Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Step into a venue of intriguing juxtaposition of cultures, colours and flavours on Auckland’s iconic K-road.

The ‘Carmen Jones’ name was originally inspired by a discarded Broadway musical album cover. Like the old-school musical, Carmen Jones puts a fresh twist on tradition and celebrates diversity and culture.

Unfussy, eclectic and flavoursome, tuck into a wide range of dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and the West. Be thrilled by Carmen Jones’ quirky offering of small dishes to mix and match, from grilled halloumi to ‘dawg chips’. Try fresh seafood or inspired pizzas and hearty meals.

You’ll love the casual yet vibrant vibes at Carmen Jones with its rustic brick walls, pop-culture photographs and funky hand-painted features.

Share a table with friends old and new and order craft beers, Spanish wines or a delicious cocktail…

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Carmen Jones
382 Karangahape Rd
Auckland 1010

Open Hours:
Tue-Thu from 4pm
Fri- 12 pm till late
Sun 10am ’til late

Phone: 09 974 5500
Website: carmenjones.nz

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Carmen Jones
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $30
Accepts:   Carmen Jones accepts American Express

Reviews

I love Carmen Jones. Not only is the food delicious the service is always excellent. The staff are comfortable to be around and happily go the extra mile. I love the Hummus for Syria which I had yesterday and my friend had Eggs Bene. He is well travelled and has had Eggs Bene all over the world. He loved them and Carmens will now become his local. I highly recommend Carmens. Its an interesting, relaxed and fun place to go for a meal anytime day or night

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We highly enjoyed our visit to Carmen Jones, the food was delicious, flavors well balanced and a good variety of choices. We loved all the dishes, they were very tasty.
the service was really good too, the two guys who were working on the day were very attentive and really good at customer service. We will be back!

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The food was amazing and we will definitely be back. The service was fantastic and incredibly responsive given we had a short time before we had to leave for a show. Thoroughly recommend Carmen Jones for great food and friendly service.

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Julia Forde

Very nice environment, great food and excellent service. The cocktails were amazing! Would definitely go back

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Doris Zhang

I AM COMING BACK TO YOU CARMEN JONES! The overall experience was really good I am also really happy that they have specific vegan menu! Food was amazing love the hummus dish and the pizza although was thinking that the pizza might go well with other sauce. Sangrita was amazing it's a must-try!

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Delicious food and heart warming mulled wine on a wet cold winters day. Highly recommend the experience

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We had a fantastic evening with 4 of us sharing some small plates and the Lamb Shoulder main course. All of the food was consistently amazing and we definitely look forward to returning again. Make sure to leave room for dessert, we had the crumble and the baklava which were both exceptional!

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As an avid Insta-foodie (@snackburgi), a friend and I decided to check out Carmen Jones because the food sounded so Gram-able...and it was!!! The way they plate all the different dishes is just inspirational, the blend of Cuban/Mediterranean colours made everything look so drool-worthy!
And it helped that the flavours matched the look and our expectations! In fact, tell them you want to take photos of the food and they can bring everything out at the same time for that perfect bird's-eye view shot

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The food and the service were amazing. We are vegetarian and we were happy to access to a menu that caters different diets (vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free). Everything was great, but the pasta is a must, you won't regret it :)

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Great food! The flavours were really well balanced. Between two of us we shared the of the small plates and we were stuffed! The staff were polite and friendly. Both the food and drinks came quickly. Will be back!

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Campbell Spencer

Seriously!!!! This is one of the best dining experiences would will get in Auckland. The food is fresh, stunning, prepared beautifully, and the service is awesome. Their Espresso Martini's are better than Prego and that's saying something!!!!

I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough

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Priscilla Southcombe

We dined at Carmen Jones on a busy Thursday night. The service was great, we weren't rushed to order but slowly ordered drinks and starters before ordering a range if dishes. The food was delicious but deceptively filling! The ambiance and eclectic decor make Carmen Jones perfect for date night or a catch up with friends. Highly recommend!

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Joel Gatland

We had an absolutely fantastic dinner at Carmen Jones!
The food is fantastic and the music is great!
My favourite things are:
- the music is good and the volume is perfect! Its not too loud so you can still talk to each other, but its also just the right volume that you notice when songs you like start playing.
- There is a vegan menu! Its not as big as the main menu, and you have to ask for it but they have a whole separate menu for anyone with dietary needs.

Highly recommend this place for any food and drink related occasions!

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First time at Carmen Jones and I am so glad I chose this spot! Beautiful atmosphere with that cuban feel as soon as you walk in. We were seated right away at a table next to the window which was perfect for us. Service was good, food was delicious, tender and flavourful and the apple tea was lovely!! Thank you, we will be be back for sure!! :)

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E Lefever

I'm new to Auckland and was introduced to Carmen Jones through a friend so I'm always so happy to be the one to introduce others because I know what a treat it is to go there.
Last night I also got to share the First Table with my three friends who'd never heard of it before. As always, the food was exceptional and I loved seeing my friends eyes open wide with delight at their first mouthfuls.
Then what was already going to be a magical night turned into the unforgettable as soon as the guest Flamenco dancers started their first set! I don't think we stopped smiling and clapping the whole night and it really felt like one of those profound moments in time.

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Avon Parris

Fantastic food and service. We have been many times and will definitely be going back. Everything we have ordered has been delicious but the Syrian humus and halloumi are standout. The decor and feel of the restaurant is very welcoming and authentic. It is a great choice for both winter and summer seasons. Everyone we have taken to Carmen Jones loves it and returns. We all say that you feel like you are overseas.

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E Lefever

Because I take whoever I can to Carmen Jones regularly, deciding it was going to be my First Table experience says everything about how much we always enjoy it.
Everything about it. Ambience, flavours, colours, characters.
And everyone I recommend to go there always texts me later thanking me profusely.
My faves - the smoked cauliflower, lamb shank, and peas and avo smash...

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The cosy atmosphere of Carmen Jones was lovely, especially on a cold rainy day. The waiting staff were outstanding and our particular girl was so happy and helpful. We loved the vegetarian Syrian hummus, so creamy. We both had the Moorish Eggs which were absolutely delicious. They definitely hit the spot. We'll definitely be back to try the dinner menu.

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Jodie Smith

My partner and I dined here last night, the atmosphere is cosy, the staff super friendly and efficient ☺ The tapa's were all good and cooked beautifully, but the standout was the baklava ice cream sandwich .....we shared this and wish we had gotten one each....so Good!! Thanks Carmen Jones for a lovely evening, we will definitely be back ☺

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Sue Wilson

What an outstanding restaurant from the moment you arrive until you leave. Wonderful, helpful, friendly staff that know the menu and take that extra time with you to explain the menu. Our choice was to do the Tapas menu and everything was cooked to perfection and was plentiful. The decor is colourful, interesting and there is a little album to explain where, what and information about the photos on the walls. Thank you Carmen Jones staff - we will definitely be back again. We will try the other yummy dishes on the Tapas menu.

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Noel Menzies

Where do we begin with Carmen Jones! Absolutely fantastic service from the exceptional front of house team. Attentive, friendly and just dam good at there work! It’s worth returning just on there customer service alone. Shared a selection of tapas with a group of 4 and they were all fantastic as well. Exceptional food, exceptional staff. 10/10 will be back!!

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I love Carmen Jones. Not only is the food delicious the service is always excellent. The staff are comfortable to be around and happily go the extra mile. I love the Hummus for Syria which I had yesterday and my friend had Eggs Bene. He is well travelled and has had Eggs Bene all over the world. He loved them and Carmens will now become his local. I highly recommend Carmens. Its an interesting, relaxed and fun place to go for a meal anytime day or night

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Mridula Rajan

Lovely meal. Great flavor. Fast service.

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We highly enjoyed our visit to Carmen Jones, the food was delicious, flavors well balanced and a good variety of choices. We loved all the dishes, they were very tasty.
the service was really good too, the two guys who were working on the day were very attentive and really good at customer service. We will be back!

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Birgitte Reinen-Hamill

Love this place for a casual bite to eat. Tasty Mediterranean food, relaxed atmosphere

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Greta Fieldes

Amazing, Carmen Jones has a delicious menu which also caters over and beyond for both vegetarians and vegans. Will be returning!

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Mark Gibson

Excellent food and service. Great Vegan menu.

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Carmen Jones exceeded expectations, great relaxing atmosphere for a long lunch! Thanks for the Hot Toddy, had me feeling much better!

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Great food, nice cozy environment. Lovely dining experience

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Enjoyed everything - nice glass of wine outside, dinner in, fabulous background music, delicious food and incredibly friendly people. I love this part of K Road anyway - right across from Anthology Lounge for music! Now I love it even more. 10/10

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Nice and friendly place to catch-up for a casual dinner. Staff were very attentive and pleasant. Plenty of options on the menu,

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Tiffany Huang

I love the atmosphere and vibe of this place. Food was delicious too! Would definatley come back

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Just perfect in every way. Great meal, great wine, good service, awesome people. Just faultless:)

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Good food, good service, great ambiance

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Cil Brink

Amazing food, literally everything was great! Portions are large.... Great atmosphere!

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The food was amazing and we will definitely be back. The service was fantastic and incredibly responsive given we had a short time before we had to leave for a show. Thoroughly recommend Carmen Jones for great food and friendly service.

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Had a great time!! The food was, as usual, superb. The atmosphere is so ambient and relaxed. We had the lunch menu. I recommend the Hummus for Syria and The Peoples Pizza. So yummy. Enjoy

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Julia Forde

Very nice environment, great food and excellent service. The cocktails were amazing! Would definitely go back

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Leanne Martin

Loved the food and atmosphere. Would certainly go again

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Great menu was torn between so many dishes will be back

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Doris Zhang

I AM COMING BACK TO YOU CARMEN JONES! The overall experience was really good I am also really happy that they have specific vegan menu! Food was amazing love the hummus dish and the pizza although was thinking that the pizza might go well with other sauce. Sangrita was amazing it's a must-try!

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George Caccioppoli

Great food and very attentive service :)

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Very pleased to have dined at Carmen Jones. Very nice atmosphere and decor. Great to see a separate vegan menu. Lots of options and very tasty.

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E Lefever

Carmen Jones is always the First Table I check when I'm up for eating out. Clare and her team are consistently attentive, the food always exceptional and the ambience buzzing yet intimate. Thanks yet again x

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Greg Gutry

Nice little spot on K road the food and drinks were perfect would highly recommend

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Great Brunch
Had a quiet brunch saturday with my husband probably due to the weather. It was as chilly day so this is a great cosy spot with a fire to get lunch . There are heaps of lunch and brunch options for everyone and some great sharing platter if that suits. I had a lovely warm sweet apple tea . For lunch my partner had don Quito bowl this was ok , very filling and nice meat but not enough for the amount of rice and beans . I had the deconstructed burger which was awesome , really tasty burger and great sides with it!!! We will definitely pop back in for some food again. The staff we also super friendly and there is a great chilled vibe in there so you can sit and relax with tea while looking out the window :)

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Kelly-marie Benton

Nice, easy, and just a good genuine feel to enjoy a meal with friends

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Peter Collins

What a place
Best in k road
A place to hang out great food incredible atmosphere
Bohemian like you

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Delicious food and heart warming mulled wine on a wet cold winters day. Highly recommend the experience

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We had a fantastic evening with 4 of us sharing some small plates and the Lamb Shoulder main course. All of the food was consistently amazing and we definitely look forward to returning again. Make sure to leave room for dessert, we had the crumble and the baklava which were both exceptional!

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Hannah Morgan

Really enjoyed the meal and the service. Food was tasty and full of flavour the staff were brilliant and never too far away if you needed with out being over bearing

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Skivy Meredith

Food is pretty good, surroundings are interesting with an eclectic mix of nostalgic Spanish and Cuba memorabilia, would I go back ? yeah probably...

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Greta Fieldes

Delicious food and great atmosphere! Would go again!

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Went to Carmen Jones for lunch, our whole group found the service and food faultless. Friendly, helpful staff and delicious food with a difference. We all left knowing we would be back before long. Highly recommend Carmen Jones!

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Great food and great service, had the The Spaniard which was delicious, definitely go back

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Peter Collins

What a place , best atmosphere in Auckland. Warm and super relaxing, love it

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A delicious meal in a lovely, cosy setting with friendly and efficient service. The FirstTable deal made it an absolute steal and the Cava was also great. Enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely be back.

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Sara Macdougall

This is my second time at Carmen Jones and I seriously cant say enough good things about this restaurant, the food is epic and it’s a really cute and cozy stop to relax in the window and people watch on K road.
Will be back for a 3rd time for sure!

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Excellent service
Excellent food.
Will DEFINITELY be back !!!!

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Peter Collins

What a great place
Love the atmosphere
Great service and food
Feels like you're on holiday in Havana!

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Nikki Graham

The atmosphere at Carmen Jones is fantastic. On a cold, bleak Auckland day there’s nothing better than stepping inside a warm and cosy eatery. We’ve been here several times and the food never disappoints. The Moorish eggs are a favourite, as is the hummus. The service is friendly and in good time. Well definitely continue coming to visit Carmen Jones.

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They brought us wrong dish more than a few times, even restaurant was not busy yet. We are surprised that food portions were small for the price. I think if you come here for drinking, you can enjoy more.

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Excellent service and food!

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Priya Kumar

Great place with excellent food!

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Adrian Perea

nice environment and good food

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As usual, Carmen Jones was an absolute pleasure to lunch at. Always, always, lovely food and coffee along with excellent service. What more could you want. Go on, get up to Carmen Jones. Enjoy.

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Martine Tornquist

Food was delicious! Great ambience! Will definitely be going back!

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Rebekah Asher

Great food and service ... will definitely be back

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We had a lovely evening at Carmen's the food is excellent, we're vegetarians and there was a good selection for us. The service was friendly and welcoming, and the warm fire made the interior feel cosy and homey on a chilly autumn evening. Thanks for a wonderful meal!

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As an avid Insta-foodie (@snackburgi), a friend and I decided to check out Carmen Jones because the food sounded so Gram-able...and it was!!! The way they plate all the different dishes is just inspirational, the blend of Cuban/Mediterranean colours made everything look so drool-worthy!
And it helped that the flavours matched the look and our expectations! In fact, tell them you want to take photos of the food and they can bring everything out at the same time for that perfect bird's-eye view shot

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Tianning Ma

Great food, great service! Good deal!

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