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“FABULOUS!”
Review of Carmen

Carmen
Ranked #13 of 1,361 Restaurants in Medellin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 6 May 2014

This is the best restaurant we've found in four months of travel in South America. It was so good that we went two night in a row. The best dishes were the grilled octopus appetizer, the Korean tacos, and something called "salmon curado" (pictured below). Both of the fish dishes on the dinner menu were spectacular.

The service is amazing. Our waiters were Vairon and Alejandra, and they were excellent. They are warm, professional, and knowledgeable. Vairon even remembered my husband's allergies and mentioned them to Alejandra the next night. The restaurant feels special but comfortable.

I suggest reservations, if only to avoid an awkward beginning. The host acted as though he was doing us a favor to seat us even though the restaurant had just opened for the evening, only one table was occupied, and there were still empty tables when we left two hours later.

Overall a great experience. There's a sister restaurant in Cartegena, and it that were on our travel itinerary, we'd be going there, too.

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Thank EugenieFoodie
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Of all the places we ate during our meetings in Medellin, Carmen was by far the best not just in terms of food, but also service and attention to detail. Book in advance to avoid disappointment. By far one of the best meals I've ever eaten.

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This restaurant could be picked up and placed in any of the world's dining capitals, it is that good. Living in London and coming from Australia, this restaurant is easily the equivalent of restaurants in Shoreditch and Darlinghurst. The service was excellent, rightly timed and unobtrusive. The food was amazing from the appetiser to coffee at the end. I had an amazing black fish dish that had extraordinary depth of flavour. Dessert was excellent. Wines were brilliant. The atmosphere and music made the place cosy and classy. We could see the finely honed kitchen hard at work. We came back again another night after the disappointing experience of La Provincia and this time had an outdoor seat where we watched a storm while eating the pork. Great experience!

Thank avaritia7
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

The atmosphere makes you feel so comfortable.
I recommend the outdoor area for a romantic dinner.
Good for groups.

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Thank Anabelle C
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Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Reading all the reviews on Carmen I was expecting a gastronomical treat! The appetizers were absolutely incredible and I thought we made the right choice! However both our main courses were bland and unimaginative and we left extremely disappointed with them, and with the overall restaurant! For the price, we definitely expected a lot more.

1  Thank deethedee
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