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Carmen Restaurant Cartagena

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Calle 38 # 8-19 | Calle Del Santisimo, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 5 6645116
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Carmen is surely one of the best places I have been in cartagena. The service is flawless. They make the dinner a dining experience, explaining every plate in detail. Would recommend the cazuela. Would call Carmen a Top 3 restaurant in Cartagena. With affordable prices for the kind of experience you're getting.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The drinks we ordered were as amazing as the food !! Basil gin and my tequila cooler were excellent and refreshing on a warm humid night . Fish of the day was superb on a ricotta ravioli . The pork belly was to die for !! Thank you Robert and Ander for the attentive service and wonderful command of English... More 

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Bland sirloin slices. Really disappointed. Cusco is a much better choice and also has a better price

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for the seven course tasting menu with wine. It was mainly very good but perhaps not worth the price (around 250,000 COP per person). The service however was excellent and overall a good experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing is the adjective I would use to describe the food and the service. The experience was memorable in so many ways: the presentation, the variety, the freshness, the creative mix of flavors and textures. This was my favorite of 3 excellent dinners.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did the tasting menu - excellent. Except too much food. Service was lovely, we had the air-conditioned salon, so less charming than the patio but cooler. GO!

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Thank Nathaniel B
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food at Carmen was incredible. We did the 7 course tasting menu with wine parings, and every course was better than the one prior. So unique, and well plated. Would definitely recommend it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the third time I go to Carmen Cartagena and it doesn't stop to amaze me. This is a MUST in Cartagena and in Medellín. Service is very good, the atmosphere is really nice (I really like the "patio" tables) and prices are fair. I would recommend "la playa" (amazing ceviche), "taquitos caribeños" and "duo de cangrejo".

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here with a group of 7 and had one of the best meals I have had in a long time. To start the food was outstanding and prepared in unique ways. While they serve mainly seafood, it is done in a very eclectic way bringing differing flavors together to make it quite special. The menu is relatively small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat in the Moshi part of the restaurant where they cook the food. We had the whole red fish and a fish stew for main course and camarones tempura and sashimi for starter. I also had a fantastic pudding called Tero-Miso a miso flavoured variation on the Italian desert. Everything was utterly superb and we had a thoroughly evening.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 50
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, South American, Colombian, International, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 38 # 8-19 | Calle Del Santisimo, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6645116
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!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?