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Carlos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

$$ - $$$Mexican,
34224 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2821
+1 949-496-4470
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good43%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“burrito” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
34224 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2821
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of our friends said this was a good place for Mexican food. My meter is having Carne Asada to determine just how good a place is. I would say overall the food lacked flavor. Service was average, prices average. Servings generous. Husband had Chicken...More

Thank Heather A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found the atmosphere to be friendly and relaxing, the service was good. Thin and crispy tortilla chips and salsa arrived at the table shortly after sitting down. Our friends told us their seafood Mexican food is good but we opted for the traditional shredded...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off I have to say we are semi-regular customers. Just out of curiosity I read a lot of the reviews. Boy there sure a lot of haters out there. The atmosphere is great with heaters, firepit and sort of a palapa outdoor eating area....More

Thank jack s
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We came Saturday night & they had a guitar player who also sang- he was very talented. We ate outside where they have a huge fire pit. I ordered the rubbed chicken which came with rice & beans. It was very good.

Thank littlgrn
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Stopped in for lunch and saw the Calamari steak combo. Had to try it. Started off wit free tortilla chips and fresh salsa. Then the Calamari. The dish was excellent, lightly fried and seasoned. Hot fresh flour tortillas, salad, beans and rice. I will be...More

Thank Chuck8700
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I stopped in not knowing anything about the place. I wish I would have read the reviews first because I found the food just average. The service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxing and laid back, but the food just wasn't that good.

Thank UHManoa
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I wanted something small for lunch since we were meeting friends for dinner. We happened upon this place and just got nachos. We had chicken added. They were very good and plenty for the 2 of us. We were full when we...More

Thank jackiekay
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal - tostada and burrito and flan. Attentive service and enjoyable fresh food for a reasonable price. Was a quiet night being a Monday night although this suited us.

Thank Briony C
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Had large horsefly in ice cube. Chip dripped unusual amount of grease. Restaurant had stale odor to it. Left before ordering.

Thank petelapuh
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The food was decent, the service slow but friendly. My sister loves this place but I'm so so. There are so many great mexican restaurants in the area, but this one priced well.

Thank DPMom2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34224 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629-2821
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-4470
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