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“Wonderful”

Carmen Restaurant Cartagena
Ranked #10 of 744 Restaurants in Cartagena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Carmen is an exclusive dining experience in Cartagena, Colombia. Inside the walls of this unique space you will find a warm, calm and friendly atmosphere which provides an elegant and modern ambiance and contemporary cuisine with international influences and fresh, Colombian ingredients. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Carmen, enchanting diners with creative dishes highlighting Colombia's culinary diversity. Carmen's menu is based on quality ingredients sourced from local purveyors and in Cartagena specialises in seafood. Carmen was founded by a Colombian-American family looking to offer a different dining experience in Colombia. The menu is written in English and Spanish. Carmen is a "can't-miss" stop when coming to Cartagena, Colombia!!
Reviewed 5 November 2013

My wife and I were recently in Cartagena for a few days while visiting Colombia. After a terrible meal at a popular Bogotá restaurant which left us with gastro intestinal issues, we were hoping to have better luck in Cartagena. Based upon the reviews we read on TA, we were interested in trying this restaurant. Since our favorite restaurant in Cartagena, (Don Juan), was closed on Sunday the day of our arrival, we decided to try Carmen. We ordered the tempura pear salad and tiradito. Tempura was not soggy and was very good. The tiradito was superbe,(actually the best dish we tried), very light and flavorful. Smokey presentation was nice, but did not add too much to the flavor. Main dishes of confit of duck and the 12 hour pork were great. The sauce on the duck was a little heavy and cloying, but overall was nice. Cocktails included the lulo mojito and a caíparinha were very good. Too full for dessert. We ate inside due to the hot humid night. Was peaceful and the meal was served excellently by our waitress, Rosa. Price was OK ($125), and in light of the quality of the food it seemed worth it.
The meal and service was so good we decided to return the next night to try other dishes...foie gras was very different, soupy and difficult to eat, but very tasty. Again cocktails were the same. The pork and Black fish were ordered. The fish was nice, but not great. Taste was so-so, but appeared interesting. The dessert was the five home made ice creams. Suggest trying something else. Same server and table, but the result was less thrilling. Sat next to a large table of noisy Americans who incessantly talked loudly throughout the meal. Oh well, it was still a great experience. It was better to sit inside with air conditioning and better lighting. Will go here again when back in Cartagena.

Thank drishi
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Excellent food. Two seating areas, one inside with air conditioning (reservations required), the other on the patio al fresco. Gratefully there are fans. Ambiance and service are wonderful. Food is delicious. Worth every peso and more.

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Thank trula
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

If you're looking for the perfect place for a magical moment and a wonderful service don't hesitate. You really get more tha whra you pay for.

Thank Carlos P
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Went for dinner with family. Small modern restaurant! Service is good limited wine list, delicates and well presented dishes!
I had a sea food ceviche well presented dish very nice, also the salmon with black rice "suchi" delicious!
Overall is a good restaurant !!! Fresh sea food from Cartagena

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We went here on our last night in Colombia - due to Tripadvisor reviews! We had completed a long trip in Colombia starting in Bogota and working our way up through the country via bus - by this point we had eaten a lot of patacon and arroz de coco...We had previously been to the cevicheria place in Cartagena which was very disappointing and were keen to find somewhere worthy of our last night in Colombia! This place did not disappoint! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere very romantic and sophisticated. It was excellent value for money and we would give it our highest recommendation.

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Thank Ro-y-Ki
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