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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina

1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
+1 805-962-7117
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (39 reviews)
“fajitas” (18 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1324 State St, Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2620
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came for a late lunch on Monday so the place was not busy. I ordered a totados with no meat. I found chicken in the dish - but could not track down the waiter. Since I had little time, I ate a bit around...More

Thank Margaret1018
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The guacamole is out of this world! It's a must. I had a caesar salad with chicken and the husband had the Chicken Salad. His was huge -- he couldn't finish it. Lots of fresh vegetables....filled to the brim. My salad was okay....asked for dressing...More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We walked up State Street to Carlitos for dinner at the recommendation of a friend. We sat inside, the place is OK. The salsa tasted like it was straight from a can so did the corn and black bean salsa. The guacamole was good but...More

Thank Trisha D
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Just ok. Food nothing special. Waiters seemed bored and not very enthusiastic. Overall, the restaurant didn't feel very clean. I went in hungry and left filled up. But I wouldn't necessarily go again.

Thank Frederick R
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic authentic mexican meal. The chips, salsa and bean and corn apetizer were a tasty compliment.

Thank allycat3030
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We went here on Easter Sunday. The wait was not too bad. Most Mexican restaurant would quickly start you off by giving you chips and salsa. We even ordered a guacamole dip after we sat down. They brought us the guacamole but no chips. We...More

Thank emlazo
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Went there along with friends who live in Santa Barbara, and wanted to share with us a place they especially liked. We had a delightful time sitting on the patio on a gorgeous day. The food was beautifully served and delicious. Nice menu with many...More

Thank barbara h
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner at Carlitos. The chips were fresh, the salsas were great, and our dinner meals were very good. My wife had a huge salad that she had steak added to. She loved the steak. It was very flavorful and tender. She...More

Thank brettmI2598CL
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Very good food, nice atmosphere, comfortable indoor and outdoor dining. Located right on State Street. We had lunch there, and it was a little expensive for what it is. Would go back.

Thank JGSK
Reviewed 14 March 2017

It's not horrible. If you're looking for a relaxing day on their patio and aren't too picky about food then this might be a good fit. The food quality is on par with a suburban mall Mexican thing. The drinks and food are pricey. But...More

Thank rshank2017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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 93101-2620
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-962-7117
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