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Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmelosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (512) 477-7497
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Margarito Machado
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering to your home for 10-500 guests. We will set up, provide service if required and leave your house or facility as we found it. One of our managers, Luis or Eddie will be happy to assist in the planning your event.
  • Entertainment: Accordionist playing Italian and other tunes. Will take requests.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We specialize in rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. Our private dining rooms are perfect for all celebrations and meetings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Red River
  • Public Transit: Armadillo Trolley.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet attendant. Tipping recommended.
A word from Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin
Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, Austin, is located in the historical "Old Depot Hotel" downtown across from the Hilton. Open since 1985, Carmelo's, was recently awarded the Seal of "Ospitalita Italiana" from the Italian Government for our use of authentic Italian products and the preparation of genuine Italian cuisine. We have created a menu that is not only carefully thought out and authentically Italian, but also one that uses the finest quality beef, veal and poultry and the freshest of seafood, and when available local produce. With an extensive wine list and options ranging from an award winning Risotto with Truffles, a tableside cooked Steak Diane and gluten free, vegetarian and vegan fare it is our aim that everyone will be satisfied. Our delectable desserts include homemade specialties such as Tiramisu and Millefoglie. Come on by and experience a little bit of Italy tucked away in downtown Austin! We are also in Houston.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I've been to Carmelo's for lunch, dinner, group events, and special occasions, and it is always a pleasure. The menu has something for everyone, and everything I've eaten there has been delicious. The service is second to none. The accordionist playing in the main dining room in the evening really adds to the ambiance, and I love the historic building and welcoming courtyard. (Plus, parking is super convenient!)"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "It is a lovely restaraunt, and we had been there before, but this time, the food wasn't so great. I had the eggplant parm. And I thought it was over fried, the pieces were so small an thin that you tasted the breading and not the eggplant. My salad wasn't particularly flavorful either. My husband ordered the Marsala, and again, it wasn't very flavorful-he actually sent his back. They gave him another entree, which was good,but then we were late to our event. My boys ordered seafood pasta dishes which they liked a lot. The servers were very polite and courteous, and the restaurant is beautiful"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our first date was at Carmello's and we returned there recently to celebrate our one year anniversary. It is a little-known Austin gem that features excellent food in a romantically serene setting. Everything was perfect, from the mouthwatering menu to the excellent service to the beautiful ambience. The accordion player offers appropriately beautiful music, and even the valet service is first rate. This is officially OUR place and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet getaway restaurant in an affectionately romantic setting. Amore!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Outstanding. Our first time. Many more to come. Food was flawless."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "A group of us went for my birthday dinner here and the food was amazing. I had been here once before just as a couple so I knew what to expect. Unfortunately the service wasnt as good as the food. Our waiter was very rude and you could tell that he didn't want to be there. This place is pretty expensive for the staff to act like the work at a small chain restaurant. By the end of the night our waiter had left and didn't tell the guy taking over that it was all separate, so we had to sit there and separate everyone's order because " we didn't tell them it was all seperate and it was too late to change it". Overall we had a great time, its just not a great place for groups."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our family has enjoyed Carmello's for years - it's an Italian restaurant with the most incredible wait staff around - attentive, kind, all smiles and delight. The food was delicious and the complimentary sausage appetizer was mouth-watering and we each longed for more. (Bread was used to soak up every last possible sauce on the plate!)"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The service was wonderful. We felt like they went above and beyond to meet our needs."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We were excited to be going to such a highly reviewed romantic restaurant and I must say certain things lived up to the hype; the food and ambiance for sure. I was however taken aback by the snobbish waiter who acted as though it was us who should be honored he was serving us. Constantly inturrupting our conversation and going on and on when the only person I wanted to listen to was my husband. He gave what could have been a lecture on the pinot nero when I ordered a pinot noir and just went on and on! If I wanted a lecture I would take a class!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Consistency. Carmelo's never fails. Excellent food, attentive but not bothersome wait staff. Great wine list, unfortunately did not have our first choice red or white wine, but 2nd choices were still very good wines. Only complaint was with the OpenTable Reservation system. Despite plenty of seating at 6pm, earliest I could make reservations was 6:30pm which made our dinner rushed to get out in time to see the show we had tickets for. If OpenTable doesn't have the you want, call the restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Carmelo's was recommended to us as a place to go for a special occasion. It did not disappoint. Very good food and great service. I especially liked that they had two dishes, cooked tableside, that are rarely offered any more......Steak Diane and Bananas Foster. Definitely a place to consider if you are looking for good Italian food while in Austin!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our first visit to Carmelo's. We were going to Esther's Follies and this is sooo close. We had a party of 6. The service was outstanding. The food was some of the best I have ever eaten. I had the Osso Bucco. Man, this was better than homemade! The rest of the party were amazed by their food as well. We came back after the show and had coffee and dessert! The desserts were great too. What a find!! Highly recommend it!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The mussels were gritty; the Fettucine Alfredo was dried pasty and tasteless. The Osdo Buco lacked distinction. Won't return-too many other good places in Austin."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "After years of going to Carmelo's we (our family) I think is has come to an end. Small portions, high prices, generally nothing special in the preparation or taste, a lot has changed. I think the effect of now having transient customers from the Convention Center has assured cash flow with non repeating customers, the standards have been lowered, disappointment prevails, time marches on, life changes. Memories of even a couple of years ago are unfulfilled, to bad."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were initially very excited to try this restaurant. The service was great and the chef sent out a sausage sample which was fantastic. The Tara Salad was excellent, but the meal went down hill from there. My rigatoni plate was a small portion and served slightly warmed. My husband had the lasagna and he said it tasted like it was made the day before and reheated, just melting cheese on top and it was cool and mushy. Lastly I had the creme brûlée for dessert. The berries were fresh and tasty, but the custard was also not fresh and it was cottage cheesy and not smooth. All in all we might go back again but for the price we expected fresh food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Carmelo's for over 20 years. The food is still great, the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is calm and romantic."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The waiter we had 7/6 was rude and snobbish, discouraging questions about the food, so that their 'signature' salad came dripping with dressing, more sauce than greens, actually slimy. Although the place was empty, they put someone at the next booth - and then moved their table, creating a shrieking squeal like a 747 taking off. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The staff weren't AS attentive as you'd maybe expect and I had to flag them down to finally get out check, but it's in part because this restaurant had a LOT of patrons + a private party going on and we were thee on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend. Service was good, but wasn't "wow" in any memorable way. The food, however, was delicious! We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a great experience as first time patrons. We dined here for our engagement dinner before being picked up out front by a horse drawn carriage that I had arranged. The wait staff was very nice. The setting is very romantic with beautiful decor and the ambient lighting. I loved the accordionist who came to play by our table a few different times...it made the dinner so very romantic and memorable. The food was delicious and very well prepared, and the management went the extra mile by giving us a free glass of champagne at the end of our dinner to make the experience very special."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dining at Carmelo's is an eclectic, international experience. The activity level among the staff is very energetic and vibrant with very attentive staff. Not a minute goes by without someone wanting to make your dining experience perfect. From the greeting to the presenting of the dishes, everything is expeditious and efficient. It reminds us of European fine dining with all the decor and the accordian music topped of the perfect dining experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Carmelo's is right in the midst of downtown, a block away from the Convention Center. It resides within an architecturally interesting building that evokes being in a prior era, perfect for enjoying an authentic Italian meal. The staff are immaculately dressed and extremely courteous; they ensure that every detail is perfect and manage to fulfill every need without "hovering." And the food (while slightly more expensive than a casual lunch) is first rate. We enjoyed one of the daily specials--just the right amount, and prepared beautifully."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The high quality of the food was matched by the high quality service. Excellent tastes and unique servings of Italian cuisine. Professional and amiable management! The historical story of the building adds nicely to the overall charm of this fine restaurant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We reserved dinner for our 20th wedding anniversary and my wife and I LOVED it. From beginning to end we had a great time with great food and wine. Everyone was very courteous and hospitable which made the day very memorable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was good and the staff was very attentive. Not only was the server attentive, but there were several other staff members also taking care of the table simultaneously. The dessert selections were also very good."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I give this resturant five stars i love to dine there with my husband when we get a chance!:-)"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We just moved to Austin, and were introduced to this restaurant, and loved it! The ambiance is terrific, the food is great and the service was both attentive and complete."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food and service was terrific. We did not care for the loud music playing all the time. It was too loud and interfered with our conversations at our table (there were 4 of us) I would cut down the music, a little background music is OK, a little volume, but it was too much for us, and detracted from what could have been a perfect evening."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We loved everything-- food great and service of each person very attentive!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was great and the accordion player added to the ambience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I took my husband to Carmelos for Father's Day with neither of us having been there before. We were pleasantly surprised. The service was great and the food was delicious. My husband is not that easy to please when it comes to food preparation, but he really enjoyed what he ordered to the point he was ready to pick up the lamb chop bone and suck off the remains. So Carmelos is definitely going on our list of restaurants that we will definitely recommend and visit again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday with large group of 12. Excellent food, great ambience and an especially attentive and professional wait staff. Liked that they accept reservations. Good wine list. Our assigned waiter was always within a few feet of our table and very attentive to every need without being intrusive. His choices when asked for recommendations were spot-on. The food was wonderful! No one had a complaint. Prices seemed a little high at first glance, but the food, service, ambience and overall experience made the final bill well worth it. Would highly recommend Carmelo's for anyone seeking great Italian/American food in a classy and refined setting with excellent service. Will go back soon!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Carmelo's for our 9th Anniversary. It was pretty great. Definitely exceeded expectations. It's not exactly affordable dining, but it's really good."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Carmelo's did an outstanding job. Their food was wonderful, service was excellent and the ambience was just right. My husband had the Steak Dianne prepared table side and it was tender and delicious. I had the Rigatoni Conpollo - outstanding flavor. I highly recommend Carmelo's."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The staff at Carmelo's went to great lengths to make my daughter feel really special at her post-graduation dinner! They were attentive and kind and surprised her (and the rest of us!) with a special dessert and beautifully decorated plate. The food was hot and delicious, too. It was the perfect setting for our small family celebration. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was very good. We had a wonderful time. I would recommend it to my friends. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Loved this place. Best Italian we've had in Austin "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and a sweet birthday surprise for my husband. It was very nice , indeed."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was our favorite restaurant when we lived in Austin. It is even better. Food and service were excellent. We visited Carmelo's when we were in Austin in April. Had to return in May with the family."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Took my family here for daughter's graduation dinner. Expert recommendations on food and wine. All 4 meals outstanding. Service attentive and accommodating without being pushy. Gluten free options excellent for my mom. Special treat dessert really finished everything off. Thank you! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Carmelo's does everything right. The food is wonderful, the service is impeccable, the gentleman playing an accordion is delightful. The little things that set Carmelo's apart from other restaurants is their service / how they treat people. The staff is friendly and respectful. Your glass of water or iced tea is never empty. Your food arrives at a nice pace; we never feel rushed. Prices of food and wine is more, but very few places provide the service this establishment does. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Carmelo's was the perfect place for our prom dinner! The outside had lovely vines and fountains and stone work to take some pictures by. Inside the staff were very friendly, and there were candles and an accordion player to create an authentic and lovely dining space. The bread and dinner was amazing and then the dessert from the pastry cart was like nothing else. A perfect place for any occasion. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014