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Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina, Santa Barbara, CA

Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina

4.5
4.5
212 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Carlitos is a Santa Barbara restaurant with a vibrant mix of contemporary Mexican cuisine, and award-winning margaritas, rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions that celebrate local ingredients. Inspired by the bounty of the sea and farms nearby, signature dishes include our Fresh Halibut Ceviche, Bohemia Fish Tacos, Garlic Shrimp and our infused Chile oil, refreshing Scallop and Shrimp Salad with Mango vinaigrette, traditional Mole with Chicken, Spicy Back Ribs, and Portobello Mushroom Enchiladas. Colorful umbrellas, and a bubbling fountain at Carlitos accent the sun-filled outdoor patio overlooking State Street, while the dining room features original Fiesta artwork by Channing Peake, and a Cantina stocked with a fantastic collection of 100% Blue Agave Tequilas and Mezcals. Carlitos is a festive gathering place for family and friends, and add some lively Mexican and South American guitars, you have the makings of a fun filled evening!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 962-7117
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

212 Reviews
  1. Reynaldo

    Philadelphia

    120 reviews

    2.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Worst Mexican(?) food I ever had...anywhere!!! And I spent over a year in Mexico.

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  2. SusanS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We were disappointed with the service. Our server kept bringing another table's order to us. We had to ask for water refill several times. He was not personable and the only time he made eye contact and smiled, was then he presented the check. This is unfortunate because we loved the location and environment and food.

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  3. JohnR

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    our server Ariel (sic) was phenomenal. And the steak at the bottom of the menu was wonderful; tender and tasy.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just as good as I remember! Haven’t been to Carlitos in a while and it was just as good, if not better than the last time.

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  5. SP33

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends. Food was great. I had the enchiladas verde. Just the right amount of flavor and heat. Guacamole was great. Server was super-attentive. Outdoor space had a great ambiance. Will definitely go back next time we are in Santa Barbara.

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  6. LesF

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the restaurant. First time there and definitely not the last. The food was great, service good, and really liked having live music!!!

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  7. SawnaG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I thought Carlitos was extremely overpriced for what you received. The customer service was basic, the food had no flavor and the portions were tiny for the price and the margaritas tasted as thought it was just sweet and sour mix with ice. Unfortunately it’s not a place I’d ever recommend not ever return to.

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  8. DavidF

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was just average. Nothing special. With so many good Mexican restaurants in town, I think you can do better.

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  9. Marsha

    Central Coast

    218 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    218 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were fine, just not exceptional. Not much atmosphere.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food!!

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1324 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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