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“A breath of fresh air” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar

Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar
Ranked #196 of 2,356 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tampa, Florida
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208 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“A breath of fresh air”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went wit my wife for the first time yesterday.
Great ambiance. We were promptly seated and given instructions on how to order. If you are not tech savvy you can order from the menu. I liked the fact that what you see in the pictures is what you get! The portions are not really big and the price might be higher than you expect but it is compensated by the food quality and taste.
It took less than 10 minutes to bring the food and it was delicious! There is a good wine selection but we tried the sangria. I will definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Tampa
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148 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Another review, this time with a larger group.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

My last review was concentrated on the technology (iPads) that the restaurant patrons use for ordering of their menu items. This visit was with two other couples, for a total of six. By visiting on Sunday and/or Monday, Carmel Cafe offers a "Prix Fixe", a three course meal for $14 each. This necessitates the server entering the selected items that make up this meal. For two of us - we had a "regular" meal item. Excellent surroundings - attentiveness of our server - food was very tasty. Again - would highly recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Richard R
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San Jose, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Enjoyed lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch - they have their menu on both a standard printed meno or on an iPad that you can order from, if you wish. All three of us enjoyed our meals, which were excellent, but a bit pricey for the amount of food on the plates. Service was prompt and courteous. Lovely atmosphere.

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1 Thank DawnSp
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Denver CO
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Your taste buds will thank you.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

My husband, daughter and I tried Carmel for the first time.....won't be the last. We started with shared plates. mezza platter was so yummy. Every item on it was great. Then we shared the spinach gnocchi, equally yummy. My daughter and I had the Seared Pork Belly and Scallops. So good. The polenta quinoa was creamy and tasty. Even the green beans were good. The Lemon Morracan chicken got raves from my husband. You can order small plates to share or larger dinner plates to enjoy your favorite. Besides the paper menu, you get an ipad with the full menu and drink list. If your waiter is busy, you can put in an order for another plate or drink on the ipad!
Clean, cool Atmosphere, exceptionally good food. Can't wait to go back again.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KAPjetsetter
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Riverview, Florida
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124 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Everything was fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a large group for lunch. Service was spot on and we received our food quickly which is great when you have a time crunch. The table shared the artichoke spinach dip which was plentiful and delicious. (as a side note, since the server saw that we shared the dip and asked for separate checks, he split them between the seven of us! Love that!) We ordered from IPads where you could see photos of the entrées and a description. I ordered the small portion of the Moroccan Lemon Chicken which is served with roasted vegetables. I got a huge portion and would hate to see the large! On Wednesdays, it is half price wines which is a perk when ordering a bottle! Everyone raved about their food which included the flatbreads, salads, and ahi tuna. Will definitely visit again!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sylvie521
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