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33 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113-2405
617-742-6421
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Ranked #239 of 2,823 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Hands down my favorite North End restaurant. Took a group of friends who were delighted. Carmen's is small, make a reservation! They have an amazing wine list and servers who are truly knowledgable. All of our food was superbly prepared and served pipping hot. Forget Hanover Street, the best Italian is in little places on side streets like Carmen and... More

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Pittsboro N.C.
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91 reviews 91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This a really small place in the North End that has about 10-12 tables. They take reservations which I think would be a must since there really is no place to wait for table and have a drink. The food was just terrific, we all really enjoyed our entrees. There is a nice wine list with many options. I had... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We took up 8 seats of 32 seats recent dinner Food and service excellent Delicious flatbread , olives and appy's Pastas incredible , delicious bolognese sauce , signature penne n meatball excellent , served in parchment paper , don't eat the paper Lamb , haddock francese and seafood soup entree outstanding . Best part they don't serve dessert, So no... More

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Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had a reservation for 8pm. We arrived 15 minutes earlier and waited outside in the rain as the restaurant is tiny. At 8 I asked for my table. Not until 8:20 did they tell me that I would have to wait for at least another 20 minutes as "some guests had arrived late". This Italian-American is not worth a... More

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Portland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Carmen is an excellent restaurant for imaginative and delicious food, excellent service and a satisfying meal. It's a small place in Boston, just a couple of blocks from the old North Church (one land, two by sea…). Carmen is all about delicious food, for as many visitors as possible. There is no dessert menu (other places are close by), so... More

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Swakopmund, Namibia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had dinner here and did not regret it. The food is good and portions were large. The atmosphere is cozy. The restaurant is small so the seating is a bit tight but well worth it. I would recommend this restaurant to friends.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We ate at Carmen on recommendation by a barman at the Copley Plaza Fairmont. It was excellent. Excellent food, attentive staff, charming décor. Typical of a local restaurant in one of the better areas of Rome. It only seats 28, so make reservations. There's no inside waiting area, so waiting could be difficult in bad/cold weather.

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Boston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While the food was good and the atmosphere is cozy bordering on claustrophobic, the entire evening was ruined by the owner's buddy. He was on his cell phone talking loudly and dropping the F bomb the entire meal. Even though I said something to the waitress twice, nothing changed. It was the most unpleasant meal I have ever had.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

While checking the menu, i realized that they only serve food (no coffee, desert etc). This got me in and i didn't regret it. Food was very nice and the ambiance was very romantic. Little pricy but it worthy. The only negative point is that it's extremely small and as a result things are tight in there..

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went here based on reviews from trip advisor and people were spot on. We typically visit the Daily Catch around the corner but the lines were so long we went here instead. I had the haddock which was wonderful. It was cooked perfectly in a lemon butter sauce. We had the Gorgonzola short rib ravioli for an appetizer and... More

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Additional Information about Carmen

Address: 33 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113-2405
Phone Number: 617-742-6421
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
Open Hours:
Sunday 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
Cuisine: Italian, Eclectic, International

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