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
88 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (37)romantic (26)special occasion (17)scenic view (12)hot spot (11)notable wine list (11)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best in the North End
    KingRichardVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Little Italy (North End) has a small restaurant that is so good. In all my years of eating in most places in the area, Carmelina's, in my opinion, is the best there is. Great varied menu of Primi Piatte (small plate) and full course dishes prepared in a modern way using old school Italian recipes that have been handed down for generations. Fresh, delicious and artistically presented. Good wine list at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in North End
    HockeeVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    As a north end resident, I hate to let the secret out but Carmelina's is the best! Try the Sunday Macaroni! Everything is made to order, the chef Damian is the best as well as a friendly, wonderful person! He is also an actor! Everyone I have brought to Carmelina's love the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers - pleasantly surprised
    LittleBirdieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation but were seated immediately. Our reservation was for 3 at 5:30pm on Saturday. Carmelina's serves beer and wine only. The tuna appetizer was well received by my two guests. For dinner, one guest had the filet mignon special, the other had the stuffed pork chop special, and I had the sweet potato risotto special. All were right sized portions and it was served at the correct temperatures. Dinner was a nice pace, we did not feel rushed. Carmelina's is small and seating is snug bordering on tight. Carmelina's does not serve dessert. Suggest booking early reservations because as we were leaving about an hour later there were people lined up on the sidewalk waiting and they had reservations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Waiter Nick was expectantly very Italian and funny. Great atmosphere. Also honest about what was good and what wasn't. Great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighbourhood Italian
    TheSaint
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Interesting menu with good home cooked taste. Warm and friendly atmosphere and opening front window to the street gives it a nice outdoor feel. Staff friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friends meeting friends
    Friends
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was excellent! We were a party of 8 and had a reservation for 12:45 on a Saturday afternoon. We were seated on time and had a very attentive waitress. Everyone ordered a different main course - there was not a person disappointed! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent choice.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We made a reservation as we were walking there was lucky to get in it was so popular..great spot for dinner for two. Very small restaurant only like 35 seats. Larger groups definately make reservations way in advanced. Was very nice place real authentic Italian food and staff. The meatballs were great. Very filling. It was noisy due to size of place but the food makes up for it.. they were booked 2 hrs out for tables more than 2. The menu offered a variety of choices lots of seafood dishes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second time--still great
    fishlover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was reasonably priced, perfect portions, and delicious. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another home run
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My BF and I stopped in for another great lunch. Well-executed. Pasta and fish cooked perfectly, not overdone. A couple of good wines by the glass. Attention to detail and pleasant waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This will now become one of my favorite place in North End. The pasta is really good and very reasonable price. I also like the setting of the restaurant. It is not so loud like most of the restaurants in North End even though it is packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy alfredo
    eatdrinkbemerry5
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The crazy alfredo is to die for...perfect amount of spicyness, also saw the sunday macaroni and it is huge..place does it right. I sat by the window and it was very nice, right on the street..great spot to bring someone to!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food, not great service
    pretendingtodiet
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been here a couple of times and the food is always amazing, the Penne Gorgonzola is my favorite and the Ahi Tuna Arrabbiata is a must. The first couple of times, we had lovely service. The third time, we didn't even really have a server, its was kind of this floater girl who wasn't really that polite and was sort of just bouncing around, no introduction, no reading of the specials. We were in a group of 4 and 3 of the meals came out and we were left waiting for the last one for about 20 minutes. They gave us free meatballs as an apology but it was still embarrassing as we recommended this place and had such lovely things to say about it. We will probably still go back because I just loved the food but I was bummed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be regulars!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We'd nearly given up the search for consistently good food at a reasonable price in the North End, a touristy, overpriced pit of culinary despair. (We usually drive OUT of the NE to eat, or we get sushi.) We recently found Carmellina's to be very good. We've been a few times recently. The chef knows how to cook proteins; steaks and fish come out perfect. The shrimp & garlic app is excellent, with a good portion, and not overcooked. They were very attentive to my need for a low-salt diet for a medical issue. You CAN get a healthy, delicious meal there, a rarity in the NE. My BF's carbonara was done properly and he loved it. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A good Italian restaurant in the North End, but nothing exceptional. Good service, pretty loud atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice lunch
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My BF had been before, and wanted to return. We were lucky to score a perfect table for a late lunch. He devoured a large plate of parm with nice-looking rigatoni. I went for lighter fare and was really happy with my petite filet. The chef knows how to cook proteins! My rare steak had a thick, gorgeous ear on the outside. The waitress seemed to picked up that I was going for healthier fare and offered to switch potatoes for vegetables which was much appreciated. This place is good for Italian-American red sauce pasta dishes but don't overlook the entrees. The kitchen knows what's up.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Labor Day Outting
    PastaHunter
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Due to having a gluten intolerance I booked this restaurant for the gluten free options they boasted about having. In the reservation I explained the necessity for having gluten free options. My girlfriend desired gluten free pasta in the North End. Upon arrival we were seated, brought wine, then told us they had NO gluten free pasta today but we could order a steak or risotto. This would've been helpful prior to trekking out in the rain to the restaurant. We finished our wine, paid for the wine, then went to Benvenutos a street over for a fantastic gluten free meal!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation dinner
    graddinner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went to celebrate our daughter's graduation from college. It was a wonderful night from start to finish. We requested a table by the window overlooking the North End's Hanover Street. Loved the location. Service and food was excellent - we will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ricksttcoupe
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Carmelina's accommodated a group of 12 for a recent business dinner. The service and food were outstanding. most of my party indicated it was the finest Italian food they had ever had. My hat is off to the restaurant and staff for a memorable evening. Do not miss this place if you intend to dine in the North End!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    KingRichardVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A greatfind in a crowded market for Italian Restaurants. I consider it the best restaurant in the North End of Boston. Quality and fresh ingredients and well prepared and presented dishes. Varied menu for all tastes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Quality Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    In addition to accommodating a reservation for 8 on a Saturday night in the North End, I was blown away by the menu and the food. I need to go back 5 more time to try all of the dishes that I couldn't decide between. Prices were also totally reasonable. First time there, won't be the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant
    KingRichardVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have dined at Carmelina's many times this year since it was recommended to me by a friend. In my opinion, it is the best food in the North End (Little Italy) Quality and fresh ingredients, time tested Italian family recipes and diverse and very interesting menu. The presentation of each dish is as good as the flavor and tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, not great.. But good value
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves but the food was not exceptional. Two of four entrees where average, lacking flavor. Other two were fine. Noise was not an issue but glass windows were open to the street. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and for the price, it was a good value
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Oliveon
    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!
    tjlarso3
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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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    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