Carmine's - Los Angeles

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283 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Historic Carmine's has been serving classical and nouvelle Italian cuisine for almost four decades in Los Angeles.

From the kitchen's of Italy and trattorias' of New York's Little Italy, to the tables of Carmine's Restaurant, owner Carmine Competelli and partner Kim Pappaterra serve up delicious meals, unique wines, warm hospitality, and outstanding service to their guests weekly. Carmine's plays host to everyone from Hollywood elites, Century City's business community, longtime regulars, to neighbors and families in a cozy, relaxed upscale bistro setting.

Chicken Parmigiana, Sole Sorrento, Kim's Mom's Sausage, Baked Ziti, Bistecca Di Fiorentina,and the best Meat Sauce and homemade Tiramisu on the West Coast are just a sampling of our most beloved dishes.

The full bar, eclectic wine list, daily specials, and late night live entertainment insure we have something for everyone. Every night is a party at Carmine, and your invitation is always open! Pace, Salute, Amore!

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AD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great old time restaurant. Good food. Vibrant crowd. Great and friendly service

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s been many years since I’ve visited Carmine’s. Not sure I’d rush back. I ordered chicken Milanese it was wet. My client ordered linguine and clams, she said it tasted bland (agreed).
Service was OK.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

La reservacion fue respetada y atendida inmediatamente. La comida es deliciosa. Me encanta el spaguetti vodka sauce.

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing authentic Italian food and wine, upscale but not pretentious. Will definitely be back!

VB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful old school feel Very Sinatra-esque. Great spot for a special night out in a suit and tie for a martini steak and some great pasta !

DD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Kim for such a lovely few evenings there.
Your place is perfect. Warm and welcoming all the way.
Fabulous dinner, through and through.
By the way, you ever need a manager, I’m available!

CS
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOLID - the place has great food (nothing complex or crazy) - the way its supposed to be. Can go there anytime. Always accommodating.

2
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant. My go to!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it!

CS
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always solid - great food and service combined with the lost art of hospitality.

P
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's falls somewhere between a "best kept secret" and a place whose charms everyone in the neighborhood knows. This was only our second time, having discovered it a while back, despite living nearby for a long time. It is warm, inviting, and homey, with a well stocked bar in front, a busy kitchen in back, and a mirrored dining room at its heart. The old guard food has modern sensibilities, with a remarkably flexible menu that allows you to pick just the right combination of ingredients, and, best of all, the meals come out promptly with better execution than you probably expected. Perfectly cooked steaks. Emerald green steamed broccoli. Finely chopped salads on chilled plates. Great wines and spirits as well. You can't go wrong here. The charming staff see to that with effortless efficiency.

S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent, friendly and comfortable. Perfect neighborhood restaurant and bar.

EW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the low lights and coziness of the room. We very much enjoyed our visit.

D
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having reviewed our go to Italian before it is just a great place

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best all around Italian Restaurant I’ve ever been to.

i
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic old school Italian. Small intimate spot. Good food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible! Old school Italian just like I’m used to from NYC

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old time restaurant

JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service with a "can do" staff who made good food and awesome experience. It was a great experience and what a restaurant should be a really nice place where you can talk and have a fun and enjoyable time.

S
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but wonderful food and service. Always perfect.

LD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in L.A. Old school, unpretentious. Reminds me of the great casual Italian places in NY. It's cozy, the noise level doesn't drown out your conversation and the food is consistently excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is an all around favorite. Great food, service, and ambiance. The owners are incredibly friendly and attentive as well as the rest of the staff. Does not disappoint!

B
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice little neighborhood place with outstanding food. The maitre'd is also friendly and gregarious. Noise level is above a murmur, but not overwhelmingly loud. Great food, great value.

DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A big thank you to Matt for making my dads birthday so special last week:-)

TP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Carmine's had an old world vibe; excellent and friendly service;

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s is very underrated. It has everything you want. My wife and I love it for all the things that count- great food and ambience, and an adult experience. Not a place for the skin-tight, micro-mini set. Put on your big boy pants and enjoy a restaurant that “grown ups” appreciate.

MP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone here is fantastic as is the food! This week I had the Eggplant Parmigiana and it reminded me of the great Italian food I ate as a child at our Sunday family dinners in the Bronx when I was growing up. Kim makes everyone feel at home, and Steve is a cool and friendly bartender. I love the old school ambiance of the place. Cannot recommend highly enough.

J
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

WE were entertaining a friend that was from Out of Town. It was her Birthday. I told this to our server and she said she would take care of it.
When it was time to take orders, my friend wanted the assorted sea food. It comes with either a red sauce or white wine and garlic. I know for sure she wanted the wine and garlic. She also asked that they could add a little pasta to the dish. She said it would be an extra and would not be included in the dish. When her order was delivered, we told her she didn't order the red sauce, and therefore had to go back. It was like the server couldn't understand what we were talking about. She said she would have it remade and she would not be charged for the mix-up. She then returned and said that she could not take it off her bill, but she could have another glass of wine on the house. Friend explained that she didn't want another glass of wine, but they could take the wine she did order off her bill. They never did that, never brought a Birthday treat...and wasn't pleasant about the ordeal.
The place was noisy, crowed and not we had hoped for. Most important, they were not nice.

MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Carmine's has the ambiance and mystique of the Rat-Pack era, low-light, private with an excellent menu, excellent food and excellent service. Great experience!

F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite's over the years, and as good as ever!

JG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to this storied restaurant and I was not disappointed! Great service, great food,
wonderful atmosphere. Anxious to come back again.

J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight! No one does it like Carmine’s!

l
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is consistently excellent. Don't change a thing.

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved Carmines old world character and fabulous food.
Would highly recommend.

G
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice kind of old-fashioned Italian place. Nice people, good food, great atmosphere and not too outrageously expensive... have had some great family meals there.

C
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual. Great martinis.
The best linguine and clams anywhere!

KW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Carmine's was outstanding. Next time I am in the area i will definitely go back.

AB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret on the west side!

D
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our favorite local Italian with great food. A classic place

N
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The atmosphere and food were great - the service was rushed.