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“Gorgeous place and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dos Carlitos

Dos Carlitos
Ranked #4 of 21 Restaurants in Santa Ynez
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Gorgeous place and good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Forget the tacky interiors that tend to fill the Southwestern/Mexican food space, this place is gorgeous. When you park next to a feed store, you are hardly prepared for a place that seems tony even if it was relocated to LA.

Food was good if a bit too toned down for the tastes of hardcore lovers of Mexican food. Clearly the menu has been adjusted for the tourists on their way to nearby Solvang.

That said, salsa was very good and the margaritas were great. My tamale was perfectly prepared but could have used a bit more flavor. Then again, my usual level of spice would probably send European tourists streaming from the place so, Dos Carlitos is playing it down the middle.

The other people at my table (lower tolerance for heat) thought the food was great.

In summary, if your idea of "flavor" tends toward a dare on Jackass, you will be offended by the lack of heat. If you are a seasoned pro who likes strong flavors, you'll want to focus on some of the more flavorful menu items. If you like Mexican food but always ask the waiter is items are going to be "too hot", you have found a home. But all can delve into wonderful salsa, imbibe delicious margaritas and enjoy the gorgeous appointments around the room.

  • Visited May 2014
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Los Angeles, CA
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Go for the Margheritas”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Food was very bland everything needed seasoning. We didn't feel we were eating anything close to Mexican food. We had the halibut ceviche that had no acid/salt and no flavor. Prices are high. Drinks were good though.

  • Visited August 2013
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Newbury Park, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Won't Be Back”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

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6/26/2014

First let me say, I love Mexican food. This was NOT Mexican food. From the chips and salsa to the combo plate containing an enchilada and tamale there was no taste at all. It was the most "Americanized" Mexican food I have ever tasted. We were advised that the food was just OK, but we went anyway. Never again!

  • Visited June 2014
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Ventura, California
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72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“AIways good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

I had the Heuvos Rancharos....my wife had the Chicken Tostata...both were great...pIus the chips and saIsa are great.

Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great service, cute location, yummy food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

Went on a recommendation and enjoyed it.The burrito asad was HUGE! Lots of left overs. Enjoyed the guac. roasted peppers and coconut shrimp. Waitstaff was very helpful and genuinely caring and nice.

  • Visited May 2014
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