Carnaval Meat & Spanish Tapas Cocktail Bar

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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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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although there was a slight hitch ordering, when the food arrived, it was very good
We both had paella and the portions were generous. I also 'spied ' on other tables who ordered tapas which did look very good. The only moan was the background music which was a bit loud which contributed to the misunderstanding. But overall, a very good experience. The service was excellent

AD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD AND LOVELY SERVICE. FELT INTIMATE BUT RELAXED X

MY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dining experience in this hidden gem in Dartford. The food was very well cooked and the service was first class. If you like seafood then I would highly recommend this restaurant.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent find. Tapas and paella was fantastic. Great beers and wine. Recommended.

PF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was full of flavour. Each bite was enjoyable. The service was friendly and when you needed them they were paying attention. The atmosphere was relaxing and due to there only being 10 or so tables it was a cosy place to eat.

T
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drink was amazing, the paella was perfect and all the dishes that were recommended by the waiter were totally delicious. The only thing that stopped it getting 5 stars was we were the only couple put on a 2 seat table and all other couples who came in were put on 4 seat tables, it wasn’t extremely busy and there were other 4 seat tables available. It just made things a bit tight for space when the dishes came out. Other than that we had a great night and would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be returning.

AG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Dartford, if you want to taste authentic Spanish food in the UK it’s a must visit, visited there seven times now and have never been disappointed, one bit of advise if going at weekends “book in advance”

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - great service - definitely would recommend!

m
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, cocktails, wine and service would definetly recommend

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recommended this bar to friends already , truly enjoyed our experience here. Grea5 tapas, and very large strong cocktails , could have looked better with some garnish but super tasty .
We will be back

AW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, food and service excellent. Cocktails superb as well. Why do we go anywhere else 😉

RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely authentic food as always. This place is such an unexpected gem found in the middle of Dartford.
Hard to criticise anything at all so I won’t!

BJ
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drink.

Absolutely loved the food. Definitely come back.

S
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely service. delishious food, well presented and tasty. Fair price but atmosphere was a bit poor.
Appart from that was a great meal, deffinitley go again, probably on a weekend though

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, ambience and service, not cheap, but good value for money. A little gem in the heart of Dartford Town Centre.

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Used to decades of central London's range and quality of dining experience I moved some years ago to Dartford. Bleak years of mediocre places to eat in a northwest Kent bleak mist ensued. We travelled to so many places with rave reviews, only to encounter dire service and sub standard seafront-level food. Like the Old Fighting Cocks nr Brands Hatch: raved about by fans but in reality a dismal experience with textbook abysmal service. And dozen other such hyped places yielded similar disappointment, like the Horse & Groom in Wilmington. Crayford is crying out for a good restaurant to complement Assos, which is OK if you are happy only ever to eat Mediterranean food.
So our hopes were at sea level when I looked online last weekend to see if anything new had materialised offering promise. And my wife and I were elated by this Tapas restaurant we never knew existed. Delicious food served with authority and passion and cocktails mixed and served to perfection. That is all you need to know.

AK
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere, helpful and kind staff. Highly recommended.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little find !! Excellent food & service can’t wait to go back

Adam

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, excellent value and nice friendly atmosphere. Service was good and staff very attentive, nice gap between courses, didn’t feel rushed. Amazing cocktails, would highly recommend Singapore Sling and Margarita.

KR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in dartford.
Beautiful food and cocktails.

CT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and great food. Staff were very attentive and friendly.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

First time to try canaval, it’s bit disappointed, the seafood Paella was really salty and the seafood pasta also really salty, and tell the staff in the restaurant but got nothing responded. Sorry, no more next time

HS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's been our 4 visit to the carnaval we have had yet another lovely meal, it's a compact restaurant with 2 servers, we think they need at least 1 more to cope with how busy it gets in there at the weekends.

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience, great food and very attentive service.

DK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went as two couples. On arrival service was good, was given a choice of tables and they were happy to move us to a "better" table. Drinks order was taken quite quickly and the wine was brought, still waiting for my bottle of water, had to ask again and settled for tap water.

As always the food was great. Really is a gem of a place in Dartford.

Sorry to say that apart from when we arrived the service was not good this time. Had to ask three times for bread and olives. When we asked for a second bottle of white of the three drinking it only two glasses were filled then the bottle was banged on the table!! At the end we were asked if everything was ok and then the cold food was left on our table. Waiter came back again 20 mins later and asked again but didn't ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. We got the bill at this point and left. The table next to us had cold paella sitting on their table for nearly an hour!! They got a free glass for complaining about the service. We didn't get a chance to say the same to the manager.

But, the food is great and we won't let this one occasion put us off going back - was our 4th visit.

DS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and wine service was very efficient and friendly nice surroundings and we will be returning

NJ
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for 10 for my girlfriends birthday. The food was amazing, the staff were friendly, and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. We did order a bottle of wine about half way through our meal which never arrived but we weren't charged for it so didn't bother mentioning it to the staff. The staff also didn't seem aware that once our drinks were finished we might want more! They could have made a fortune off of us if they had kept the drinks flowing but no one asked if we wanted a refill, we had to flag down the staff to get anything we needed. Overall though we all had a great night, but I think they may be better suited to smaller parties of maybe 6 or less as opposed to large groups.

PD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating at Carnaval, will definitely be returning.

IP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time i have been to this restaurant now, and I love it. Proper authentic Spanish food is a rare find in Kent so this is definitely a hidden gem!

Will be back frequently i suspect

CE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent cocktails, excellent value

l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Tough one - we’re talking about the culinary desert which is Dartford after all. Compared to what else is on offer in the town, it’s a cut above and I would recommend it and will return, but if it were in a town with decent restaurants, it would be down the list. The food was tasty although not outstanding (we shared four tapas) and promptly delivered by an eager -to-please server; the bill was modest and my friend and I enjoyed our lunch.
Larger parties should note they have a big, square table which sits two each side so you can all talk to each other rather than put up with tables for two pushed together in a long line which is what most restaurants do.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice staff, great service and fabulous cocktails. Will definitely be going back

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, paella was excellent. Staff very friendly. Great decor and atmosphere

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our evening

KG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic tapas. Really tasty, cocktails lovely too. Dartford gem!

d
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, atmosphere and service. would highly recomend an evening here.

DA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good tasty food. Would recommend. Good service.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was nice and service was ok. They could do with more staff I would say it’s a average restaurant

KR
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing!
Cocktails were great though seemed expensive for dartford.
A few issues explaining to waitress things and paying the bill but manager was great.

Definitely come back! Would be great to have a happy hour!

D
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had Tapas it was very nice but ordered to many dishes

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