Carlos Mexican Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 34224 Pacific Coast Hwy

    Dana Point, CA 92629

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  • 949-496-4470

About Carlos Mexican Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm Saturday: 8am-9pm

Food

Food
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. . . because it's spot on. We recently moved to Dana Point and from the outside Carlos' looked like it had possibilities to become a hometown favorite. The wait staff was friendly. The service was timely, and the place certainly didn't lack for patrons. I guess they weren't very discerning about their Mexican cuisine, however. Just very bland and ordinary -- actually a little worse than that. I ordered a carnitas plate and the pork was heavily interspersed with chunks of fat. I had to perform surgery to find the edible portions. My wife had tacos which were greasy and gristly. O.K., maybe that is "authentic" in some locations, but most good Mexican restaurants don't shoot for the lowest quality meat to put in front of their patrons. Carlos didn't make up for it by superior seasoning either.

Sometimes a Mexican restaurant with average or lower food quality can make up for it by serving killer salsa. Carlos' didn't. We won't be back.

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. . . because it's spot on. We recently moved to Dana Point and from the outside Carlos' looked like it had possibilities to become a hometown favorite. The wait staff was friendly. The service was timely, and the place certainly didn't lack for patrons. I guess they weren't very discerning about their Mexican cuisine, however. Just very bland and ordinary -- actually a little worse than that. I ordered a carnitas plate and the pork was heavily interspersed with chunks of fat. I had to perform surgery to find the edible portions. My wife had tacos which were greasy and gristly. O.K., maybe that is "authentic" in some locations, but most good Mexican restaurants don't shoot for the lowest quality meat to put in front of their patrons. Carlos didn't make up for it by superior seasoning either.

Sometimes a Mexican restaurant with average or lower food quality can make up for it by serving killer salsa. Carlos' didn't. We won't be back.

Pros: Service

Cons: Totally bland Mexican menu; low quality meat

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The location is perfect.This place is right across from the beach. You can walk to it from the sand. The food is good, the prices are right and they have outdoor seating for people watching.

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The location is perfect.This place is right across from the beach. You can walk to it from the sand. The food is good, the prices are right and they have outdoor seating for people watching.

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Carlos Mexican Restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Dana Point, California. Phenomenal chips and salsa! The guacamole isn't too shabby either. Add a huge iced tea and you have the perfect meal.

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Carlos Mexican Restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Dana Point, California. Phenomenal chips and salsa! The guacamole isn't too shabby either. Add a huge iced tea and you have the perfect meal.

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Could be considered good Mexican food in another part of the country, but not in Orange County. The food here is decent, but they put cabbage in EVERYTHING and growing up in Southern California, I have come to expect better.

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Could be considered good Mexican food in another part of the country, but not in Orange County. The food here is decent, but they put cabbage in EVERYTHING and growing up in Southern California, I have come to expect better.

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I thought I may have found a good Mexican restaurant around here as I walked in. Nope! Blaw and minimal
in flavor and servings. It is edible and doable but certainly nothing to crave!

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I thought I may have found a good Mexican restaurant around here as I walked in. Nope! Blaw and minimal
in flavor and servings. It is edible and doable but certainly nothing to crave!

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Great place to check out for " the morning after". Great hang over food! Huevos Rancheros are at the top of my list and decent bloody marys. Check it out.

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Great place to check out for " the morning after". Great hang over food! Huevos Rancheros are at the top of my list and decent bloody marys. Check it out.

Pros: great for groups

 

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