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Carmela's at Macri's, South Bend, IN

Carmela's at Macri's

4.8
4.8
933 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Our authentic Italian restaurant is full of Italian classics inspired by Carmela herself. Enjoy rich Italian favorites like homemade lasagna, chicken marsala and lake perch. Relax over a hearty meal of spaghetti and arancini or enjoy chicken parmigiana, one of our old world selections. Located right next door to our very own Macri's Italian Bakery, save room for an exquisite dessert selection! Open since 1978 and ran by the same family for 45 years. Join us at our one and only location Downtown South Bend, for the best authentic Italian!

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Dessert, Meat

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (574) 280-4824

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Carmela Macri

  • Catering

    Carmela's offers elegant catering selections for your special occasions and business meetings so your Italian favorites can meet you where you are! To request a Carmela's catering order or to set up a catering consultation, please call 574.280.4824.

  • Private party facilities

    Carmela's hosts private events for all occasions! From rehearsal dinners to Holiday parties and even weddings Carmela's is the perfect spot to celebrate. We accommodate large parties and our unique presentation and attention to detail will make your celebration truly memorable.

  • Neighborhood

    South Bend

  • Cross street

    Colfax and Lasalle

  • Parking details

    Street Parking is available on Niles Ave. as well as parking directly across the street on Niles Ave. Private parking lot for Carmela's customers only is also available and located off of Hill Street near our bakery entrance.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 933 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Indiana

    Italian

  • South Bend

    Best Overall

  • South Bend

    Best Food

  • South Bend

    Best Service

  • South Bend

    Best Ambiance

  • South Bend

    Best Value

  • South Bend

    Good for business meals

  • South Bend

    Good for groups

  • South Bend

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Bend

    Great for fine wines

  • South Bend

    Romantic

  • South Bend

    Good for special occasions

  • South Bend

    Most Booked

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  1. 22TamiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service 😍 Will definitely be back!
  2. DanW

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Carmela's.
  3. JoelM

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Unfortunately the couple sitting next to us was very loud. The woman’s voice projected so loudly that we had problems carrying the conversation at our table.
  4. AmyG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, great food, price and friendly staff
  5. Djb3

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food...good variety on the menu with both old stand-bys and new offerings...
  6. JMS71

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    A decent restaurant. I've been here before and would return. The food is all right. Nothing spectacular.
  7. HollyS

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent and after reading raving reviews we had expected the food would great. Unfortunately it wasn't quite to par. The Caesar Salad was good, interesting to have tomatoes and cucumber but good dressing, We ordered the Bolognese and it was basically marina with two meatballs. There was no meat in the sauce and it definitely was NOT bolognese sauce. Again our server was great!
  8. IndyDiner

    Indiana

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were in town and thought we would check this restaurant out based upon the Yelp ratings/reviews. It is very busy, so you need to make a reservation. The wait staff is very nice and attentive and they hustle taking care of the customers. The food was unfortunately rather mediocre. While it’s great the entrees come with a house salad, it had way too much dressing. In addition while the lettuce leaves were very dark green (which is terrific) there’s barely anything else included (one tiny grape tomato and 2 tiny pieces of cucumber). I had a shrimp dish with linguine, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes. The pasta was way over cooked and the sauce just didn’t have much flavor. The other person had a carbonara linguine and shrimp dish, and he had similar feedback. They bring bread with the salads, but it was cold and tasted like store bought white bread (a nice warm crusted bread/baguette) would be much better. Anyway we were not impressed and wouldn’t come back next time we are in town.

    Carmela's at Macri'sResponded on February 28, 2023Hello thank you for dining with us and for your review. Our complimentary house salads that are served prior to dinner are intended to be a simple garden salad. We're sorry to hear it did not meet your expectations and we will definitely report back your feedback on the dressing. Our bread is not store bought, in fact it is made daily in our bakery next door. We are extremely disappointed to hear your commentary on flavor as your feedback is extremely unusual.

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!
  10. Cheetah

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service and great food! Everyone enjoyed it!
  11. NicoleP

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner and service! It was a crazy busy night and the service and the food were amazing! We will be back for sure!
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food tasted good with good portions. Service very friendly
  13. ChristinaZ

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! Make reservations because it makes things easier! Food, waitress, and everything was perfect!
  14. Happy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The restaurant was slightly fancy; the ambiance was a little energetic but romantic
  15. JasonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Any of the food is excellent, hands down wonderful food.
  16. LeannD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambience, and excellent service!
  17. Tyreilif

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food, amazing service. Wait was a bit long even with reservation, but I suspect that wouldn't have been the case of it weren't so close to a holiday. Very lound and packed, but for the same reason, Valentine's day. Food was 100% worth the wait, and once we were seated, service was so good and fast it was shocking considering the crowd. Bit pricey, but more than worth it.
  18. RichardW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, Ann our waitress was very sweet. Would go again.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    My husband and I dined here for Valentine’s Day, we’d never been before and were excited to try somewhere new… the food was amazing! Everything we had was delicious, but that was basically the only good part of the whole experience. We had a 630 reservation, but it was almost 7 before we actually got seated and from there we felt like we were being rushed through our entire dinner. We were in the bar area and the bartender seemed to know everyone else sitting in there so she was being very friendly to everyone but us. She took our drink order but then we didn’t receive those for probably close to 10 minutes later and then she was all about asking if we were ready to order dinner.. not asking about appetizers or anything. We placed our order and then waited forever before she even brought the bread and salads. Once our entree was served, we never really saw her again. We weren’t even half way through our entree, when she brought over the check and by then we were both annoyed so we asked for boxes and just took the rest of our food home. We’d have liked to have tried dessert but were never given the option to even consider it. So overall, it was definitely a crap experience for us. If it wasn’t for the food being so good, we’d prolly never return but the food makes it worth giving it a second chance.
  20. DeniseB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Carmela's for the great food and ambiance. We try to eat there whenever we are in town!
  21. JohnN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster ravioli was incredible with a Caesar salad!
  22. Dimples71z

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We tried 3 appetizers and they were all delicious. It was the bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and the cheese sticks. Then I had the spinach ravioli and my daughter had the lobster ravioli. We both enjoyed our meals very much. Our server Kaitlin was awesome! We cannot wait to go back so we can try something else.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I was extremely disappointed in the Lasagna. Noodles were overcooked and the marinara sauce was bland. Would not recommend this dish. Others at the table had salmon and found it to be very good and flavorful.
  24. TomH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Lasagna made with thin homemade pasta the likes I hadn't had since being in Rome! Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I'll be back!
  25. ReedC

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  26. LeonaK

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have had our celebratory anniversary dinner at Carmela’s for the last few years and everything has always been perfect. The atmosphere is cozy and unique. It makes you feel like you’re in Italy. The food is simply fantastic. The appetizers are excellent and the desserts are to die for. The staff is always helpful and polite. Everything about this place is pleasant. My favorite appetizer is the bruschetta… entree is the lobster ravioli and dessert the chocolate bomba. I highly recommend you try those if u haven’t.
  27. JessicaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great. The food was delicious. And the restaurant is beautiful.
  28. MoniqueB

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner was fantastic. Our party of 8 enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for the great service. Will be coming back!
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a mom and sons weekend and it kicked off with a great meal at Carmela’s. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the shared appetizers.
  30. Harvey

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Katie was excellent
  31. LindseyC

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were great! Will be coming back again!
  32. PatW

    Indiana

    96 reviews

    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner! You can tell that the owner “gets it”! Wait staff…excellent. Food…excellent. Ambiance….excellent. FRIENDLY Hostess at entrance. Will definitely return in the very near future! HIGHLY recommend!
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend the Linguine Bolognese and Arancini! Prices are very reasonable for true authentic food. Portion sizes were great and all are served with salad and bread. We will definitely be back.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding. Excellent service and great food. Our server was knowledgeable and clearly loves working at this family restaurant! We loved the arancini and mozzarella sticks. I could’ve eaten the marinara sauce with a spoon it was that good. We had Lasagna, Perch, and Pasta Romana all of which were beyond excellent and prepared perfectly. Ended the night with espresso martinis and the chocolate bomba for dessert! This place is a South Bend staple, go here!!!
  35. tmm1926

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was amazing. The mozzarella was crunchy and looked hand rolled. No pre-made sticks! I had the Chicken Piccata. It was the best I ever had. The noodles underneath were just right and the chicken was so flavorful. My husband had the meat lasagna. He says it was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely go back if in the area again.
  36. GeneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service! One of my favorite places!!
  37. SusanG

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Our service has been poor the last couple of times in here

    Carmela's at Macri'sResponded on January 9, 2023Hi Susan, thank you for your feedback as it is very important to us. We too are shocked to hear this, and as you mentioned in your private note is highly unusual for our restaurant. Please reach out to us directly so we can hear the specifics of your feedback and use it to share with our team improvement. Thank you.

  38. brianM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good overall experience. Food very good. Service good, could have been a little more attentive. Will definitely return.
  39. TomH

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food great as always.
  40. JanetB

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carmela's at Macri's using the Order Online button. Carmela's at Macri's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (574) 280-4824.

Carmela's at Macri's is rated 4.8 stars by 933 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Carmela's at Macri's

214 N. Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Colfax and Lasalle

  • Neighborhood

    South Bend

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Dessert, Meat

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking is available on Niles Ave. as well as parking directly across the street on Niles Ave. Private parking lot for Carmela's customers only is also available and located off of Hill Street near our bakery entrance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carmela Macri

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (574) 280-4824

  • Catering

    Carmela's offers elegant catering selections for your special occasions and business meetings so your Italian favorites can meet you where you are! To request a Carmela's catering order or to set up a catering consultation, please call 574.280.4824.

  • Private party facilities

    Carmela's hosts private events for all occasions! From rehearsal dinners to Holiday parties and even weddings Carmela's is the perfect spot to celebrate. We accommodate large parties and our unique presentation and attention to detail will make your celebration truly memorable.

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