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Cafe Carlos

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6016 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-3234
+1 831-439-8448
11:00 - 21:00
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Scotts Valley, California
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good family restaurant. Mom and pop establishment. Nothing fancy but good homemade food. The father is a hard working and alway attentive waiter.

Thank MaAgnes
Santa Cruz
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reasonable and tasty lunch specials. Owner manager Pepe very friendly, fast and energetic! Nice man,makes you feel welcome

Thank JuneBH
Los Gatos, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The food is just fantastic, the prices can't be beat for the quality and the service ....if there was a service contest, these guys would win it hands down every time! I saw Carlos and his staff of 2- take care of 10 tables last night like they were on roller skates! This old school, customer service with a smile... More 

Thank nicolegall
Santa Cruz, California
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Authentic Mexican food, with plenty of chips and salsa.This is a family operated business that has been the same location for many years.

Thank jdyjon3
Scotts Valley, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Pepe is a wonderful host of his restaurant and the family friendly, neighborhood feel of the place is warm and wonderful. The food is fresh and delicious, and the portions are generous.

Thank CynthiaFitzGerald
Santa Cruz, California
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140 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

I don't know what to think about Cafe Carlos. I went for a lunch, and upon entering, what caught me off-guard right away was the mega amount of tortilla chips that were ready in bowls under a heat lamp. I mean a LOT of chips. Like, is he expecting two bus loads of tourists in 10 minutes? I don't know,... More 

Thank Smudge R
1 review
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Food is fair but they never get my order correct. And the last time I ate there, I found Metal pieces in my food. Haven't eaten there since

Thank Tonya V
Canberra, Australia
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Servings are generous. Food is good, but perhaps not great. Service is ok, although we had a server with a very heavy accent. He found it hard to understand us (we're Australian), and we found it hard to understand him. He was a little terse and not particularly friendly. Good value for money and great if you're really hungry.

Thank SqueakerD
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

After three previous attempts to try this place ... I finally succeeded ... They are closed on Monday. A "hidden" gem. Placed an order to go ... and they hit a gland slam ! (Ok so the baseball game was on the TV) it seems most of the time when I have ordered to go, food was cold, by the... More 

Thank CI R
Scotts Valley, California
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This small resturant tucked away behind a Cheveron gas station, right off highway 17 in Scotts Valley at the Granite Creek exit, has to be one of the most authentic Mexican food restaurants in the area. Run by a cute old Mexican couple, with mama in the back cooking and papa in front waiting on tables.... Nothing fancy, but clean... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6016 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-3234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Scotts Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 831-439-8448

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