Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

4.6
597 reviews
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Mediterranean
Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas is a family owned and operated restaurant in Historic Manassas, which specializes in Mediterranean Cuisine with Portuguese Fusion. The restaurant features a seasonal menu with locally sourced items from local farms and from our very own garden.

To accompany your dinner select from our Wine List, which included 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017 & 2018 Wine Spectator award winning bottles. Come try our extensive Portuguese wine list and taste for yourself what everyone will be talking about. We currently carry over 75 Portuguese wines from such regions as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura, and Vinho Verde. Our list of Portuguese wines is one of the finest in the DC Metropolitan area and compares with many of the top Portuguese wine lists in the America.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great time

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LP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Food was well displayed and very tasty. Portions were good not too much and just enough. Atmosphere is calm and quiet. Good for date night.

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GP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The wine selection was fabulous - we love the thorough description on the menu. We always ask for Javier. He’s a wonderfully attentive server!

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T
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Javier was very nice & prompted all night! Thank you Javier 😊

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HO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Carmelo’s is a very relaxing location for date night for all. It is romantic, great food and good wine. Highly recommend it.

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C
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We live in Burke and made the trek out for our second time there. Excellent all around.

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Loved the food. We will go back.

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EZ
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Carmello's has survived for decades. We used to love dining here. But the timing & service (however friendly) is off. Either the waiter interrupted us for our order before we were ready or was nowhere to be seen. He did present us with glasses of Portuguese wine (too sweet) for our anniversary. Warm bread & olive tapenade was delicious, and the highlight of our meal. The roasted red pepper soup was delicious but the brie was too sweet w/ honey & small in size. The dish had too many toasts. My paella looked beautiful, arriving under a white porcelain dome. But the half lobster on top had a tiny half tail. I gave hubby my claw. There was no traditional crust on the rice & was filled with shells of clams & mussels. The shrimp were also small. Barry's Bucatini w/ seafood was mostly noodles. We ordered Cappuccino which finally arrived. We did not order dessert because we had been at the table for almost 3 hours. Sad to see this restaurant go downhill (but there were plenty of clients later in the evening!)

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s
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carmello's never disappoints! It has quickly become family tradition to dine there after attending our church’s Christmas Eve service. While only a limited menu is available on Christmas Eve, it is clear that great care was taken to provide dishes to appeal to a variety of tastes and needs. Be aware that seating in Monza can be quite noisy. Should you prefer a quieter dining option, request to be seated in the main dining room.

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CB
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dined at Carmello’s many times- we were disappointed in our dinner on Christmas Eve.
Our meals were not hot- we were served salads before our appetizers-there was no wine list that night-servings were huge- almost too much food-you could tell the staff was overwhelmed.
Overall- not worth the money.

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JN
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for Christmas Eve dinner. Great atmosphere and welcoming, friendly staff. Next time we are out in Manassas we will be there or their sister restaurant!

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a
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was lovely, but the service was way below expectations. When you are paying more than $30 an entree with white table cloths, etc, you expect some basics to be covered. When we ordered a bottle of Sauvingnon Blanc, our waiter came back to ask if that was red or white?? The family at the table next to us let us know that they received a bottle of red wine after ordering Pinot Grigio. We ordered two appetizers which arrived about 15 minutes apart. When we saw the family next to us with two kids eating plain pasta (and one drinking out of a kids cup from the restaurant, we asked about plain angel hair pasta as a possibility for our son (an angel hair with vegetables and cream sauce was on the menu). After the waiter went back and forth to the kitchen twice, we were told that wasn't an option. Understood, but very odd when you see what the kids next to us were eating/drinking. The same table next to us was then served the wrong desserts TWICE. As we ordered entrees, it was clear our waiter did not know the menu. Everything had to be pointed out to him. For our two kids, we ordered a pasta dish to be split. The waiter even said he would have the kitchen split the dish. It took more than 20 minutes after the delayed appetizers were consumed and cleared for our food to come out. When it did arrive, the pasta dish had not been split. Additionally, our water glasses were not refilled once. The kids were not offered drink refills once as their drinks remained empty. The wine was not presented -- and our glasses were never refilled. I waited tables for many years and give A LOT of leeway to those in the industry but this service was just horribly off. Unfortunate when you look forward to a special Christmas Eve dinner with your family and this is the outcome. There are way too many good options out there to go through this experience.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, a little load with the Christmas party in the separate room. Will be back and the food was very good.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable evening and a nice start to our Christmas festivities.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was mine and my fiancee's first time dining at Carmello's, and we were absolutely blown away by the ambiance, food, and service. Everything was wonderful down to the place settings. Our server was attentive and professional, and our food was absolutely to die for. We will most definitely be returning soon.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, Food was plentiful and very well presented. Wine list was addaquete would definately recommend this for a nice night out. We had reservations for 6:30 and ended up the last ones there.

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GS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As is the norm for dining here, Carmello's once again provided us with delicious food and drink, and our waitress (Daniella) was superb.

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TB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around ! Superb food and attentive service without being intrusive. Overall a wonderful experience.

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GB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Their steak is the best steak that i’ve ever had. Very nice ambience for a romantic evening with my wife.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and exceptional food. Very cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend

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AH
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience of Manassas dining set the bar really high! From the varied delicious menu to the thoughtful service we blinked and three hours later we were enticed in to their delicious desserts and enjoying a impressive wine selection! Will definitely be back.

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MM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent and Christopher was a very attentive and friendly host. We look forward to returning again soon.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very average food, over priced. This used to be a great restaurant, what happened?!

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h
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Brendan was our server and he was amazing, kept up with our large group and was fun to chat with. The food was good, and it’s a great location in Old Town Manassas.

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SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good service

Pasta was over cooked

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GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we found this place! Great wine selection very high end wine choices.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Service was great and food was out of this world!!

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LW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. The food was excellent & the service as well. I will be back!

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BM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely excellent. I had the veal scallopini; my wife had the mahi mahi special. Both were well prepared and very tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

It was an overall good experience. The food was ok, it was a nice place and the servers were really friendly

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G
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t ask for better service. Staff was so friendly. Food was delicious and plentiful.

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l
Nashville
34 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We arrived at prime time on a weeknight. The setting was comfortable and the noise level was not too loud. We greeted and seated promptly, drink orders were taken and delivered. Notably the neat scotch that I ordered was the smallest pour I have seen in awhile, but the price was also low. The menu was interesting and the wine list extensive. The wine list had pics of the labels, a feature I found useful. The bread was freshly baked, warm and delicious. The food was also quite good, although the paella was somewhat different in that the portion of rice was small, and all the clams, mussels, and half of a lobster were still in shells. The shrimp also had shells on the tails. A shell cracker was provided for the lobster. It came with lots of broth, for me more like bouillabaisse than paella. Regardless, the quality was good and I would love to return to sample some other menu items.

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l
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped on our way back to DC from Spotsylvania and we were surprised at what a lovely restaurant this was. From the complementary glass of wine, bread and tapenade, to our delicious salads and main courses, we were pleasantly surprised. Service and setting were excellent. Worth a drive for dinner.

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DR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a quiet, romantic restaurant in the middle of Old Town. The food is excellent. It is a great place for a date or to go before the theatre.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Really liked our waiter, Javier!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiter forgot a lot including an appetizer and when reminded he blamed it on the person bussing the tables. In addition, to his consistent forgetfulness the service was slow and our dinner took almost 3 hours.

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BD
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good dinner with exceptional service. The wine list has improved significantly after having recently been scaled back. Its now back to its original greatness.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service that we received from Javier was impeccable! Thank you Javier for helping me make my wife's birthday a memorable one. The costela de porco was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an enjoyable evening. The food was superb and well prepared in all cases. Two teenage boys in our group complained that portion sizes were too small which indicated to me that the portions were about right. The service was great and since it was a quiet night our server was very attentive. We were dining there after a long absence and were happy to find that everything was as good or better than we remembered. We won't stay away so long this time and will recommend to others.

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service every time with Phenomenal food!My favorite restaurant!

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