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122 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1816
+1 609-848-9650
16:00 - 23:00
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Beach Haven, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

What a great restaurant! Whether it is a spacial occasion or just a yen for some great Italian food, Carmen's is superb. Attention to detail is always paramount from the place settings to the food preparation. Do yourself a favor and go to Carmen's. You will go home fully satisfied and with leftovers to enjoy the next night. Yippee!

1 Thank john s
Staten Island, New York
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We dined here last week with a party of 5. The seafood is the freshest on LBI. It is a bit pricey - the main dishes we ordered were all $40 dollars - but the taste was amazing. The service was excellent and you are never rushed, even when it is busy on weekends. Will def be back next summer.

3 Thank JonD3
Rahway, New Jersey
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

We went there on the recommendation from Mark at the Island Beach Guest house. The food was delicious and fresh. Very nice surprise. Very unexpected. The best steak I have ever eaten. Done to perfection. And the scallops, they melt in your mouth.

3 Thank dustyrose1130
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015 via mobile

We decided to dine early and take advantage of the sunset dinner special. A great meal at a decent price. The meal included appetizers, entree, and dessert and coffee.. BYOB and your appetite as well! And they do accept reservations. 👍🏼

3 Thank SeasonedTraveler218
Danbury, Connecticut
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

We dined in August of 2015. To put in perspective, on a Friday night, peak season, the place was only a 1/3 full and the meal was bad. The night before, on a Thursday night, a bigger place down the street was a 45 minute wait for a table and we ate a delicious meal. The locals know the difference.... More 

Thank Darth_Rater
Rob R, Manager at Carmen's, responded to this review

We thank you for taking the time to write a review for Carmens, we at Carmens are sorry you were not happy with your meal. Unfortunately on that night the kitchen staff was short handed and your Chef Father would explain to you how difficult a night like that can be.We the Staff at Carmens always try so hard to... More 

Maplewood, New Jersey
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Had a fabulous dinner last week at Carmen's. Food and service both outstanding. Menu was varied but we went with traditional choices; fried calamari appetizer, crab cakes and land & sea entrees. Calamari prepared perfectly; crab cakes as big as my fist, crispy on the bottom and packed with meat; filet mignon with shrimp cooked exactly as ordered. Bring a... More 

4 Thank Lou S
Long Beach Island, NJ
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

The food at Carmen's is excellent, breakfast or dinner. The service very good, and the atmosphere, lovely. Highly Recommend.

2 Thank Leonani
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Quite yummy! Great service - and the risotto portions are enormous! Plan on taking some home. :) But don't forget that it's BYOB!

2 Thank Sarah S
Beach Haven, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Carmens is- without question- our favorite restaurant on the Long Beach Island! The owner Peter Palladino, his wife Joanne and their entire wait staff could not be more accommodating every time we dine there. We have brought our friends and family there many times and it has become their favorite too! Some of our favorites are their scallops, Veal Carmen,... More 

2 Thank cokleinfelt
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

Carmen's is my favorite restaurant on the island! The food is delicious, the service is amazing and the atmosphere is great! Sean was our server and he was excellent. (He is also very handsome!) I had the New York strip which was out of this world. Overall great place. Will return!

3 Thank Brian S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Seafood, International, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 122 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1816
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Long Beach Island  >  Beach Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 609-848-9650
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Somers, New York, United States
7 months ago
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