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“Fantastic food, warm and attentive service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cariba Restaurant and Bar

Cariba Restaurant and Bar
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, warm and attentive service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

Get the shrimp with curry or the Dorado chicken. What a gem! Also loved the outdoor seating.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

I loved this restaurant and wished it was in England so I could return again and again. The food was out of this world and I loved the ambience of the terrace, the staff were lovely, but the food is beyond compare, the most amazing food I have ever tasted.

Visited February 2012
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Thank mum4boys
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Hastings, UK
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Relaxed & charming restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

My husband & I first visited Cariba a year ago & visited again this week to see whether anything had changed. We both really enjoyed our evening - the atmosphere is much more relaxed than some of the flashier restaurants but the service is just as good.
Our food was excellent - the noodles were delicious & I really enjoyed the combination of coconut & beef, particularly as the beef had not been overcooked (which is so often the case!).
It is a little pricey - although average when compared to other restaurants in the area. The content of the meals is fairly simple - there isn't anything particularly exotic on the menu & there isn't any view as Cariba is up a little side street. However the charming setting, laid back atmosphere, excellent food & friendly staff mean we will keep coming back. Hopefully the owner will recognise us next time!!

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LaurenE_9
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British Columbia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good food, good service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

My wife and I enjoyed Cariba on our visit. We were there for an early seating and the service was good. The local root vegetable chips that were served in lieu of bread were amazing. We enjoyed a prawn cocktail appetizer and and I had the catch of the day while my wife had a coconut coated chicken entree both of which were good, although I felt as though my entree was a little light on the spices and flavor that Barbados is known for. The desert was a shortcake and custard concoction that was very flavorful. We did not feel rushed (which is a blessed relief from the North American way of eating). Although there is no view as the restuarant is a converted house, the atmosphere was reasonable.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, Canada
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Good~ but almost as expensive as Tides”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

In a small chattel house down a lane way, with a casual atmosphere, Cariba was a pleasant dining experience. We had reservations, but were not greeted in an overly friendly manner. Service at the table was fine, but not particularly attentive considering the size of the dining room.

Our choices were the smoked salmon appetizer for $34....loved it! and the brie salad.....nicely done presentation and taste. $28.
The shrimp curry and blackened sirloin (cooked perfectly) were well presented with interesting flavours....$75 & $70.
A bottle of wine for $65 (lower range) completed the meal for a total of $316.80.

I think we were expecting more of a wow! factor for the prices on the menu and the reviews here. But between the food, ambiance and service, Cariba just didn't measure up for us.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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