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Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge

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Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Plantain chips
Puree of flour, ham & spices rolled, breaded & deep fried
Twice fried plantains
Platanos Maduros
Fried sweet plantains
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Central American, Spanish
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In town for the night to take an early morning flight, we found this gem right behind the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Slater, less than a mile from the Airport. The host was gracious, pleasant and quick. We ordered the tostones for an appetizer,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank N8840INlisak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and service was very good. I would have never chosen this restaurant but it was the only one open within walking distance of our hotel. So Glad we did. Only wish we had a way of taking the leftovers home. Wish we had...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ManyConferences
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were visiting NC and decided to try this restaurant. I'm so glad we did! The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding and large portions. I can't wait to go back to the Raleigh area so we can...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 845harrietp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten or ordered food from Carmen's multiple times and OMG....DELICIOUS!! Authentic Cuban food..whenever I am craving something from the islands...it's my go to. The tostones are huge and will not disappoint. The tres leches ...you must try it.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Yorubaprincess
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Six of us enjoyed Carmen's Cuban Cafe this past weekend. There were four separate entrees ordered. All of us were very pleased with what we orderedand decided to add Carmen's onto our mental list of places to regularly visit. Unique atmosphere, very informed staff regarding...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank tennessee1956
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

The food here is decent, their prices are also decent. I usually come here mainly because of the music and theme parties. I like the carnitas and ropa viejas, they also make great drinks.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank elmegamega
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Staying at the Courtyard on business, this was the highest rated restaurant close by. Place was quite empty on a Wednesday night, had a seat at the bar. Everyone was very friendly, food came quickly. Had the breaded tilapia and fried plantains. Above average, not...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jerrym236
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Interior is showing wear and staff is not very attentive. Food was off from many other visits. Chimmechurri steak was tough, overlooked. Covered with marinade heavy on vinegar rather than a nice fresh green sauce. Beans were starchy slightly under cooked. And the plates were...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank alysin1961
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

I am a traveler out of town and this spot was super close to the airport...couldn’t ask for better Cuban food. The Cubano was delicious...great buttery bread and the perfect combo you expect when you order this sandwich. Also, the SWEET PLANTAINS were AMAZING! Hit...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We liked Carmen's so much since our last visit to this area a year or so ago we decided to come back for dinner and try something different. We chose to be seated at the bar to watch a football game on the TV so...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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15 May 2017|
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Response from DisneyPhotoMan | Reviewed this property |
Yes; it's a good complement to the restaurant, and a necessity when it become a dance club at night!
27 February 2017|
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Response from ElConnoisseur | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, so call ahead and ask to be sure.
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