Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30
Ranked: #13 of 90 restaurants in Auckland

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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Ranked: #13 of 90 restaurants in Auckland 13
Carmen Jones
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

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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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Very enjoyable space good service and delicious food!

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Ally T

The spicy hot chocolate is a must. My sister and I took my parents here, and the waitstaff deserve 5 stars for humoring my parents as much as they did.

Food was lovely - we all shared.

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Went to Carmen Jones for lunch, was so yummy!! The hummus for Syria was outstanding, Ceviche was nice and fresh. Highly recommend this place

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Really friendly customer service and great food.

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Ankita Ghai

Amazing food. Good portions. Loved the dessert (Recommend Havana Rum Bananas)

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Amazing!!! Will be back

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Great service and good great as well. We will be back. Lovely ambience as well.

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Jessica Clark

The food was divine and the service was friendly, can't wait to come back!

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Asrar Alzhrany

Nice food and service - I loved the art !

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Food is always amazing here and staff are lovely! The hummus for Syria tastes amazing!

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Had a wonderful dinner at Carmen Jones. Our waitress was awesome and the food delicious.

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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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The waitress was great, after asking us if we were in a rush or relaxed, she let us take the evening how we wanted. Me and my friend spent 3 hours wining and dining in the comfortable environment. The food was tasty.

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We loved the food , fantastic!

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Chandra Leenheer

Great food, nice atmosphere, attentive service.

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Great food, service and atmosphere!

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We enjoyed our time, and food :) thankyou for having great vegan options!

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Angel Deng Yun

Actually my second time here. Great ambience. Creative but tasty food. The smoked eggplant dip is so smart:) We enjoyed the Cauliflower fritter with yoghurt mayonnaise, the chicken snitzel with tapas tasted fine however the highlight is the leek! And also the white fish ceviche is beautifully presented. Only improvement is for the dessert part.

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YingJun Chen

Very good

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Lucia Tian

Very good food and interior decorations!

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