Maison Carlos

4.5
348 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(561) 659-6524
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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There is parking available on the street as well as a private lot.
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Corkage Fee
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Miami
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice and romantic, the food needs to be a little tastier and more portion. Overall nice restaurants.

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

warm and inviting from the front door to the bar. service was impeccable, genuine conversations and genuinely interested in getting to know us!
food was fabulous and key lime pie was as good as any found in Key
West
I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a lovely and lively dining experience

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S
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, service and quality all acceptable. Would certainly eat at this restaurant again.

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T
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, amazing service, great wine and beautiful ambience. We had a wonderful dinner with friends and can't wait to come back.

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RI
Miami
100 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing because everything was ordinary. We expected something special — had read about it, reviewers all wrote about how wonderful it was — but it was just ordinary. Not bad, mind you — but nothing to rave about or write home about. Just ordinary.

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l
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If it was closer to our home, we certainly would go back (although we missed a female presence!).

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f
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a lovely small venue that is quite charming. The way some are greeted upon entering you can tell they dine there frequently which is usually a positive sign in the industry. We went for Flavor Palm Beach and the Flavor menu was given to us along with the regular menu as we were seated which I appreciated that we didn't have to request the menu.

Within minutes of being seated we were brought a plate of fried zucchini chips. A great little treat as we studied the menu trying to decide on what we were ordering.

The food was very good, my simply grilled Branzino was cooked perfectly. Veal saltinboca was also delicious although sized perfectly for a smaller appetite.

Service could have been turned up a notch, It went downhill once the order was placed. My husband wasn't offered more wine until his meal was almost gone and my ice tea glass sat empty.

Cute little venue, very good food, service can use some fine tuning.

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AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was very good. Would have preferred a full bar but only beer and wine is available. Air conditioning unit is to the back of the restaurant and didn’t appear adequate to cool down the front where we were sitting.

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OT
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and water was always refilled!

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b
Atlanta
60 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice and cozy dinner. Delicious French onion soup, fish and veal!

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LZ
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is always good but service was extremely slow. One of the meals was incorrect and had to be remade.

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Z
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have been to this restaurant several times. It has steadily declined over the years. We went to Maison Carlos for a celebratory dinner. The waiter did not acknowledge that we were there for that reason, even though I wrote that on the OpenTable reservation and he didn't know that I was allergic to mushrooms, which I stated on my profile. Every other restaurant I have been in the waiter/waitress always ask who is allergic to mushrooms and the manager walked by and welcomed other guests and didn't bother to come to us until later.

The food was not good. The pork belly was dry and tough and it was not like any pork belly I have ever had before (taste-wise). The rissoto was very salty and took 3/4 of the meal home so I can somehow take the saltiness out of the dish. The dessert and the fried zucchini chips were the highlight of the meal. Not worth the amount we spend. The place was stuffy (It caters to the older Palm Beach and El Cid crowd) at first before some "regular" people came in.

There are better places to go within two miles of this restaurant where you will be valued as a customer ad get a great meal! Pass on this establishment.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our delicious meals were off the prix fixe menu and included clams in broth with chorizo, spot on chicken Marsala, and delicious creme brûlée - which I never tire of as long as it’s like this: perfectly prepared. Thin crisp sheen of sugar over a luscious custard. A deal at about $35. Waiter recommended an excellent yet not terribly expensive wine to accompany. (They serve only beer and wine). Gracious and friendly service - attentive but almost invisible. The space is done very nicely. Once you are in its easy to forget you are in a little shopping center on a fairly busy street. Serene seascapes by owner’s father-in-law add to the experience. No paper over the tablecloths here. We had a great evening and highly recommend.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved their food choices, especially their summer set prix which was very delicious and had a wonderful set of choices to eat. Their wine menu really went well with the food that was provided. The owner Carlos was very attentive and interactive with his customers. Although, some of his waiters were okay in terms of service they weren't very social. Maybe they need to hire a younger group for employees. Despite all of that, like I said Carlos made the experience excellent and I would definitely come back just to receive his service and his food. Would definitely recommended to anyone who will be going to West Palm for a visit.

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GT
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an incredible dining experience when dining in at Madison Carlos. The food and service are TOP NOTCH.

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LC
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best quiet little romantic restaurant in the neighborhood. The staff is friendly and entertaining, and they know their menu. They also know when to engage you and when to leave you to talk to your table of guests. The perfect balance of food, wine and atmosphere.

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JW
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful gracious dining😀

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M
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful quiet evening with great food- I had Warm goat cheese salad with roasted tomatoes followed by a seafood risotto crowned with delicious shrimp. I love the key lime pie- a special family recipe. The service was impeccable!
Also loved the zucchini chips brought to the table before the meal began- fresh and crispy. Altogether a lovely evening. Thank you!

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E
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely family dinner on Friday night, everything was perfect and the service is always outstanding, we love having this restaurant in the neighborhood.

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IB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent service, great ambiance all make Maison Carlos a first-rate dining experience! Looking forward to returning soon!

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LR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! The food is superb and the staff goes out the extra mile. Thanks and see you soon.

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RK
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to take our “snow bird” friends, who are returning to the north, out for a special dinner. It was special in every way.
The service was impeccable and the food extraordinary. My arugula salad and bucket of snails was perfect with bread for dipping. My husband indulged in shrimp and risotto, he said, “ this will be our new” go to.” Our friends loved their salmon too!
I must mention the mousse and flowers chocolate with vanilla ice cream , was a perfect send off.

Put this restsurant on your summer list as they just started their specials!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food is always excellent and the service can’t be beat! We always take our out of town guests here!

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AS
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party of five had a very good time- well served, well fed, pleasant ambience. A favorite of mine.

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g
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, attentive service, tasty menu

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B
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and the owner and wait staff are terrific...the zucchini chips are awesome.

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BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cuisine. Friendly staff and chef/owner

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L
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around

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PW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patron Carlos was amazing, very friendly and had good wine recomendations. Food was excellent.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have gone there many times. This night onion soup over salty, pasta special tasteless and fish special so so. Maybe different chef? They did deduct soup from bill when we notified them of problem. Hope this was a one time aberration. We always enjoyed this place

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P
New England
48 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Pizza hard like cardboard and cold; 90% crust that cracked in half, like a cracker.
Burger not as ordered.
Deviled eggs way too salty.
Waiter snotty and constantly interrupted our conversation.
Waiters were constantly pushing wine and bottled water, to all the tables. They must have asked us 15 times, if we want more wine. We eventually had to tell them to leave the bottled water alone. It was obvious they are told to push the beverages, to rake in more profit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant staff & room

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice experience

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Carlos and crew awesome food charm ambiance thank you Carlos and Galendo!!!

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maison Carlos is a quaint, but vibrant scene. It was full of laughter and conversation. It is a small restaurant, but there were several tables of 4-6. It seemed to be lots of groups of friends and a few couples. I'm not sure a group bigger than 6 could fit in there. The wine selections were great and the food was excellent. We enjoyed the entire experience.

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a
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The Vichyssoise and the Onion Soups are to die for; the service not so much. If you want great Vichyssoise or Onion soup then this is the place to go. After that the food is OK.

The service, on the other hand, could be a lot better. When I made the reservation I mentioned that my party and I were going to the Kravis Center for a show. I repeated this to the waiter when we were seated. It took 20 to 25 minutes to get our appetizers and another 20 minute wait for the entree after finishing the first course. In the end, we had no time for dessert. It was very disappointing. I would go again but not before a show.

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j
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good

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MR
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful! Food and staff exceed all expectations!

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JC
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time here. Nice food, some dishes a bit better than others, but overall quite good. It was Valentines Day and very busy. Service could have been a bit more attentive, and time to get food was a bit long, but it was a busy holiday time.
We will try it again on a non holiday time. All in all a nice experience.

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TA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the service was excellent, very friendly. It's a small intimate restaurant, quiet enough for you to have a conversation. Prices were reasonable but not inexpensive. We would definitely go back

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