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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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07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the best dining experience I have had travelling. Among all the fine dining I had in Cartagena, Carmen's service, atmosphere, and food topped it all. A must if you like great cocktails and premium dining. Great value too.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The absence of good table cloth and dressing diminish the fantastic food. Clients in view if the informality behave very informally

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Miami, Florida
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for lunch and we were basically the only ones eating outside. Im sure this place is more for having dinner as it has a romantic feel to it. The garden is lovely. Not a lot of vegetarian options but had one of their salads and it was good. Also, it is not the best place to have "local"... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a pleasantly warm evening, the patio in Carmen provides the perfect place to enjoy a meal--in most respects. But we were astonished to be subject to loud disco-type music with a dominant base, in the company of other middle-aged diners. The premises cater to two restaurants, and we could see some young people busily checking their phones behind a... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First, let me just say that the staff of Carmen could not have been nicer and more attentive. They were a huge plus for this pricy, special occasion spot in Cartagena. We went for a birthday dinner while visiting Colombia. And the food was beautifully presented. My appetizer of paper thin house cured salmon on black rice balls was lovely.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must!!!! Some of the best food you will eat. Service, drinks, and food were all amazing.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have one night in Cartagena, eat here. Best meal of my life. We both had the tasting menu so we could try many things and loved every bite. We had an incredibly kind and knowledgeable waiter who spoke excellent English. The courtyard was romantic and elegant, so be sure to make a reservation in advance for outside! Absolutely... More 

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Thank Angela B
Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the bar for drinks, ended up ordering the Sangria, it was very very good, one of the best I have tried lately. We also had one entry of Banh Mi, very delicious. Bar tenders were very friendly even thou they were so busy, always attentive.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to choose the 7 course taster menu, and sit in the patio. There was a fantastic atmosphere with each dish being truly delicious and the a complete surprise. To top it all off, the restaurant had made an extra, complementary effort for our anniversary.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the tasting menu at Carmen and were not disappointed! The chef was very accommodating of our group (we did one vegetarian tasting) and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was delicious and the presentation was absolutely beautiful. Compared to similar quality restaurants at home (I live in New York) it was also very reasonably priced. I... 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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?