Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

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625 reviews
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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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KB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Mother’s Day brunch was exceptional! Loved the variety. I enjoyed the fruit platter the most. Can’t wait for the next occasion at Carmello’s!

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s seafood specialty with champagne cream sauce was fabulous.

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Started out nicely. Tasty appetizers and salad (spadini, pork belly with polenta, beet salad). Server then disappeared to service large party. Almost two hours before our entrees arrived. Filet mignon was enjoyable. Everything else was pedestrian at best. Portuguese potatoes had no seasoning, simply mushy, fried potato slices. Salmon overcooked and underseasoned. Served with potato-leek cake that was obviously reheated - brown but soft and cold. Duck with blackberries arrived with two blackberries and orzo "with feta" without any feta or seasoning. Chef's special came with overcooked shrimp and heavy cream sauce, not light champagne cream as on menu. As we were contemplating dessert, our server arrived with "gift" of creme brulee. Had two in hand but only left one. Next day, I noticed that the "gift" cost about $10.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service exceptional. Friendly, courteous, and allowing you to eat and enjoy at a leisurely pace.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always come here on Easter for their brunch buffet. So many choices and the food is outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was wonderful! The wait staff was very attentive! It was a perfect way to celebrate my birthday!

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r
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were very impressed with Carmello’s. The food was outstanding! Chris provided superb service- some of the best we had ever had in any restaurant!! Highly recommended!!

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SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Javier, our waiter, was outstanding. The cuisine from appetizer to dessert was amazing. We started with the fois gras app. It was simply divine,like butter served over mushrooms in a light brown sauce. Next, the grilled Romaine Caesars salad with anchovy...delicious. My wife had the lamb chops served with potato gratin and grilled asparagus. I had the Veieras(sp?) a tomato saffron? rice served with lobster meat, grilled scallops and grilled shrimp. Both entrees were delightful. We had coffee with the creme brûlée for dessert. So good and so reasonably priced.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Carmello’s for our 38th Anniversary. I wish I could remember our server’s names but our experience was awesome. We got the salmon with stuffed crabmeat (big tasty chunks of crab), and chicken with sausage. Both entrees were delicious. Our son also celebrated with us and he def enjoyed his salmon/crab as well as cream puffs. Our server surprised us with heavenly creme brûlée to celebrate. The service was friendly and timed perfectly. Overall, super time. Look forward to returning.

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great food. Best Caesar salad and Veal Parmigiana ever. It was our anniversary and we were given complimentary glasses of sparkling wine and Crème Brule.

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ZB
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Price is on the higher end but that's what you expect for a fine dining establishment such as this. Definitely coming back again.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with my fiance, his parents and my parents so that they could meet for the first time. We were brought to a private-ish room that was romantic and quiet with limited seating. We felt amazing and it was a great, quiet and lovely experience!

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CG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining at its best in Manassas. Wonderful food, wine, atmosphere and service. Our server (Adalid) always ensures that our experience is both enjoyable and memorable. Carmello’s staff (Alice - owner) always takes time to make us feel like family.

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RM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Wine was excellent. food was excellent, atmosphere very charming and hostess was very pleasant and sweet. The only disappointing part of the evening was the waiter made us feel rushed and he interrupted too much.

I will eat at Carmello's again.

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V
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food; beautifully presented.
Wait staff was attentive. When I said we wanted dessert but had to catch the train, it was ordered and brought very quickly with the check.

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CJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmello's has always been one of the best fine dining options in Manassas. I've done proms, rehearsal dinners and most recently, celebrated my mom's birthday there. I always remembered it as an Italian restaurant however it is more Portuguese style with an Italian influence now. Albeit a surprise, the food was delicious, ambience was great and our server was very friendly and prompt. Will definitely be back when I'm in town again.

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L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual!
Our go-to place for all special occasions and it never disappoints!

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FF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and good service considering it was Valentine's Weekend.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced; portions very small.....poor value. I would not recommend.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Not horrible. Look, there aren't tons of choices in Manassas, so that should be considered.

The meat was properly cooked, which is a major thing. But, the risotto was bland and the octopus app was way to salty/acidic. The wait staff was young and didn't know what they were doing.

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TP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great. Food was ok. Temperature was an issue with food. Great bottle of wine and our waitress was great. It was very busy as to be expected for Valentines Day.

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RA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Valentines Day dinner. Very good atmosphere, very good menu catered to the holiday. I enjoyed their hospitality and food.

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AT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have eaten at Carmello’s several times and had very positive experiences, great food and great service. We had dinner the day before Valentine’s Day to avoid the crowds and rush. We also had reservations, which worked out well and our table was ready.

Our food order was correct, timely and pretty good. I did not care for the non-traditional Caesar salad. It was a small heart of Romain which was mushy. I much prefer a crispy fresh traditional Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese vs. the strong Gorgonzola. Our service this time did not compare to previous visits. It seemed rushed and impersonal. They had a coat check and no one was in the entryway or offered to take our coats. When our food was delivered it was as if the waiter was just rushing on to the next table and we were not asked how our meal was after it was delivered. We were bothered when our bill was dropped off on our table in passing. The waiter did not stop to thank us for coming, and ask how our meal was-rather just set the bill on the table and went on to the next table. When a dinner bill for two is $130, it was a disappointing experience. With a few more personal touches, it would have been a more positive experience.

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant... all our special occasions are there because of the great food, the intimate surroundings, and the friendly people. We have never been disappointed; the staff goes the extra step to make us feel special.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there- excellent food and service. Will be back!

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best of everything hidden jewels in northern Virginia. The dining room is cozy and the food is off the chart delicious. The more casual adjacent restaurant and bar is also a great experience and offers many of the dining room menu items. Extensive wine list. Our favorite waiter is Heillo. What a charming and very nice man.

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RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu was wonderful and the food nearly perfect. Oddly though, the one bad note was that in multiple dishes, the pasta was way overcooked to the point of being mushy. For such a good Italian restaurant, this was a disappointing surprise.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great time

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LP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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
15 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
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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
197 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
11 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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