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About Carmela's at Macri's

Our authentic Italian bistro is full of Italian classics. Enjoy rich Italian favorites like homemade lasagna, chicken marsala and pan seared talapia. Relax over a hearty meal of spaghetti and arancini or enjoy osso buco di maiale, one of our old world selections. We also offer American Classics such as Blackened Chicken Club and BLT sandwiches. Or opt for a fresh, lighter fare with our Portabello Mushroom sandwich and our minestrone soup with a side salad of fresh mixed greens. Join us and see why Carmela’s flavorful fare is the taste of Italy.

214 N. Niles Ave
South Bend, IN 46617
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00pm, Sunday closed

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(574) 280-4824

Website:
http://www.macrifamily.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Carmela Macri

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Outdoor dining, Wine

Carmela's at Macri's Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Fun (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Went there for dinner with 14 other people - table was all set up and the service was fabulous. The waitress helped us order the right amount of appetizers for the table ( perfect amout) and the entrees were really good. Again the waitress gave good recommendations! Our overall experience was really good, usually with big groups it an go either way but we were very happy with everything - food and service were great - ambiance is a bit lacking but everything else about it was great

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We always love Carmella's, especially after a Notre Dame victory. The friendly family atmosphere, with son Vinney coming in to say hello from Chicago, is a special treat. We recommend Carmellas to ALL our family and friends. The salmon with goat cheese was absolutely the best salmon I've ever had, outside what my husband grills for me and our guests at home. The lasagna is the best we've had outside Venice! Thank you!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great for groups. Angie took great care of us on Friday night before ND game on Saturday.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 26, 2017

They Always have good food. The service is sometimes spotty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Made a reservation 2 months early for a dinner in late October, for a group of 5 expecting a pleasant dinner with friends. I called during the afternoon to ask if they could accommodate 6, and was told yes, we will make it work. When we arrived, they seated us in a noisy unattractive cafeteria-like area with bright lights and no ambiance, unless you like looking at closed deli counters while eating dinner.

It turned out our original table for 5, in the actual restaurant, was actually a 4-top made into a 5, so they couldn't then add a sixth.

The maitre'd was incompetent and unhelpful, and although he assured me he would find us a real table and move us shortly, was never seen again. No visit to the table to check on us, no offer of a dessert, nothing. The food is fair, the wine list down market, the service sloppy.
It was a terrible night. Never again.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great post- pep rally dinner with long-time friends and family.
They even put olives in the draft beer upon request!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Enjoyed a great meal at a fantastic location. You won't go wrong with this restaurant, it is a gem!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We attended on a busy football weekend. The restaurant was well staffed. Our waitress was sweet, efficient and did not rush us. The food was delicious, authentic Italian! We will be back when we are in town next year.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food at Carmela's was great, but the service was honestly bad. I will say we were there on a home football weekend for Notre Dame, and the crowd was loud and excited about the upcoming football game. So....the noise level was expected. But our waitress was overwhelmed and seemed to be preoccupied with all the tables she was trying to accommodate. I still would recommend the place because my pasta was so good. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful meal and service. Our waitress Charlie and all the staff were on top of providing a wonderful experience even on a busy football night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We were in town for the Ga-ND game and had a great meal here. The quality of the food was superb!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

One of our favorites. Never disappoints. Food real Italian. Wonderful desserts. Absolutely no complaints and proud to take guests.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This was our first visit. I wish I could remember our server's name. She was outstanding. The food was excellent as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was very tasty, and the wait staff was helpful, friendly and welcoming. We really enjoyed the meal and will definitely be back.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food and service never disappoint at Carmela's when we are in town for a Notre Dame game. Great, authentic Italian food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was very good. Server was good. Dont judge us but the ambience is not what we r used to.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great place for dinner for Notre Dame gatherings. Food and service are always good and they handle large parties.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Best Italian Food in South Bend.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Birthday lunch with co-workers. Great menu and all had a great experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Food was excellent again. BUT, our night out was spoiled by the table of 25 or so that was right next to us. They were loud, shouting to each other across the table, and then they each got up to speak, and to be heard, they had to speak loudly. This is our second visit to this restaurant, and both times our meal was excellent but we had to shout to hear each other because of a large group set right in the middle of the restaurant. The restaurant needs a private room for groups this large.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

We're both cutting back on meat in our diet, so it was nice to see so many meat-free options on the menu. We shared the calamari appetizer to start. Being a fan of calamari, they did not disappoint. I had the Linguine con Vongole with white wine sauce for the main course and it was delicious! The atmosphere was very tranquil; it made you feel like you were out on a veranda somewhere with the beautiful arches all around the room and the streetlight-like lighting. I'd definitely go again and try something new; there were a lot of great choices!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our15-person family get-together dinner could not have been better. The food, service, atmosphere, really everything was just perfect. We will be back to this South Bend gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Our meals were delicious and fresh. The restaurant atmosphere is very lovey, and the service was great. This was our first visit but the restaurant will likely become our spot for special occasions when we are ready to spend a little extra for a nice meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I love Italian food and this restaurant did not disappoint! Great food that will have me going back. Service was slightly below average. One member of our party spilled their full glass of wine and was not offered a replacement glass. Not good customer service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Naples)·Dined on June 6, 2017

This was our first visit, the food was good, the service was good, we will go again.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent assortment of traditional Italian meals, satisfied the tastes of our party of 7. Seating was in a comfortable corner table away from the other tables. Reasonably priced wine options.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

As always a great meal, good wine and the best bruschetta you can find.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Terrific Italian food, nice ambience, good service. Definitely worth a visit!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Perfect for a ND graduation dinner! Everything was spot on!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went there for mother's day. We were seated at the time for our reservation. They ran out of some of the dessert items on the buffet and didn't replace them. We also were charged for three drinks that we didn't order. The waitress did take them off the bill, but she had to talk with management about it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great service. Amazing food. Had a wonderful evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was served very fast and everything tasted amazing. Overall great experience.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing. Our server was absolutely amazing and very friendly. She checked on us all the time. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. Stunning interior as well

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 13, 2017

For our large party, the servers were attentive, the service was just right tempo & the food was
wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great meal, great service!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Another fine meal @ Carmelas. The restaurant was lightly patronized, the server was attentive, the food tasted great, and the meal was served relatively quickly.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We have dined at Carmela's on numerous occasions. Always more than pleased with the food and the service. Very classy atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Disappointed. Requested better timing between salad and dinner arrival and dinner was delivered when I still had 1/2 my salad to eat. Same as last time we were there and I made a special request. Waitress never asked if we wanted dessert. Food was ok/good, but not happy with experience

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 31, 2017

I wouldn't recommend this place. The fact that I made a reservation for my wife and I for our first wedding anniversary and was told that there was a wait for our table.... you know... the reason you make a reservation. I had to give food and value one star because it requires it when in truth we left before we were even sat because honestly I'm shocked a restaurant would take reservations and then not make that reservation a priority. Either take reservations and only reservations or don't take them at all. You certainly don't make a reservation wait because the host/hostess has no clue what their doing and sits tables ahead of those who called ahead...

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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 31, 2017

I made a reservation using open table on-line with Carmella's and received confirmation of it on my iPhone but when we arrived they did not have our reservation. I showed the manager the confirmation and they found a table to seat us. The other problem is no signs indicating the only door to exit from. We entered from the door by their parking lot and were not informed that this door & another door at the front of their bakery would be locked after a certain time and could not be used!

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