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Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carmelosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (281) 531-0696
  • 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: Carmelo Mauro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, 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. Carmelo and/or Daniel will be happy to help with the planning of your event, they may be reached by phone at 281-531-0696 or by email carmelos@carmelosrestaurant.com
  • Entertainment: Pino, our Sicilian accordionist on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We specialize in rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. Our wine rooms and event rooms are perfect for all celebrations and meetings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nottingham Oaks
  • Public Transit: Metro bus stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking across Nottingham Oaks and on the restaurant lot. We offer complimentary valet parking and recommend tipping.
A word from Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston
Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, Houston, is located in the Energy Corridor on Memorial Drive between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge. Open since 1981, Carmelo's, has been 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 it's like going to Italy without the jet lag! We are also in Austin.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The service was very good, the server was very pleasant and we enjoyed the free appetizers. Having the owner check on every table is always a great plus. I hadn't been there in years but will return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Called on a Sunday to see about availability for a group of 14 thinking no way but they said no problem and that they would love to have us. When we showed up they had a private room for us and treated my girls and their guest wonderfully. We will definitely return as it was our first time to dine here."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Always wonderful for special occasions. Unobtrusive service. Carmelo always makes you feel welcome and as if he remembers you from last visit."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food and service are always exceptional! We love this restaurant for romantic occasions. We try to eat there everytime we are in the Houston area."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I was looking for a quiet restaurant to meet my sister and husband who were staying in the Energy Corridor and this one "fit the bill" perfectly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was supposed to be a special dinner celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary. [I actually noted it on our reservations and they completely ignored it]. The waiter did only what he had to!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Coming back to a fine dinner at Carmello's after 25 years was the best. The quality of the food was as good as anywhere - even better than found in Italy! The ambiance is great for a quiet dinner with friends where you don't have to yell to be heard and the wine list is very good and priced reasonable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Atmosphere is quiet - great place for a business lunch situated well for the Energy Corridor. Service was very professional and they didn't interrupt when we were talking."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This restaurant is great for lunch and dinner. They have an excellent assortment of food and desserts. The wine list is extensive and the gumbo was excellent. We had great service for a table of 20, we got in and out in an hour and a half. Great work."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "When my date and I first drove up to Carmelo's the first sentence uttered was "I think we're over dressed for this dive." We most definitely ate our words when we walked in. From the outside, Carmelo's looks like a family owned Mexican restaurant, but once you enter the doors you're greeted with the finest smells of Italy. Truly a fine dining experience. The service was magnificent, working as a team, they ensure that the guests of the restaurant have everything they need before they have to ask. The wine menu was all encompassing, and the food, oh the the food! Ambiance wise, they do it right! Over all this was an incredible dining experience and I can not wait to return to visit our new friends at Carmelo's!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our waiter disappeared, apparently into the back room, and no one took over. Took 15 minutes to order dinner; food came a half hour later."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellence in all phases of dinning. Wait staff excellent, food excellent, ambiance outstanding, a truly enjoyable night was had by all!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great dinner for 50th Anniversary. Book the private room. You will like it. Great service and food. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat if you're looking for great Italian food! We come here on a regular basis because of the great food and the wonderful service. All of the staff are very friendly and they are extremely accommodating. My wife has Celiac's disease and cannot eat gluten so sometimes it's a challenge to find restaurants that fit our needs. Carmelo's has a great gluten free menu and their gluten free food is just as good as what comes off of the regular menu. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Going to Carmelos is like going to Italy but you do not need a passport. The restaurant is charming inside and the staff makes feel right at home. From appitizers to dessert everything we tried was delightful. Treat yourself to a night in Italy and enjoy Carmelos.w"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food and service were great. The chef even prepared a special desert plate to help celebrate our occasion. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "brunch food was dry looked like it had been sitting for a long loooong time, nothing looked fresh and nothing looked inviting."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "While food is always important I really appreciate good service. My party of 6 received great service. Very attentive and very engaging making the dinning experience very memorable."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We find Carmelo's to have excellent service and a good variety of Italian food. I have never been on a weekend however it is one of the best restaurant's for a nice night out where you can talk and enjoy a good meal."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food was great and the service makes you feel like you are part of the family. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our first time here and we will be back in the future. We loved the atmosphere, the artwork, the food, and the cleanliness of the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were greeted very nice and seating was in small cozy atmosphere. Had some issues with waiter, who was late and hard to find. Also we had to ask for some things couple of times (last thing , he served my mom hot tea, but forgot to bring tea bags, than water got cold and we HAD to ask for new hot water). Over all I do have my second thoughts in going there again. PS do not take it wrong I had waiters there who were excellent."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day, yes, it was busy, however, quality of service and food did not suffer....My wife was very happy with the selection of restaurant, loved the food, the relaxed easy style of service, not the eat-and-get-the-hell-out service, but time to enjoy the food, company and have pleasant conversation without having to raise your voice. As a mother's day appreciation, Carmelo's gave three (3) large chocolate covered strawberries, FREE.....at the end of the meal, if that's not a class act, then I don't know what is. Of course, we will recommend to our associates....be seeing you again...."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Always a gem for special occasions....have visited for years and always have enjoyed their food and service.."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Anytime we want good Italian food we always go to Carmelo's. The service and food was excellent as usual. We also appreciate how gluten friendly they are. I'd definitely recommend trying this place out."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. The service, wine list and dinner was exceptional, We were visiting Houston, if we lived there it would be favorite haunt. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to comment about how great was my dining experience at Carmelo's. My wife and I have been customers at this restaurant for quite some years. We have been there to celebrate very special occasions and Tuesday April 22, was one of them. In fact, it was a double celebration because we celebrated my wife's birthday. And also because that very same day, she received her test results to teach elementary. I chose to celebrate at Carmelo's because the quality of their food is excellent, and so is the service. All the waiting staff is very courteous and take good care of their customers. We will continue dining there."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "As usual, the food and service were excellent. The only thing I might change is the timing of our reservation. Brunch was served until 4:00 and we arrived at 3:00. By then, one of the entrees I wished to try was not available."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We save Carmelos for special occasions and are never disappointed. Easter Sunday brunch was no exception. We enjoyed the meal and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Carmelo's makes me wonder why I haven't been back sooner. We visited for brunch and had a fabulous time. The menu is full of delicious options and the wine list includes many familiar favorites. Service is polite and responsive. Great time."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Perfect pre-ride meal before a 100 Mile bike ride for the BP MS150."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a group of seven for a business discussion. I pick Carmelo's for such discussions because the noise level is low."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The wine room was very nice, my team and I enjoyed it very much. The staff was friendly and very courteous to our needs. Will definitely go back there again."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I normally don't complain, but since this email popped up. I'm going to. The service was bad. It was a Saturday night, but our reservation for 7pm. It wasn't that busy. We were constantly feeling neglected by the entire wait staff. NOT GOOD. The food was OK, nothing special. I've had better meals at Macaroni Grill for half the price. Overall a bad experience. We will never go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was my second time...first was a large group function. I enjoyed the food but the service was lacking. It wasn't very busy and we still sat and waited a long while for our check. Finally had to flag someone down."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We started with appetizers. The torre di Pisa salad would have been overpowered by the caper vinaigrette. Order dressing on the slide. We did, but the waiter didn't bring it with the salad, so we had to wait several minutes for the dressing. My wife ordered Gamberi Ripieni. Shrimp filled with crab meat over risotto. Delicious. I ordered Fettuccini Mare Louisa, crab, clams and shrimp. But I asked for it with a spicy marinara. Again, delicious. Just the right amount of heat without masking the flavor. Downside? Perhaps a little too much oil in the marinara. Still, a really an excellent dining experience. And Carmello personally visits every table. He cares. And it shows. It's an expensive dining experience, but well above average."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was absolutely fabulous! The wine list was at least 4 pages (if memory serves) which was great to choose from. The menu itself had such a broad selection of food it was perfect for anyone. And I cannot even begin to rave about how amazing the service was. They kept the pace nice and slow, we never felt rushed. They took at least 10-15 minutes between courses to bring the other ones out. They also had an accordian player which made the Italian element very authentic. This place was amazing and I strongly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a great time. Food is always delicious. We love dining in the Wine Room."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious, beautifully presented, and served with flair that was tempered by professionalism. If you want superb Italian, go!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "My wife and I love this restaurant. The food is absolutely wonderful, from Appetizer (in our case the Fromaggio Intracto (sp)) to the entrée to the desserts. Our fourth time in about 3 months. Although we no longer live in the vicinity we still make the drive. Never fails to pass our expectations."
    Dined on 2/15/2014