Carmens De La Calle Cafe

★★★☆☆

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We read about a CD release that they were having this past Saturday so we decided to check it out. We got there early but it was already full inside (very small place). We inquired about sitting in the patio and we were very rudely and matter-of-factly told that there was also a $10 cover charge to sit in the patio. This was in the heat and away from any music. We were floored! They definitely have the wrong person working the door! This girl acted like she was doing us a favor! That was a deal breaker for me! We went a little further down N. St. Mary's and found a place called Azuca. I am now hooked on Azuca! Thanks to the door lady here, we found a great place to eat and dance!

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★☆☆☆☆

We read about a CD release that they were having this past Saturday so we decided to check it out. We got there early but it was already full inside (very small place). We inquired about sitting in the patio and we were very rudely and matter-of-factly told that there was also a $10 cover charge to sit in the patio. This was in the heat and away from any music. We were floored! They definitely have the wrong person working the door! This girl acted like she was doing us a favor! That was a deal breaker for me! We went a little further down N. St. Mary's and found a place called Azuca. I am now hooked on Azuca! Thanks to the door lady here, we found a great place to eat and dance!

Pros: none

Cons: rude

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Of the 10-12 items on the menu, only the garlic shrimp and meat/cheese platter, were recognizable as a tapas. Things like Carmen's Fish taco, tostada sampler, and some other items that are non-spanish dominated the menu. The webpage said the flamenco music would start at 7:30, but it actually did not start till 8:30. When I got there at 6:30 the hostess at the door wanted to charge me a $10 cover, and was rude about it. I told her if we stayed till the music started I'd pay the cover. We did not stay for the music. The service was slow, we were the first customers of the evening and it took over 30 minutes to be served. I recommend Casa Espana over near UTSA off 1604 for great tapas, and good service.

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★☆☆☆☆

Of the 10-12 items on the menu, only the garlic shrimp and meat/cheese platter, were recognizable as a tapas. Things like Carmen's Fish taco, tostada sampler, and some other items that are non-spanish dominated the menu. The webpage said the flamenco music would start at 7:30, but it actually did not start till 8:30. When I got there at 6:30 the hostess at the door wanted to charge me a $10 cover, and was rude about it. I told her if we stayed till the music started I'd pay the cover. We did not stay for the music. The service was slow, we were the first customers of the evening and it took over 30 minutes to be served. I recommend Casa Espana over near UTSA off 1604 for great tapas, and good service.

Pros: Web page is easy to find

Cons: Where do I start?

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Carmens was such an awesome experience, it's not a restaurant, it's a tapas bar, with live music and they make there own sangria! I went with a bunch of my friends, and it was packed, so it was hard at first to fit, but we hung out, drank sangria, and ate the most amazing food. It's a great place to go if you're looking to try something different in san antonio.

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★★★★★

Carmens was such an awesome experience, it's not a restaurant, it's a tapas bar, with live music and they make there own sangria! I went with a bunch of my friends, and it was packed, so it was hard at first to fit, but we hung out, drank sangria, and ate the most amazing food. It's a great place to go if you're looking to try something different in san antonio.

Pros: food, music, sangria

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I left embarrassed I'd taken people here. The lady at the door was so rude. The service behind the bar was bad. It's sad b/c the food is great and the place is a great atmosphere. Never again will I bring someone here. I tried to show some out-of-town friends some cool things to do here. Carmens made me look bad. Very disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

I left embarrassed I'd taken people here. The lady at the door was so rude. The service behind the bar was bad. It's sad b/c the food is great and the place is a great atmosphere. Never again will I bring someone here. I tried to show some out-of-town friends some cool things to do here. Carmens made me look bad. Very disappointed.

Pros: food is good

Cons: service and door lady no good

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Where do I start? They don't answer their phone. Their voice message says, "no reservations", yet when you walk in with a party of 3, they want to charge you 20% more than is normal. Besides, the $10 cover charge way before 8:30 when it's supposed to be charges.

And we have to get our own plates?

When I go to a restaurant, I want to be served. I don't want to serve myself. I can stay home for that.

With their bad service and bad attitudes, eat someplace else.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where do I start? They don't answer their phone. Their voice message says, "no reservations", yet when you walk in with a party of 3, they want to charge you 20% more than is normal. Besides, the $10 cover charge way before 8:30 when it's supposed to be charges.

And we have to get our own plates?

When I go to a restaurant, I want to be served. I don't want to serve myself. I can stay home for that.

With their bad service and bad attitudes, eat someplace else.

Pros: None that I could see

Cons: False Advertising

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This local gem is set just north of downtown in an older community but the life inside the house-turned-heaven is vibrant. The menu is roughly 15 items, short and sweet. They often have live entertainment, Flamenco, World music, salsa, etc. Dress nice or dress casual, you'll fit right in. Seating is limited in this small home, but that only means its a full house every night.

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★★★★★

This local gem is set just north of downtown in an older community but the life inside the house-turned-heaven is vibrant. The menu is roughly 15 items, short and sweet. They often have live entertainment, Flamenco, World music, salsa, etc. Dress nice or dress casual, you'll fit right in. Seating is limited in this small home, but that only means its a full house every night.

Pros: Local flavor, atmosphere

Cons: parking, seating

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I recently went with a friend for the first time and saw a band called Jamaya (?) and it was great. I have never heard of Carmens till tonight but it was worth the cover charge. The environment was great and the band was awesome.

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★★★★☆

I recently went with a friend for the first time and saw a band called Jamaya (?) and it was great. I have never heard of Carmens till tonight but it was worth the cover charge. The environment was great and the band was awesome.

Pros: live music, different food

Cons: no waitstaff, no variety in drinks

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Carmen's tapas are excellent! I haven't been able to find anywhere else in San Antonio quite as unique as Carmen's. The desserts are great too!

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★★★★★

Carmen's tapas are excellent! I haven't been able to find anywhere else in San Antonio quite as unique as Carmen's. The desserts are great too!

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My husband and I were introduced to Carmen's through some friends of ours who had been there before, and it is absolutely wonderful. We now take all our friends there, and everyone loves it. It is an appetizer bar, so if you go hungry be prepared to spend a good amount of money. The two of us can usually get out of there for $50-$75 if we don't go crazy. I recommend eating a light dinner first and then going there, but tables fill up fast, and then there are only barstools or patio tables left. Not so good for large parties; groups of 2-6 probably work best. Flamenco dancing on Friday nights is so exciting; if you only go once you should go then. You must try the mongolian sausage (spicy!) and definitely the sangria.

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★★★★★

My husband and I were introduced to Carmen's through some friends of ours who had been there before, and it is absolutely wonderful. We now take all our friends there, and everyone loves it. It is an appetizer bar, so if you go hungry be prepared to spend a good amount of money. The two of us can usually get out of there for $50-$75 if we don't go crazy. I recommend eating a light dinner first and then going there, but tables fill up fast, and then there are only barstools or patio tables left. Not so good for large parties; groups of 2-6 probably work best. Flamenco dancing on Friday nights is so exciting; if you only go once you should go then. You must try the mongolian sausage (spicy!) and definitely the sangria.

Pros: best food & sangria, wonderful atmosphere, flamenco dancing!

Cons: not a lot of parking, not a lot of seating, little expensive

 

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