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Carmen

Cra. 36 #10A-27 | El Poblado, Medellin, Colombia
4.311.9625
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Ranked #3 of 422 restaurants in Medellin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

A world class restaurant that would stand out in any major metropolitan area. Very hard to find in a country not known for culinary excellence. Great food, very reasonably priced and incredible service. The atmosphere and decor are top notch. You don't want to miss this place. Octopus is my favorite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were lucky to find Carmen's on our first night in Medellin, and ended up coming back all three nights we were in town. Not to be missed.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The best gastronomic experience in Medellín!!! We had the 5 course and wine pairing...delicious experience and great price for quality!

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Highland, Maryland
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220 reviews 220 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

This is a top restaurant anywhere in the world. The chef, and American expat, Ron Pevitts, married with a local girl, has fussioned European techniques with Colombian food and flavors and the result is nothing short of sensational. Presentations are top notch. The salmon appetizer is crazy good. The slow cooked meats are fantastic. But let your waiter guide you.... More

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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Stemming from the glowing review in the NYTimes travel section, we eagerly anticipated our meal at Carmen. When we arrived, the waitstaff immediately knew we were American (perhaps because of my limited Spanish, but most likely because I made our reservation for 7:30 PM). Being the lone diners in the restaurant, we took our time examining the extensive menu, drawing... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you like good wine Carmen is not for you. My wife and I were there for our 16th anniversary. Like many restaurants this restaurant never asked if our reservation was for a special occasion so we remained silent. The atmosphere in the garden area was excellent and the service was very good. We ordered the surprise menu with accompaning... More

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CarmenEvita, Owner at Carmen, responded to this review

Dear Jim, As we discussed in person upon your visit, I understand your frustration with our wine options. Your comments are very valid and thank you for sharing them. We are in the process of updating our wine list and surely appreciate your recommendations. I do think it important to point out that the additional glass of Cabernet Sauvignon you... More

New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We came here about a week and a half ago and ordered cocktails - 20 minutes later they were no where to be seen and we needed to leave the restaurant because our friend was having medical issues. THE MANAGER THEN ASKED US TO PAY FOR THE COCKTAILS BEFORE WE LEAVE EVEN THOUGH WE HADN'T PAID FOR THEM YET! We... More

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CarmenEvita, Owner at Carmen, responded to this review

Dear G. Weitzner, I would like to personally extend my most sincere apologies for the below average service you received in Carmen Medellín a couple of weeks ago. We 100% respect your complaints and I recognise that we were not able to attend you and your friends in an efficient and timely manner. I am sorry to hear about the... More

New Orleans, Louisiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

They have perfected a great dining experience . Ok granted their service is not ultra attentive, but is nice. Their bar served the best old fashion I have ever had.... made with grapefruit !!!!...WOW..what a surprise!! We always order the chef's menu with wine pairing. ..everything was excellent, all the tastes were there, all distinctive, like clean brushes...they are GOOD.... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Our meal at Carmen was the best meal we had in all of Colombia. If you're staying in El Poblado, this is a must do meal.

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New York City, New York
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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I really enjoyed the Steak & Potatoes meal. I believe that this restaurant is comparable to U.S. restaurants in terms of quality and service. Price of meal was very affordable at $25-$30 per person. If you travel to Medellin, you should definitely stop by this restaurant. We didn't have any reservations, but did not have any trouble getting served on... More

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