Cara Mia
Cara Mia

Cara Mia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caramiany.com/
  • Phone: 2122626767x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4pm - 11pm
    Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Adrian Lazo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire dining room is available for rental
  • Private Party Contact: Jona or Besim 2122626767x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 45th &46th
  • Public Transit: N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, 7
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cara Mia
Cara Mia restaurant is a neighborhood treasure in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. Minutes from Times Square, locals and tourists alike flock to this Italian trattoria which features delicious homemade pastas, fresh meats and seafood, as well as an extensive wine list. Cara Mia's cozy and intimate atmosphere are the perfect location for a romantic dinner.
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Cara Mia reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)fit for foodies (26)great for lunch (21)romantic (13)good for groups (12)special occasion (11)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Cara Mia staff did not seem to know we had reserved via OpenTable. The special beet salad was made with stale, wilted arugula and beets seemingly out of a bottle. The pasta and tiramisu were run-of-the-mill. The location is good for pre-theater.
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  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Cara Mia is consistently good...good food and good service. It's a great theater district restaurant. The staff is a always warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME!
    Berger
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    One of my favorite places to eat when I'm in the city - I'm never disappointed - and Cara Mia came through again. I have personally recommended this restaurant to all of my friends and they have all enjoyed eating here as much as I do. Grazie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noise level defening.
    pkslimited
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Veal was tough. The worst part was the noise level was awful. Couldn't wait to leave.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good but don't go for cocktails
    GaryD
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a great neighborhood gem with good food and a nice ambiance. But they only serve wine and beer so go somewhere else for that martini.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We arrived late and were served a lovely meal in timely fashion. Food was very good, and the service was superb
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My last visit to Cara Mia
    NYfoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We have eaten in Cara Mia for years. Well located in the theater district, it has been a reliable and reasonable place to eat. After the meal last week, we may not go back. We chose the Prix Fixe as we have often done ($20 each). The Caesar Salad consisted of 1 cup of torn lettuce pieces with a pedestrian dressing. No zip to it at all. The pasta dish was acceptable, But the servers were on top of us. If a fork was put down, the plate disappeared. Our reservation was at 5:30. We finished our main course and received our bill by 6:10. And the bill, with two glasses of wine, no dessert, tax and tip was still $78. The next time we will spend a bit more somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eat3inbogota
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    If you are looking for a good Italian restaurant before theatre, I would recommend this. It's very noisy but the food is good and the service is not too rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ebe9800VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    very friendly staff..but need to be more attentive! very accommodating staff also!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hells Kitchen find
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Tiny place near theatres. Food was very good, attractively plated and reasonably priced. Service was good. Waitress was pleasant just very busy. Had a nice bottle of Malbec for $34. $19.99 fixe price dinner was plenty of food. Would return next time we are in the area
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is a real deal in the Theater District. The food's delicious and the service is pleasant and quick. I highly recommend Cara Mia.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Very conveniently located to the theater district. Nice neighborhood feel. My second time there and my meals, as well as my friends, were all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre-theater spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and won't break the bank. Very close to Broadway shows too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for post matinee
    jlminvVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food was okay. Service was good. Very quiet. Cute receptionist
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1195 reviews are from the Cara Mia reviews archive.
  • A favorite since they opened!
    QualityFrugalityVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    It's a great spot for pre-theatre and just for really good Italian food! Out of town guests always ask to go back. It's not fancy, it's affordable - and the food is great! Go - and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good service great price
    In2food
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We were seated at our reservation time and promptly received water and a basket of delicious bread with dipping oil. The menu was extensive and reasonably priced for the high quality delivered. Everything served piping hot. Highlights were the eggplant parm, mixed mushrooms with tagatelle pasta and the tilapia from the prixfix menu. Service was excellent and attentive. I would be a regular if I lived in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!
    Berger
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One of our favorite places to eat when we're in the city to see a show - we're never disappointed! Grazie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Overall a good place to eat before a show. The services was fine but nothing special. Charged my for a refill on club soda.....okay it's the city but at least tell me there are no refills please.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and super food!
    PastaPrincess
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I ate at Cara Mia with my friends for the first time on Friday night. At first I was nervous because the waitress messed up the drink order and we had to start over, but other than that it was a great experience. A little noisy because of the location....a lot of screaming ambulances and cop cars, but it added to the ambiance! Beautiful interior. Food was quite good. I got the fusilli with broccoli rabe and sausage and it was delicious. Friends got the chicken dinner special and the portions were enormous. I thought the bill was a little high, but overall, a great night and I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Had limited time to eat before a play. Was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nfussy
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Enjoyed birthday lunch for my daughter'sbirthday.staff was very engaging,especiallyVictoria Might be backnext weekwithfriends.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was ok
    cherluiVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Was hoping to find a cozy neighborhood casual restaurant. It sort of came close. Food was OK. Service was good.
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  • Be Very Hungry
    jwhit5
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food at Cara Mia is served in LARGE portions I could have easily been satisfied with an appetizer and salad. The roasted calamari with mushroom appetizer is superb. The asparagus risotto was slightly overcooked, but nothing to affect the taste or enjoyment. The decor is pleasing and not too noisy, which is appreciated. The wait staff is efficient although not chatty whatsoever. My one complaint is the somewhat skimpy wine pour - not even half a glass.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine food fast
    jove
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great food (green pastas w/ lobster and chicken parmigiana) both excellent. Food warm when presented. Service fast for a crowded restaurant pre-theatre. Staff polite, efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been to Cara Mia several
    kspurlo
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I've been to Cara Mia several times while in the city but this time was disappointed. So stuffed in between tables could not hear my dinner companion during conversation. Always loved the tomato appetizer they brought to table on past visits. Was told they no longer offer it. :( Waitress had more tables than she could wait on in a timely manner. Food was good but not great as in the past.
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  • Outstanding. We dine here
    Jeff
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Outstanding. We dine here every time we visit New York
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theatre crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I tried to take a colleague here for a business lunch. Unfortunately the restaurant was packed with seniors that looked like they were going to a matinee. The restaurant was loud but not in a fun energetic way. There was a constant buzz of annoying people talking too loud about their medical conditions. I think I saw your great aunt Patty there with all of her bridge friends.
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  • Great value
    VizfromMA
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and our son and I went to dinner before seeing a show around the corner. The food was excellent and great for the price. Our service was friendly and prompt but we never felt rushed. We really enjoyed Cara Mia and would highly recommend it for Italian food and wine.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Cozy Spot
    Rainbow3feVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This lovely restaurant has fresh pastas, delicious fish and wonderful salads. It is perfect for a Prix -Fixe Pre-Theatre dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Don't Get It
    FTCNYCVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Usually I agree w. OT reviewers & many gave good reviews . 1 in our party liked it previously. Me, not so much. Cesar salad=paltry dry croutons (generous cheese) and thin dressing. Calamari =overcooked. Clams oreganoata=huge a'la 1960I Italian restaurant. Mushrooms lead one to believe "hey they know what they are doing". The papparadella w/mushrooms looked great but were awful - huge mixed cooking. Worst ($26) lamb shank-from a jar? previously frozen? NO WAY it was fresh + runny polenta. FULL CONSENT, went to 4:00 show @ Ziegfield and ended up here on a Sat. night ) pre theater without thinking -Perhaps they take pre theater shortcuts? who wants to go to a place that takes shortcuts. Good bones - no clue whats happening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    wiltonmom2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We've been going to this restaurant for years. The food is always delicious, and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, pre-theatre, neighborhood
    Janie
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Good, pre-theatre, neighborhood Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater perfect
    CityGalVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The waiter was attentive and timed the meal beautifully for the 7pm curtain to follow. Fennel salad is delicious with the right balance of flavors, artichoke salad is a delicious antipasti. Good sized main plates to share, the mushroom risotto is top notch. Great place to begin a night at the theater.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience.
    Shellygirl
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was very plain...lacked seasoning. Salads were ok. Service was rushed...couldn't enjoy the meal if I wanted to. Front door was open through the entire meal and it was very drafty and cold. Just not a good experience.
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  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I happened upon this restaurant during a last minute search to have dinner before going to a play. I was surprised I was able to get a reservation as everything is the area was booked. The host was very nice and sat me immediately. Within 10-15 minutes the place was completely full. We had the calamari and a special appetizer of fresh mozzarella, peppers, prosciutto and bruschetta. The special app was really good. It was very fresh, large in portion to share. The calamari was good but nothing special. I had the chicken parm w spaghetti which was good. Extremely large portion. I even shared with my friend and still had food to take home. My friend had the stuffed chicken w asparagus which was very nice. Would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had early dinner with my mom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Had early dinner with my mom after a show. Cozy atmosphere, attentive but not overbearing service. Delicious homemade tortellini with a beautiful, not overly thick or rich cream sauce, generous portion sauteed spinach. Saw several other entrees come out and all looked spectacular. Smells from kitchen enter dining room got you ready to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good basic Italian food...
    GloBo
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Excellent location for pre-theater dinner. good basic Italian food. Large portions. Two had pork Saltimboca, one Rigatoni and the fourth Eggplant with a side of pasta. Eggplant would benefit from mozzarella or ricotta and more sauce but tasty. All well prepared. Outstanding fresh oysters at $1 each and good but moderate portion of Caesar Salad in the bargain $20 two-course prix fixe dinner. Good creme brule. Adequate, not exceptional, cappucino. All fine....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the waitress was a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    the waitress was a little "pushy", but the food, the wine and overall service was very good, and the prices are reasonable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic and Cozy Italian Gem
    Reviewer1
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This was a yelp find and I'm so glad we found it! We were looking for a nice, semi-romantic, delicious, and not-too-expensive Italian restaurant in this general neighbourhood, and this was the perfect place. Delicious complimentary fresh bread (foccacia was wonderful!), and after we had decided what we were going to order (which was a tough choice because there were so many great options!), we heard the specials and ended up ordering one of those (ricotta ravioli with asparagus and peas in pink vodka sauce). The caprese salad appetizer and Caesar salad were great too! Such friendly and attentive service, lovely ambiance, and a cozy feel. Not too busy but not deserted. A gem, for sure. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theatre experience
    MiekeStl
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Small, charming Italian restaurant. Rushed service, but that was good for us since we were going to the theatre. If you want a more relaxed meal I would recommend going after 7:30pm. No bar to speak of, if you are waiting for a table or the rest of your party you have to wait standing outside. They were very gracious to me and let me sit at a table at 6:30 pm, even though reservation was for 6:15pm, and my party still hadn't shown up. Pasta was excellent, and so was the salad.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.