Great bar and restaurant!!. My husband and I frequently visit Carmine's in Bryn Mawr for dinner at the bar or a drink before a movie next door at the Bryn Mawr Movie theatre. The food is great, and I highly recommend the Crawfish Spring Rolls as an appetizer. The barkeep, Matt, is awesome as well. Happy hour I think is Tues-Fri at 5pm that has cheap Hoegarden drafts or wines by the glass. It gets loud at night but makes it fun. Highly recommended.
If you don't have a reservation, go somewhere else.. This restaurant is packed and if you don't have a reservation, you will be waiting for a long time. Since there's no good place to wait, you will also be in everyone's way until they do find a table for you. The food is rather good though, so you may feel that it is worth it. The decor is great but the restaurant can be quite loud.
A great Experience.
We ate at Carmine's on a Sunday which is BYOB. eal.We were greated and seated promptly.The waitress was helpful and all questions were ansqwered without hesitation. The Duck Jambalaya Croquettes were to die for. Greaseless in a spicy sauce the beggest to be sopped up with bread. Main courses of the ribeye steak and blackened red snapper were perfect. Portions were large and there was enough ribeye to serve as a second meal.
If you go on a BYOB night, bring a big wine. The food deserves and demands it.
Great service, ambiance and food.. Just to clear things up for folks that don't already know, its actually not a BYOB anymore, but has a full bar and nice wine list. To begin with, the service was great. We were running close to 30 minutes late for our reservation on a Friday night, but when we finally arrived, we were greeted with a smile and promptly seated even thought the restaurant was already close to capacity. Our drink orders were filled quickly and our entrees were ordered soon after. The specials that we ordered were great, and I recommend this place to anyone looking for a great meal with a bayou twist.
Best of almost anything.
First, if you regularly consult ratings for restaurants, you will know that CITY SEARCH is often incompetent and out of date. A perfect example is the listing for this restaurant "Carmine's Creole Cafe'". You will note that there are three listings for this establishment.
I have little time for pretentious dining and less for the trendy nothingness so typical of the Main Line. A TV I could do without. The menu is simple. Appetizers run around $8, main courses around $23. Service on the casual side - something I'm not found of. I don't like when the just throw a soup spoon on the table. Still, service was good. Ceviche was on the appetizer list . Ordered it while we discussed and decided the menu. The server brought it immediately. The ceviche was terrific - clean delicate fish in a wonderful arrangement of slight greens. One order is easily good for four people to share. Soup next. The gumbo, (cup size is actually in bowl and certainly sufficient), was the best I have had outside the Gullah Islands of South Carolina. (It's spicy.) The crab bisque was wonderfully light and a perfect start for those who are not inclined to spicy foods. The Entrees were exceptional. Now, of course we shared. Blackened bass and crab on sweet potatoes with almond. Was this a taste of heaven? The delicacy of the fish, the delight of the crab and the sweetness of the almond. Perfect. Pork cutlet on greens. Now, while this was certainly very good - also a bit spicy. The corn cake was a delicate delight. But the pork is the type of thing for those who like meat on the bone. For me, that's not why I go to a restaurant. Now - the entry into paradise; the Scallops on truffled shrimp. Four seared scallops set upon four small shrimp cakes, surrounded by a bed of black eyed beans , andouille and the most delectable sauce. You need to eat a small bit of each with every bite. The flavors are subtle, yet spicy, yet distinct. Simply one of the best dishes I have ever enjoyed. Best bet.
The trendy meet Cajun crustaceans on Havertown's main strip..
Scores of rave reviews draw diners from far and wide to this former deli in a working middle-class neighborhood. Cajun-touched standard American fare like a scallop appetizer in a black currant and balsamic emulsion goes down easily, as do non-gresy crawfish spring rolls. Though uninventive, the mashed sweet potatoes matched with chicken dishes and the rib-eye are great. Save room for the bread pudding with a custard sauce that is plate-lickin' good.
A bit sad that Citron did not meet expectations.. As recent foodie transplants from San Francisco we expected Cirton to have much better ambiance and service that we received. First, what is it with every Main Line restaurants, including higher priced ones having a TV, with a sports game on while diners try to enjoy a meal? To us this is unacceptable and a BIG disappointment. If we wanted to watch/hear a game, we'd have stayed home or gone to a pub. In addition to this, we were met by one bored server, who seemed less than enthused to show us the wine list, serve promptly or ask about our meal, etc...As we are in our early-mid thirties, much younger than many diners, we feel perhaps our service was in neglect because they "didn't think we knew enough about wine or food". In the end we were not impressed.
Great place!. Citron is a surprisingly great little place! The restaurant has great ambient light and a very attractive bar. The staff was accomodating and the food was phenomenal. I especially liked that they served wine in the right glasses. My husband and I had wine and an entree each and I was surprised at how in expensive such a good meal was. A great place!
Finally, a great place to have dinner on the Main Line. What took so long! And a liquor license too.
The food- Spanish influence made with fresh ingredients. Modified paella on the menu, crab cakes with lump crabmeat (not backfin), outstanding creme brulee and wine served in the right glasses.
What more could I ask for? Less noise. When it's crowded (and it was) it's very noisy.
Good eats!. Recommended dishes - She Crab Bisque; Smoked Gouda Tart; Crab Cakes; Jambalya; Chicken & Waffles -- it's BYOB and cash only. I highly recommend making reservations. If you have a large party (10 people), they now have a private room on the second floor.
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