Carmello's
Carmello's

Carmello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmellos.com/
  • Phone: (703) 368-5522
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Portuguese, Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wilmer Marquez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: Wine & Beer Dinners, visit our website www.carmellos.com for more details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Battle Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Carmello's
Carmello’s is a family owned and operated restaurant in Historic Manassas, which specializes in Contemporary American Cuisine with an Italian and Portuguese influence. The restaurant features a seasonal menu with locally sourced items from local farms and from our very own garden.

To accompany your dinner select from our Wine List, which included 2010, 2011,2012, & 2013 Wine Spectator award winning bottles. Come try our extensive Portuguese wine list and taste for yourself what everyone will be talking about. We currently carry over 75 Portuguese wines from such regions as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura, and Vinho Verde. Our list of Portuguese wines is one of the finest in the DC Metropolitan area and compares with many of the top Portuguese wine lists in the America.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Carmello's reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (29)romantic (25)notable wine list (20)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Nice--we will return
    ArthurmanVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We shared the mesclun salad--it was very nice--wish they had split it in the kitchen. My wife had the duron pork shank--very tender and flavorful. I had the gnocchi. The ragu was excellent, but the gnocchi were fried--I don't recall that the menu said that and I don't care for fried gnocchi. I'm all-Italian heritage, and it's just not to my taste. But the gnocchi themselves would have been very good if not fried. We had the Vina Rioja wine, which was excellent, as was the decaf espresso. Our waitress was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a delight ....
    bao7200a
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have eaten at Carmello's quite a few times. Each time has been a tastefully pleasant experience. I would recommend to anyone, especially for a romantic dinner with the meaningful someone in your life.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Kristen
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We went for our first anniversary. We were there a few years ago before the fire and it was really good. The new décor is very nice, it is quiet and comfortable. The new menu is fairly small and not as many pasta dishes as I had hoped. They are concentrating on more local fare which is great but the options are limited. The service was outstanding and we didn't need to hunt anyone down for anything. Very nice, would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Dinner4Two
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I made my reservation online. When I arrived, there where many patrons in the lobby. When I was greater and mentioned my last name, they let me know that my party was already seated and walked me to them. This all happened within 15 minutes of making the reservation. I am not saying that your experience will be the same, but that was a wonderful first impression. The service is incredible. Was always treated as if we owned the restaurant. The staff is respectful, and handled the evening well. If you want to impress your date (wife, mom, sister), take them here. The place is great but also, do not feel that you have to overdress. You can dress up, but it's ok not to wear a tie if you wish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a gem in Old Town Manassas
    Kamva55
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We first visited Carmello's over 20 years ago and it was a favorite for meeting up with friends scattered across NoVA. A small place back then, the food was good and the atmosphere comfortable. This was our first trip back in a few years and now, post-renovation, expansion, and spin-off of a more casual space next door, we are glad we made the trip once more. The food is a seasonal menu and from soup (butternut squash or creamy chicken cauliflower - yum!) to entree (short ribs with sweet potato purée or lamb meatballs in a pesto pasta), there wasn't a miss in the menu. Service, presentation, and ambiance get high marks. And the complementary Portuguese sparkling wine to start was great. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carmellos's: I'll Be Back
    Maharold
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Lovely place. Great atmosphere. Very professional waiters. Background music added to ambience. Above all, the food was impeccable. The chef came out and greeted it us; asking our opinion of the food. My wife and I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We decided to celebrate our 45th anniversary at Carmellos and was not disappointed. The food was great and the presentation and service was superb. Looking forward to a return visit sometime in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice relaxing evening, great food
    Jake
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good dinner, in a quiet, elegant setting. Not too fancy, but quiet enough to hold pleasant conversations and enjoy some different dishes. Everything we had was very good, from the chicken to the caricaola de mariscos. We were too full to try dessert. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and will return with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our meal was very nice. This is our third time here within a month and the food has been excellent. The part that stands out is the service that we received. Servers are friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Restaurant
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is our second time here within the last 30 days. Food and service was very nice. We had the same server again and he remembered us. He was very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu. I would definatly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What is this charge?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    If you ask for a dish on the menu to be changed in any way (in my case I asked for the elimination of roasted red peppers because of an allergy) you are charged $2.50. Apparently, it says this on the menu somewhere. I find that ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great for that special occasion
    Sam62
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went to celebrate a special anniversary. Carmello's was great. The food was spectacular and the service non-intrusive and efficient. A wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't let time pass to try
    Jane
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Having worked in and dined in a few ultra luxury locations, I can easily say that it's only a matter of time before the owners realize they could serve less food without compromising service or perception - I got way more than I anticipated, and yes it was a nice surprise, so my encouragement is to get there soon before it changes because the establishment has the fine dining caliber that they will be able to make this shift and get away with it. The service was friendly and warm, and the food was absolutely wonderful. I was liked that the Chef changes the menu seasonally, another indicator that this is an art form and passion as opposed to just another eating establishment. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Homemade pasta was delicious. Service was okay. Great appetizers and plenty of choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    DNicholsVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I took a friend for her birthday, but I definately reccommended she go back with her husband for a date night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative Menu
    Mikes
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I found this gem years ago, and have gone semi-annually for special occasions. The food is incredible, however, the menu was recently changed and although the food is still good, I do tend to prefer the more traditional Italian menu. This is an excellent restaurant for those that want a quiet intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I have been going to Carmellos since the mid-80s. It has always been consistently good. There's a reason they have been in business for so long in the competitive restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice time
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I had a very nice time/experience at Carmello's. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Old Town Manassas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    What a delight to find an upscale, fine dining establishment in Old Town Manassas. Plenty of free parking right near the Amtrak station, which takes you back to olden times. The wine list offers the largest selection of Portuguese wines anywhere. We started with a complimentary tasting of a sparkling wine then ordered the "unknown to us" wines by the glass. An educated experience. Our food was beautifully presented, fresh and delicious. The Halibut and Veal dishes were exactly as offered and portions were generous. No room for dessert, but the offerings sounded delightful. We have told our family and friends not to skip Manassas when considering a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 183 reviews are from the Carmello's reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Definite improvement from years past. Best meal I have had there, the food was excellent, and the service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different
    KieandBri
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service and atmosphere was great, really nice restaurant in Old Town Manassas. The food was ok and is more for folks with an acquired taste or more cultured taste buds. Presentation was always what they were striving for, but what it looked like vs what it tasted like were two different things. However the food was prepared and served in a timely manner but would only recommend this restaurant for those that want something different than what is in that local area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    Booklady2
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have always enjoyed outstanding food & service at Carmello's. Great for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem in Manassas
    Mike
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A real gem. Great service, great meal. A little pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally Different
    Foodieontheloose
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I dined here a number of years ago and I must say it is an entirely new restaurant and dining experience. Attentive staff and a whole new menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food
    food4evr
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everyone at the table enjoyed what they had. Even the anchovies for dipping bread were delicious.. and I hate anchovies. A+
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    spiritgirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, great service, great wine. Our guests loved it too, rave reviews.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Sam62
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Took friends for special birthday. They had scollops-we shared Drunken Rib eye. Rave reviews for both. Definitely put on your must go list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food if you have time
    2LikeToDine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Restaurant is located in nice area of old town Manassas. Food was excellent however we were disappointed with service and length of time for food to arrive. The restaurant was not busy and our server was very polite but certainly not as attentive as one expects in a fine dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit pricey but worth every penny!
    EKSLWS
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary at Carmello's as we have for many years! The menu has changed so we were not able to order the entree's we've come to love, but the new menu items were just as delicious! The appetizers are on the exotic side and I think that next time we will order a salad, but that's the ONLY thing that we would change! It was a delightful evening of celebration with both artfully presented dishes arriving hot and at the same time...as they should be, but so often are not, at other restaurants. The server was very friendly and familiar with the new menu and the extensive wine list? The background music was loud enough to enjoy and not too loud to drown out conversation. We WILL go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine overall
    Dallas
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    New Chef is fantastic. Guadalupe was an outstanding waitress. Food was excellent, including the chopped salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    VickifromVAVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The attention to detail on our anniversary was very appreciated. Our dessert was special! Thanks 😊
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Took my Dad to Carmello's for his 56th birthday. The food was spectacular! Every single dish was flavorful and perfectly portioned. They even surprised my Dad with a special creme brule.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portuguese and Italian cuisine
    RetiredInBoyntonBeachVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We did not expect a gourmet Portuguese restaurant in Manassas, VA. What a lovely find! & what a lovely wine list (highly focused on Portuguese and Italian wines, but with enormous breadth within those two). The summer menu had fewer "Portuguese" specialties than I had hoped, but the seafood stews (I had one, my husband had the other) were terrific -- yummy, garlicky, & huge portions. Downtown Manassas is truly charming, & this restaurant contributes to the charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 90 min wait for entrees
    Rosemary
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    While the food was great and the servers attentive, we were quite put off by the long wait for our food. The reason we were give was that it was the first night of the new seasonal menu. There was also a very large party (about 20) that was seated near us and it seemed to throw the kitchen off. Sad, because this restaurant is such a gem. Nevertheless, we will go back - the food and wine are that good
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgettable Father's Day
    KWPitt08
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family and I went to Carmello's for Father's Day. We had a reservation, so our table was ready and waiting for us when we arrived. The server was friendly and accommodating. Her menu/food knowledge was slightly lacking, but it didn't really affect our experience. The food was good, but pretentious and overpriced. I dined at Carmello's prior to the currently reflected menu changes. The food was better (and more reasonably priced) back then. This visit, I had the Sea Bass entree ($34), which was perfectly cooked, served with broccolini and a (forgettable and greasy) potato cake. Overall, the portions were small, and the food had execution errors that made the experience not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I picked Carmello's for a second date. It was quiet, the food was good, and the service was prompt. It was on a weekday evening, and it was by no means crowded or loud. I'd certainly go back. Both of us had seafood, and both enjoyed our dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mary
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food is good but not spectacular. Some dishes are over-priced. Service was very slow even though restaurant was not all that crowded and it was late. But it was fine as we were enjoying chatting with friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 45th Anniversary date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We are long-time fans of Carmello's ever since our daughter worked there during her college years. As always, we experienced great food and great service. This restaurant sets the standard for fine dining in Old Town Manassas. We always recommend it to friends looking for an excellent dining spot with good food and moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good.
    setfreeonwings
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was a lovely place -- nice set up, had a relaxing, Italian atmosphere. The food was delicious (small portions compared to usual places). I would definitely recommend this place for a special occasion. The only complaint I have was when the dishes were brought out. I ordered soup and salad while my date had pasta. My soup came out immediately while the rest of the food came out later. I just felt bad eating while my date did not have his food yet.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion wFriends
    CookieplusThree
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We wer looking for a dinning experience that was different and a bit upscale from the norm. We were not disappointed . Food selections were different and tasty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.