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Carlo's Italian Bistro
Carlo's Italian Bistro

Carlo's Italian Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carlositalianbistro.com
  • Phone: (410) 667-0002
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


    Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, American
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Schiattarella
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Although we do not offer a delivery catering service, we do offer various party platters. Please call for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our upstairs, mezzanine style dining area allows for privacy along with a balcony view of the entire restaurant. It's elegantly decorated and perfect for large gatherings and parties, with enough space to comfortably accommodate 85 guests.

    Our veranda room, which seats about 50 guests, is modernly elegant. Skylights, floor to ceiling windows and hardwood floors paired with cream tablecloths create a warm and home-like atmosphere. Two steps and frosted glass paneling separates this room from the main dining room allowing for a relaxed feel along with ample privacy from the rest of the dining area.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie (410) 982-7700
  • Entertainment: We regularly have live entertainers whose styles are influenced by various artists such as Bocelli, Sinatra, James Taylor and more! Please check our facebook page or call us directly for information on upcoming events and performers.
  • Special Events & Promotions: In addition to our live entertainment, we often hold fundraisers and other special events to help our community. Please visit our website for further information on upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Lane Shopping Center
  • Public Transit: MTA #9 bus line (across from Cockeysville Target)

    Multiple Light-rail access
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Carlo's is located in Church Lane Shopping Center, behind Taco Bell. There is plenty of free parking in both the front and back of the building.
A word from Carlo's Italian Bistro
In the early 1970's, Carlo and Felicia Schiattarella ventured from their small town in Naples, Italy & opened a quaint carryout pizzeria. Three decades later, The Schiattarella family is proudly introducing their 3rd full service restaurant in MD.

Come join us for a delectable experience
at Carlo's Italian Bistro and enjoy authentic, mouth watering Southern Italian cuisine.

We take pride in serving top quality veal, chicken, seafood and shellfish specialties, along with salads, subs and sandwiches. With all of our menu items made fresh to order, we can gladly accommodate any dietary needs and preferences.

Our casually elegant dining room is a perfect setting for a romantic dinner, friendly get-together or business luncheon, along with plenty of space for large parties & gatherings.

Although we do not have a liquor license, we encourage our guests to bring their own alcoholic beverages to complete their dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We keep returning to Carlo's simply because the food is consistently excellent. On this visit (just five days after our last one) my wife had Veal Piccata, while I had Shrimp with linguine in marinara sauce. Both dishes were delicious. Before the mains, we had to have the wonderful mussels and excellent house salad (included with the main dish). Our food was accompanied by a good wine which we brought- as Carlo's is BYOB. Our server Lisa was excellent as were the other servers. Probably won't be long before we start craving Chicken Francaise. :-) To copy a phrase from some long ago commercial, "Try it, you'll like it." - Oh, in addition to a tartufo, we enjoyed a pistachio ice cream parfait - Again, excellent!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The ambiance was quite nice, but the experience ended there. Our waiter was very friendly, but way to familiar. The service was way too fast. The waiter kept apologizing for the wait, when we just wanted to relax. I felt like it was an eating contest, to see how fast we could pack it in. The food was fine, but not overly special. You have a nice restaurant....slow down! Dining is about family, friends and unwinding."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great Italian food at a good price. Service is awesome too - fast and friendly."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Carlo's continues to be a restaurant that is consistently excellent. We love, and very often order chicken frachaise, despite the often tempting specials, which change daily. We've eaten there by ourselves and with other couples. Everyone seems to really enjoy whatever they order, some dishes we've never tasted. Carlo's is BYOB with nice wine glass service @ a $4.00 corkage fee. Salads are fine, as are the desserts. And as I always do, don't forget our favorite dessert, the tartufo, (which Baltimore restaurants insist on mis-naming as Bombe). Have had veal dishes there, and they are excellent as well. Friends of ours have had the various shrimp dishes and others. Bottom line: Good food is good food. Almost forgot the mussels. Terrific."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We took friends from Seattle and Paris; and they loved it! All food was delicious. Service terrific. I even liked the music that's playing from Pandora throughout the evening. Thanks, Jocelyn, for your attentive service. Hello to Carlos; and tell Tim we miss him!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Very enjoyable food, service, and loved the soft music that was very relaxing to have dinner and wine by, will return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Have gone back several times, always a good experience!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Wonderful evening! Everything was great, food service and friends! Nadja ( I hope that's the correct spelling) is so full of energy and fun. Make's the dining experience even better! We'll always come back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "One of our favorite comfortable dining spots. Unfortunately, they were out of several menu items and the kitchen was slow. We'll chalk it up to a bad night at a great place."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We brought two couples with us who are very discerning. They were very impressed. The server was personable and the food was terrific."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have eaten here a number of times and have always left happy!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A quiet Thursday evening, 7/3, when we returned yet again to Carlo's. Holiday the next day. Kim, our waitress gave excellent and informed service. Water, bread, butter or oil delivered right away. Carlo's is BYOB. We brought a bottle of red, bottle of white, not knowing what dishes we'd choose. Opened the white to go with the mussels (which came in the usual delicious white wine sauce). House salad (that usually comes with mains) was ample and delicious. My wife had the veal francaise, while I had my favorite dish at Carlo's, chicken francaise. Both dishes were superb. The veal was soft enough to cut with a fork as was the chicken. Did I mention the Tartufo (called The Bombe) & delicious cappuchino? Carlo's = best Italian food in the area."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Very, very good food. Generous portions. The veal was fork ternder. Excellent service. Wonderful BYOB policy."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Host told us where we could not sit then seated us, gave menus, ask for appetizer order before we opened menus. Waiter came over to say specials but did not look at us but rather looked over his shoulder the whole time. Took order, seconds later salads came. Before one person finished, plates taken away, entree arrived. Hardly ate last bite, plates gone, wanted dessert order. No dessert? Here is the check. They had lots of empty tables and we did not have a plane to catch so I do not understand the rush,rush. Food nothing special but service was very, very strange. Doubt we will return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "What a wonderful restaurant. I liked the feel of the place from the moment I walked in. Our server, Tim, knew the menu well and was accommodating with the substitutions we requested. The four people in my party loved their meals. My entrée was excellent, but the skin on the tomatoes in the pasta was tough and difficult to chew. Not such a big deal. I just pushed them aside and enjoyed everything else. Dessert was delicious. I had coconut sorbet and another at my table had gelato. There was another wonderful server on duty. Her name is Jocelyn. She was a master at making conversation with little kids. I enjoyed watching her serve her tables and share her empathy with them. I look forward to returning and also referring friends!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We took musicians and family to Carlos for another excellent dinner. Food was great, and so was the service. It was a pleasure to introduce Carlos to our guests. They liked him immediately as he was so friendly and welcoming!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We needed a spot halfway for two couples and Carlo's looked like a good bet, and it was BYOB, always a plus. The food was good but nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn't really seem like a bistro, more a regular Italian restaurant. The service started out well, and our waiter was extremely pleasant. After the food arrived, he disappeared. We sat with dirty dishes and no water refills for a long time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food and good time as usual. The server was very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is always welcoming and clean."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I picked this for father's day as we really enjoy dining here. The food was excellent and it is clearly the best Italian restaurant in the Towson to Cockeysville area."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We live in Annapolis, but have an elderly friend who lives in Towson, and wanted to take him out for a nice Father's Day dinner. We came across Carlo's Italian Bistro and it seemed to fit the bill. I had the Chicken Rosa and my husband and our friend had the scampi. Everything was very good - delicious and the portions were generous - so much so that we took home our lunch for the next day. Our server was very attentive and congenial. All-in-all it was fantastic. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great veal dishes. The Sausages Napoleatana is my favorite dish. Good Caesar salad. BYOB. The staff is efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Carlo makes the most delicious meals. Everything is made to order. They even have gluten-free! Great food at a decent price. Great place for dinner, especially. BYOB."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " Yes, this is one of our favorite neighborhood destinations…but, it is no doubt worth a trip if you don't live in the Cockeysville area. Fantastic service, fabulous food (very fresh and homemade) and a beautiful atmosphere make this a must-visit restaurant in Baltimore County. BYOB is a plus. Thank you for a lovely evening. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I wanted to say that I think $4.00 a bottle is too much money as the restaurant does not have alcohol on site. My husband and I don't drink the same wine and therefore it costs us an extra $8.00 when we eat at this restaurant. The food is good but an extra amount like that makes it a place we probably will not go back to. I think that $4.00 for a table for two is more appropriate."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "From the greeting as we entered the restaurant til we walked back outside, we were so impressed with the pleasant atmosphere and staff. The menu had something for everyone and our meals were very good and more than enough. It's a BYOB restaurant which is also appealing to us. We would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It's a beautiful combination: the tastefully designed space, really delicious Italian food, exceptionally good service, BYOB and reasonable prices. We love Carlo’s…..Thanks again for a great evening!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have been coming to Carlos for awhile and have never had a bad meal. The servers make a point to remember my family and are attentive. On Mother's Day the team at Carlo's even gave every Mom a flower. You feel like family but eat like royalty. Every veal dish is tender and delicious, incredible lump crab on the tilapia, and my 9 year old will tell you they have the best spaghetti and meatballs! We'll be coming back to Carlo's for many years to come."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Carlo’s is the type of restaurant that knows exactly what they're doing, and does it well. The ambiance of the restaurant is simple; yet, so welcoming; the wait staff is diligent and helpful; the food is delicious and beautifully presented; and the owners appreciate their customers. They honored all the mothers with flowers. Thank you for making my Mother’s Day special. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Carlos has been serving great food since he opened the Bistro in North Plaza Mall, great to see him doing so well"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place, glad I found it for Mother's Day. Wife loved all of her food and that's saying a lot as her mother is a pro chef and she's pickier than most. Great food selection, waitress very friendly and on top of almost everything. Will definitely return. One big ding in my book...the menu for lunch on Mother's Day was their standard menu that has both lunch and dinner portions. However we were never told that all portions that day were dinner size only. So bill was $16 more than expected. Waitress was great but she should have told us about the portions and thus pricing. We were there at noon...of course assumed we'd be getting lunch portions. I would have just sprung for lobster ravioli instead of the lunch portion of shrimp scampi."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Loved introducing our friends to Carlo's. They now love it as much as we do! Food and service was great as usual. Thanks for awonderful evening."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Carlo's is a good Italian restaurant that puts out a decent product that won't disappoint. Their servers are friendly and efficient without being overbearing. Just make sure to bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "From the appearence of the restaurant and their internet site I had hoped for more; although the menu should have told me what to expect. The person who waited on us was efficient but tried too hard to be super friendly to the point that she seemed insincere. My wife's version of a caprese was good and the addition of fresh mint leaves was a nice change, My bean soup was very good with the beans not being overcooked. The entres were typical for what I call Italian red sauce restaurants with nothing on the menu that is not seen on most of the Italian restaurants in the Baltimore area and tasted just the same. The desert, chocolate gelato on chocolate cake, wasn't gelato."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We always find consistently good food and friendly service here."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite neighborhood destinations…Our party of 7 really enjoyed our lunch. Fantastic service, fabulous food and a beautiful atmosphere make this a must visit place in Cockeysville."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Food was very good, fresh, delicious. Loved it. Found restaurant by reviews online, they are correct. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I have eaten a Carlos numerous times, it is one of my favorite spots. Every meal I have had there has been fantastic. Appetizers of Shrimp Rolando or Calamari; dinners Chicken & Shrimp Rose; Lasagna; any veal dish; always superb. The restaurant has the perfect atmosphere for a special occasion; a romantic evening; and equally comfortable as casual dinning with friends. It is the staff at this restaurant that sets it apart from others, and raises this place to a personal favorite. They are always friendly and accommodating; never rush you; truly make dining out a pleasure."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "great food and plenty of it. byob if you like also a plus."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We are always happy with our meal and service at Carlos. It is one of our favorites. Tim, our server, was most congenial and accommodating!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014