Maison Carlos

4.9
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417 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Maison Carlos is a continental restaurant with an emphasis on French and Italian cuisine. Carlos and Lanie Farias opened Maison Carlos in December of 2002. After seven years on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, the couple made the decision to move their establishment a couple miles south to the El Cid neighborhood. They wanted a smaller restaurant with more of a neighborhood vibe. The new space has only eleven tables and is open for dinner only. Carlos is there every night, seating people, taking orders and is very hands on. Being open only for dinner Carlos spends his days shopping for the restaurant, selecting only the freshest ingredients.
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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Overall, a superb experience.

K
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Maison Carlos is like going to a spa where they serve the most amazing, delicately prepared food you may ever witness. The restaurant atmosphere is serene and filled with love and the air of a family-owned business. Perfect for a special date night.

B
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food wonderful host terrific wine and reasonable prices

AF
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maison Carlos is a gem. This was our first time to dine there but we will be back! The food is terrific and the service is attentive and unobtrusive. Wine list is fairly priced.
Owner Carlos is friendly and approachable. Exactly what you would expect when someone has their name on the door.
Interior is understated with lovely original oils paintings done by Carlos’ father-in-law.

HK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

small and quiet restaurant with great Italian ambience.

MM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful, friendly staff and very attentive

R
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Madison Carlos and really need to go more often. The stark au poive was cooked to perfection and the service was great.

A
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

All four in or party thought the food was very good but the portions were kinda small. The pricing was a little high for what we got. Sorry, but we probably won't be back as there are other places we think are better choices.

B
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and the staff is wonderful as is the food, of course!

HP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit to Maison Carlos, and we've been quite pleased with the food quality and service. We ordered from the $40 fixed- price summer menu which includes appetizer or salad, main course and dessert. My veal was delicious, although on the petite side. My wife had chicken risotto, which she enjoyed very much, and which I thought was very tasty. Service was attentive and all questions were answered. I liked the intimate feel of the place, although the night we were there, there was one large group which seemed to monopolize the serving staff and created some additional noise and activity in a restaurant that is rather small, which I would normally enjoy, but the large group made it feel cramped. I would have liked a more robust wine list with more varied price points, but the restaurant's wine storage is probably rather small. I would go back, but likely bring my own wine next time. Our friends with us seemed to enjoy their steaks, so I might order that next time too. In all, it was a pleasant 7.5-8 out of 10 dining experience.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos combines exquisite and consistent cuisine with personalized service every time. Maison Carlos is one of our all-time faves.

J
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Maison Carlos is one of
Our favorites. Like having dinner on a friend’s house. Carlos and his long time staff are so accommodating and nice. Highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Food is good albeit small portions. Service is terrible though.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and attentive service. Will definitely go back.

TF
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and food! Just the right amount of food beautifully prepared. Extremely attentive but not intrusive service. Small place so you can easily hear the conversation at the surrounding tables. Complimentary zucchini chips were to die for. Beer and wine only.

l
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem My husband and I will be back

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, staff, food. Vichyssoise, carpaccio & breast of duck. All deliciously prepared, appropriate portions, relaxed pace and attentive service. Thanks!

LZ
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Maison Carlos. The food is delicious, zucchini chips are terrific and the restaurant is quiet. One of the few restaurants you can go to and have a conversation with more than one person at your table. Highly recommend!

AA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine dining in a friendly atmosphere. Low noise conversation is easy. Exceptional food and staff.

L
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very nice place for dinner- good food- personal service - not too noisy or crowded - we have been several times and will keep coming back.

DF
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was more Northern Italian then French but there was a wide selection and what we had was excellent.

S
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly good food. They must have a very good chef. Everything was very well prepared. Sort of Italian. Not really though. Cosmopolitan would be more accurate.

l
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. ALWAYS great food. Always great service and we can actually have a nice conversation.

OT
Miami
87 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this restaurant. We need to go more often!

EK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Great food and ambiance. Should be a go to for all.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming host/ owner- excellent service and very good food. Note that wine and beer only- no cocktails. Ery enjoyable evening

B
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the waiter, with a great personality and wit, to the owner, who welcomed us so graciously. We all enjoyed our meals. Especially the snails in a bucket!

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Food great. Friendly atmosphere and the noise level was perfect. We could easily hear our dinner partners. A+

F
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere; fabulous service; food was divine! Will definitely return.

WJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quiet spot, white table cloths, very attentive staff and outstanding food. We go at least twice a month and never had a bad experience.

OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, fresh ingredients and my fish was cooked perfectly. Highly recommended.

L
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we have been back a number of times and will keep returning- we like the food and the location.

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in the Palm Beach area. Lovely service and gracious owner, very good food, and understated atmosphere. I always feel welcomed, almost coddled, when I dine at Maison Carlos. Tip - if they have their pasta with pulled pork and clams as a special ORDER IT! It's wonderful.

t
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food was excellent. The service was v very good. We enjoy this restaurant also because you can hear the other people at your table

WJ
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, never a bad meal. Carlos is the best!

MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! We celebrated my mother's 85th birthday and had one of the best dinners of her life. After 20+ years in FL, she'd never stumbled on Maison Carlos before but now is boasting about her find to all her friends. We tried the duck, chicken rissoto and bransoni and found each dish exquisite. They even surprised us with a hot molden chocolate cake that we somehow managed to finish. Carlos, the owner, is charming with great reason to be proud of his restaurant. Well be back!

SP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always perfect. Lots of parking. Good menu. Good service. Noise level is moderate. Service is excellent. We go often and are always pleased.

MR
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite dining spot for meeting with friends.

L
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food and service are lovely- really like it and keep coming back!

E
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food always good, friendly service, cosy atmosphere.

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