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Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

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3601 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609-4517
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I love Carmel Cafe! We go a few times a month. The food never disappoints...except when they change up the menu and one of our favorites is gone :(. Love their meatballs and lobster roll! Excellent martinis and wine selection. We love the relaxed atmosphere and the iPad ordering process. Wait staff is always polite and attentive!... More 

Thank Thelecia
Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On a recent visit, I had one of the most disappointing meals ever. Our waiter was very nice, but obviously, untrained. How many requests should it take to bring a wedge of lemon? It went downhill from here. Our salad was almost entirely comprised of tasteless Iceberg lettuce, with an added surprise-- the BROWN CORE of the head of lettuce!!... More 

Thank DeeDee3579
Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food, service, cocktails, atmosphere - all were excellent. Not too expensive, so do not need to wait for a special occasion. This place is just good.

Thank Bill B
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121 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

We love Carmel Kitchen and fine there often. The food is delicious. Our visit last Sunday for brunch was a disappointment. There were a few large parties, but still many empty tables but we were told we had to wait to put in our order. Eventually we ordered our food and it took a very long time to come out.... More 

Thank magnoliablue
Clearwater, Florida
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Some friends and I came for brunch after a race and while the bellinis and mimosas were awesome, along with the fresh made jams, the food left a lot to be desired. Two of us ordered hash browns with our food and they were burnt. I'm talking charred and black. I don't recall seeing that as an option on the... More 

Thank dgjenne
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner on Saturday night for a birthday dinner. Ordered a couple appetizers and main dishes for the table. Food took forever to come to the table. We asked our waiter and she kept blaming other people for the issue. They were not very busy for a Saturday night to begin with. We ordered wine and it took... More 

Thank Timothy B
Tampa, Florida
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Very spur of the moment brunch run. Shrimp and Grits were amazing. The girls had crab meat eggs benedict. They wiped it out. Worth a trip there. Staff very nice and attentive.

Thank G J
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place and great service. Nice atmosphere. Cosy but smart. I had a greek salad with chicken and rice, so simple but so delicious. Will revisit!

Thank Natassia A
Riverview, Florida
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Carmel did a wonderful job of serving a large (18 people) group of friends for our quarterly lunch. Wait staff did an outstanding job, and everyone I spoke with loved their entrée. It's hard to find a restaurant who is willing to take on a large group and who serve good food that everyone enjoys. Not inexpensive, but not outrageous... More 

Thank HelenMaddix
Tampa, Florida
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147 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Food took a long time to come out. This may have been forgivable if it was busy, but I only saw one other table and some people at the bar. Then the food was brought out kind of at random for a group so we sat around trying to wait till everyone got their food. Finally multiple dishes were done... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3601 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609-4517
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?