I think this is the BEST Mexican restaurant I've tried in the Sacramento area. I've been going to Carmelita's with my family since we moved to this area in the early 1980s, and it's still the best! The food is wonderful, and the service is also very good. My favorite branch is the one in old-town Roseville (which is also the very first Carmelita's), but I love the others too. I can't say enough good things about Carmelita's!
Our favorite Mexican Restaurant! Wonderful people, great food, perfect service (on the spot when you need them, quick to deliver drinks and food, and never seem to hover or interfere with conversation). Have had to wait on busy nights but it seemed to be less than 10 minutes. The decor is beautifully done.
We visit twice a month or more and recommend it often.
Let me first say I have not been there in about 7 months. It may have changed. Here's my experience since I've been going there for over ten years. The earlier years the service wasn't bad, BUT, it progresively worsened over the years. There was a time we stop going because both the food declinced a bit along with the service.
Once they remodeled and reopenned we decided to give them another chance. Well... pretty much the same food and poor service and we stopped going there again. In the early years we would just go over to Kico's next door but they moved and now we're without a decent Mexican restuarant.
I have been going here for 15 years. It is the BEST neighborhood restaurant you could have. The food is good, service is always friendly but on a busy night can be slow.( But who cares if you are there to have fun.) Carnitas and the spicy shrimp are the choices to have. The BEST thing about it is the atmosphere. It has been really remodeled but the heart and soul of the place has not changed one bit. It use to be busy only on the weekends but it is always happening now! Can not wait for the patio to be finished. Wish the bar was double the size because that IS the place to hang. Once the outside is open this should make it easier to get a seat in the bar. The people are the nicest people on the planet....