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Dos Carlitos

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, South American
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3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
+1 805-688-0033
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a delicious dinner here and the worst margaritas ever. Skip the latter and try another drink, because the food is great. I had the Carne Asada - huge chunk of tender meat along with a tasty cheese enchilada and Spanish rice (I skipped the frijoles). The Enchiladas Verde was excellent also. Huge portions. Salsa was tasty, chips were... More 

Thank BoomerBabe
Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunch menu seemed limited at first, but then I realized why. This is fine dining Mexican-style. Dishes are not conventional and very nicely prepared.

Thank Richard B
Solvang, California
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131 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I hadn't been here for a while and decided to have a special dinner out. The interior of the building is really lovely with high beamed ceilings and framed with a fireplace at one end by the bar. We did not have a reservation but nonetheless were seated promptly by a friendly staff person. We did notice... More 

Thank travelgirl93463
Park City
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service at the bar and great margaritas. Outstanding guacamole. Over the top steak and chicken fajitas and tasty fish tacos. This is a not to miss spot!

Thank ParkCitySgh
Santa Ynez, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

On warm Santa Ynez evenings, Dos Carlitos is a favorite. A house blended margarita is 5 bucks. They are generous with the tequila too. The chips and salsa are great, super fresh and wonderful flavors. My favorite entree is the steak fajitas with home made corn tortillas. Yum. Staff is friendly and professional.

Thank mchaputsyv
Riverside, California
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Santa Ynez for a few days, and decided to visit Dos Carlitos on our second night because we can't go for more than a few days without good Mexican food! I had their Caesar Salad and my honey had Chicken Enchiladas with green sauce. We enjoyed everything, service was wonderful, food was hot and margaritas perfect. We... More 

Thank cyndyd860
Austin, Texas
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant serves excellent Mexican food with the fantastic selection of tequilas! Good for families or romantic dining but can be very noisy inside but has a lovely open area to eat outside in the front.

Thank dwalker0320
California/San Luis Obispo
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Dos Carlitos is in a good location with indoor and outdoor seating that is pleasant. The inside has a Mexican theme with a well stocked bar. The outside seating has a good view of the surrounding small town. The food is well prepared and tasty and enough to fill one completely. The Mexican coffees’ is one of the better drinks... More 

Thank WhyAmIStillworking
Santa Clarita, California
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had just finished touring the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House up the street and decided to try Dos Carlitos after reading great reviews on the food. We were delighted with our meals, drinks and the chips with cowboy style salsa was wonderful, too. I wish this was closer to me so I could go more often!

Thank jellybean51
Folsom, California
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We've been here a few times. I always expect to take home leftovers as the portions are generous and the food is filling. Servers are attentive and strive for excellence. Indoor seating area can get loud; Patio seating when weather is nice is a good option as well. Food is very good, but seems a but pricey.

Thank C L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Ynez
  • Phone Number: +1 805-688-0033

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