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These are some of the BEST tacos that I have ever had!! We have been coming here for quite a while, I have tried other things on the menu and nothing holds a candle to these tacos. The combination of the excellent pork mixed with the pineapple is AMAZING and something I would have never considered doing!!
AMAZING food and a comparable staff. Can't say enough about how well run this restaurant is and how great all of the food and drinks they serve are. Been a long time supporter and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for authentic Mexican food that is elevated.
It's my first time coming here. Highly recommended by a friend. Service was great and prompt. Love the chips! Served warm with delicious salsa and beans. Im not a fan of super spicy salsa and the ones they served were perfect to me. For my meal, I ordered the short rib enchilada. It was phenomenal. Love the flavour of the rice and the enchilada has right amount of sauce to it. Very savoury! Will definitely be coming back.
Every time I visit I plan on tying something new, but always end up ordering the Spicy Camarones. The spice level is just right and I pair it with a Cadillac Margarita for the perfect meal! I can't wait for my next visit!
Ohhhhh My! This is hands down my favorite dish here. I've been coming to Carmelitas for every special event for the past 4 years and let me tell you, this is my favorite celebration dish. The steak is perfectly cooked and looks just as yummy as it tastes. Awesome black bean dip. Strong and crisp margs. I love Carmelita's!
Absolutely gourmet! Whoever thought of putting two of my favorite dishes together is a genius!! Chili Relleno stuffed with Carnitas is perfection. Choose the corn for your side—it's a must! Add guacamole for a starter and a couple of margaritas and you've found your new favorite Mexican restaurant. And...the view of the lake tops off the experience. Enjoy!!!
This is my favorite vegetarian dish at Carmelitas. The mushrooms are so earthy, juicy, and satisfying in the tacos - they always hit the spot. Unlike other Mexican cuisine restaurants, Carmelitas isn't laden in salt and grease; the chef really lets the quality of ingredients shine in each dish resulting in everything from the rice, to the beans, to the excellent salsa tasting like a delicacy. One word of caution for vegetarians - ask for the whole beans with your dish as the refried black beans (and the tasty bean dip my husband raves about) are not vegetarian. The servers are so accommodating and the lakefront view can't be beat in town.
❤️❤️ them!!! 😋
Unbelievable freshness with the perfect balance of flavors...and perfect shrimp-to-crab ratio. Nothing more to say than: To. Die. For. Chips, refried black beans and tortilla chips are so phenomenally addicting that I bring a whole order to take home every time I'm here. I dare you to NOT do the same!!
Amazing margaritas! My favorite is the blackberry margarita but i have to admit, it's hard to pick one since all their margaritas are delicious. The food is fresh and flavorful. Can't beat the beautiful view of the lake. The best Mexican restaurant in south OC by far.
Incredible! I will never get tired of ordering it!
These are the best enchiladas I have ever had! You only need two because they are so rich and decadent. The texture of the crispy onions on top perfectly complemented the creamy sauce. Not only are the enchiladas amazing, but the rice that comes with them was fantastic. I don't normally touch the rice at Mexican restaurants - it's just filler to me. But this rice was garlicky goodness.
If you love fish tacos you want to be sure to get Carmelita's Halibut Tacos! These are the perfect fish tacos. Superb quality fish, and the perfect combination of cabbage and fresh lime sauce makes this the perfect taco! In fact, I would say that you have not had a fish taco until you have had the Halibut Tacos from Carmelita's. And be sure to invite a friend that loves fish tacos. They will rave over these!
AY YAY YAY! Carmelita's in RSM!!! Fajitas OMG! Carnitas OMG! Chile Rellenos WITH Carnitas OMG!! Carmelita's has the best mexican food I have ever had. Don't forget to try their one-of-a-kind drinks like the Pineapple and chile, spicy margarita or blackberry margarita - AMAZING. I'm addicted to this place!!
I have tried many items from this restaurant and every single one has been sublime. The shrimp taquitos are easily one of my favorite items on the menu. The shrimp is always perfectly cooked and the sauce they put on top is just so so good!! Definitely highly recommend trying these out.
Visited for the first time for my wife's birthday and enjoyed every bit of the experience. The location has a great view being right on the lake and the service was excellent. The short rib enchiladas caught my eye on the menu and they absolutely hit the spot. The sauce was savory and the crispy onions added great texture. I love having lots of cheese melted on beans and that's exactly what I got. The rice was flavorful as well. Would definitely recommend and come back. Thanks Carmelita's for making my wife's birthday so special!
Sweet, Flavorful and Most Satisfying, every bite is a party with a pinata bursting open with festive colors & tasteful blends. You gotta try it for yourself!
Great location and the patio is amazing. Love that you get chips, salsa, and bean dip when you sit down. Food is incredible have yet to try everything but will get there!
The Halibut Tacos are a must try! They are a a mouthful of flaky, moist, flavorful deliciousness! Paired with a white rice and beans with a indescribable flavor of goodness! I highly recommend this dish ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
Great food and service! We love this place. //the Swedes
Decided to take my sis & bro-in-law to dinner to thank them for having us! My son suggested "Carmelita's" which was only 10 minutes from where they lived. Food was amazing, service was excellent, outside by the lake was very nice! What a great place, and now my sis is happy she knows about it now and will be going back!
Delicious! The staff was super attentive and the food got the spot. Food came out in a timely manner and we didn't have to wait too long for a table to become available. It also helped that our waiter looked like Tom Holland and was cute. Will definitely be going back!
The freshest shrimp ceviche I've ever had! Melts in your mouth such a good dish to try highly recommend if you haven't this will change your life!
This Meal was so delicious! It can literally leave you speechless! Because your taste buds will be leaping with Joy!
The best of best!
Let me tell you no matter what u get it's 💯, this borrito was the bomb and the people that work there are so nice !! Thanks guys
This entree is always good. Better than other places have tried.
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