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Seafood, Mediterranean
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had one of our favourite meals of our trip to Malta at Carmen's. The setting is idyllic and the staff are friendly and helpful. We had mussels and calamari to start, probably the best calamari I've had and then pasta with crab to follow,...also excellent. Lastly the tiramisu, which is heavenly :) Visiting here was definitely a highlight of our trip and we'll hopefully return some day. Make sure you have a booking to avoid disappointment, it's a popular wee spot. Thanks a million!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a table, had it changed right away to my likings. Family ran restaurant I guess, they were all super nice Food came at our paste that we like. FOOD WAS fresh and divine! Highly recommended and by far with great value. Portions were reasonably...big.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 4, 2021 via mobile

Food was nice and our kids were kindly accommodated with pasta how they requested it. My husband and I had lampuki - which was much meatier than we thought and was served with salad and chips. Serving staff were lovely. However the boss/manager was horrible...to me twice and embarrassed me by shouting at me across the restaurant in front of my kids and husband and everyone else. There needs to be room for misunderstandings in the restaurant setting but I was utterly mortified. Didn’t show it at the time although I didn’t get an apology I was really upset. I’m usually stuck in the house due to ill health and it had been a little treat to visit this part of malta for a change and send some quality time with my kids. I don’t care for the setting although the location is lovely and I loved the cats too but I felt so awful throughout the meal and finally when got home I just cried and cried. There are covid regulations to follow in Malta and I’ve always been one to follow rules when I have been aware of them but equally there needs to be understanding of the legal requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act that states that reasonable adjustments need to be made for disabled persons so their experience at an establishment should be as it is for an able bodied customer. A reasonable person would understand that not all disabilities are visible -but this boss/ manager here has ALOT to learn. Never ever will be back as long as I live to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 28, 2021 via mobile

I went twice. The first time was great. I went there with a friend and we shared various seafood. So I encouraged my family to go there together. This time we ate seafood for starter and fish as maincourse. Seafood starters were good. However, we...were left disappointed with the main-course. A fish which we were told was for 2 people was served clean at the table without being at least asked whether we would like to see it whole or clean it ourselves. The fish was also cold and dry and looked more as a portion for 1 person. When complaining to the manager the reply was that it was cleaned inside not to get cold and were still charged an exorbitant amount for a fish which was not cooked and served well. Whilst i understand that mistakes can happen I expect that at least complaints are handled professionally and not like this. Not to mention the unfriendly manner which this manager handled the service throughout the whole night. Unfortunately, I will not return to this restaurant. There are far better fish restaurants around where quality and customers are valued.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 28, 2021 via mobile

Yesterday we went for dinner .we eat different type of fish BUT we order Cimpullaza (rock fish) for two persons .disgrace service ,we don't saw the fish before and after cooked.bring it on the table without bones few meat ,cold and not taste price not...cheap.charged at high end. Never go again.to this place.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 14, 2021 via mobile

What a joke! I’ve never ever been treated worse in a restaurant - staff is super unprofessional and unfriendly, and after having asked for the manager, I was not surprised to see that he seems to be the source of all unfriendliness - they won’t...ever see me again! If you are there for a swim, eat in one of the other restaurants down there ;)More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 3, 2021

Got food poisonings, not fresh shells and sped 2 days on therapy, fish overdone, dry.....far away, there are much much better places than tis one. Owner exceptionally unpleasant and bitter.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 2, 2021

The whole place is a locals paradise, small restaurant with a great atmosphere and super child friendly! Food is mostly dead food, which everyone in our party was amazed by. I had the burger which was ok, considering it was a seafood speciality restaurant. Also,...you can order food and pop into the sea for a cool down - seriously big plus! Very child friendly and couldn’t do enough to help our 9 month old! Highly recommend you won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021

Too long and unecessary to explain here. But if you are as me, selective person for wine, for dishes to be what is written and mostly for being wellcome at least with a smile then this is not worthy to come here just because it...is beside the sea. Terrible and pity for malta to have such rude people while majority are probably nice.. They don't seem to be used of people who don't just say yes stupidly what they say especially when they are doing it without any respect for people who are alone (i was the only one alone maybe that is why). when i came back home, neighbord said they had also a bad experience in that restaurant. I have red the review before and i was not that keen as several of them were already mentionning about the rudeness. Maybe one dau someone woud have courage to have a clear arugument to show they treat people differenyly. wMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Carmen's Bar, Owner at Carmen's Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2021

For the second one: Dear Pupunette, you are completely right, it would be too long for you to explain what really happened, you wanting to try wine by the glass other than the selection offered, us opening a bottle of Astarte out of courtesy and...More

Reviewed July 22, 2021

Good service, (very friendly owners) the food... omg to die for... their oysters are the best and the sea urchin pasta is not to be missed. Good value for money. Location is spectacular. !!!! Love it!

Date of visit: July 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5