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Calle 38 # 8-19 | Calle Del Santisimo, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 5 6645116
07:00 - 22:00
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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".

Thank velertra
Gig Harbor, Washington
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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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for lunch and we were gladly surprised with the incredible flavors and very attentive service. Our table in the inner garden was shaded by an immense mango tree, making a bucolic ambiance. Entrees and main courses were superb, definitively one of the best restaurants in town.

Thank nacuna2017
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked Carmen having read all the great reviews and whilst we had a nice meal and evening, overall it didn't live up to the hype mainly because it lacks a Colombian/Cartagena charm and vibe and some of the dishes were too creative for their own good! The service was great, very attentive and friendly. The setting is lovely and... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I made the reservation before our trip, based on the great reviews, but we may fall on a bad day ... as it seems that all our food were siting for a while before being served, which was quite detrimental. However, some part of the menu seemed attractive, but not as refined as expected. The service was friendly unlike the... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very well might be. Top notch cheff, overall food is excellent. Nice setting, decor is an old house so much character. Service was decent. A foodie's place. Malibu dessert was good. Wine is priced fairly. Fully recommended!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only the food is spectacular, It is a real pleasure to eat at Carmen. From the beginning we had a great experience. Thank you Carmen (owner) for taking the time to share with us, The waiters are extremely knowledgeable and prepared to explain each dish, and make you understand what was the Chef's (Rob) idea. We enjoyed so much... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To be fair, I did not have a reservation. But they took me and no one at any point told me of any restrictions. I wanted to splurge on myself and ordered the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing. When it felt as if the food was being feed as if I were a goose for the fattening, I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place did not earn the top spot in my opinion. The appetizers were few and weak, the entrees were not prepared well and the service lacked any real training for such a high end price point. So many other great options in El Centro. No need to go back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, South American, Colombian, International, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
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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