Carmen's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 750 Barclay Ave

    Staten Island, NY 10312

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  • 718-356-2725

About Carmen's Restaurant

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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I've been coming to Carmen's for years, I absolutely love it. I love having Sangria and appetizers on the patio. My favorite place to come in the Summer. The new patio is incredible. I came with a few of my friends for Cinco de Mayo.

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★★★★★

I've been coming to Carmen's for years, I absolutely love it. I love having Sangria and appetizers on the patio. My favorite place to come in the Summer. The new patio is incredible. I came with a few of my friends for Cinco de Mayo.

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This place is amazing. It's been here since the 1950s and it's very popular. Recently I came here with some friends for their newly advertized happy hour- half price drinks and free tasty tapas. The inside room has floor to ceiling windows

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★★★★★

This place is amazing. It's been here since the 1950s and it's very popular. Recently I came here with some friends for their newly advertized happy hour- half price drinks and free tasty tapas. The inside room has floor to ceiling windows

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I have been to Carmen's many times thru the years. I haven't been in at least 2 years and decided to try it again. I was extremely disappointed. More than the old decor and the waitress constantly asking if everything is good, the food was

3
★★★★★

I have been to Carmen's many times thru the years. I haven't been in at least 2 years and decided to try it again. I was extremely disappointed. More than the old decor and the waitress constantly asking if everything is good, the food was

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When you have a waterfront Spanish restaurant tucked away on private lane with its own sandy shores, it's hard to go wrong. But you can.

On this, my third or fourth overall visit last Saturday night to Carmen's, the restaurant was a bit off, but not terrible. (My first two experiences, though years ago, were better.) My friends and I wound up here after the dimly lit Spanish joint La Candela on Amboy Road was packed to the brim with people and thick greasy aromas filling the dining room.

To our delight, a short drive to Carmen's yielded bright airiness (a little too bright with house lights turned up all the way - while votive candles flickered tableside?) and available seating. The patio an bar boasting restaurant featured live Spanish guitar to boot.

We started at this fairly pricey ($20+ an entree) restaurant with a Spanish staple, seafood paella. But let's start with the soup (or salad) that comes with each meal. The shrimp bisque was so salty my lips blew up a tad. Besides the swelling, the soup was pretty good.

The paella was, in a word, huge. Every entree comes in your own cast iron pot, big enough for two ... for two meals, every day, for two weeks.

Quantity doesn't outshine quality however as the rice was hard and salty, and the ingredients - though abundant with large scallops, shrimps, sausage and chicken - was less than fresh this particular night.

Of course, a real reviewer visits a restaurant 2 or 3 times before casting judgment - in the words of ex-New York Times food critic Frank Bruni. Let's hope this visit was a miss compared to previous good nights here.

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★★☆☆☆

When you have a waterfront Spanish restaurant tucked away on private lane with its own sandy shores, it's hard to go wrong. But you can.

On this, my third or fourth overall visit last Saturday night to Carmen's, the restaurant was a bit off, but not terrible. (My first two experiences, though years ago, were better.) My friends and I wound up here after the dimly lit Spanish joint La Candela on Amboy Road was packed to the brim with people and thick greasy aromas filling the dining room.

To our delight, a short drive to Carmen's yielded bright airiness (a little too bright with house lights turned up all the way - while votive candles flickered tableside?) and available seating. The patio an bar boasting restaurant featured live Spanish guitar to boot.

We started at this fairly pricey ($20+ an entree) restaurant with a Spanish staple, seafood paella. But let's start with the soup (or salad) that comes with each meal. The shrimp bisque was so salty my lips blew up a tad. Besides the swelling, the soup was pretty good.

The paella was, in a word, huge. Every entree comes in your own cast iron pot, big enough for two ... for two meals, every day, for two weeks.

Quantity doesn't outshine quality however as the rice was hard and salty, and the ingredients - though abundant with large scallops, shrimps, sausage and chicken - was less than fresh this particular night.

Of course, a real reviewer visits a restaurant 2 or 3 times before casting judgment - in the words of ex-New York Times food critic Frank Bruni. Let's hope this visit was a miss compared to previous good nights here.

Pros: Waterfront Location, Food, Ambience

Cons: Food, Service (some), Distance

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Hello I just wanted to tell everyone about the early bird dinner special Carmens has. In today's economy its tough to go out to dinner but for $19.95 each we got a free glass of wine and sangria an appetizer, a choice of 12 entrees which I chose the pork Chops flamenca and it was huge and so tasty I saved one for the next day and my wife had the salmon in honey mustard...very good we also were given dessert and coffee...if that is not a deal I am not sure what is....very good highly recommend the place

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★★★★★

Hello I just wanted to tell everyone about the early bird dinner special Carmens has. In today's economy its tough to go out to dinner but for $19.95 each we got a free glass of wine and sangria an appetizer, a choice of 12 entrees which I chose the pork Chops flamenca and it was huge and so tasty I saved one for the next day and my wife had the salmon in honey mustard...very good we also were given dessert and coffee...if that is not a deal I am not sure what is....very good highly recommend the place

Pros: The Pork Chops

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I recently attended a 60th surprise birthday party at Carmens and had a blast. Everything from the atmosphere to the service and the incredible food was just outstanding. We started with the garlic shrimp and the pulpo wich was fresh, abundant and delicious, then we ordered the mariscada in green sauce with lobster and the filet mignon carmen style which was one of the larges pieces of meat I have ever been given I beleive it was 16 ounces which normally they give you 8 - 10 ounces in most places. It was toped with cheese, muchrooms and gravy and it was just superb, tender and I even had left overs!!! Then we had two cappucinos and the vesuvious cake sooo good cheese cake and chocolate truffle WOW is all I can say. We love dthe party and the experiance so very much I just booked my daughters engagement party there for onlt $32.95 pp which includes unlimited sangria and soda as well as many other perks....I tell you what a steal!! You should check t out!

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★★★★★

I recently attended a 60th surprise birthday party at Carmens and had a blast. Everything from the atmosphere to the service and the incredible food was just outstanding. We started with the garlic shrimp and the pulpo wich was fresh, abundant and delicious, then we ordered the mariscada in green sauce with lobster and the filet mignon carmen style which was one of the larges pieces of meat I have ever been given I beleive it was 16 ounces which normally they give you 8 - 10 ounces in most places. It was toped with cheese, muchrooms and gravy and it was just superb, tender and I even had left overs!!! Then we had two cappucinos and the vesuvious cake sooo good cheese cake and chocolate truffle WOW is all I can say. We love dthe party and the experiance so very much I just booked my daughters engagement party there for onlt $32.95 pp which includes unlimited sangria and soda as well as many other perks....I tell you what a steal!! You should check t out!

Pros: Best party menus

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For appetizers we ordered the stuffed mushrooms and nachos supreme.(the fact that they have mexican food in a spanish restaurant says something about the bad cuisine)..the stuffed mushrooms were really bad..they were dry and hardly had any stuffing..the nachos supreme was similar to something at taco bell..for our main courses we had 2 orders of the lobster tail, 1 chicken riojana, and a chicken parmigiana. they were awful..and presented in such a sloppy manner. the bill came out to $180.00..too pricey for mediocre food..and the restaurant itself is outdated and dirty. the view of the ocean is no big deal. it's the dirty atlantic for pete's sake.

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★☆☆☆☆

For appetizers we ordered the stuffed mushrooms and nachos supreme.(the fact that they have mexican food in a spanish restaurant says something about the bad cuisine)..the stuffed mushrooms were really bad..they were dry and hardly had any stuffing..the nachos supreme was similar to something at taco bell..for our main courses we had 2 orders of the lobster tail, 1 chicken riojana, and a chicken parmigiana. they were awful..and presented in such a sloppy manner. the bill came out to $180.00..too pricey for mediocre food..and the restaurant itself is outdated and dirty. the view of the ocean is no big deal. it's the dirty atlantic for pete's sake.

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carmen's has an indoor /outdoor dining area. outdoor right on the water on a balcony with a entertaining atmosphere and good spanish food and sangria.

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★★★★☆

carmen's has an indoor /outdoor dining area. outdoor right on the water on a balcony with a entertaining atmosphere and good spanish food and sangria.

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The problem begins with being seated in the outdoor dining area on a hot summer day. No host or hostess? So you have to "go for it" and find a shaded table since umbrellas are at a minimum. The wait staff is plentiful. The coordination of same is pitiful. Raise your hand and wave......."I'm here".
Diet Coke, Pina Colada....OK. Iced Coffee......sorry, not on the menu. Wait....you can take a cup of coffee and pour it over a glass with ice in it.....HELLO!!!! The Lobster Paella was plentiful alas a bit salty. Probably contributed by the server dripping sweat. The Red Snapper was pretty but tasteless. The Fried Calamari was underdone and chewy. A house specialty, Carmen's Salad, displayed some rather dirty shrimp and crabmeat....hmm....was that really crabmeat.?
Carmen's has gotten some rave reviews in the past. For this diner, on this day, it was a laughable disaster.
Two Stars.
One for the view.
The other for my lovely daughter who paid the bill.

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★★☆☆☆

The problem begins with being seated in the outdoor dining area on a hot summer day. No host or hostess? So you have to "go for it" and find a shaded table since umbrellas are at a minimum. The wait staff is plentiful. The coordination of same is pitiful. Raise your hand and wave......."I'm here".
Diet Coke, Pina Colada....OK. Iced Coffee......sorry, not on the menu. Wait....you can take a cup of coffee and pour it over a glass with ice in it.....HELLO!!!! The Lobster Paella was plentiful alas a bit salty. Probably contributed by the server dripping sweat. The Red Snapper was pretty but tasteless. The Fried Calamari was underdone and chewy. A house specialty, Carmen's Salad, displayed some rather dirty shrimp and crabmeat....hmm....was that really crabmeat.?
Carmen's has gotten some rave reviews in the past. For this diner, on this day, it was a laughable disaster.
Two Stars.
One for the view.
The other for my lovely daughter who paid the bill.

Pros: By the sea....by the sea....by the beautiful sea.

Cons: Service leaves a lot to be desired

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Yes, it's romantic! With it's views of the water and at night it's just lovely to sit and enjoy dinner. The service is great, attentive and professional. I loved the sangria! My only gripe is that the paella could be better. Otherwise, the food is tasty and abundant! Portions are large. Don't miss it. It's really a great place to dine.

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★★★★☆

Yes, it's romantic! With it's views of the water and at night it's just lovely to sit and enjoy dinner. The service is great, attentive and professional. I loved the sangria! My only gripe is that the paella could be better. Otherwise, the food is tasty and abundant! Portions are large. Don't miss it. It's really a great place to dine.

Pros: big parking lot

Cons: paella

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Carmens's is a family friendly restaurant,which also has the romantic ambience desired by couples. The food is fantastic, the view is picturesque, and the service is superb.

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★★★★★

Carmens's is a family friendly restaurant,which also has the romantic ambience desired by couples. The food is fantastic, the view is picturesque, and the service is superb.

Pros: friendly staff, concientious managers, large portions

Cons: parking is sometimes

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Carmens not only had the best piece of Filet Mignon I have ever had but the seafud is terrific. And if you can afford it, try the Langostinos. Very good if you like seafood. The ocean view is gorgeous and the outside Patio is alot of fun inthe summer. My friends and I frequent Carmen's almost every Saturday night. Gom you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Carmens not only had the best piece of Filet Mignon I have ever had but the seafud is terrific. And if you can afford it, try the Langostinos. Very good if you like seafood. The ocean view is gorgeous and the outside Patio is alot of fun inthe summer. My friends and I frequent Carmen's almost every Saturday night. Gom you won't be disappointed.

Pros: View, Food, People

Cons: Long Wait

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Many people go crazy about it, but the food was tasteless, no flavor, besides my dish was extremely greasy!!!! The food tasted more like Mexican food. It was my second time there, I thought perhaps they would get better with the food, but honestly, two times was enough!

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★★★☆☆

Many people go crazy about it, but the food was tasteless, no flavor, besides my dish was extremely greasy!!!! The food tasted more like Mexican food. It was my second time there, I thought perhaps they would get better with the food, but honestly, two times was enough!

Pros: nice ocean view, clean dining room, conveniently located

Cons: food was greasy

 

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