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Carmen's Cafe

198 1st St, Corner of First & Adams, Troy, NY 12180-4611
+1 518-326-2064
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
2 Oct 2017
“Everyone deserves a second chance”
3 May 2017
“A Hidden Gem in South Troy”
All hours
Cuban, American, Caribbean, Cafe, Spanish
$$ - $$$
198 1st St, Corner of First & Adams, Troy, NY 12180-4611
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

If you read my review of the first time I went to Carmens you could tell I was less then impressed. Okay, was out with friend Henry when he wanted to try there for breakfast and after a moment of hesitation, agreed. We were welcomed,...More

Thank chiefraz
TroyWoody, Manager at Carmen's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thanks for coming back! We do our best— any time things are less than wonderful, let us know and we'll fix it.

Reviewed 3 May 2017

I was pleasantly surprised when we decided to try Carmen's for Sunday breakfast. The restaurant is small but has a neat atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We had to wait by the front door for a table and the owners husband came...More

Thank sealover12
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My family decided to take me to a new place for my birthday. What a wonderful treat. The brunch choices were unusual but everything tasted great. The chorizo hash is flavorful but not over powering and the apple empanada was light and flakey. Mimosas by...More

Thank Chiquis926
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We were in Troy for the farmer's market. Some friends told us about Carmen's restaurant close to their apartment. A short walk from downtown, the food was great. We sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed wonderful Cuban food. The Cubano sandwiches were great and...More

Thank jelmwood
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Took my Mother in Law for lunch on a Saturday. The food was amazing! MIL had a special that was "to die for". I had the Cuban Sandwich... it was really good! I can't wait to get back there.. but they have limited hours

Thank Diann S
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Very lively, bright colored eatery. I had the Cubano sandwich, very good.i like the tables outside but no umbrellas or awnings so you roast. We ate inside & it was delicious and very noisy. I wish they had an air filter that worked because I...More

Thank Adirondacker1
TroyWoody, Manager at Carmen's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2017

Adirondacker1— I'm so sorry you had to eat in the hot sun! We do have umbrellas, and I will talk to our staff to make sure they ask everyone if they would like one (some folks actually prefer direct sunlight). We'll check our ventilation as...More

Reviewed 30 July 2016

Very good Cuban sandwich and excellent wedge potatoes with it. They were out of slaw, which was supposed to accompany it, at the time, but provided us, on request, a salad at no additional charge. We sat outside on a pleasant late morning. Cool views...More

Thank L E
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We went on Easter Sunday 1 hour before closing. The food was excellent as was the very friendly staff and their service. Being late on a busy day everything was still wonderful and we were not rushed.

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Nice breakfast spot in Troy with parking on the street. The omelets are cooked perfectly and are reasonably priced. The waitress is friendly and works incredibly hard in a busy environment.

Thank Fred W
Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Since we got married in Puerto Rico in March and fell in love with Plantains and Cassava/Yuca we've been looking for a restaurant locally that can at least recreate our dining experiences from Puerto Rico. Carmen's is Cuban food but the dishes are so similar...More

Thank Snowyegret51
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 1st St, Corner of First & Adams, Troy, NY 12180-4611
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Troy
  • Phone Number: +1 518-326-2064
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Sat & Sun • breakfast & lunch 9-4. Carmen’s Café is about great food and drink, and interesting conversation in a friendly, informal setting. We serve fresh-cooked Cuban-Spanish-American food in a bistro setting. Carmen’s Café was founded with the idea that people need an easy, attractive place to gather; fresh, tasty wholesome food at reasonable prices; and interesting art, ideas and entertainment to feed their bodies and souls. Try our tasty, fruit-juice-based, sugarfree craft sodas!
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