Carmo

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$30 and under
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Carmo is a New Orleans-based tropical restaurant and bar with a commitment to providing fresh, flavorful, healthy and affordable dishes in a warm, friendly and casual atmosphere. The menu is built upon the rich, multi-cultural culinary influences found throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Gulf South and beyond and features eclectic and traditional/traditionally-inspired dishes with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, as well as unique and little-known flavors from around the world. Carmo caters to vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores alike.

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TheresaR
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent Caribbean inspired food. cocktails are also excellent

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Luv2chow
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was AMAZING. We ate and drank what was suggested by our server - and WOW! Cant wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It was the last weekend of Mardi Gras- therefore a big bit of crazy, as one of the parades went right past the restaurant. The food and the server were excellent and everything came out from the kitchen in a timely fashion. The only problem was that the restaurant was allowing parade goers to use their bathrooms & this meant patrons had to wait 25-35 minutes to use the bathroom. Just enough time for your dinner to get ice cold! Need for better planning by restaurant

Carmo
Responded on February 26, 2020

We weren't allowing all parade goers to use the restrooms, we required that people must purchase food or drink in order to use the restroom. It just happened that there were several thousand people on the streets and the number of people who chose to hang out at the bar was substantial. Had we just opened it up to the public, it would have been far far worse.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not honor reservation

Carmo
Responded on January 19, 2020

We honor ALL reservations. We were fully booked and did have a table that evening that stayed for 3 hours which held up the reservation for 15-20 minutes, the party was informed of that and they decided to go to another restaurant. Unfortunately, sometimes there are situations beyond our control, it is unfortunate and we do everything possible to make it up. Had this party have waited for 15 minutes, they would have found that out.

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vipWendyS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and amazing gluten-free options!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good interesting food and good service.

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vipSelfood
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a meal we will always remember. Brilliant execution of all types of flavors, savory, sweet and multi textured
Yum***. I had Rico and my husband had an unusual Brazilian flatbread that all kinds of ingredients that really worked to make
It a special experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Carmo for my birthday and had family style meal with friends. The service was fantastic and the food matched! It was a very chill atmosphere. I definitely plan to go back!

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jlly5627
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Drink order was incorrect, food was left standing in our view for quite a while and only served when asked. Reservation indicated three special occasions and until I said something no recognition happened. Overall it was a VERY disappointing meal. I was in tears at the end to see how all of my guests felt.

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BobM
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Different menu but food was outstanding!

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JenniferK
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Every single dish we ordered (4 people, 6-8 dishes) was DELICIOUS but service was lacking so that it really lessened our enjoyment. They were easily able to accommodate 1 persons dietary restriction but we had to ask for utensils. And ask for napkins. And ask for drinks. And ask for check.... food was so good we will give it another try though.

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MelissaE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Carmo at the recommendation of a friend who lives in NOLA. I was looking for a place outside the FQ and this was perfect! Great, funky & fun space & atmosphere and amazing food! Eclectic and flavorful, everything was delicious! The Kottu was slightly spicy and savory at the same time, and the portion was huge. I also had the vegetable curry which was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. My friends all loved their entrees as well. Our server Lita was helpful and friendly and made the experience even more enjoyable. Carmo is definitely on my list to return to next time I’m in NOLA!

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent! We both eat Gluten Free due to allergies and had no issues at all! First table we were seated at was next to a VERY noisy party and the staff was quite gracious about moving us to a more quiet table. Loved it-will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and great service . I really like this place.

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vipRobertW
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like you're in someone's kitchen - a very helpful staff makes dining here a pleasure - plus the sustainable cuisine is so delicious!

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ChristinaR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Variety of food options- all very delicious. I recommend the Rico, Fish Collar, Ceviche, and banquettes (so, the whole menu really). Very comfortable atmosphere with reading room and movie theater in the back. Good for large groups or date night.

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vipLucia
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! The Coolinary menu is generous and has good variety. Service was a bit slow. The front part of the dining area was too warm to be fully comfortable.

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vipsusanm
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boat to table, small catch fish perfectly cooked. Good service. People seemed happy to be working there. Will go back. Highly recommend.

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vipAmandaM
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmo is a wonderful dining experience with lots of vegan options. Highly recommend!

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Quasilocal
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful surprise! When our plans changed at the last minute and we wanted something light, we tried Carmo, close by and open when we needed. It was a fantastic early dinner with wonderful dishes, superb drinks, and excellent service. Everyone there was pleasant and welcoming; clearly service was only seconds away yet very mindful of our conversation. The weather was way too hot to try a few of the amazing-sounding dishes, so can’t wait to go back when it cools down a bit outside to try more of the menu. A nice change from the usual wonderful but more expected local fare.

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Tommy
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian food from different parts of the world.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food and atmosphere.

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vipJessicaC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 7 had a great meal and great service from Leida! We enjoyed the many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and modifications available. Everything was so good!

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stevem
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were in New Orleans on business and went to Carmo two nights in a row. Excellent food. Great service by Emma on the second night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food with tons of vegan and vegetarian options, but plenty to satisfy us omnivores as well ;) Full bar with delicious house cocktails. A little pricey, but one of the best options for vegans/vegetarians in town. Service was friendly, but slow.

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LauraM
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to eat. Lots of options for vegans and vegetarians.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan options

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Unique and healthy menu options for New Orleans! Loved the food options. Found their food booth the next day at Jazz Fest and tried the Brazilian cheese bread, which was delicious! In the restaurant, we had the sashimi starter which was very light and fresh. The daily special was a creole tomato fish and shrimp stew with basmati rice.... excellent choice.

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vipMarkL
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great meal with vegetarian options which is a rarity in Nola. Tropical menu with a variety of different fish pork dishes. Cocktails were great too. Very casual and festive.

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GaryP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was really good but the service.. bizarre!!

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JulieC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food with a lot of variety for people with special dietary needs. I need gluten free and it the selection was wonderful. If I lived in NO, I would be a regular here.

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MReviews
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If visiting New Orleans and you get your fill of cajun and creole, this near the garden district will get you out of the French Quarter and please your palate with some really unique and tasty items. The shrimp spring rolls were fantastic and the noodle with chicken dish was delectable. Tried one of their speciality drinks and it was terrific.

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vipPhillyTara
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location near French quarter. Walking distance. But 1000 times better than French quarter food! World kitchen dishes. Veg and vegan friendly. We took our kids and it was literally the turning moment for our five year old who is now saying, even if it looks weird, you have to try it because it could be super yummy. And it was!!!

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frenchieinchicago
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I came to Carmo with 2 friends, one of which is strict vegetarian. The food was excellent and maybe one of the best I had during my stay in New Orleans. I had one of the ceviches and the fish was fresh and very tasty. My friends were happy with their food too. However the service was really poor. I grew up in Europe, where rules about restaurant service are less strict than in the US, so I am pretty laid back when it comes to that. However:
1. Despite the fact that we made a reservation, we had to wait about 20 min to get seated and the hostess was annoyed when we asked how much longer it would take.
2. It took another 20 min for our waiter to come to our table with menus and he apologized because "I wasn't told I had a table over here".
3. We received our appetizers, finished it and then were brought cups and water, in that order.
4. I had to go ask the waiter for more water after we were done with our main course because he never came back to pour us some after the first time (no pitcher/bottle left for the table).
5. When we asked for a split bill, one of my friends received an alert on her phone that she had been charged double the amount. This was sorted out quickly, fortunately.
I don't know if it was just a bad day for them but I am sorry to say I have never had such a bad service experience at a restaurant before.

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DianaM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and love Carmo. I always request a particular table which we always get, but this visit the hostess failed to notice that we had requested that table and it wasn't available. That was disappointing.

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vipRobertW
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A tropical gem, serving local sustainable, one of the best dining experiences you can have in New Orleans, like you're in their kitchen, obrigado!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, small portions, high prices

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BruceM
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very diverse and interesting menu with many options for the gluten-free diner in our party. I’ll definitely be going back to try more of their menu.

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IsabelleT
New Orleans
1 review
Reviewed on February 26, 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

Some of the most flavorful food I've had. Vegan/veggie options for most menu items. Really unique food

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I was able to make a reservation for 9 people a few days ahead of time and the table was waiting for us when part of our party arrived. The service was slow; we waited 20 minutes before getting water and menus, which was OK since not everyone from our party had arrived yet. However, the service stayed slow; the food took a long time to come out and the waiter also took a long time to bring us our bill. Despite the service, the food was delicious--I had the "Rico" and it was quite flavorful and fresh. Portions weren't too large, either. I would certainly go back!

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Carmo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 875-4132.

Carmo is rated 4.5 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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