Carmelina's North End

Carmelina's North End

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carmelinasboston.com/
  • Phone: 6177420020
  • Hours of Operation:
    We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 12 noon - 10:30 pm
    Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Damien DiPaola
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Watching our chefs cook in the wide open kitchen

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Richmond and Prince St
  • Public Transit: Haymarket
    Government Center
    Aquarium
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Parcel 7 garage, which is under a 5 minute walk to us, offers deeply discounted parking with our validation.
    They charge 3$ for 3 hrs. Bring us the ticket and we will validate it for you.
    If you don't get back to your car within the 3 hours they will charge you the normal rate. This is the link for more info

    http://boston.citysearch.com/profile/map/4719119/boston_ma/parcel_7_parking_garage.html
A word from Carmelina's North End
Intimate Italian dining in the North End. Large open front overlooking all the action on Hanover St, the main street in the North End. Marble tables, brick walls, large Black and White photos of the family in Sicily. This is truly like taking a trip to an Italian restaurant in a little Italian village. The menu offers a combination of the styles of the Chef / Owner's family, and modern inspiration and applications. We are always striving to keep our food fresh, flavorful and true to our culinary traditions.
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Carmelina's North End reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (33)romantic (19)special occasion (18)hot spot (15)scenic view (14)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (5)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Beth
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great restauarant for a family reunion Fabulous food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Dinner at Carmelina's was such a disappointment. The Ahi Tuna Arrabiatta appetizer was served at an odd temperature - luke warm. It almost made it seem like it had sat around for too long, but maybe it was the hot plate it was served on. I got the catch of the day, the sea bass served with Rapi greens. The fish was coated with *a lot* of garlic, yet the dish somehow lacked flavor. But the worst part were the incredibly tough rapi greens. My knife couldn't get through them. My husband enjoyed his stuffed pork chop. Our son got the meatball app, which he ate four bites of, astonishing us by saying they had no flavor. His side of ziti with butter was $9, a rip off. Rounding out everything we found the service was curt, just short of rude.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian Meal I've ever had!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Pasta was incredible - I had a pesto pasta with Tuna - amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tad disappointed
    kitcat810
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were looking forward to our dinner at Carmelina's and I must say I was a bit disappointed. The tables are very close together, very hard to have a conversation with your dining partner. Also, as other reviewers mentioned, we felt rushed. The entrees came out while we were still eating the appetizers and no plates being cleaned off the table so we had to stack them so we could eat our entrees. My partner had the Sunday dinner and she said it was a bit bland. I had the stuffed pasta and it was ok. The grilled shrimp and risotto appetizers were good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wabbit
    wabbitVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Too noisy left without eating.Previously here good food-couldn't stay this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Billy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The best carbonara I have ever had! My son loved his four cheese noodles and mushrooms. In addition the crazy Alfredo is superb. We sat in the window which, on a nice night is rolled up and open to the street which added to the ambience. Great music added to the night as well. Staff, a LITTLE slow but not as bad as other reviews. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu not as adverised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our daughter picked Carmelina's because we eat Gluten Free and this was the only one that advertised Gluten Free Dairy Free options. The menu clearly states this also. When we ordered stating we wanted Gluten Free Pasta we were told they didn't have any that night! It was 5pm. Since our daughter is also Vegan. There was nothing she could eat except the Broccoli Rabe. I asked if the chef could maybe roast some potatoes for her and was told No they would not deviate from there menu listings. VERY DISAPPOINTED!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but HOT dish
    PapaG
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife An I took my sister to Boston for the day. I trust open table's reviews. We weren't disappointed. Our calamari appetizer was the best I have ever eaten. Lightly breaded, it melted in my mouth. My sister and I ordered the same spicy pasta dish with an Alfredo sauce with sausage and chicken. It was delicious. However, it should have been labeled hot not spicy. Out waiter quickly had my sister dish replaced with a milder version. I would eat there again but ask for a milder version of any spicy dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    Raymond
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Just ok a little underwhelming I expected better food but it was average nothing special
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Lobstertail
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our entire family voted Carmelina's as their favorite dinner in boston over our seven day trip. The host greeted us with a smile and a great sense of humor! Guided us each to a different meal after asking us a few simple questions. Our meals were a perfect match for each of us. Wow!!! No, I mean "WOW!" A must. The host went as far as recommending a dessert spot for us and we had another WOW! Love the lobster tail pastry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four thumbs up for Carmelina's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Found Carmelina's online while searching restaurants in the North End. Wanted an authentic North End meal w/our visiting friends from Md. Carmelina's was perfect! Small, lively, great food, fantastic service. Our table was ready when we arrived, even though the streets were crowded w/people due to an annual festival & parade happening same time as our reservation. An especially lucky night because the owner was cooking! Took the waiter's suggestion and ordered piattini (small plates), sharing 6 fabulous dishes among the 4 of us. Our friends are big foodies & loved the whole experience. We are Metrowest suburbanites who don't get to town much, but next time we do make it down, we'll be eating @Carmelina's. Thanks for a memorable night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Food, Excellent Service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Like most restaurants in the North End - you should DEFINITELY get a reservation. The place is small but set up nicely. On nice days/nights they will open up the front and a great breeze comes through. We both enjoyed our meals but felt as though one of our pasta dishes was a bit more el dente than we like. The flavors were AWESOME, though. I would certainly go back and recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good all around North End Choice
    FoodMFRProfessional
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was a long wait, even with reservations on a Sat night, but the hostess, Felicia, was awesome because I'd used Open Table to book. Food was pretty good (but i'm a picky foodie). Asked waitor to recommend from three choices and the one he eliminated (Rollati di Pasta) I ordered again later and it was the best of the three by far! The Pollo Cardinale was excellent! Beware that the menu on Open Table is completely not accurate. We went there to try the small plate options so we could try several things, but they didn't have it that way anymore. While the waiters were great looking Italians, their efficiency and professionalism was somewhat lacking. Great open window view of Hanover street!! Overall a really good meal and evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Cathyo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my second trip to Carmelina's. It was just as wonderful as the previous trip 18 months ago. The food is excellent!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmelinas- third time
    patsfan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my third visit - food was amazing but service this time was off as compared to the other times. Perhaps not enough people on duty. Our server was also moving tables from the alley to set yup for large parties. This was a distraction to his service to us. Would go again though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but there are better
    Ah626
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was fine but not anything special as many of the reviews state. Definitely not bad and you get a lot for your money, and ambiance is nice and relaxing; but I rather spend my money at Quattro, Daily catch or fiore (all on Hanover).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place
    Nhjenny
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went here a few nights ago based on reviews that we read. We were not disappointed. The place is really small, but nicely decorated. There was a wait for walk in. We had made reservations on open table and got right in. Sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen which turned out to be the best seats in the house. We could easily watch the chefs make everything and even chat with them a little. They were super friendly and very appreciative to hear how much we loved the food. The service here leaves a little to be desired in terms of personality, but the food came out quickly and was so fantastic, I didn't really care. No outside seating, but huge open store front. Order the rollati and lobster ravioli (special). Both are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience
    lamplady46
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My husband and I had dined here once before and returned this week for dinner. The hostess was exceptional, and our server was also fabulous. it is a friendly, small restaurant with great food and a can't-beat-it location. I am returning next week with a group of my college friends and I know they will enjoy the experience. The only small downside is that the music level was to high, which (I believe) caused the conversation level to rise, and with the hard surfaces and small space, this made for a slightly too-loud atmosphere -- easily overcome by the quality of the food and the service. I can highly recommend Carmelina's!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not so hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The actual menu did not have items shown on the online menu . Friendly staff but seemed to be an assembly line approach: get em in, get em out.....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A definite hit!!
    DCinChicago
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    After researching reviews of the North End restaurants we decided on Carmelina's for our first dinner in Boston. It was a very busy Sunday night so I highly recommend open table for a reservation as we did. From the service to the atmosphere to the food, we couldn't have more pleased. We eat at a lot of great restaurants in Chicago and I would easily say that Carmelina's is as delicious as the best of them. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Boston Italian Eats
    Niners80
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Carmelina's is located on Hanover St. in the North End of Boston. It is a quaint Italian restaurant with a modern vibe. The food here was delicious. We had the Crazy Alfredo and the Carbonara pastas. Both were flavorful, the pastas were al dente and they were reasonably priced. We had a table near the window which overlooked the street where you can people watch for some added entertainment. The only issue I had is the music playing which was loud and did not fit the Italian restaurant theme. All in all, it is worth it to go there for dinner if you are looking for some Italian cuisine. It also doesn't hurt that it is across from Mike's Pastry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    So awesome!!! Everything is fresh, homemade and fun. Service is fast and pleasant. Very cool with the big openned windows. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Staff and food were amazing. The Mimmos meatballs were to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Boston
    Chefmikey84VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Where should I start from the hostess who was so professional and sweet gave us a great table. Our server who did a good job recommending wine and beer for me and my husband. Then comes the most delicious Italian food you can. Felt like I was home with my mother on a Sunday night. Fresh flavorful and great portions. If you are in Boston and in the mood for Italian I Would definitely recommend stopping here. Make a reservation the place is small and very busy. But worth it if you have to wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had a 6:45 reservation for 4 people on Saturday night. They sat us a at an awesome table open to the street- prime for people watching. Service was brusque but on par, they gave great recommendations and took our order quickly. Food had perfect timing between salad and main course. Every dish was out of this world delicious!!! Possibly and truly the best Italian on Hanover st. We had house salads, the nightly special "dirty" Caesar salad for the first course. For the second course we had the tuna app, Chilean seabass al forno and Sunday Maccaroni. Would not have changed 1 part of the meal- outstanding and we will be back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lively Saturday dinner
    westenderVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed dinner and were fortunate to be seated by the open windows so we could watch the Hanover Street action. We had a couple of small plates - the eggplant, the meatballs and the beets - all very good. We also had salmon, good and it came with a wonderful corn risotto, and a pasta dish. It was a bit noisy, but the place was full and the street noise added to the festive atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A perfect find in the North End!
    tarakl
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were trying to find a spot that would be quintessential north end dining, but also OK to bring our kids along. Carmelina's was perfect for both....loud enough to drown out the kids, friendly, efficient service and delicious Italian food. The Carbonara was some of the best we have ever had. We found a good, but decent priced Italian wine for $35 off the affordable wine list. The meatballs were moist and delicious. The kids loved the spaghetti. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reminded us of Florence!!
    Heidit
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We love this little restaurant, Fun environment with the windows open "people watching" and "vehicle watching" all the activity on Hanover street. I had the Beet salad......with arugula, YUM My husband had the chicken with artichokes, the flavor of the chicken was beautiful and the arugula salad with shaved parm brought back wonderful memories of our travels through Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was a bit nervous when we first walked up and found out that we were sitting at a bar overlooking the cooks. Thought for sure it would be way to hot. I was quite comfortable and watching them work was quite fun. The food was very good but came way too fast!!! I had maybe taken two bites out of my app when the salads were served and same thing happened with the main course. I never got a chance to eat the salad. Besides that, the food was excellent! I had the Angry Alfredo but can't wait to go back and order the pork chop! Guys next to us got it and it just looked amazing!!!! Great Place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great place waiters very friendly and an outstanding hostess
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, but nothing more
    LeniaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    There were a lot of small things I had issues with at this restaurant, for example, the dirty menus and glasses, the stale complimentary bread that tasted like it was several days old, the fact that we were served our entrees while still eating appetizers and there was no room on the table for all the dishes, and the lack of good service. That being said, the food was quite decent. Every single dish we ordered was under-salted, but once we asked for extra salt, both the pasta and risotto we tried were quite tasty. Given that you're paying about $20 for a plate of spaghetti with garlic and tomato, though, it's not unreasonable to expect a properly salted dish. But clearly, for this restaurant, it is.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good at it has been
    Dickf24VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our third time and each time the food declined. An eggplant appetizer that once was a spectacular dish is now a dish to avoid. The Chilean sea bass special was drowning in oil. Sea bass is an oily fish but properly prepared as it was the first time we were there is excellent. This was a marsala version and it was accompanied by four vegetables, all overly sautéed in oil. I had to stop halfway through and most likely won't eat sea bass for a year, The pasta with gorgonzola cream had little gorgonzola flavor. The spicy shrimp appetizer was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great summertime open-air dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Carmelina's is situated on Hanover St. and has floor-to-ceiling windows that open up wide to make you a part of the vibrant street life of the North End. The sea bass was excellent and the suggested wine spot-on for that dish. Calamari was a bit disappointed, which is surprising because everything else was so good. Quarters are a bit cramped, but that's part of the energy of the place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would never return!
    MelBell
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Carmelina's on Mother's Day and I will never return. Although it was a great spot, right in the middle of Hanover Street and had the large open windows to enjoy the warm day, our experience left a lot to be desired. When we arrived, our reservation was not for the right number in our party, even though I confirmed on my open table app that I booked it right. The hostess was rude. It was not suitable to bring my toddler. And although the food was decent, the service was AWFUL! Our server never checked back with us after dropping our meals, never asked if we wanted more drinks, was too busy sitting with the manager and doing his side work. I'm in the industry and there is no excuse for poor service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Lunch
    LuLove
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wonderful place for lunch! The weather was great and my Mom and I sat right in the middle of the window.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food-- not so good service
    JacFri
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food here is awesome! Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious. The service on the other hand, was not good at all. We had a 7:00 reservation for 6 people. We arrived about 5 minutes early, and the hostess gave our table away to some random people off the street with no reservation! We had to wait for another table for 45 minutes before being seated! When the food was served, a member of our party was told there was a mix up in the kitchen and that her food would not be out for awhile. She had to sit there and watch everyone else eat, and was not offered anything in the mean time! The food is good, but because of the overall dinning experience, I would have a hard time recommending to a friend.
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  • Love this place.
    Jmack
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food, wonderful atmosphere and terrific value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Carmelina's North End reviews archive.
  • Perfect Boston Marathon pre-dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is our second year in a row to dine at Carmelina's the night before the Boston Marathon. What an amazing restaurant. My only complaint is that there isn't another one in my hometown (and we have good restaurants!). If I lived in Boston, I would be eating here on a regular basis!! YUM!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Both ends best
    Mikec2055
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. Everyone In my party tried something different. All the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner Date
    PhDine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Found Carmelinas on Yelp and as suggested I ordered the Crazy Alfredo. It lived up to and surpassed my expectations. My date asked for a suggestion from the waiter and was pleased with his meal as well. We also had the Baby Eggplant appetizer and some amazing wine, all fantastic. The atmosphere is very up to date and borderline classy (we felt underdressed) but still very welcome by everyone. Did feel slightly rushed to leave, although on a busy Saturday night I suppose that can be expected. Make reservations ahead of time if you want to be seated at a table instead of the bar.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.