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“Popular Cuban Restaurant”

Carmine's Seventh Avenue
Ranked #172 of 2,435 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $0 - $6
Cuisines: American, Cuban, Italian, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Carmine's is a popular Cuban restaurant in Ybor City, but not the best. It can be busy. The food selection is good, decent quality, but the service can be spotty - if not poor.

Thank riny
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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Cool to be in Ybor. Cool location right on 7th. Pretty good prices and food. Get the crab cakes and the chicken parm. Good service. Sit by the window and people watch.

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Thank Butnut
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were really looking forward to a great cuban sandwich. Carmines was recommended . We ordered the cuban but were disappointed by a sandwich that was just lacking something. Beans and rice were also boring....but the key lime pie was really special. Just the right amount of tartness and served at the correct temperature. We liked it so much, we went back before we left just for the KL pie!

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Thank markobear1
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Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

Was here for lunch today and after waiting for what seemed like forever, I ordered the special. A Cuban sandwich with yellow rice and black beans. The Cuban sandwich was average and black beans and rice were very bland. Was confused on why this was called a special.

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Thank Yvette M
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Friends were visiting Tampa and staying near Ybor, and the hotel recommended Carmine’s for dinner. On Ybor's restaurant row, 7th Avenue, it’s easy to find, and there’s ample parking in the municipal lot behind it.

Be prepared for noise and bustle. Although the historic tin ceilings are high above, they reflect the noise of the large dining room and bar; likewise the tile floors and paneled walls. Tables are set spaciously, leaving you to enjoy dinner without sitting on top of your neighbors.

Carmines advertises an original crab cake. Well, it was actually more of a crab ball. Our visitors split one, and enjoyed it very much. The Oysters Lavarone were exceptional. My partner loved the Italian Mushrooms, stuffed with sausage and Italian seasonings. The Black Bean Soup was thick and rich. We followed appetizers with an excellent Gorgonzola salad.

For dinner, I recommend the Breaded Palomilla Steak, which is breaded and fried, topped with marinara and a hard-boiled egg. The Lasagna was also exceptional, as was the shrimp, served with linguini that was a bit overdone. The Chicken Piccata was good, but would have been better with a bit more sauce and capers. The side dish of fettuccini Alfredo was overcooked, the pasta actually clumped together.

We ended our meal with cappuccino. Rich, smooth and creamy. A perfect ending to a great meal. Oh, and they make a killer Bombay Sapphire martini. Kudos to the bartenders, whoever they are.

Although the restaurant was crowded and busy, we were never made to feel rushed during the course of the evening. Taylor, our waitress, was very helpful with recommendations, and very capable at her job. At the same time she was friendly and funny, and always made us feel that we were her special customers. Be prepared, when your waitress asks you which salad you want, or what side dishes, that all items are ala carte. We ordered many items expecting they were included in the entrée price, when every item was priced separately. Our bill for two dinners, excluding drinks, totaled $70, before tip.

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