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Carmen's Italian Cafe

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515 27th St E, Bradenton, FL FL. 34208
+1 941-745-1540
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Queretaro City, Mexico
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208 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Thursday night at 7:00 PM this place was packed. No reservation, no dinner for a long time. As it turned out, dinner takes a long time anyway. At first our table was in the main dining room where a big birthday party was going on at the table behind us. After the balloons flew into our heads for the second... More 

Thank mcahill6912
Bradenton, Florida
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296 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Consistently delicious Italian restaurant. Have had the Osso Buco several times. Each time, it was among the best veal meals I've ever had. Excellent marinara sauce on the pasta, as well. Meals come with a fine starter salad and warm bread. Be sure to make a reservation on weekends. Others know this a great place, too.

Thank Randy K
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend of our's told us we should try Carmen's, and we weren't disappointed that we listened to them. The food is made fresh, this is no fast food restaurant, so it takes a little longer to prepare. We had a party of 6 and everything that was ordered was delicious. Thank you Carmen for your little hidden gem. We... More 

Thank AntiemFlorida
Owings Mills, Maryland
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Pleasant surroundings, friendly staff and substantial menu. Quality of food is excellent. During season place is usually crowded and food service can be a bit slow. Carmen and his wife Kay will personally check with you to make sure all is well whenever possible, A good wine selection. The attached "Martini" bar serves a variety of originals plus a full... More 

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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Nice little family run restaurant in a strip mall. There were 12 of us for dinner. We stopped off at the bar first. Purchased drinks mostly martini's of some sort. The drinks were ok and priced about the same as most restaurant, bars. We then were seated. Service rate a 5 What ever we needed our waitress made an attempt... More 

Thank dandem
Bradenton, Florida
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Great food. Everything homemade. Nice atmosphere. Little pricey. Make sure you make reservations. Located in small strip mall near Brazen River.

Thank Larry M
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Four of us went to Carmen's on a Friday evening, 5:30 reservations. Two of us had the eggplant parmesan. Both of us loved it, although it was a smaller portion and may not be enough for someone who is very hungry. I did find the sauce to be sweeter than I make mine but not in a bad way.DH had... More 

Thank Mark M
Orlando, Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Very good food and service. A little slow on delivering your martini but otherwise a great find! Enjoyed it on several occassions and it has been consistently good. Definitely worth your latronage!

Thank Jeff H
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Visited Carmen's for the first time with another couple, the service was very good and appreciated the way the waiter was dressed. For appetizer we ordered the fried calamari and it was delicious, lightly breaded and you can tell it was fresh because of how tender it was, not the frozen pre-prepared stuff you get in chain restaurants. My pasta... More 

Thank Joe C
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We ordered out. The to-go containers are flimsy and leak. We had 3 appetizers: calamari, artichoke, and eggplant. The calamari was okay eggplant was good. The artichoke was nothing impressive. We also ordered the family size antipasto salad ($20). It was your typical take out Styrofoam container sized. Not exactly what we were expecting for the cost. It had no... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 515 27th St E, Bradenton, FL FL. 34208
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-745-1540

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