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San Carlos Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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279 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-1811
+1 206-842-1999
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been there 3 times in 15 years. Didn't feel good that night each and every time. This last time, I didn't finish my meal because something was off. My son took most of his home for lunch the next day and got sick. I agree with the other posts about the service being off as well.

Thank Danny D
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What used to be a favorite, now I'm not so sure. Might have been an off night, but...... Had dinner in the bar with 5 friends, service was slow, (room was not full, especially for a Friday night) food was not up to par , and drink orders were wrong, or missed. Sign on the door said " now hiring... More 

Thank Malty55
Bainbridge Island
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

A small and cozy restraunt with full bar. Very large menu. Small rooms make for an intimate setting. About a 6-7 block walk from the ferry terminal. If walking, head down Winslow Way til you hit Madison then turn right and head up a gentle hill. Looks like a cute little house with front porch. Creative menu takes traditional Mexican... More 

Thank bainbridgenelson
Burlington, North Carolina
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Overlooking the marina is a great place to enjoy fish and chips. Good food and service with a smile.

Thank Whosonfirst16
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This "Southwest" type restauant was once known for its' great food, good service and modrate prices. All gone. During a recent visit we found that the prices have been raised while a befuddled wait staff largely ignored or forgot what each of us had ordered. In addition a large party of adults and very young children had taken over most... More 

1 Thank John G
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Nice place, food was so,so.......... I had their steak burrito with rice and black beans. Not that great and bland tasting. I was expecting a pretty good size burrito and was surprised how small it was for the price. If you must have good Mexican food, better to go to Seattle. Their chips and salsa, tasted like it came from... More 

1 Thank Bill L
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Ate here last night during their Happy Hour. It was not busy at all. We received our menus from the hostess and sat outside. Our waitress came by about 15 minutes later and asked if someone had taken our drink orders. No one had. Ordered margaritas and since by then the happy hour was almost over asked if we wanted... More 

Thank zithelp
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

They make the best Cadillac Margarita! Their food is very good also. Order in the dining room or in the lounge or at the bar. TV in the lounge for sports and whatever.Good people, easy to talk to.

Thank Nita B
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

New owners who are familiar with the San Carlos experience and food. Prices just a little higher, but same great food, and service!

Thank Natalie M
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

A friend and I went to San Carlos last night for a quick dinner. The place was busy so we sat in the bar where there were a few open tables. We were ignored for 20 minutes until we flagged a server down. We managed to get chips, salsa and water. A second attempt at flagging a server successfully got... More 

1 Thank susafoxSeattle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 279 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-1811
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Bainbridge Island
  • Phone Number: +1 206-842-1999

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