Welcome to Carmela's

A family-owned Business.
Located North of Humboldt Bay.
We offer fresh and flavorful Mexican cuisine.
Relax with family and friends

Let us cater your next event!

We can cater your next event with the most delicious Mexican food in Humboldt. Contact us for pricing and information.

Looking for a Challenge?

Try finishing a Burrito Loco! This is our most famous burrito because it's huge! It is almost 30 inches long. This burrito includes rice, beans, your choice of meat, cheese, and our signature green or red sauce.

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humboldt-mexican-restaurantWelcome Amigos!

Carmela’s takes pride in serving you the best in authentic Mexican Dining. Every meal that you experience at Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant uses ingredients that are prepared daily and with the freshest ingredients possible to ensure the best in flavor. We offer traditional recipes as well as new takes on old concepts, we use fresh natural ingredients, we make what we can in house, and we do our best to purchase ingredients from as close to home as we can find. It’s that simple, we don’t cut corners and we believe in providing the best quality possible to our customers.

Homemade Quality

Homemade corn and flour tortillas are prepared daily and are available by the dozen. Carmela’s unique authentic salsa is prepared daily and is available by the pint.

Hours of Operation

MONDAY-SUNDAY: 11:00AM-9:00PM

Happy Hour:

MONDAY-FRIDAY: 3:30PM-6:30PM

Special Offers

Stay tuned and check back soon to learn more about specials available only on our website. Currently we have a Back-to-School Special (Show your Student ID and Receive 10% OFF your meal).

Arcata Location

Phone: (707) 822-5200
Address: 1288 G St. Arcata, CA 95521
*Note: Across from Wildberries Market

Mckinleyville Location

Phone: (707) 839-2435
Address: 1701 Central Ave, Mckinleyville, CA 95519
*Note: Located on Central Ave & Sutter Road

Natural Ingredients

Carmela’s strives to provide a higher quality dining experience that’s why we use natural ingredients for our recipes. We locally source ingredients as much as possible and always give preference to natural ingredients over processed.

Freshest Ingredients

In Mexican culture, there is a strong connection between the people and the land, as a result, we believe we should work with local farmers and vendors to provide the freshest ingredients as much as possible.

Safe Food Handling

We believe food safety is very important and this is why food safety training is critical at Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant. We implement food safety procedures with our kitchen and service staff so that we can deliver the best possible service.

A Homemade Touch

Everyone appreciates a meal that is made from scratch, this is why we make as much as we can from scratch in our kitchen. We offer fresh homemade options as much as possible because our clients have requested it a lot and the taste is simply amazing!

What People Are Saying..

"Some of the best Mexican food in Humboldt county. I love their fajitas; some of the best I've ever had. Lots of fresh veggies, and I've had both chicken and shrimp versions on multiple occasions and it's always delicious. The burritos are also fantastic and huge. I recommend the chile verde with tomatillo sauce on top. Delicious. They also have great happy hour specials - $2 for draft beer! "

− Jackie P. from Eureka, CA

"My favorite carnitas in the county are served here. The shrimp cocktail is also a must. Don't pass up the margaritas, can't go wrong with one of their pitchers!"

− Clay C. from Trinidad, CA

"MOLE chicken.. Great Dish.. been going to Carmela's for years..
there is a shortage of good Mexican food in Humboldt county but not at Carmela's...
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− Beth M. from Arcata, CA

"Best Taco Tuesday in town!!! Super Nachos are delicious, honestly the whole menu is stellar. Dine in or pick up because this is the best Mexican food in town!"

− Amber B. from Trinidad

"Went here last night had the combination Fajitas they were wonderful. The place was packed and service was great. The Waiter and the waitresses were all very friendly and helpful, Will be going back soon"

− Tammy B. from Mckinleyville, CA

All of our dishes are made with the freshest ingredients. We only buy from local farmers and all of our meat is local and grass fed. Carmela has managed to conserve the flavors from her home town while embracing modern food dynamics. Our Huaraches are served with a special Mexican dough and Nopales (Strips of Cactus) which makes the dish very unique. Our Carnitas, a slow roasted pork, is still made the old fashioned way. Stop by and try something different with a seasoning of mexico. – Carmela