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Cabo's Baja Grill & Cantina
5096 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria
Phone: (805) 684-5507

  • Category: Mexican
  • Hours: Summer: Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Winter: Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

GREAT Food, very understaffed
Reviewer: Anders from Santa Barbara, CA
The food is always great here, the margaritas were good, and it's a nice place to hang out in good weather. But I've been going here for a few years now and it seems to be forever a "work in progress" and never a completed restaurant. The prices on the menu were mostly inaccurate, they were severely understaffed--basically only had one person running all orders AND the bar on a Saturday, at Happy Hour, in beautiful weather! There was a pretty long line of people waiting to order. The cash register didn't work correctly, so it wouldn't allow me to use my card more than once or it would just give a system error. This was a shame because I wanted to stay and order more drinks but I couldn't! The large margarita pitcher was pointless because you get more beverage if you buy their margaritas one glass at a time. We measured out the large pitcher and it actually came out more expensive than buying per glass. Then on top of all this, I tried to have a sports game switched on one of the televisions (which I have had them do before, successfully) and they asked me to wait until they were less busy at the bar (which was understandable since they only had one person working the bar) and I waited for over an hour, but they were never able to figure out how to switch the channels on the TVs. Such a shame as I need a good place to eat, drink, and watch basketball games, and I was hoping this would be the place. But they couldn't figure out how to change the channel on the TV, they seemed to try, but just said it was "too difficult" to figure out. I don't think I need to expound on the process of changing a television channel here; if you can read, then chances are you know how to change the channel on your TV. This seemed like a very basic training issue. The servers/bartender were pleasant, but very busy and overworked. Great place for food! But don't come with any other expectations.

New ownership!
Reviewer: Mario from Santa Barbara, CA
Newly remodeled, now have happy Hour 7 days a week, Sundays ALL DAY!

Taco Tuesday
Reviewer: Cristopher Sugleris from Santa Barbara, CA
Cabo's has great little Mexican Style street tacos and on Tuesdays they are 1.29 each. Avoid the chicken, but try the Pastor and Asada! Great food at a great price.

good food great drinks
Reviewer: Bozo from chino hills, CA
I have had dinner and lunch here and both were great, favor and presentation. The caddy margies are some of the best,sit outside sip a few munch some taco and watch the day go by.

A Must to Visit
Reviewer: Mark from Los Angeles, CA
Whether your a local or someone like myself who visits Carpenteria on a regular basis, you'll always find the food, the drinks to be outstanding; especially the Tri-Tip or Chicken Strips - one of my favorites. The other thing I like about this place is, you place your order inside, find a seat within the outdoor patio or inside eating areas - then shortly thereafter the staff brings you your order - very pleasant atmosphere. I have recommended this place to my friends and family who too have enjoyed this restaurant as well.

Good food, OK service
Reviewer: Matt from Carpinteria, CA
My wife thinks these are the best tacos in town. The food takes a long time, so sit back and relax. The chips are really good, and their spicier salsa is very flavorful.

Go for the Maui Maui Fish Tacos
Reviewer: Kelly Anne Fuller from Hacienda Heights, Ca.
Best Maui Maui fish tacos we ever had !! This was our first time at Cabo's and were not disapointed - A great lunch stop - fun atmosphere - excellent food - a bit pricey but worth it !

Pretty good food, more outside bar feel to place
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Stopped on a whim off the freeway as its easily accessable. Not bad food, more of an outdoors bar atmosphere with Tequila etc. Have to wait for the fresh chips to come out(I asked)and pass on the stale ones. Salsa good. Good non battered mahi mahi taco I had. Not bad but I'll probably try one of the higher ranked places next time I go through town. Carne Asada wife had was pretty good there. Order taking can be slow.

The Worst.
Reviewer: K Hering from Carpinteria, Ca
I live in Carp and I've been wondering about Cabo's for a long time. Today I had the opportunity to have lunch there with my sister. The laid back tropical atmosphere was welcoming and relaxing and at first glance the extensive menu seemed great and reasonably priced. The Cashier and wait staff were friendly and helpful. We sat outside on the patio and I decided i was glad I came. Then everything changed when I started eating. The all-you-can eat chips are a little stale and some are burned. The salsa is nothing special. Our food took a pretty long time, even though the restaurant was not busy. It is served on flimsy styro-foam plates. I had a hard time taking more than one bite and I am not a picky eater at all! I got the chicken tostada and the chicken was yellow and tough. The beans were bland, the avocado under-ripe and oxidized... overall unappealing. Good thing I was half full on the chips already. From now on, when I'm hungry for that kind of fun atmosphere I will go elsewhere.

Reviewer: Christina from Carpinteria, CA
I love mexican food, but Cabo's did not satisfy! Ordered a tostada... nothing was fresh, the cheese was clearly the processed kind from a package, the avocado was not ripe, yet brown... the beans had no flavor... the chips were somewhat stale, I picked through them so I wouldn't get any of the burned ones... salsa mediocre... The cashier was very helpful though. Taco Bell would be a couple of steps up.

Food isn't bad; but service is TERRIBLE
Reviewer: Chris from Carpinteria, CA
The best thing about Cabo's is the outdoor seating. This is one of the few spots in Carp where you can get together with friends and enjoy the Carp vibe. The worst part is their service. Be prepared to wait 15-20 minutes in line even if there are only one or two people ahead of you. Speed of service is not a priority here. Food is average. Not bad, but nothing great.

good place to drink outdoors
Reviewer: elaine from carp. ca
Its a great place to sit outside, and enjoy drinks with friends. The fish tacos are tasty, too.

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