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Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

#175 of 1,907 Restaurants in Tampa
#184 of 2,102 Places to Eat in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
International, Wine Bar
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14306 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 265-1415
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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
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We couldn't decide on which appetizer to get, we ended up getting all but 1 of the $5. happy hour food specials. The calamari was my favorite, the meatballs were good and had a little spice to them, the empanadas and mozzarella flat bread were good. We really enjoyed Nan's goat cheese and I liked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

YUMMIE! We didn't have one bad plate....every choice was wonderful. Service was friendly and timely. Lots of choices, presentation was lovely and pricing was fair. Would go back in a minute.

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I used to go to Carmel Café frequently as it was great, and I hate to give a bad review, but NO idea what happend last night but I felt like we were in a different restaurant entirely. While the service and the atmosphere remained great as always, the food was between just ok to downright terrible. We were w/a... More 

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Florida
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We couldn't decide on which appetizer to get, we ended up getting all but 1 of the $5. happy hour food specials. The calamari was my favorite, the meatballs were good and had a little spice to them, the empanadas and mozzarella flat bread were good. We really enjoyed Nan's goat cheese and I liked the beet salad (ordered off... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

When this place first opened it was ok and had some interesting items. Now, I think the value is not good for the quality of food you are getting.

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Tampa
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Loved this place when it first opened. The quality went form fresh and exciting to boring and overpriced. They are promoting their new Brunch idea, so we decided to check it out. The design your own custom omelet sounded interesting; we tried 3 items; roasted onion, bacon and cheddar. The product served had barely noticeable amounts of the ingredients ordered... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Two of us went for brunch on a Sunday morning. The web site, the emails, the door to the restaurant, all say they open at 9am. They don't. They open at 10. But they warmly welcomed us at 9:20, offered us coffee and a comfy booth, and we sat and chatted until we could order at 9:50. The manager and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Modern and lovely environment. Lots of open space. Comfortable booth seating. We ordered the large size plate of the Moroccan Lemon Chicken and the Steak Frittes. Both were cooked to perfection. The chicken could use some rice as the plate has a lot of sauce. For dessert, pound cake with strawberries. Deliciously toasted on the outside and moist and buttery... More 

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Tampa
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6 restaurant reviews
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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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96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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
34 restaurant reviews
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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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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: International, Wine Bar

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