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Mexican, Southwestern
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1701 Central Ave, McKinleyville, CA 95519-3626
+1 707-839-2435
11:00 - 21:00
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McKinleyville, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Carmelas is one of the town's two mexican restaurants. My wife and I ate dinner there last nite. I had the carnitas (pork) ala carte and a house margarita. The drink was over sweet and the carnitas over salty.Her entre was the same. One server for the whole restaurant made service somewhat slow.

Thank David S
Red Bluff, California
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123 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Each of the four of us ordered varied meals, and they were all prepared well and tasted delicious. The place was clean and service was good.

Thank DLorahH
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

A little pricey but excellent food. Disappointed that only "house" and "house flavored" margaritas were on the menu, but ordered a house marg and it was delicious!

Thank redwoodsgirl
Wailuku, Hawaii
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Got into town late. Wanted Mexican food and the place was close. The amount of food was way to generous and very good. Great service. The musician was quite a character. It was a good place.

Thank dlsalse
McKinleyville, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Great for family with nice spot for children. Good service and good food. We have had quiet meals with friends and noisy meals with children. Always satisfied.

Thank harrise
Dunedin, Florida
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457 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Stopped in here for a late lunch with a group of 6. We started with the guacamole, which was excellent and we got a second order. Everyone in the group ordered something different and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. I got the chicken quesadilla and I must say it was the best one I have ever had. Others who tried... More 

Thank Illinois_John
McKinleyville, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The food is good and the selection is great but as with most things up here in Humboldt County the prices get higher and the portions get smaller.

Thank Cindetta
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Northwest restaurant more authentic than Luzmilla's. Had a Chimichanga and left satisfied, good flavor. Popular with locals and I could see why. I'd definitely go back. This isn't texmex with bland red sauce passing for salsa.

Thank James N
los angeles
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Definitely a place the locals eat. A very, very extensive menu, with many vegetarian options and a note that they can make almost anything vegetarian if you want. Large margaritas and good selection of beers. Our only complaint---we had to send back both entrees, each was supposed to be meatless, each was served with meat (and he wrote vegetarian on... More 

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Riverton, Utah
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120 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We wanted something close to our son's place for dinner, and decided to come here due to the mostly favorable reviews. Bad move! Oh we got seated quickly, but it took a good 15 minutes to see our server, and another 5 to get water. Yes the place was pretty busy, but only one server? Ridiculous. My son and I... More 

Thank rnsnake

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1701 Central Ave, McKinleyville, CA 95519-3626
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Humboldt County  >  McKinleyville
  • Phone Number: +1 707-839-2435

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