108 Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC | Directions 2756035.862443 -78.818362
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 3pm;Sat. - Sun. 5pm - 10pm
Just like home! – we are from miami and have moved around quite a bit. when we landed here in north carolina, we didn't expect to find an authentic cuban restaurant. then we discovered carmen's...the home-made authentic dishes are absolutely wonderful and reminds us of home. now when we go back to visit miami, we dont' have to get our fix of cuban food...we can get here everyday if we wanted to! our kids love to come here too - they like to try something different everytime and have not complained...which is unsual!
Authentic and Great Service – We went to Carmen's for the first time this past weekend. We were greeted at the door by the manager who got us seated quickly. The waitress was extremely nice and helpful. I'm a vegetarian which is limiting at a Cuban restaurant but I went there knowing that and I love plantains and yucca enough that it didn't matter - the dessert made it totally worth it! We got the Mariquitas (plantain chips) for an appetizer, they were really good. My husband ordered a spicy pork steak with a side of beans and plantains and he (who is very picky!) loved it! I got the Tostones (twice fried plantains), Platanos Maduros (fried sweet plantains), and boiled yuca - all were great but I especially loved the Platanos Maduros! It had a nice but relaxed atmosphere and a very authentic feel. The service and quality of the food was outstanding. We got the Tres Leches cake which just melts in your mouth! There's a lounge next door which is apparently part of it but we didn't make it there this time. We will definitely return soon!
Best Lechon Asado – Been to Carmens quite a few times and have not been disappointed once. Although the lechon asado is just heavenly...meat so tender and full of flavor, I like trying the different dishes and all the flavorful sauces....if you like spicy, then try the havernero sauce. Too bad I don't live closer or I just might be there everyday! But luckily I work in the triangle and get to lunch there quite often. It is simly just really good food.
Great Food & Service! – I am 100% Cuban & grew up in Miami and was thrilled to find Cuban food in the Raleigh area!
Don't pay too much attention to the few critics who are also from Miami or Cuban decent. If this restaurant were in South Florida it would be considered very good, but not categorized as exceptional fine dining. (They may have been expecting Las Culebrinas.)
However, I give it 5 stars because the food is very good, the atmosphere is inviting and the service is top notch. The Lechon, Yuca frita, plantain chips etc. are MUCH better than MY mom?s (just hope she doesn?t read this).
If you want to have a very nice lunch or a quality dining experience then you must head to Carmen?s.
Defnitely the best Cuban food in the triangle! – I've tried it all - all the restaurants in the triangle that serve Cuban food and I keep coming back to Carmens. Couple of other places have closed, couple more have opened and been to them all. I should know better...once you find a good thing, should just stick with it. Frequented Carmens dozens of times and can't go wrong, from their staple dishes like the roasted pork (so tender it melts in your mouth) to exotic seafood entrees like the grouper or seafood havenero. As long as they're still around, we'll keep coming back! Wait staff are very friendly and attentive too.
What a great Cuban restaurant! – Cuban food is our favorite cuisine and we were thrilled to find Carmens. We drive from Greensboro often to treat ourselves to this delightful experience. Too many delectable dishes to list...they serve all the main staple Cuban dishes we crave. At our last visit, we also tried the tilapia with a homemade mango sauce...it was out of this world. We love having a place to go to and try different dishes and know it will be good. We have been beyond satisfied. We met the owner/chef and learned that he was born and raised in Cuba and that's always good to know..confirms the authenticity of the food!
NOWHERE NEAR CUBAN FOOD – I was born and raised on Cuban food in Miami and this is nothing like Cuban food. The rice taste like it came out of a box and the pork taste like it was grilled and they just through garlic on it. The bread wasn't even Cuban bread. I was extremely dissappointed in the food. I ordered to go and took it home with me. If I would have ate in I promise you I would have asked see the chef this food was so bad. I would have left the food on the table after one bite. This was simply horrible!!!!!
A rare find! – a friend of mine kept raving about this restaurant so went to try it out finally. we had such a great time there, food was delicious from the appetizers to entrees to desserts. there were a few of us that went first time so we got a variety of disches to taste and loved it all. the mojitos cocktail is the best i've ever had anywhere. i have been back a few times already and each time, i try a new dish. have been sending everyone i know there. great place for lunch with my coworkers too, although gets busy sometimes.
The food was descent, but hopefully you have time to wait for service. It took us 1 hour to have our food served for a party of 5. The wait staff did not even check on us during the whole wait time, we had to inquire about our food several times.
The wait staff complained that they were packed at the moment. Then I would say to hire more staff to accommodate. It was the only place I have eaten at that I waited 1 hour for take away.
Great Customer Service – I have been to this place a few times, and everytime, it has been a pleasure.
One of the rare places, where i could eat latin dishes in the triangle.
Overall, their customer service is excellent. Didn't take long to order and to get the food served. Everyone was very nice and helpful.
I tried some of the house specialties, and i was very impressed. Excellent quality.
Another good thing, they also have some salsa music on tuesday nights. I love to salsa dance. I went there with some of my co-workers, and we have been back many times already.
Overall, i would recommend it to anyone, who wants to eat latin food. And for anyone wanting to learn to salsa dance or just dance some good salsa.
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