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Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

#144 of 1,881 Restaurants in Tampa
#150 of 2,072 Places to Eat in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Continental, Wine Bar
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14306 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 265-1415
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
sophisticated atmosphere, good wines, good service

My friend & I have come several times for dinner & often for the Early Bird menu, which, although limited, has some of my favorites (Moroccan Lemon Chicken & grilled salmon). Cocktails are prepared well & the wine selection is good. The atmosphere lends itself to conversation. Diners order from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
FLbookwoman
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Tampa
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Tampa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My friend & I have come several times for dinner & often for the Early Bird menu, which, although limited, has some of my favorites (Moroccan Lemon Chicken & grilled salmon). Cocktails are prepared well & the wine selection is good. The atmosphere lends itself to conversation. Diners order from tablets but service staff are available to clarify.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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129 reviews 129 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Carmel has a good wine list and a trendy menu with lots of healthy options. Many of the proteins can be ordered in small or large portions, designated in ounces. (If you can't visualize 6 ounces of beef, take your Ohaus.) My lemon chicken was good, and my husband liked his steak (but not the fact that it came pre-sliced),... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The wine list is pretty spectacular with some awesome wines available by the glass. The food is second to none with something new available regularly now that they added seasonal specials. Consistent, delicious, and hard to beat. If you want a guaranteed great meal, top notch wines, and trendy atmosphere, go to Carmel Cafe. It never disappoints.

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Tampa, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Great healthy lunch options that include gluten free & vegetarian options. The wine selection is amazing and is a great place for some meetups. They have wine flights which is great to try the many varieties of wines. Some saya they have tastings as well. Thursday is $5 Martini, just so you know they ha w a full bar. I... More 

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Lutz
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Not sure if it is because we went on a Saturday afternoon but it wasn't very crowded and we received exceptional service (thank you Andrew). This was our first time at this restaurant. We ended up just order a few appetizers (which came in generous portion) and a bottle of wine. Enjoyed it all.

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148 reviews 148 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I've been to this place twice. Both times we had to send back the entrees because they brought them before we were even halfway through with salads/appetizers. Fast service is not necessarily good service. Give people a chance to enjoy the meal instead of rushing them out the door. This is supposed to be fine dining, not Burger King.

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tampa
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135 reviews 135 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My husband and I came here last minute and unplanned. The restaurant seems pretty plain on the outside and I was shocked at the decor and atmosphere. It was so nice and I really liked it. Our waiter was really nice and was very talkative and friendly. You have the option of ordering with the waiter or on the tablet.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I have dined many times at Carmel and always had a great experience. The pricey wine is more than made up for by the atmosphere. Last time we went as a group we were served a bottle of wine instead of a bottle of water (not quite sure why wine would EVER have been decanted into a water bottle unless... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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57 reviews 57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a great place to meet a friend for lunch. The menus are unusual because you can order off a tablet. The wine is pricey..

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Monument, Colorado
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65 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Good quick service but you never feel rushed. You can choose to be high tech through their tablets or work with your server or both. A nice variety of options to fill your belly and helps you pause to appreciate the conversation. It is also next to a great running store...must burn off the calories, you know.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14306 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33618
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 265-1415

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Continental, Wine Bar

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