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Carmelita's Mexican Restaurant

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4071 Howard St, Fair Oaks, CA 95628-7138
+1 916-961-3327
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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112 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband took me out to dinner at Carmelita's Mexican Restaurant one weekend a few months ago. The food was very good; however, the service was a bit disappointing. We had to wait for our food for quite a while. I guess, what they need is to hire more servers.

Thank Amy S
Citrus Heights, California
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was first introduced to this place at the Roseville location. Same Great Food, Drinks, and Atmosphere. From a casual couple date to a full blown family event - they can and will accomodate you. Very good from start to finish.

Thank RogerM007
Fair Oaks, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A very authentic Mexican restaurant, situated in Old Fair Oaks center...free street parking always available, you might have to walk a little ways to the entrance, where once inside you are greeted by warm friendly hosts... The restaurant has several big cozy booths, the selection of food, and drink will fulfill everyone's desires...take your time to enjoy and really appreciate... More 

Thank Ray B
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

This place was always ok, the other night we went and it was awesome. The food had amazing flavor and the beer was ice cold. We will heading there again very soon

Thank Wendy D
Woodland, CA
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158 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Stopped in on a Sunday evening for dinner, we had 4 adults and two kids. We did not have reservations. We ended up with a 30 minute wait for a table. First, the bad, or let's say "not so good" -Service was slow, but they were busy. Our waiter was very forgetful. Asked for water, asked him to take a... More 

Thank Bill F
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155 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Yummy food. A great neighborhood location. Recently remodeled. Gets busy weekends. Not a bad meal for the neighborhood.

Thank LaAbogadaMelinda
Sacramento, California, United States
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232 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Carmelita's is a fixture for Mexican food. But as someone who lives in Mexico for six months a year the food is not authentic. Service is fine and ambience is ok.

Thank drtaxsacto84
Seattle, Washington
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119 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

When I lived in Sacramento from 1970-1999 this was the go to spot for Mexican food. It was still excellent 3 years ago, but has now become just another average Mexican food joint. The menu has been scaled back from the "regional" specialties and Sea Food they used to offer. Now it just features the basic tacos, Carnitas, and refried... More 

Thank Dennismc2015
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

The food is plentiful and very tasty. I had shredded beef enchilada, rice and beans. So much food I didn't have to eat dinner that night. Service OK but a little slow. Margarita was good but a little expensive, $8 at lunch. We are outside but they need new tables and chairs. Table was rusty and cushions not attached to... More 

Thank 206aliceo
Fair Oaks, California
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Not only is the food great at Carmelita's, the staff are very friendly to add to the dining pleasure. We both had one of their specialties, the chimichanga (sp?). It is the ONLY place to get great Mexican food.

Thank gmcgfairoaks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4071 Howard St, Fair Oaks, CA 95628-7138
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fair Oaks
  • Phone Number: +1 916-961-3327

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