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“"A Shore Thing"!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carmen's

Carmen's
122 North Bay Ave, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008-1816
+1 609-848-9650
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Ranked #4 of 72 Restaurants in Beach Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Continental
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Opening for the season on April 11 Come join us
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“"A Shore Thing"!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We have been regulars at Long Beach Island for MANY years - and each year we like to try a new place or two for dining. This year we chose Carmen's - not knowing what to expect. To make a long story short - we LOVED it - and will be going back every year! Nick was our attendant - he is the owner's son - and he has quite a sense of what customer service is all about. We started with the Tuscany salad which was a special salad of the day - and it was awesome. I had the King Crab Legs - and they were served just like I like them - and served hot as I requested. Nick listened to what I requested and then checked back with me to make sure everything was perfect. The service was well timed and Carmen's just gained two new customers. Cheers to Carmen's! We just wish that Carmen's would be open all year!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cockeysville, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent Beach Haven Choice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

You will not be disappointed from the first step into the restaurant to your last step out. Excellent service, food, presentation and portions. We went there for a family celebration with 10 of us and couldn't have chosen a better spot in Beach Haven. Don't forget to bring your own wine, the staff is more than helpful in corking and pouring! Carmen's will be another stopping ground for sure!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Amazing Food...Great Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Nothing more to say but FANTASTIC! Great menu...amazing food and LARGE portions. Nine of us went out as a family and every one of us were more than happy with our meals. I would recommend this restaurant 100%. Only slight downside was the noise level. It is a smaller restaurant, so it was a bit noisy when it filled up, but that would not deter me from going again at all.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Great Beach Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Really wonderful vacation dining. Seven adults at post happy hour dinner at the beach. Everyone was really impressed with the food and service. Good mix of entrees featuring seafood, meats and traditional Italian. Try thr scallops with risotto, you won't be disappointed. BYOB.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson
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“Fine dining, but very casual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was a breath of (slightly refined) fresh air during our week in Beach Haven. The restaurant has all the hallmarks of a high-end dining establishment (snug booths, linen table cloths, dim lighting, etc.), but without any pretentiousness. Feel free to stroll in without a reservation straight from the beach, and be welcomed like you just walked into the Ritz Carlton.

The owners are also the hostess & chef, and they are great at what they do. The food is excellent, the portions are very generous, and they make each guest feel right at home. The chef came to our table twice to make conversation and ask how everything tasted. At the end of the meal, he gave our daughters each a bowl of ice cream and chocolate syrup, on the house.

The servers were very good, making multiple visits to check on things. they knew the menu inside and out and answered all of our questions and made some great suggestions.

The prices are very reasonable, especially considering that they are practically the only "nice" restaurant around, and they serve dinner late and stay open till the last customer is leaving. Really very enjoyable, and would love to go back here next summer.

Like so many other places, this is a BYO, so be sure to pick up a bottle of something nice before you arrive. You and your companions will not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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