One of those neighborhood bistros that opened its doors and immediately developed a loyal following. With their mother as namesake, the Bautista brothers have created a warm and relaxed restaurant where families are just as welcome as couples out for an intimate dinner. Stop by for a drink in the dark, cozy bar or wind your way past an open cooking area into the mirrored dining area, where the sunlight pours in through large windows at lunch and white tablecloths and candles form a softer mood for dinner.
Italian cuisine served with Latin flair, Carmen’s offers diners small plates of tapas to share such as shrimp and crabmeat stuffed artichokes, spicy empanadas filled with chorizo and potatoes or steamed mussels topped with Diablo sauce. Fresh, soft bread topped with sesame seeds is brought to each table to enjoy along with dipping oil. And there is Carmen’s famous house salad. Save room for fresh seafood, flavorful pasta, or tender and richly seasoned veal, chicken or beef entrées.