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

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmelosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5124777497x
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (59)special occasion (53)notable wine list (33)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Delicious food; attentive service
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was awesome! We had lasagna with a small side of veggies and crab-stuffed shrimp on a bed of risotto. Great flavor & temperature and good serving size without being too much... we still took some lasagna home, though! :-) We also had a delicious bottle of Duckhorn Cab! Carmelo's has a great courtyard to hang out. I forgot to ask if they offer dining outside... that would have been very pleasant as we had good weather that night. Overall, a WONDERFUL evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Austin Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Carmelo's is a regular stop for us in Austin. The food is always good, the service friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is lively. Bananas Foster tableside is a must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service, so-so food
    CPTXVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We chose this restaurant after reading many of the other reviews. All I can say is that the top food reviews must have been written by non-Italians whose appreciation for Italian cuisine was developed at Olive Garden and similar venues. On a Friday night the full dining room had fewer than a dozen people under age 60; the food was nothing beyond average. The service was, however, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don Williams
    DWII
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A very nice venue .... very good on all points .... a very nice evening with out of town family guest from the Woodlands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner.
    Steve
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife chose this restaurant for her birthday dinner and she couldn't have made a better choice. The ambiance, the food, the wine and the service were excellent and this has to be one of our favorite restaurants in Austin, Texas. They even surprised my wife with a beautiful slice of cheesecake with a candle and elaborately decorated "Happy birthday". The waiter offer to sing for us but we politely declined that offer!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not just for special occasions...
    luv2travel
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    In the past 17 yrs, Carmelo's has been our special occasion destination when we were in Austin. Now we live here, it's our go-to-place for a stupendous menu and we are introducing friends to Carmelo's. The food, service & atmosphere never disappoints. The Chef's entrees are delectable. I'm sorry, we don't drink so I am unable to comment on bar experience & the well rounded wine list. I'm sure they have something for everyone. Our dessert treat is prepared table side - Banana's Foster. Only the Four Seasons dining is equal to a Carmelo's experience. In our humble opinion, Carmelo's is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Hill Country for any event from two to a banquet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but very pricey
    Mike
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is good and the service was excellent. I found the food to be very pricey though. I had the eggplant parm and for $18 you get 4 small slices of eggplant and literally two small spoonful rolls of spaghetti. Good food and service as I mentioned, but I would not dine again and would seek less expensive options the next time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amore
    CaliGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Wonderful Italian food. One of our guests ordered the pasta with truffles! I had to sample it and was so glad I did. It was amazing! I had chicken piccada - which was not on the menu, but they did a nice try, but wasn't really up to par.. Sorry John. But the salads and dessert were fAbulous and our waiter John was very personable and attentive.. They would retold the napkins any time someone got up! Very nice touch. Very nice place and lovely decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy in Austin
    JupieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was excellent as was the service. Had to wait a bit in between salad & entrée but was updated during the process. One of the better eggplant parm's I've had (outside of Italy).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food and Service!
    HungryInAustin
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have been to Carmello's several times and I am always impressed with the fast, attentive, and polite service, the ambience, the live music (guy playing accordion), and the food! Of course, you get what you pay for, so don't expect a McDonald's size bill when you are done. Carmello's is my #1 choice for romantic dinner for two or entertaining a group of clients that I care about. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite Italian Restaurant
    Jgdula
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been celebrating special occasions at Carmelo's for approximately 30 years. Luis and his staff take great care of us every time we visit. The escargot appetizer and the bananas foster dessert go well with any entrees, although we usually have veal marsala or veal picatta. You can't beat the service, the ambiance and the food at Carmelo's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Pleasure
    skibbytidoodah
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bell
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BandMan
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Outstanding. Our first time. Many more to come. Food was flawless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food,not so amazing service
    tryingnewthings
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbeatable Service
    TexasTBoneVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Truefoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The service was wonderful. We felt like they went above and beyond to meet our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back
    Betty567VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Dinner
    Thomas
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian in Austin
    Cal5150
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very sad dinner. Will not return.
    Sammie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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  • The Ts
    bbtt
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could have been better...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After all these years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snobby, Slimy
    TypeA
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy but delicious
    Diana
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful & romantic restaurant
    DLee
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special occasion place
    ljrrn2
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service in downtown
    BBDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPERBALICIOUS
    VernonDez
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; attentive staff
    Bigguy311
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it!
    mo84
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I give this resturant five stars i love to dine there with my husband when we get a chance!:-)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • austinnewbie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fourbrothers
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our best
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We loved everything-- food great and service of each person very attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    CNev
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was great and the accordion player added to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LoveMyFood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet