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610 West Hubbard, Coeur d'Alene, ID
208 676-8784
Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tamales!

Carambola's Friday tamale special is the best. And the rest of their delicious menu is wonderful as well!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
andpeter
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coeur dalene
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
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87 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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coeur dalene
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Carambola's Friday tamale special is the best. And the rest of their delicious menu is wonderful as well!

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have eaten here a few times and still do not understand the popularity. Parking is limited. It is only open for lunch and is a bit pricey. Not a lot of room. You order at the counter, sit in wooden chairs and someone brings you your food. It is fresh and not typical Latin American/Mexican. Not spicey. Not abundant... More 

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Liberty Lake, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

After reading all of the reviews, I made a special trip to Coeur d'Alene to visit this cafe. While it was nice, the service was excellent, the food was good not great. I was a little disappointed. The prices are fair, and interior was clean and bright. I wouldn't make a special trip to visit again, but we did enjoy... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I've been to Cafe Carambola many dozens of times. I keep coming back. I even bring interview candidates from work here to impress them. The flavor of the food is very tasty and authentic. The owner is from Mexico and provides great customer service. The seating does fill up right at noon on some days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I loved this little cafe! I've worked 1/2 a mile away for the last 3 years and have never seen it. My loss. Friday is homemade tamale day. Apparently I have never had a "real" tamale. These are the real deal. The owner and staff are super friendly and the service is excellent.

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Henderson, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Due to the numerous positive reviews, we stopped by Cafe Carambola on a recent trip to Coeur d'Alene. We were not disappointed! Our experience seems to be the norm. The owner greeted us warmly, explained the menu, and encouraged us to mix and match salad with sandwich or soup in order to get to try as many flavors as possible.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Though the venue is of limited seating the cafe has a very loyal following and does a brisk lunch business. It is a bright and clean spot with a case full of freshly made salads, offerings of a couple of soups each day and a menu of hot and cold sandwiches of the South American style. Every meal I have... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Check the hours, add it to your list of places to eat in Coeur d' Alene (CdA). Homestyle fare in a clean, professionally run eatery. Seriously, you'd swear your Tia is working there. ask about the classes, if you can, take one. This is among the very best of why we eat out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Amazing lunch! My husband had the best pork sandwich he has ever had and the selection of salads make it difficult to choose which one to try. We would definitely recommend this little gem.

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Bend, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We stopped here on the advice of Trip Advisor reviews. Everything we read was accurate! The food is unique and delicious--- so fresh! Get there early as it fills up fast! Enjoy!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 610 West Hubbard, Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Coeur d'Alene
  • Phone Number: 208 676-8784

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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