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“They need to watch the quality of the food and the attitude of the staff a little more closely.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carmine's Restaurant and Bar

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Carmine's Restaurant and Bar
9900 Valley Creek Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
(651)730-4500
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Ranked #24 of 75 Restaurants in Woodbury
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“They need to watch the quality of the food and the attitude of the staff a little more closely.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My partner and I go out for dinner or drinks at least 3 to 4 times per any given week. When we moved to this area about a year ago we were very excited to give this new place a try. Our first or second visit there we met the owners. They are absolutely wonderful people. But the staff and in particular the bar staff is a completely different story. They were stone faced and had a way of making you feel as though they were doing you a favor by waiting on you. Especially one bartender in particular who I think is Latino. The first time we ordered food at the bar the meal was burned badly on the bottom. We only ate about 1/4 of it. And when he came to collect the plate he never asked once if the food was okay. So I'm a firm believer that everyone deserves a second chance, so about a month or so later we returned to the restaurant and sat at the bar. We got the same bartender and ordered the same appitizer. Low and behold, same result. Same impersonal service from the same guy and the same burned meal. It's really to bad because we literally live right across the street, so 3 to 4 times per week we drive right past this place and spend our money elsewhere. I can't in good conscious recommend this place to anyone as long as they skimp on the quality of their food and allow their staff to treat their customers so poorly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Maplewood, Minnesota
1 review
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Best Bolognese in town..& the Chicken Marsala...fuhgetaboutit!! Service is excellent. Jimmy comes right out of the kitchen & visits his patrons to make sure they are pleased with their food. The owner also takes interest in his guest enjoyment & comfort. Feels like being back in NYC for this foodie! If this place doesn't please your need for good Italian.....you belong back at Olive Garden. Prices are very fair for high quality entree's. Atmosphere is very cozy with a great bunch of regular locals with class.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woodbury, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great bar for watching the game”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

The bar is a great place for watching the game/fight/match or whatever sporting event you want to see. The bar staff is friendly, and they have a pretty good selection of beer on tap. If you are like me and head to the bar in the evening, they have great bar specials after 9pm. While we have not sat outside yet, as we just recently found the place, it looks like they have a nice patio outside.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Bar & Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Loved it! I had the hot dago, it was perfect! The staff was friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was impressive, the bar size reminded us of bars back home. People were there to have a good time, we enjoyed chatting with a few regulars and joking with bartenders. We were looking for a place to 'let our hair down', and found the live music and friendly crowd an added bonus to the great food and drinks. We ended up staying until 2:00AM! Next time we are in town, it will be first on our list. (Hubby had Lasagna and we had wings before- everything was delicious!) Oh, and we didn't even have to wait, full menu at the bar!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good, but declining”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We liked Carmine's when they opened a while back, but it seems as if the food has declined over the past 6 months or so. We used to not be able to wait for our next visit. The ambiance is great - super, long bar, nice decorating. Red sauce is good, but they are kinda stingy with the quantity, especially on the hot dago meal. Many specials are tasty. Overall, portions seem to be on the small side for the money. I wish they would return to their startup quality/quantities, and I'd be more enthused about returning.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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