent', and is likely enhanced by the 'scene' and the very comfortable outdoor seating late in the day and evening....More

Thank PAC626
Reviewed 4 days ago

“Average” and a bit over rated. We love Mexican food, and usually seek it out wherever we go. Carlitos, looked busy, and fun. Once inside we felt like we were rushed and on an assempely line. Impersonal and disconnected service. Food was just sooooo average....More

Thank RGTravelIng
Reviewed 1 week ago

No better patio on State Street, and terrific food. Right in the "theater district", so an easy walk to a show.

Thank skip2go
Reviewed 1 week ago

The true test of a GOOD Mexican restaurant starts with the chips and salsa. This place has hot crispy chips and 2 different kinds of salsa, both good. Being an enchilada lover, the next test has to do with the sauces and tortillas used. The...More

Thank BlakievanHemert
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Carlitos for dinner. We just wanted something easy to eat tonight so plumped for Mexican. Carlitos doesn't disappoint. Nice courtyard style setting with seating inside and out. Even though Santa Barbara wasn't just getting over a bad storm it was still pleasant enough to sit...More

Thank Jane131262
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This one of any number of "americanized" Mexican restaurants that serve the unadventurous in Southern California. The food is GOOD, just not very interesting: the usual array of tacos, enchiladas, guacamole, etc --- all well prepared but none outstanding.

Thank BadBadDog
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely meal in lovely surroundings, went there with my family outside eating with a good varied menu, friendly staff, recommend booking as it is always very busy, parking available.

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A classic. Best Mexican food in SB. Everything on the menu is delicious. Great service as well. Highly recommended.

Thank jwcmccann
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The service at this restaurant is the worst I have ever experienced in my life. I would not recommend this place. I am a local and I was treated horrible for no reason at all. I had to ask for ice five times. I was...More

Thank Alocalizer
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us and we were so glad we managed to eat here. We sat outside in the evening and it was lovely - live music and just really pretty. My daughter and I shared chicken fajitas - HUGE portions even for...More

Thank Nikki F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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