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“excellente experience”

Carmen Restaurant Cartagena
Ranked #11 of 730 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: After-hours, Breakfast, 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 from asian-inspired fair to dishes with local influences, always employing some french technique and California's philosophy of seasonality, locality and freshness first. Carmen's menu is based on quality and diversity and has a special focus on 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 25 November 2013

Have expected a good experience and It was a pleaseant surprise. The service was perfect, the food presentation was very nice and the taste was excellent . Highly recommended.

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Thank tholzmann
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Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

This restaurant placed inside of an old house in cartagena is one of the best restaurants that we have been.
It has everything from great wines to great food, and the most important thing, an environment and personnel that mixes all toghether

Thank Camilo G
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The food was excellent, the service was amazing. The BANH MÍ de CERDO was amazing, i had it as a starter and CERDO 2 VECES as my main course.

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Thank agsinis
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This is a very small restaurant so it helps to make a reservation. The most beautiful place of the restaurant is the terrace, make sure you specifically ask for a table there. The combination of ingredients makes very interesting dishes. We liked everything we ordered. Great service.

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Thank RoxinBA
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Visited Cartagena for one week at end of October while on a holiday.

Do NOT consider my husband and I demanding, or super fussy food eaters. We dine out often and have been fortunate enough to experience restaurants in many different countries so do have ample experience to give an opinion.

This restaurant ,( by Cartagena standards) is good...The ambiance in the restaurant was okay..not quite what we like or want, but was acceptable..long and narrow space with so-so lighting.. appeared to have kind of an open kitchen towards the back of the restaurant...Has
kind of a contemporary decorating theme..nice, but does have kind of a simple feel.

The garden area looked very nice..quite lush with pretty lighting and a romantic look.
Do keep in mind the very hot and humid climate (and bugs) you are dealing with...this sometimes makes dining outside a bit of a challenge if you are not used to it.

The service was satisfactory although there was a definite language barrier. Menu is available in English so this was helpful.

Food was tasty..presentation was excellent...

Our overall general experience with main food dishes in Cartagena was pretty well the same at every restaurant we visited.....tasty ,acceptable presentation, but quite dry. Service was always good.

Wine is costly and quite often the bottle of choice is not available. Carmen restaurant has their own house wine which is actually quite pleasant.

Anyhow, have decided to give this establishment 4 stars.. cannot give it 5 stars as feel there are certain things lacking for the highest category.... worth giving it a visit though so please enjoy !

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Thank wendy f
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