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“Carmens - The cocktail sauce was the only good thing”

Carmen's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 78 Restaurants in Sea Isle City
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 7, 2012

My wife and I drove down to Sea Isle City to try Carmens - we heard some pretty good things about it. Maybe it was the off hour (2pm) or maybe it was the day and date (Friday, Sept. 7) but I gotta say...."meh" is the only good thing we can say about it ; and a low "meh" at that. When we got there we were the only folks in the place. Maybe we got the second string wait staff but it was almost like we were doing them a favor. For a place that touts its seafood we found the menu sparse ( unless you like burgers, etc). We had 1/2 pound of shrimp as a starter and it was ok. I ordered the fried clams and got fried oysters. My wife ordered the soft shell crab sandwich, and got....nothing. They were out of soft shell crabs. So she ordered a veggie burger instead. We had to constantly wave over the waitress for extra napkins, more lemonade, etc. Like they were swamped with folks. Prices were ok.
Seems like a lot of competing places in the area. Maybe one of those next time

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The location is excellent right on the bay, on a beautiful night with a breeze the weather is all you will need. First off a warning they do not split checks and will only take 1 credit card per party so make sure you have it all sorted with the members in your party! Short wait on a Wednesday night in August, BYOB which is a definite hit so pack a cooler, Entrees were an average of $27 which is on the higher end of the casual / sit-down dinner range. Bread keeps coming which is great, service was friendly and as fast as it could be as this place is extremely large and so must be the sections for the servers. Food quality was very good and the size of the plates were enough to fill a grown man, I ate the Scallops and Shrimp linguine, the scallops were jumbo and well cooked as were the shrimp. Overall a very good place to eat if you don't mind spending $40 a person, right on the bay, nice a polite staff , great food quality and a decent pace of service. What else do you need when you are on vacation? Stop by and check it out for yourself!

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1  Thank Abraam A
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Just had a very nice lunch at Carmen's. Food was good. Nice view of the bay. Friendly staff. Very reasonable. I would definitely return.

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1  Thank Rob N
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Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Atmosphere is very casual and bring your own alcohol, cooler and all. Great for families and young kids. Beaware you sit in bench seating with no back. Staff is right on the spot. Valet parking is nice. Kids will get a kick out of seeing the live lobsters and crabs. Definitely recommend. Filet mignon was melt in your mouth. Seafood was great. Kitchen was a little slow, but good food takes time. Went on a Friday around 6:30p.

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Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

Atmosphere is awesome. We sat right by the water and watched the boats pull into dock and then the carnival across the bay light up. Kids are entertained by touching live lobsters and crabs in water tanks as you wait to be seated. Free valet parking and BYOB. Open air with ceiling fans and picnic tables to share delicious fresh seafood makes it a comfortable place to dine for the whole family.

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