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Carol's Cafe

1571 Richmond Rd., Staten Island, NY, 10304
at Flagg St.

Avg. Rating

Food: 8
Service: 5
Décor: 7

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

67% would go back.

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So much potential, so little follow-thru

By chrisneske on 1/29/2013

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

this is a cozy little restaurant with plenty of charm. Maybe a little too cozy - almost touching the elbows of the three tables surrounding us. The food has had plenty of attention given to it and is very good for what it is. The service was absolutely horrendous - over 45 minutes before drinks were served. After two and a half hours we left without ordering deserts. We only tipped 10% due to such poor service - but the waitress rang up 20% anyway. If they could get the service together, this place may become palatable.

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86 out of 161 people found this review helpful.


By pjegan on 5/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

We Manhattanites made it an evening - beers on the ferry as the sun set, the slightly exciting adventure of taking the Staten Island Railroad for the first time (with Metrocard, it's a free transfer from your Manhattan subway trip--who knew?), and a quick four-block walk to Carol's from the Dongan Hills station through streets of little houses with neatly mowed lawns. Our meal was terrific. We had classic comfort-food dishes like beef Stroganoff and schnitzel, each of which had been prepared with some unusual--but not off-putting--twist. By the end of the evening, we were speaking with Carol herself. Hint: don't ask her to prepare "traditional Staten Island cuisine," expecting pasta and red sauce. She'll be rightly annoyed.

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103 out of 192 people found this review helpful.

Cozy Corner Cafe

By nitrowizard9193 on 3/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Food in Staten Island is as diverse as Ku Klux Klan meeting. Almost all the restaurants on this Island serve the same Italian Bistro food; either that or pizza. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it, but after a while it does get tiring. Carols Cafe was an amazing break from the ordinary. From food representing all parts of Europe, the only thing missing in the restaurant was service. Besides that the experience was amazing. I especially recommend the escargot. Just make sure u drink something refreshing after, or the creaminess may linger.

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