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

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Priya Kumar

The restaurant has a cosy setting . Lovely service and the food was amazing.
The Vegetarian platter was full of flavor and the hummus was very tasty.
The scrambled eggs with potatoes was nice and the Syria Hummus is nice too.
Amazing cocktail and coffees. A must try.

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Andrew Wright

Been here a few times - the food and service is always excellent. Highly recommend the fish with avo/pea smash, and the pizza.

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Awesome atmosphere and food. Service staff were very friendly and provided excellent service. Was just a shame we couldn't stay longer!

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Ash Ogden

Great location. Staff were friendly and attentive! Food was delicious - I ended up ordering too much and couldn't eat it all!

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Sarah Bradley

Really loved the food and atmosphere! Everything was delicious + really good vegetarian options :)

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Jade Silby

Amazing! We all loved the food and service was fantastic. Would go again in a heart beat!!!

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Gregg Joseph

The food and service were very pleasant. I particularly enjoyed the looks of the cocktails list so will be back when Dry January is finished :)

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Tiksha Sandhu

Totally average experience not worth mentioning.

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This place is amazing! Have eaten here a number of times and it never disappoints.

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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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Lovely!

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Jordan Curtis

Fantastic experience, every dish was amazing. And the waitstaff were all friendly, polite and efficient. They actually made the meal so much nicer because it felt like visiting friends. Would definitely go again.

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Recommend Carmen Jones. Relaxed, good service, good food

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Angie Hale McAdams

Wonderful evening! Food was excellent and service impeccable. I recommend the platter. A table was reserved for us, but they let us move to a different spot of our choosing by the window which was lovely. Quite nice eating at the earlier time, and relaxing after work with glass wine. Will be back.

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One of my favourite restaurants. The food and service was as ever fabulous.

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The hummus for Syria is amazing!favorite dish

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Beryl Thomson

Tasty tapas plates which we shared. Staff friendly and helpful. We had a good night out.

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Melissa Dyer-Causton

We had a great lunch here, good food, friendly service and great people watching!

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Great service from the friendly waiting staff. The food was very tasty, I’d definitely go back.

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This is my second time dining at Carmen Jones and I had to get the Hummus for Syria again because it is DELICIOUS. Also had the cauli fritters which weren't really fritters but still again delicious. Highly recommend this place for brunch, really cool decor inside and fast service.

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Fantastic food, awesome service in great surroundings!!

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Ian MacDonald

Lunch for four. Service was excellent, as it has been every other time that we have been here, nice that it is consistent. As far as the food goes, clean plates went back to the kitchen, everyone really enjoyed their version of eggs. Will definitely be going again.

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A great experience. Fantastic atmosphere, yummy food and excellent service. A must!!

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The service was friendly and helpful - there was a small hiccough which was that they thought we had ordered starters followed by a main course, when we were actually expecting them all to arrive at once. Just a misunderstanding, but it did delay things somewhat. Some of the food was delicious - we all really appreciated the pea houmous and flatbread. The chips were well cooked and tasty. The bean bowl main course a couple of us ordered was, to be honest, rather boring. There was nothing wrong with the taste, but it didn't exhibit the level of culinary invention you generally expect when eating out. Nonetheless, we all left happy and satisfied.

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Fantastic all round will go again

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Jenny Ong

We ordered the potato bombas, lamb shoulder, pork belly and lahmajun. Food tasted nice, friendly service.

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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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Janine Miller

Great atmosphere and service was really quick the seafood was fantastic

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We had a fantastic family dinner - the food was awesome and the staff were so friendly, we could just relax and enjoy the evening.

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Jeff Partridge

Nice laid back atmosphere with great service and great food. Fantastic spot for a casual meal out or a couple of drinks.

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Kik Did

I have been to 40+ countries around the world and as a typical foodie I have tried so many restaurants, street food or mechilin food and I can say for sure with my life that the Carmen Jones is definately a very outstanding one not only the food but also the service and interior vibe and the ambitions from the owner to make it better and better.
I also tried quite a lot of restaurants based in Auckland and this one is the best in terms of western food.
The presentation is superb and full of contrast. The taste is full of joy and textile. The waitress is cute and straightforward, very kiwi hospitality style.
Will definately be back!

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Oksana Zhang

Nestled on K'Road, Carmen Jones is fittingly decorated with touches of vintage posters and shouts 'bohemianism'.

We were greeted by a very cheerful lady who seated us at a nice little corner booth. Between the two of us we ordered the 'Ceviche', and their two signature dishes 'Carmen's Lamb Cordero' and 'El Cochinito'; my partner washed it down with 2 beers.

Food arrived fresh and hot from the kitchen in timely fashion. The Ceviche was a wonderful refresher with spritz and sprang that excites your taste buds. The Lamb Cordero fell away from the bone and melted away on your tongue. The pork belly was also tender and very well-seasoned!

Service from the lady was superb from the minute we stepped foot inside till the very moment we left their doors!

As they recommended, I will be back for their Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich!

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Yasmin Campbell

Food was really good and very easy to make gluten free. Coffee was perfect.
They did forget our meals so we were waitng around half an hour before we were asked again as they hadn't put it through. Would have been nice to be offered a coffee or anything for the wait.

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Edward Fox

Delicious and varied menu. Helpful staff!

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We had a great time at Carmen Jones! Delicious food, great drinks list and good service, not to forget the extremely reasonable bill. Definitely making this a regular dining out spot!

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DONNA BAYNES

Very happy to find they had an entire vegan menu as well as vegetarian and meat options!

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Sara Macdougall

Carmen Jones is an absolute hidden gem!
We had a fantastic night, the food was incredible and staff super attentive, we will absolutely be back!

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Love Carmen Jones. What do we want from a restaurant? Great atmosphere, food and service. All is available at Carmen Jones. I recommend trying it. Have fun.

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Food we had was good. However, we ordered 7 of the small tapas meals and only 5 arrived. After waiting a while we mentioned it to the waitress we were still missing the calamari and haloumi but it still never arrived. Had the crumble for dessert which was lovely

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Lachlan Sorby

Very friendly staff. Food was incredible.

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Wendy Saelmans

Absolutely divine food and environment full of character..fabulous service as well!

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Shawn Liu

Service was great. Food was good although the portion could not be described as generous. Overall a good lunch experience.

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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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Olivia Munro-Goodey

Food was alright! We got the pork belly and spaghetti - nothing amazing. Don't think I will go back as starter portions were a bit small for the price.

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Carl Graham

Always the best service and a great atmosphere. My wife commented on the amount of people seated and reading or chatting. Really attentive staff, great history, great food. Keep it up team . See you next time. Carl and nicola Graham

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Tranq Luu

It was really good food. I went there for my birthday dinner and was thrilled by the food and service. Highly recmmend

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Leah Rayman

Carmen Jones exceeded my expectations! It was lovely, had an awesome aesthetic and even better staff. They accommodated our table wonderfully and made great food recommendations too. The delicious food was secondary to the service. Thanks again! I had a lovely birthday here.

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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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Jaspreet Singh

amazimg food with an amazing service

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