The food and the menu were outstanding the wine was excellent service above average I would highly recommend this establishment for dinner and will do it again
The food was just okay - I had the chicken marsala and it was the worst one I think I’ve had in a multitude of restaurants. The flavor was bland and the chicken was not the highest of quality, sort of rubbery. The only thing good was the wine. So for the cost of the meal I was not impressed. Cheesecake was delicious.
SERVICE WAS IMPECCABLE...We had a 6 and 2 year old with us....and the server was extremely helpful with finding crayons and just made it easy for us......
The dinner was terrific, relaxed and special as we were able to spend three hours there enjoying the food, atmosphere to celebrate our daughters birthday.
While visiting our daughter at Notre Dame the three of us had dinner at Carmela’s - our fourth time at this wonderful restaurant. Everything we had was magnificent: calamari, bruschetta, lobster ravioli, spinach ravioli, and a salmon special. The lobster ravioli has been my daughter’s #1 choice on each visit. As usual we tried each other’s meals and were unanimous that all were outstanding. If you enjoy Italian food this is tough to beat!
They never disappoint! We are always confident inviting any friends or family members, even the picky eaters, that they will like the food! The attached bakery is a gem as well!
As usual Carmellas met our expectations. We were here for my daughters 26th birthday
& this was her choice as she loves Carmellas. The place was packed but we were seated upon arrival it took a few minutes to get drinks but the service from our waitress was above & beyond I wish I could remember her name becuase she deservres recognition. The apetizers
calimari & brusueto were very good. Everyone enjoyed the meal . All I can say about the desert was I was enjoying the chocolate bomb so much, except from from hearing everyone say great
I realy dont know what they ordered. Altogether another great night at Carmellas.
Amazing! Wonderful! Love, love, love! My new favorite place for dinner out.
Service was terrible. Took over 20 minutes to get a waitress to say hello and bring waters, and only went downhill from there. Had a reservation for 6pm and we were stuck there until 8pm. Food came out quickly once they finally took our order, but the waitress acted passive aggressive all night. We asked for more oil for the bread and she made a made a smart comment then over filled the dish onto the table. Ordered dessert with coffee, dessert took 15 minutes to come out and the coffee took an addition 15 minutes after the dessert was served. Once we finally got the check we waited another 20 minutes to have her run our credit card, which never happened. We ended up leaving cash so we could just get the experience over with.
The host was a bit rude upon arrival, but the waitress, food, drink and dessert were amazing, and surprisingly not much more than other Italian restaurants. The ravioli were so good with the vodka sauce, and we loved the almond cake. So delicious. We can't wait to go back :)
Service was great. I had the spinach and ricotta ravioli! Great flavors. The dessert tray looked amazing! That's on my to do list next time I am there.
Excellent service. The best Italian I've had in quite some time. Don't miss out on the bakery treasures next door. They're wonderful
This was our first visit to Carmela's. Our only complaint is that we did visit sooner! It was wonderful!
The best thing about Carmela's is the atmosphere. The brick archways and simulated grape arbors over the tables are very charming. The food's good too.
Warm, cozy atmosphere. Pleasant and welcoming wait staff. Wide menu choices. Well above average in taste and presentation.
We had a wonderful dinner the other night at Carmelas!! Our waitress was FABULOUS and knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. She was super friendly and great with our kids. She was attentive but not interruptive or pushy.
The food was wonderful and plentiful. The desserts were inventive and delicious! We would go again!!
Food was ok. Way too loud in side you cannot hear to have a conversation. There were pandhandlers begging for money right outside the door.
Combined business meeting/birthday of one of the members Great cozy table. Excellent food. Our waitress (sorry, didn't get her name; daughter of the owners) was fantastic! Attentive, knowledgeable, courteous, skilled, fun. Great experience. We will be back.
The food was very good and our waiter was exceptional. Everyone was pleasant and it was a relaxing atmosphere.
Our first time there and we were not disappointed. We had an awesome dining experience and can't wait to come back.
Most recently, my wife, daughter, and I dined there in mid January. It was our second time there in the past three months. I was stuck right off the bat that our waitress remembered our preferences for appetizers even though it was a month since our last visit.
We had a great Italian meal - again. This is GREAT Italian food! The "bruschetta alla calabrese" and the calamari were outstanding and will always be the way we start our meals there. Excellent was how my wife summed up her meal of vitello involtini. My daughter insists on having the lobster ravioli on each visit - and looks forward to the next time there. My main course was a veal special which was great. We will be visiting Carmela's on all of our visits to Notre Dame. This is Italian!
Fantastic food with exceptional service!
First time trying veal and it was smothered in gravy. Very upsetting. Service was great but cook needs to learn how to portion correctly.
The atmosphere and décor is classy and inviting. The wine selection is excellent, I had the sea bass which was flaky, buttery deliciousness. The tiramisu was heaven. Definitely will be going back.
Hello. My husband and I were in town visiting family for New Year’s Eve and I had done some research ahead of time and so we made a reservation. Extremely lovely restaurant, and great food options. I’m a bit of an Italian food snob I must admit, so I’m a bit picky. The cheese sticks were amazing as our server Pier said they were. I did need to send one back because it had not melted at all. No issue and she actually brought us an extra. That was generous. We had the fettuccine Alfredo with Italian sausage and he thought it was the best he ever had. I agreed. My veal involtini was good, not great. I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the veal. It was a small serving and kind of too dry for my taste. The pasta had little flavor. I thought overpriced but veal is pricey. We wished there was another option for bread, or at least that the bread served was a bit toasted or baked. Didn’t partake at all. Our server couldn’t handle our table in a timely way. Started out ok but went downhill. I was able to speak to one of the managers as we were leaving so she is aware of the details. She didn’t come back for a a super long time. Didn’t bring another requested soda. Didn’t bother to bring us the dessert tray even though she told us about a few items. I actually considered dessert but not at that point. I had much higher expectations for our dining experience overall, but it didn’t quite meet them. If we lived in the area we probably would visit again. Thank you
Went to Carmella's for our anniversary. Service was excellent and the food, oh my, was wonderful ! We will definitely be back !!
It was a decent meal and the food was good, but the dining experience could have been better. Service was slow and the cooked food was only luke warm when finally served. The waitress apologized several times for the delay indicating our order was not prioritized correctly. However, this happened on a previous visit. Carmela's seems to be challenged when large groups of diners arrive on special occasions.
Celebrating friendship and the holidays. Great service and food. Just a bit chilly by the door (our only complaint!) but food was warm and delicious. Appreciated being able to make a reservation online with a request to be by the window, especially since two large groups came after us. Despite the large groups our server was attentive, friendly, and helpful.
Wonderful for a group of 8 or less. They gave us a table in a corner gazebo that was private and quiet and yet had a clear view of the gorgeous 2-story Christmas tree! This restaurant is a gem and certainly easier on the pocketbook than the lovely ambiance would imply! We did dinner with friends before live theater and it made it an evening to remember fondly!
Pleasant atmosphere for a meal while we were visiting South Bend, and the food was delicious.
Impressed when I first walked in and the experience got better with the food. Thumbs up
Football weekend. Very accommodating on change in time. Great service and great food.
Fabulous! Love this restaurant!
Lively, fun, delicious, great service! Will definitely come back!
Terrific meal after a Notre Dame football game. Downtown, away from the post game traffic and crowds. Entrees and wine superb. Shrimp cocktail a little less than expected size wise and presentation wise but still delicious. Mozzarella appetizer right on target. Highly recommended!
I was very happy with my experience. My 6yo son and I were in town for ND v Navy game. It was very busy but my reservation time was still met very close to my expectation. Our waitress was phenominal. Treated my son like a grown up, brought food and drinks very quickly and allowed us to really enjoy our meal.
The food was fantastic. Calamari App, Lobster Ravioli and a great chocolate bomba for dessert.
I will definitely be back the next time I'm in South Bend.
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
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!
Great for groups. Angie took great care of us on Friday night before ND game on Saturday.
They Always have good food. The service is sometimes spotty.