Maison Carlos

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455 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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vipLimincello
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

service food and atmosphere were all lovely- couldn't have been nicer- and we felt safe during this virus.

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vipLisaB
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu is varied. There is something for everyone. The service is very attentive. COVID-19 appropriate spacing. Staff wears masks.

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jmc1
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and service. You can both see and sense they truly care. Cheese soufflé and pork tenderloin with habanero butter are both insanely good, just to name a few. Go and support this gem!

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vipLimincello
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent food and service- we always like to go there!

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Mary
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with excellent service. We have never had a bad meal.

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DouglasS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all good. We appreciated the anniversary treat. thanks to all the staff.

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vipLimincello
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

really lovely- food and atmosphere couldn't be better- we keep coming back every week!

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LindaM
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic restaurant with great ambiance. Delicious food and outstanding service- This restaurant is a treasure!

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vipLevineS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It was terrible. Four guest and no-one liked the food.

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SuzyJ
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy this restaurant, and the staff and owner

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JanJanow1
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. The snails in a pail was quite a surprise. Usually I only get 6 snails when I order escargot and swimming in butter. This order was about 15!snails, no butter, but swimming in a delicious broth. Would definitely return

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vipMartin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fine . Enjoyed everything and expect to return

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vipAnnB
Miami
84 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great neighborhood restaurant! A little quiet at first while they were trying to get the music going, but once the music was on, the ambiance was perfect.

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vipLionelZ
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was not up to expectations. Was much better during past visits. Took long time for waiter to take order.

Chairs are not comfortable for sitting for long periods.

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vipGreg
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely, intimate setting with excellent food and service. Carlos watches over everything to ensure it's done right!

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SaraG
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is delightful - small, charming, unexpectedly so because it's in a modest building. The staff was all friendly and the offerings quite extensive, and the prices quite reasonable for the Palm Beach area. My only issue was that because I am vegan, there are not many offerings available to me. No plates of roasted vegetables or greens and beans. They did have a broccoli rabe pasta with sausage, so I asked if they would take out the sausage and make it mostly greens with just a little pasta, but it came out with the standard mix of 2/3rds pasta and 1/3 broccoli rabe. It was delicious but not the proportion I was hoping for. I hope one day they will have a more innovative vegan menu, with vegan sausage or a plate of roasted vegetables.

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vipNJGourmet
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Having eaten here on >10 prior evenings, we anticipated a very good--even excellent--experience. It was not to be.

We asked for a well-lit table, and our first table was tucked into an alcove that defied moving one's chair. We were moved to a not-well-lit table, and literally upon sitting down, the lighting in the entire restaurant was turned down. It was not a good start.

Cheese souffle was lumpy with unmelted cheese, dense, and without much flavor; I had had this souffle at this restaurant previously. (This was ultimately comp'd, which was a nice gesture.) Caesar salad was pedestrian. Marinated hanger steak was without much flavor, and while I expected it to be "firm," this was "tough." As a key lime pie fan, I was told it had been made that day. Maybe so, but freshly made key lime pie seldom has a soft, nearly soggy crust.

The service was very good, the wine we selected was as expected (very good), and a pleasant conversation with the folks at an adjacent table rescued the occasion as an evening out.

We have long said that only amateurs eat out on Sat. night, and we failed to follow our own advice.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most importantly - we all agreed we would go back again.

Our first time at the restaurant. We wanted a quiet restaurant so we could talk to our friends and Maison Carlos was quiet enough for my friends who are hard of hearing! It is a small restaurant and all the tables do get filled so make a reservation.

We all thought our food was great - I had the branzino fish special, my friends had the veal which was very tender and my other friend had the duck. The portions are just the right size.

The crowd was mainly well to do seniors, probably because it is not a big loud restaurant and the food is more sophisticated and no bar scene.

The waiter had a fun personality and took care of our requests. The owner was present the whole time and checked on our table.

There is a convenient parking lot right next to the restaurant.

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vipChooch
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at this restaurant is consistently good and the service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always wonderful. That is why we keep going back

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DeborahR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can tell the food was freshly made. Everyone ordered something different and we all enjoyed are meals. Staff were engaging.

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vipbabs
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Well worth the price

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vipLinda
New England
27 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The fried zucchini was amazing. Clams casino good but small. Duck wasn’t good. Way too much orange and overcooked (we asked for medium rare). Pasta was decent but not hot. Server had too many tables.

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vipMarilynR
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently excellent!! One of our favorites!!

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vipMdgrl
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding food and service! A not-to-be missed restaurant when we are in town.

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vipjlminv
New York Area
189 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great host. Very good food. Quiet

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RobertS
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Maison Carlos. It is a small restaurant -- with simple, but pretty décor, with about 12 tables -- but this lends itself to the perfect place to meet friends for dinner and to hold a conversation without having to yell. Overseeing seeing this is the owner, Carlos, with a waiter, captain, and bus person. This small staff is wonderfully capable of taking care of all 12 tables without overlooking a one. The zucchini chips that start the meal are superb-- light and salty. My wife and I had the fried duck breast and Attitude burger, while our friends had the shrimp paillard and fried duck breast -- all the dishes were perfectly prepared. The duck breast, though fried, retained its moisture.
I strongly recommend Maison Carlos -- whether for a casual dinner, or special occasion.

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vipElleninny
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Warm, intimate atmosphere. Owner is present and involved. Food is good—not exotic but dependably good.

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vipmarcia
New England
42 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed out meals. The cheese soufflé was outstanding. Some of us ordered the pasta with sausage, others the veal piccata, duck and pasta bolognese. All dishes were excellent. The only item we didn't enjoy was the Cesear salad, which was very small. Both desserts, the flourless chocolate cake and the key lime pie were yummy.

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vipPhilipG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We were VERY disappointed with the way that Carlos and our waiter handled an unfortunate incident with an appetizer. Not only was Carlos non-apologetic but the waiter said that it was removed from the bill when it wasn't, and it took Carlos to remove it with no other accommodation.
At least dessert should have been offered.

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vipNexi1
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dinner was fabulous. The zucchini chips that every table gets upon arrival are terrific. The salmon was cooked perfectly, the veal piccata was delicious, the mahi-mahi was excellent, and the pasta carbonara was also terrific. We have been going to Maison Carlos for many years and have always had excellent food.

Carlos is a Wonderful host; he comes around to every table and is extremely personable.

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vipLeonK
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was very good. Food was not as good as in the past. Both snails and duck were very salty.

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vipSequoia
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local joint with really good food. The owner is frequently on site watching things. Try the cheese soufflé appetizer-outstanding.

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SuzyJ
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it there, the owner is great, the help is great, and they treat you like family

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vipLimincello
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good - service is friendly and comfortable. Never had a bad meal or a bad experience there.

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vipSequoia
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the chicken mushroom risotto. Excellent. It’s rare to get good risotto outside of Italy. Also the cheese soufflé appetizer is perfect. Nice owner seems to always be there. No wonder the place works.

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vipSueB
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a treat to eat in this charming intimate restaurant with beautiful art and superb service. The food is consistently good and many dishes outstanding. I highly recommend an evening here.

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vipAllanF
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends! Food is consistently good here as is the service. Great place for a dinner with conversations as it’s a quiet place to dine. Our host Carlos is always warm & welcoming.

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mike
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Katie
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Maison Carlos is rated 4.5 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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