Carnaval Meat & Spanish Tapas Cocktail Bar

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£25 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Carnival Meat & Tapas Restaurant Cocktail Bar, our traditional Spanish cuisine is very popular and there is no better place in Dartford-Kent to try a true Spanish meal. Our wine list includes a great selection of wines from the best regions of the world (Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia and others). Our drink and cocktail menu stands out for being extensive and good quality.

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Goonergirl
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a really enjoyable Evening at Carnaval last Saturday.

The staff were friendly and made helpful suggestions as to what items to choose from the Tapas menu. The portions were very good, hot and delicious, and we shared 5 between 2 of us before we went to the theatre.

We also had a jug of Sangria which was very easy to drink!

The prices were reasonable, the ambiance was gentle and not intrusive so we could talk to each other easily.

We will be going again in the future and would recommend.

MA
MAT123
Kent
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place was fantastic and the food equally so. Great decor and atmosphere. Tapas dishes were authentic, full of flavour and fresh ingredients. Service was a little slow at times but only noticeable as we had hungry children with us(!) and certainly not something that would put me off dining there again. Would highly recommend dining here.

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Gemma
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Would highly recommend. Looking forward to returning

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michaelw
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice meal

Staff overall good.
The music a little louder than i would have preferred.

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BrendanE
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was average , nice place , good atmoshere , nothing really special ,

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Tapas is amazing!! In the main course the steak was quite tough but flavours were amazing

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GaryC
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely relaxed restaurant. All tapas dishes lived up to expectations and served quickly. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere food was authentic and delicious x

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JamesK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, good value, I would go again. The tapas were great, the paella was good, the prawns in paella (King prawns) were dry and over done. But overall a great restaurant with good food and service.

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EmmaT
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great little gem of a restaurant and the food is delicious

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Spanish Tapas restaurant with friendly staff and an extensive wine list. Very reasonably priced.

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SpencerJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and ambiance, prices very reasonable.

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ADan
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

It was a nice small restaurant which seems to be family run. We had some tapas, a paella, sangria and some churros. Apart from the flaming chorizo which was good, everything else was just OK. The paella was crazy salty and was sent back. The second attempt was less salty. The bill was not too bad but given the food and service not sure if I would give it another go.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely and enjoyable tapas, plenty of selection. Very friendly staff, made very welcome. Will be returning.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu. Food excellent. Staff very helpful. Good Spanish vibe.

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Mobyno1
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there a few times never disappointed always 1st rate.

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DebT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! We over-ordered, but ended up devouring almost all of it. The food was delicious, ambiance was great, and service was prompt and friendly. Highly recommend.

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LouM
Kent
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely family meal here on Friday. It was my first visit but will definitely be returning. Staff were very welcoming and food was lovely. Overall good value for money

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PeterW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality, freshly prepared & cooked in open kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Initially service was slow but the food did come out really quickly and was very good. Delicious and large quantities, bigger than we had thought. Would highly recommend to others

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LouiseH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

A lovely evening spent here, food was excellent, was very noisy and seating was a bit cramped, the food was excellent and would return

JB
JoBo
Kent
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good choice.
Good service and reasonably priced.
Restaurant a bit small so recommend booking. noisy due to it being small but would definitely go back

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SarahM
London
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been to Carnival many times now and the food is always delicious. We try to choose different things when we go and have liked everything so far. As it’s Tapas your dishes usually come out at different times which I personally like. The service was good. The noise level wasn’t great but there was a large table of ladies opposite us that were very very loud. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. It’s a little gem.

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DonnaK
Kent
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well impressed, we will definitely go again. Food was lovely and the cocktails were delicious.

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KevinN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and venue.
Food was cooked to perfection. Chief took genuine interest in how food was prepared. Service was excellent, attentive and very friendly. Would highly recommend.

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RobA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always good food, good service and probably best restaurant in dartford.
Only criticism music was a little load and had to speak up to people.

LJ
LislJ
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch, food was really good and great service, was very pleased

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KaylieA
Kent
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is amazing! The cocktails are also fantastic.
Manager is friendly and efficient some of the waiting staff are slow and it’s hard to communicate orders.
Would definitely recommend though.

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KayB
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were greeted promptly on arrival and the restaurant inside well lit and good ambience. Food arrived promptly, but some dishes were slightly undercooked - which we had to leave. We had tickets to the Orchard Theatre so we didnt make thing about it, as we couldn't wait around for further cooking.

The paella was wonderful, to be recommended. We would go back just for that!

The bill was very reasonable.

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AndreaK
Kent
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, tasty food, nice atmosphere, highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvellous chilli and seafood tagliatelle. I would highly recommend it

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Hayleyb
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, excellent value and really great hosts! We all had very nice cocktails too!

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vipAnne
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely dinner place with family! Service is attentive and not over engaging. Most importantly, very tasty tapas and big portions too! Will definitive go back, and recommend to friends!

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CandaceH
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly attentive service. Will definitely be going back

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PhilH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

realy nice steaks good deserts noise level high good spanish beer would recomend

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DeniseK
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We were a party of 6 to celebrate my birthday. When booking Carnaval I requested the table in the middle and was a bit disappointed to see that it was occupied by a group of 6.

As usual the food was fantastic, this really is a gem of a place for Dartford.

Unfortunately, like the last time we visited the service was not great. Don't get me wrong the staff are very friendly but. First we had a mis-communication about the wine, what we were told was the house was not. This was rectified but not with a smile (and not us not smiling). As I said before, the food was fantastic but, the bread came up during the meal, the olives towards the end and to put it bluntly the water I asked for twice I am still waiting for.

The service will not put us going because the food is great the staff are friendly, they just need more staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice food warm welcome deffo going back

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely freshly cooked food, particularly liked the garlic mushrooms, hot chicken wings and calamari. Restaurant is warm, welcoming and authentic. Have been there a few times and never fails to impress! Will definitely revisit.

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LizzieC
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here now about 5 times and every time I’ve been here the food has been fantastic. It’s my favourite tapas restaurant and can’t wait to go back again and again

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sammier
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best place to eat in Dartford. Food is great and well worth the money. I have been here 4 times now and never disappointed.

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Carnaval Meat & Spanish Tapas Cocktail Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 189 OpenTable diners.

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