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Carmello's - Ottawa
Carmello's - Ottawa

Carmello's - Ottawa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmellos.ca
  • Email: carmellos.sparks@rogers.com
  • Phone: (613) 563-4349
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Corporate and social catering to meet all your needs. Not just Italian cuisine but also North American and traditional. Custom designed menu's mostly used.
  • Private Party Facilities: With our dining room being long and narrow we can accommodate private dining at one end in particular. This space is suitable for groups from 25 to 45 people. Custom menu's are usually prepared.
  • Private Party Contact: John Payne (613) 563-4349

Getting there

  • Public Transit: On Queen Street between Kent and Lyon St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking is offered after 5:00 pm. each day and is under the Marriott Hotel beside the restaurant. Entrance to underground is on Queen Street, west of Kent beside the Hotel’s driveway.
A word from Carmello's - Ottawa
Wonderful contemporary Italian cuisine presented in a colorful Mediterranean atmosphere. Large summer patio for dining a la fresco. Affordable pricing for the most discriminating diner. Open lunch and dinner with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Centrally located near 12 great hotels to walk over from.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Good food as always. Waiter was super efficient and funny and nice. Will be back for sure. :)"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great spot if in Sparks Street area, friendly waiters. Busy the night we went- groupon deal! great value for money!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service was great and food was very good, had a lovely bottle of wine as well."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Loved the food the first time we went with friends using a Groupon voucher.. We brought family there a week later and were not disappointed at all the second time. The service was outstanding, everything we ordered on the menu was delicious, plentiful and nicely presented. Very busy place but we never felt crowded. This will not be the last time we go there, for sure and will recommend it to friends and family."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Second time visiting this restaurant. The staff is very attentive and the food is very good. The desserts are HUGE and totally worth the price"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Overall I was very happy. Only comment would be there was a bit of a draft coming in from the door, at times it was a bit chilly. Quality of food + service were excellent."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food & service was great! So much food we have to bring some home."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I never had such a good salad. The salmond was tender and so tasty, the mussels and clams were perfect along with the shrimps who were cooked to perfection in a delicious broth. Yummy!!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent Service, very good food and very plentiful. Definitely go there again!!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Discovered this little gem tucked away on Sparks street. At first site wasn't too sure about the place as it has a bit of a cold, out-dated look to it, but from the moment we were seated you overlooked all of that. The wait staff was friendly and helpful but the best part was the food. If you have a small appetite, this is not the place for you. Wow, we had appetizers and main. I had the Gorgonzola pasta. Wasn't even able to finish half of it, so brought it home for next day. Same with my husband, he had steak and was barely able to finish it. Dessert was brought home, and it was sooooooo good. And the prices a very reasonable. All in all, this is definately not the last time we will be going there.Remember...BRING YOU APPETITE, you need it"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "when you first see restaurant you can tell its been around for awhile...décor could be upgraded but after you sit down and experience the whole thing you understand you wouldn't want to change a thing...food was excellent, apps, mains and dessert(which we had to take home because we were all to full) and the wine...great food definitely will come back again"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our first time visit. We had an Entertainment coupon. Good food and large portions - maybe a bit too much, as I helped my wife's finish of her huge salad - hence the reference to Mikey... Our waiter was great !"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Ambiance agréable, mets bien apprêtés et service rapide. Je prends chaque fois le risotto parce que c’est mon plat préféré, mais toutes les personnes qui m’accompagnaient ont apparemment apprécié leur repas elles aussi."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The deal we got through Groupon for this restaurant was unbeatable. The apps were all delicious, the main courses were generous servings and quite good. The desserts were all decadent. The service was impeccable. My only complaint was that the restaurant was too bright for night time dining. They need to put the lights on dimmers otherwise you feel like you are in a cafeteria."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I have been going to Carmellos for years - it's great for lunch and wonderful for dinner. The location is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy Ottawa during the day for shopping and in the evening before a show at the Arts Centre."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Well worth the "Groupon". Food is was very good and very plentiful. more than we could eat. enjoyed it for lunch the next day! Waiter was friendly and helpful. We will return!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I can count on good food in a timely fashion with attentive service. Reliable."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a good time. Our reservation was at 6:30pm but we arrived a bit late. In two minutes they found us a table and we enjoy our night out. The service was outstanding, the food was good. It made the list of our best restaurant."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My experience was top notch starting from booking the reservation online, to being greeted upon arrival, to service during the meal. The food was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were a large group visiting from Toronto for Winterlude - four families, 15 diners in total. Carmello's did a great job to accommodate us. Great location downtown close to our hotel. Despite our numbers our lone waiter was superb, very attentive, efficient and easily split the bill between the families. Food was terrific - something for everyone -- a large variety of pizza and pasta combinations, family-friendly reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service is professional and friendly. Food was very good too. However, there were 2 small issues... The front door is always opening which means that if you're sat near the door you're wearing your winter coat through dinner (nothing to block the wind, nothing). The kids menu isn't a kids menu.... It's pretty much the same menu with the word "kids" at the top. It might have had $1 or 2 off the price, can't recall, but not really a kid friendly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had excellent service for a table of 9 - including two six year old twins. The food was very good with a lot of interesting choices. The wine was great and a visitor from Toronto commented that the beer list was quite diverse. Three of the adults were celebrating birthdays and we were surprised to have 3 pieces of chocolate cake brought out at the end of the meal. Definitely, we plan to come back. Thanks very much for helping to make it a memorable evening."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a small table for 2 . Other tables close to you so can hear neighbors conversations. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The four of us had a great meal. The special menu excellent. Wonderful food adventures at a very fair price."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at Carmello's and my husband and I were very impressed. Service was excellent and food outstanding. Glad it is on Open Table."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Our group had a great time. The food was great and the portions were generous."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Just after new years, went to Carmello's as a friend from Hong Kong was visiting. Service was excellent and food was delivered quickly. The meal was very good and the waiter was energetic. The temperature was extremely cold outside (-25C) and more heat in the dining room would have been nice."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Carmello's and once again the quality of the food and service was excellent. The waiter was very attentive, has a good sense of humour and was extremely helpful. The bruschetta was excellent and one order was sufficient for both of us. We had Polo (chicken breast) Santa Rosa which was cooked just right and was moist and flavourful. The veg accompanying the meal were just right. We also had some house wine which was rich and smooth. Overall a very joyful experience and a place we will return to."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Had a great dinner after attending "Sound of Music" at the National Arts Centre, I would say Carmello's is one of My Favorite Things!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Upon making the reservation nobody notified us that we needed to leave at a certain time. Therefore, when we arrived we were informed that we had LESS than 2 hours to eat for a group of 25. We were really unsatisfied with that as we had to eat quickly and weren't able to relax and enjoy our meal and office Christmas lunch."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We were seated opposite the door, but quite far away. It should have been far enough that we didn't get frozen when the door opened; it wasn't., so we wore our coats. It was 7 pm on a Monday when we ordered. There were very few people in the restaurant. It should have been a quiet night; it wasn't. A siren inside the restaurant went off for twenty minutes at a punishing volume. We were cheerfully told that that shouldn't have happened. I ordered the veal scallopini. It should have been tender; well, one piece was sort of o.k., the other was tougher than shoe-leather. Our waitress was so cheerful that we should have overlooked all the above; we couldn't and we haven't."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The food was bland, though there was plenty of it, and the atmosphere is loud-diner rather than any sort of nice-restaurant. There's little choice in this corner of Ottawa, but even the main reason for returning is the very small number of restaurants within two blocks of this cluster of hotels (National, Delta, Albert at Bay, Radisson) - and two blocks is as far as I think any sane person would walk willingly in an Ottawa winter night."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "I have been here many times as a gruop from the office and we always have a good time! The food and service is always great!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The food was very poor. We ordered the pizza which was largely inedible. It was surprising since pizza was a large portion of the menu. We will not be back."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I brought my girlfriend there for a date, and she loved it. The restaurant's location is perfect, as many activities are around that area."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "We were pleasantly surprised with the excellent food & service that we received. The portions were plentiful and tasty. The server was attentive, friendly, but not overbearing."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "It was a pleasant environment, not too noisy. We could hear each talk. Of note, this was a Friday before a long weekend and there may have not been as many customers as would regulary. But for this event, it was great."
    Dined on 10/11/2013