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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 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Morro Bay, California
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166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Made a stop here on the way home and thy never disappoint. From their hot chips with two different salsas (one red, one with black beans, corn and a whole lot of goodness). I was glad we were there for lunch menu because I just LOVE their Huevos Rancheros. Crispy form tortilla, tasty black beans (and I hate black beans)... More 

Thank jamaicabitty
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprisingly delicious and excellent service! We can't wait to return to the Santa Ynez area so we can dine at this delightful restaurant again. It was a birthday celebration and Dos Carlitos did not disappoint.

Thank fltravelwriter
Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 1st time I visited Dos Carlitos it was a great experience. I sat at the bar initially and the service was not great but managed to get there in time just for one happy hour drink. The 2nd time just over X-mas was far too crowded. They were short staffed as they told me. We had a 45 +... More 

Thank Lisasview
Santa Ynez, California, United States
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't recommend this place enough. Some businesses just get it all right, and they sure did at Dos Carlito's. Great Mexican food, welcoming and warm staff–who remember you when you've been there a bunch. And what you like to eat and drink. Great ambience and decor. My only criticism is that it gets very busy and noisy at the regular... More 

Thank Sandy N
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 9 November 2016

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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140 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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 31 October 2016

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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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

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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
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?