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“Great restaurant”
Review of Carmine's Restaurant - CLOSED

Carmine's Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Went last Saturday night, Carmine was the host that night, seated without reservations. Very nice salad/tapas type bar, no bowls available for some items that could have used them. Ordered Capirhina, not good, also ordered the Brazilian dark beer, different, but I would have preferred Brahma, which they did not have. Two excellent sides, grilled vegs. and parmesan polenta-fantastic. Gauchos came with filet mignon, top and bottom round, lamb-I do not eat lamb, beer marinated chicken wings, chorizo, pork loin, chicken marinated in spices. All very good, great chorizo. Waiter acted as if he totally hated his job, Gaucho very nice smile. I have visited Brazil on several occasions, and have visited the usual rodizios, Fago de Chao, Plataforma churrascaria in NYC, OK not on same level, but very good nonetheless for Albany, and we look forward to next visit. Have to make better Capihrinas though, but a nice touch. Huge shrimp on bar. Sauces, they serve four, waiter never bothered to name them, but they included a nice spiced pepper melange, a brown basil sauce for the chicken, a chimichura sauce for the steaks,( green sauce), and a mix of powdered spices also for the meats. Recommend trying this place. Also had a coupon, given to waiter when we ordered, did not take it off bill, had to remind him. $48 for two coupon, regular $62 for couple for complete salad bar and rodizio, you could also have only salad bar-but why?

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Thank ddiverd
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

My husband and I visited Carmine's last night and have nothing but good things to say about it. The service was prompt and friendly. One of the gauchos even came back to our table at the end of our meal to check in and make sure we were satisfied and had enjoyed our visit. The starter bar has so many unique and interesting items. I tried a taste of just about everything and was really impressed. Be careful not to fill up on the starter bar! Once you're done with that, your server will bring you whatever sides you've chosen from the menu and the gauchos will start bringing you the various types of meat. We were offered and tried at least a dozen different meats. They were all quality cuts and cooked just to my liking. To give you an idea of what was offered, we had filet mignon, top round and bottom round of beef, chicken wings, chicken legs, lamb, pork tenderloin, bacon wrapped turkey, sausage (can't remember the authentic name!), and a handful of others. They also serve cinnamon roasted pineapple which is fantastic! All in all it was a great experience, nothing like your typical restaurant. We will definitely be back and next time we'll bring friends!

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1  Thank Katiekooap
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Ate at Carmine's Brazilian Grill last night, to "try something different," and was not disappointed. The 13 meats (including two different types of chicken wings) were all outstanding, tender and perfectly seasoned (bacon-wrapped turkey was my favorite). The "starter bar" was full of fresh and delicious, unique salads, etc., as well as salmon, shrimp and two different soups. The grilled pineapple at the end of the meal was perfect. Our server, "Bob," was very knowlegable about the meats he was serving and he was very personable as well. Overall, a great experience and I highly recommend it.

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1  Thank LouieBB
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We went on a week day evening. The waiter was nice enough and the chef/skewer server was very attentive. The varying meats were tasty and mostly well grilled. Had some filet that was raw/rare, but that was the only glitch. The appetizers were ok, the sangria was weak and sparsely fruited. We came home very full, which after considering the whole meal had the four of us agreeing we don't need to rush back. We were big fans of Carmine's last restaurant. Less so for this one

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Thank ShadysLadiesandDad
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Went there on a Saturday night with two other couples. 8 pm and place half filled. Waiter was a nice guy and directed us to the starter table. Drinks were good but slow to arrive.

Every good (not great) rodizio place I've been to has multiple servers constantly coming around. This place only had two or three and they were so slow to arrive. Once small piece of meat and then you had to wait ten minutes for someone else to come by or had to ask. Plus,a lot of the red meat came out raw and cold to the touch even though the outside was charred. I am a grill buff and that means that maybe the cuts were put on partially frozen or two close over to high a flame. A few items were great: grilled pineappple and turkey wrapped in bacon and the chorizo. But,it just seemed they do not know what they are doing there. Great rodizio is high energy, plenty of food, well prepared and quick and fast service. This is not the place.

Thank Larry R
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