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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

) #48 of 421 Restaurants in Santa Barbara $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
+1 805-962-7117
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (39 reviews)
“fajitas” (19 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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1 - 10 of 383 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

Everything we had here was great...but the ceviche' was EXCELLENT! I will go back to Santa Barbara just to eat it again...huge portion too. You can easily share this with a friend and call it lunch.

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chose Carlitos for the outdoor seating and easy access. Sangrias were okay, but seemed to lack a true fruity taste. The meals were great, especially the albondigas soup from which the title comes. Large bowl, much larger than I was expecting. A meal in itself....More

Thank Carl Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely setting, lovely chilled patio and relaxing vibe. Tortilla chips to start were plentiful and good home made dip. I had enchiladas which were seriously good and dad had grilled salmon also very good. Huge portions! UK visitors give enough to share ;) not...More

Thank Natalia T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outdoor Santa Barbara dining experience at Carlitos is always so much fun. the food is excellent, and the service is always good. Just a fun place to hang out and eat some good mexican food. The shrimp and scallop fajitas are so good.

Thank travelinmen
Reviewed 4 May 2017

I came for a late lunch on Monday so the place was not busy. I ordered a totados with no meat. I found chicken in the dish - but could not track down the waiter. Since I had little time, I ate a bit around...More

Thank Margaret1018
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The guacamole is out of this world! It's a must. I had a caesar salad with chicken and the husband had the Chicken Salad. His was huge -- he couldn't finish it. Lots of fresh vegetables....filled to the brim. My salad was okay....asked for dressing...More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We walked up State Street to Carlitos for dinner at the recommendation of a friend. We sat inside, the place is OK. The salsa tasted like it was straight from a can so did the corn and black bean salsa. The guacamole was good but...More

Thank Trisha D
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Just ok. Food nothing special. Waiters seemed bored and not very enthusiastic. Overall, the restaurant didn't feel very clean. I went in hungry and left filled up. But I wouldn't necessarily go again.

Thank Frederick R
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic authentic mexican meal. The chips, salsa and bean and corn apetizer were a tasty compliment.

Thank allycat3030
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We went here on Easter Sunday. The wait was not too bad. Most Mexican restaurant would quickly start you off by giving you chips and salsa. We even ordered a guacamole dip after we sat down. They brought us the guacamole but no chips. We...More

Thank emlazo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
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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