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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

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1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-8720
+1 805-962-7117
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Fillmore, California
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost did not go to this restaurant due to another review site and I am so glad I decided to experience this wonderful place for my self. We took a party of 7 after a showing at the Arlington for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We all loved our dishes. They were traditional with a wonderful flavor twist:... More 

Thank 93015
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237 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate lunch here and the food was delicious. The salsa and chips were the best I've had in a long time. Just the right amount of heat in the salsa. Had the rock shrimp tacos everyone is raving about and I know why. Very tasty. Loved the presentation.

Thank JVLD
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for Mexican food and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent. Our only regret was that we weren't with a large party so that we could share portions. We had appetizers and would have been fine sharing either of the entrees we ordered. The prices are very reasonable. Atmosphere is very casual. The outdoor... More 

Thank Vivere731
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding food! Service was a little slow, but it was lunchtime on a Sunday. Well worth the wait! HIGHLY recommend!

Thank Cathy S
Chino Hills, Calif
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for dinner on a saturday night & it was the best Mexican food I had tasted in a very long time!

Thank ginarella
Palmdale, California
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117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time here. Staff very friendly. Food was outstanding. Homemade tortillas. Chips served with 2 kinds of salsa. Made for a great date.

Thank Kyle B
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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384 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Used TA to find a Mexican restaurant for lunch. This choice was terrific! Tacos, chile rellanos, Caesar salad were all delicious. Service was very good. Would highly recommend this location for lunch or dinner. Outside dinning is also available.

Thank Nancy011351
Turlock, California
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304 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I am glad we stopped here to eat. We ate outside on the patio. It was very pleasant with the outside heaters. The service was great. Our food was very good. I recommend the fajitas.

Thank Tcard2013
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

the atmosphere of the restaurant was beautiful. We were there the week before Christmas so there were lights over the patio and on the trees which created such a beautiful affect. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly. The FOOD......was delicious. Portion sizes were big so had to take some of it home and there were plenty of good options.... More 

Thank JenCasselli
Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We had a late dinner on our first night in Santa Barbara. This place was inviting with great Latin music and fabulous food! My meatball soup was the best! Be careful when ordering the spicy ribs for kids. I thought it was fine but a bit too much for the 10 year old. Try this place for something different!

Thank Cristina T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, 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 93101-8720
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117

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