Tampa >Carmine's Seventh Avenue
Review. The food was great. But, I thought it poor service to offer a refill of my soft drink and not tell me it would be charged especially when it was ridiculously priced at $3.98 and mostly ice. The waitress could have offered to remove the charge out of good will.
Yum. I'm glad I didn't read these reviews before going!! All 3 of us had great food. I'm not familiar with authentic Cuban food, but we all enjoyed our food, flavoring was wonderful.
Inferior food, insulting manager. When Carmine's was a tiny place on the corner in Ybor City, my wife and I used to go there for the great food and friendly atmosphere. A lemonade was squeezed by hand. Today, Carmine's has become a tourist trap, expanded in size and diminished in service. It is now cash only and after our experience today, it is easy to see why. As someone who was born in Tampa, not only is the "Cuban" food inauthentic, it is frankly awful. While the waiter was efficient and friendly, the "Cuban sandwiches" inferior to a convenience store, and after my wife ordered a lasagna and received something akin to lasagna soup, boiling at the edges and lukewarm inside, she found it inedible. The waiter mentioned something about "problems in the kitchen," and my "palomilla steak" which seemed to have been harvested from a very old yak, was seasoned in a way that was totally unfamiliar to anyone acquainted with authentic Tampa cuisine. I was lucky, though, in that my food came within 30 minutes of ordering it. After the waiter asked about my wife's virtually untouched lasagna and offered to see if it could be taken off the bill, a female manager approached, and as my wife was bent over attending our son, loomed over her menacingly and wagged a finger at her, saying she'd "stuck a finger in" the lasagna, and there wasn't anything wrong with it. Now I can deal with lousy food, and I can deal with waiting too long for the lousy food, but this manager insulted my wife, basically calling her a liar, and the sad thing is that we frequented Carmine's before it was a successful tourist trap, and it's a pity to see how far it's fallen. We'll never go again, and as someone born in Tampa, and someone who knows where to direct every client of my business as well as friends and family, I will warn everyone off this restaurant that was once a great place and is now an absolute, and inauthentic, disgrace. As my brother in law said, "Carmine's: Cash only and the customer is always wrong." Very sad.
Worst Cuban sandwich in the city.
I went to Carmine's for lunch today and had quite possibly the worst Cuban sandwich of my life. I didn't think you could get a bad one in Ybor (it's the birthplace of the damn thing), but wow. I sent it back before even trying it because the "pressed Cuban" was cold. A few bites into the barely warm version and I was done. It wouldn't have passed muster at a quickie mart, let alone a sit down restaurant.
I complained to the manager and he was only willing to make another sandwich, not comp it. The last thing I wanted was more food from Carmine's.
Interesting Place, good food, cheap prices. It's a strange, dark restaurant but it's fun. The food is good and cheap. Great place to go with pals.
Tampa Native. This place is overrated. They are many better options for food, drinks, and entertainment in the Ybor City area.
This local favorite in the Latin Quarter offers a historical setting, a casual place to people-watch and tasty cuisine..
With a worn black floor, pictures of Marilyn Monroe and photos of 1950s sports teams on the walls, Carmine's exudes history. Old-timers go for the food, newer devotees come to talk and watch the crowds roll by through the big plate-glass windows. Located in a historic Ybor brick building, it still has its original tin ceiling. Salads, pasta and hamburgers are available, but the best dishes have that Latin flavor so beloved in Tampa.
plenty of other places to go. We've tried Carmine's three times and will not be back. The service was very lacking, when we mentioned this to the manager we were told, "Sorry, we're very busy". The third (and last) time we left after waiting over 30 minutes for our food. The previous two times the food was average.
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