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Permanently Closed - Carmello's - Ottawa

229 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Wonderful contemporary Italian cuisine presented in a colorful Mediterranean atmosphere. Large summer patio for dining a la fresco. Affordable pricing for the most discriminating diner. Open lunch and dinner with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Centrally located near 12 great hotels to walk over from.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(613) 563-4349
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
With our dining room being long and narrow we can accommodate private dining at one end in particular. This space is suitable for groups from 25 to 45 people. Custom menu's are usually prepared.
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Private party contact
John Payne: (613) 563-4349
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Corporate and social catering to meet all your needs. Not just Italian cuisine but also North American and traditional. Custom designed menu's mostly used.
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Parking details
Free parking is offered after 5:00 pm. each day and is under the Marriott Hotel beside the restaurant. Entrance to underground is on Queen Street, west of Kent beside the Hotel’s driveway.
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On Queen Street between Kent and Lyon St.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipVillbo (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on August 3, 2014

We went to Carmello's on a Sunday Evening during the Buskers Festival in Ottawa. The reviews on Open Table were pretty good and we'd never been there so we figured we'd give it a shot. Even though the place was almost empty inside (outside was very busy) and we had a reservation, we were given a table along the eastern wall that overlooks a dark parking garage with a bunch of construction equipment in it. Not really nice to look at. The waitress was very friendly but the service was painfully slow and the food very average.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
3.0  Dined on July 31, 2014

Too much garlic and oil in pasta dishes. Could taste the garlic the whole next day.

8505 (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2014

Food was good, server was good. They were out of the wine we wanted. We went Sunday night and it was very quiet.

LikesSmiling (Montreal)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2014

Nothing happening in that city on a Monday night so we had no idea we were going to have the best meal of our vacation ! Great staff, yummy food, friendly atmosphere and great central location. You can't beat it in Ottawa. We will return for sure !

Shmoe (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2014

My family of 6 really enjoyed our experience last night at Carmello's. The service was very good and the food was delicious. I cannot say anything negative about our experience. Between us we had various appetizers, steak and pizza, and delicious creme brulee with a lovely crispy exterior. Everything was scrumptious. I would strongly recommend this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

The food was the best part of the experience... Had a really good soup... calamari was prepared a bit differently than usual (no breading)... which was very good but the order was lost in the salad that accompanied it... so it didn't seem like you really had very much calamari served to you and if you didn't want to eat all the salad... it was hard to find all the calamari.

I was very disappointed that there was no free parking. This is one of the reasons I chose this restaurant and it is clearly stated on the website that there is free parking. When you call about parking... they refer you to a nearby hotel ($20+ charge) and note that it is at your own expense and that parking is available not free!

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

Great atmosphere. They were busy because of the ribfest but the service was incredible

DiningwHenri (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on June 20, 2014

While visiting Ottawa over the weekend, we found Carmello's through Opentable. Ribfest was taking place and part of it was along the pedestrian-only street that Carmello's patio is set against. Our waitress was nice but distracted - it took a long time to get water but our drinks came fast. Food was another story - not only did it take too long but the pizza was half cold & my pesto pasta was swimming in nothing but oil. Another pasta was overcooked (not al dente) & chicken was dry. Servers were definitely more interested in serving people on the patio close to the Ribfest action & the cooks were not interested in how they cooked their food. Not impressed with this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2014

I love the reservation app. Very easy to use. Carmellos was awesome and would recommend it to everyone. The food was amazing.

jason (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on June 20, 2014

Decent fungi pasta but not great - slightly gelatenous. Glass of red houswine was poor. Service friendly and helpful. Nice menu choices.