Carlo's Italian Bistro

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Join us for a delectable experience at Carlo's Italian Bistro and enjoy authentic, mouth watering Southern Italian cuisine. We take pride in serving top quality veal, chicken, seafood and shellfish specialties, along with salads, subs and sandwiches. With all of our menu items made fresh to order, we can gladly accommodate any dietary needs and preferences. Our casually elegant dining room is a perfect setting for a romantic dinner, friendly get-together or business luncheon, along with plenty of space for large parties & gatherings.
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johnp
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we arrived on Saturday evening and were quickly seated, we ordered a bottle of banfi chianti , very good wine for the evening, we had the antipasti for the qpp and it was delicious, we then received our salads which had the house dressing also delicious. and for the entrée I had the pasta fresca, very good, and my wife had the mahi mahi fish special, also very good. so we had to try the cappacino another good choice very good along with a cannoli , one of the best we had, t[it was freshly filled and the shell was crunchy, not a lot of places serve the cannoli properly, they fill it to early and the shell becomes soggy, not here its done right.
highly recommend this place for good quality Italian food. the server we had was spot on and did a great job.

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NicholasH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything about our experience was great except for one thing. We made reservations for 2 and on arrival had to wait for 30 minutes for our table while walk-ins were seated ahead of us. We were not the only ones either. Our server Bella was fantastic even though they were short serving staff that night. Food was excellent.

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PaulK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Chicken parmesan and ravioli! Both excellent and our server Jess was great. We have eaten here several times and it is always good.

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vipBillP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of our favorite casual dining spots. Our server, Deborah, was outstanding!!

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deneye2112
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Carlos's Italian Bistro, we've been going there for years and it has always been wonderful!

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LOID351
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Carlo's, but definately not the last. Bella was a friendly, attentive server and the food from antipasto through dessert was absolutely terrific. Bravo!!

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viplovedit
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual. We are never disappointed with anything that we ever ordered from Carlos. The service was outstanding And Vincent always makes a point to make us feel very welcome.

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DeborahN
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good lunch. Have eaten here several times in the last two months.

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Hickorystick0
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared an antipasto which was incredible, particularly the dressing. My wife (who’s a very picky eater) could not stop raving over the Shrimp Rolando main dish while I gobbled down the Italian cold cut sub with glee. Our waitress, Kelly, could not have been nicer nor more attentive!

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Gary
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Friday night dinner. The chicken and shrimp special was delicious. Bella provided excellent and attentive service.

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JeanJean
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos's Italian Bistro is always great! We have never had a problem with the food or service. The food is fabulous and everyone is nice. I order a Chanti and it paired nicely with the entre I ordered. I would not hesitate to recommend Carlos's or go again. It is real Italian food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once again Carlos did not disappoint! Food was great, server was pleasant and the noise level was pretty much non existent so we could actually have a conversation! Highly recommend this little neighborhood bistro. We had them cater our Christmas Eve get together...again delicious.

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vipMichaelP
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, veal you can cut with your fork, linguini with clams is fantastic - enough for two. We love this place.

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Oriolefan1
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice restaurant with a good selection of traditional Italian dishes.

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vipOldschoolfoodie
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Overall the food was poor to mediocre. Don’t waste your calories on the garlic bread as it takes like garlic powder and to much tasteless cheese. My friends had the chicken Marsala and both said it hardly had any Marsala flavor. The house salad had way to much bottled dressing and the Cesar didn’t taste like Cesar, more like mayo. Over all it was not worth the money spend. Good luck, there are so many choices in Timonium / cockesville area you need to do better Carlos

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vipPhyl
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is always good. Service was great. Always a pleasant experience.

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MelanieH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved this place for so many years. Their veal dishes are amazing. One of our favorite restaurants for sure.

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brianbankard
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Been dining there ever since Carlos opened there. Miss him but love their food, service and restaurant in general!!

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vipJean
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite neighborhood restaurant

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Gary
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go this past Sunday night instead of our usual Friday night. It was less crowded but everything else was up to the fine standards set by Carlo and continued by Dan and Stephanie. We had John as our waiter for the first time. He was great. We were not in a rush and neither was he. The food was perfect. You cannot ask for more than Carlo’s delivers each and every time. Dan, please mark us down for 8:00 on New Years Eve.

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PatF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As always, food was excellent! Unfortunately, our serve was overwhelmed as the restaurant became busy & was not as attentive as we had expected.

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vipmngordo
Baltimore
101 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lacking time, we recommend Carlo's Italian Bistro very highly. Food is delicious, service is excellent ( the servers aim to please, There's a BYOB (steep price at $10 dollars a bottle for each opened) but they have a wine and beer menu that's priced reasonably. On Tuesdays. 1/2 price bottles of wine from their menu is offered. Don't miss this restaurant...one of best Italian restaurants in Baltimore.

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vipskiandskate
Baltimore
62 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - Friendly service and nice value. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipTerriP54
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Always consistently delicious.

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vipJean
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best birthday meal! Thank you!

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viplovedit
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What more can I say other than everything was perfect. The shrimp Rolando, is simply outstanding. The veal marsala and penne with vodka sauce was tremendous. We always enjoy going to Carlos for dinner and it was such a welcoming site to see Vincent there this time. We can't say enough about the food and the warm welcome we received every time we go there. It's a must

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vipDix511
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a good Italian restaurant with friendly service. No frills.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
279 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have always enjoyed Carlo's and after Carlo dies I said I would still patronize the restaurant. However many of my friends will not because of the high corkage fee. I'm so tired of being charged ten bucks when I bring a flask and even my own glass. I get a different response from the wait staff each time. Lexie was particularly rude about removing it. I even mentioned I got a free corkage because it was our anniversary/birthday. I was also very disappointed that since I made a reservation and stated in it we were celebrating two birthdays and our anniversary that there wasn't a table available. We waited 15 minutes and accepted a crappy one that was dark and small. I think I'm through.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very tasty, but the serving sizes were a little small. The lobster ravioli was superb. Our waitress was very attentive and provided excellent service. This restaurant is definitely on our list of places to try again.

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vippackers1
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The wine was the only drawback. Our waitress was very good

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Gary
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our weekly dinner at Carlos was excellent as usual. Food and service have never been anything but outstanding. Our favorite restaurant, it is like going to see your family, the ones that you love.

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ReallyOughtToDiet
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Found Carlo’s by accident. The restaurant is hidden in an out of the way building that totally belies the very nice interior. So, when you see the place from the outside, don’t be put off.

Staff are all friendly, and though the seemed a bit short handed for a Saturday evening, Lexie, our waitress, kept things moving well and no real issues.

Fair wine list that was what was needed. We weren’t there to impress anyone and the wines, many of which you could buy by the glass, were worth drinking.

I had the pork shanks and my wife had the veal Marsala. Typical Italian fare that was good and filling, but not outstanding. The shanks were spicy, which I liked, so enjoyed them a great deal. True test? My wife brought half of hers home. Means it was good.

All in all a good spot for a low key meal either by yourselves or with friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A neighborhood gem! Always great food at a reasonable price, service is very good as well.

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vipDebiS
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lexi was a wonderful server and the food was amazing! This place never disappoints!

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viprjill
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food, everything was fabulous!! Loved the shrimp appetizer with the creamy garlic sauce. We could have licked the plate. Lobster ravioli to die for! All of the chicken and veal dishes at the table (6of us) were amazing. We will be back!!!

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vipLovesToTravel
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The best spaghetti and meatballs I have found in the area.

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vipAdrianD
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We usually have a good experience but our oder got mixed up and the food was cold. There was a big party upstairs so our food took longer to get. The waitstaff never came over to offer more bread and we had to ask for refills.

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vipSheDinesAround
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not fancy, uneven but friendly service, good food, and reasonable prices. A great place to bring large groups because they have the space, are accommodating, have a menu to please everyone, and the value is good. Desserts are very good!

Have been for two large family gatherings...Carlo's is perfect for family celebrations!

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rockawaygirl
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly. Waitress attentive & friendly. The food was delicious. We ordered the cheese bread as an appetizer. My husband spotted it the last time we were there & said he wanted to try it. I had the garlic shrimp w/fettuccini. It was a very large portion. My husband had chicken parmesan. Both were delicious & of course we had leftovers.

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Carlo's Italian Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 658 OpenTable diners.