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Carmen Restaurant Cartagena

Calle 38 # 8-19 | Calle Del Santisimo, Cartagena, Colombia
+57 5 6645116
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, South American, Colombian, International, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Calle 38 # 8-19 | Calle Del Santisimo, Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our tour guide recommended the Carmen Restaurant because we wanted local food and good quality. We were blown away by the selection, creativity, tastes upon tastes, and beautiful presentation. We went for lunch. It's a beautiful setting in the Old City. We highly recommend it.

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I invited my 5 friends for my 50th bday here and had the 5 course tasting menu--a superb experience where you will explore new flavors and combinations all elegantly and creatively presented. We oohed and ahhed with each course, the chef is quite inventive...our favorite...More

Thank mefromnewyork
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Dinner at Carmen was the highlight of my trip to Cartagena. The dishes were carefully prepared and cooked to perfection. Our waiter, Samir, was very helpful, friendly an extremely attentive and well mannered. They have a great wine list and several vegetarian options. I recommend...More

Thank nuwandabob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you appreciate seriously good food come here. Food is absolutely my thing. Love it. Don't mind paying through the nose the odd time for a treat. This place is worthy of Michelin Star(s). Great vibe in the place. Well trained attentive staff. Reading the...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down the BEST RESTAURANT IN COLOMBIA! The only thing that even came close was the fresh octopus on the island of Agua Azul, but they didn't have a tasting menu. The tasting menu was one of the best I have had all over the...More

Thank mtonta17
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got two "surprises" as the entry and the desert, both were amazingly delicious. The main dishes were very tasty as well.

Thank Yenny Marcela C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the best meal I had in Colombia. Ambience rivals any high end restaurant in any major city around the world. It's not "hip / modern / trendy" but warm, cozy, and elegant. Service was outstanding and the food is just really good. We had...More

Thank Dealgal05
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here was delicious. They had a vegetarian option which was appreciated. The atmosphere and surroundings of this restaurant are lovely. The service was good and both the vegetarian dish and the fish were great. I had the best coffee there while in Cartagena...More

Thank Dublinlady28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second time at Carmen. We dined at their new place. We first ate there when they were in a hotel. Had the 5 course fixed menu. This is an incredible place for modern gastronomy mixing Colombian and Latin American ingredients with basics...More

Thank Patrick W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had fresh fish for dinner with wine. Beautiful place in Old City within walking distance of the Bantu hotel. Perfect spot for a quiet , romantic dinner. Good service.

Thank Yatriguru
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Neera T
I found their website and I just wanted to ask how much is the food because their site said "$28mil" for the ensalada carmen. How much is that in usd? is it just $28?
April 22, 2017|
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Response from robert a | Reviewed this property |
There is around 2870 to the US dollar their money is in thousands so 28000 divided by 2870 but check if the exchange rate has moved. That's around 9.76 dollars. In Colombia service of 10 percent is included.
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Do you have vegetarian options?
March 23, 2017|
Response from nicolasjose9 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! My sister is vegetarian, and we went there with her. It was the best one she had in cartagena, and we went to a lot of different places!
ill be in Cartagena celebrating my birthday in march. just looking at different restaurants. ill be staying at the Bastion Luxury hotel. is this nearby?
February 8, 2017|
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Response from Carmen A | Property representative |
Yes! We are very close, about 1 block away. Please check out our website to learn more of the restaurante. I would put the website here but TripAdvisor does not allow it. Thanks!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 38 # 8-19 | Calle Del Santisimo, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bolivar Department  >  Cartagena District  >  Cartagena
  • Phone Number: +57 5 6645116
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Carmen is an exclusive dining experience in Cartagena, Colombia. Inside the walls of this unique space you will find a warm, calm and friendly atmosphere which provides an elegant and modern ambiance and contemporary cuisine with international influences and fresh, Colombian ingredients. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Carmen, enchanting diners with creative dishes from asian-inspired fair to dishes with local influences, always employing some french technique and California's philosophy of seasonality, locality and freshness first. Carmen's menu is based on quality and diversity and has a special focus on seafood. Carmen was founded by a Colombian-American family looking to offer a different dining experience in Colombia. The menu is written in English and Spanish. Carmen is a "can't-miss" stop when coming to Cartagena, Colombia!!