Always good. Really appreciated the heads-up to change our reservation from outdoor to indoor due to inclement weather. Also our waitress Celeste was fun, informative and attentive. A real gem and a credit to the restaurant. Can’t wait to see their new location when open.
We had two groups of friends visiting us over the past two weeks and took them all there. Everybody was highly impressed with the food quality. Best place they ate while here - they all said. I couldn’t agree more.
We’ve come down to Florida for the past 5 years and have come to Carmelo’s each time. Love the atmosphere and the authentic Italian food. They do not rush you and are very accommodating. One of our favourite places to eat in Punta Gorda.
Down on vacation great all around meal
Always a great meal at Carmelo's! Looking forward to my next visit, next week!
Our group had the best service.Linda our waitress was VERY informative on the specials and menu.Great Lady.Food was perfect.I had the veal saltimbucca the wife had chicken parm and our friends feasted on the seafood Fra di Avila.We had the bada bing appetizer which was fantastic .The cheese just melted in my mouth.The veal was so tender you could of cut it with a fork.I highly recommend this place .The staff ,food,and ambiance was truly an experience.Cant wait to return
We have never been disappointed at Carmelo’s. It is always excellent. We have taken 4 families visiting this season & they all were pleased an anxious to get to the new location next season.
Excellent food and service. I had a special that they were able to make with gluten-free gnocchi. It was soooo good! We were seated promptly at our reservation time and our server was very attentive. We were not rushed and had a great dinner with friends.
Dined at Carmelo's for my birthday celebration. The food was authentic Italian and outstanding, so was the service. At the end of the meal I was presented with a complementary birthday cannoli (to die for) . I can't wait to go back!
Excellent food in a very nice outdoor setting .
Evening was lovely, seated quickly. Appetizers interesting , deep fried rice balls very good. Food so fantastic.
Great food and very friendly service. Highly recommend.
We were reserved for the second seating and were seated shortly after arrival. We received prompt service. enjoyed the table and intimacy of the dining area. Very nice wine selection at a reasonable price. Excellent menu with outstanding selection. Food was outstanding with excellent service. Hope that all of this is retained with the move to much larger facilities.
Wonderful food & service! Very busy restaurant. Wait staff was very attentive! Recommend making your reservations well in advance. We were seated outside and found it to be very nice and private. Our meals were delicious. Great cannoli 's! Great dining experience and looking forward to dining at their new location in Punta Gorda.
Very large portions good fod.
Had a problem with a dish that vwas overpowering with pepper, Spoke with waiter after trying to get his attention for many minutes an was told he would advise the kitchen and then walked away. Poor response.
Amazing food. From the appetizers, soups and entree's - authentic Italian cooking. Wait staff was excellent. Each ticket is made to order, so there is a wait for your meal, but well worth it. You won't be disappointed.
It's a tie - service and food we both great. Our server, Nick, was the best. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Made suggestions we were all glad we followed. Their signature "Bada-Bing" dish was outstanding - we split this as an appetizer - perfect. Our entrees were all cooked to perfection.
Wonderful time! Family get together and celebrating a birthday.
Another awesome meal at Carmelo’s. Always have a great time. Wonderful service and great meal and wine!
As always, Carmelo’s shines. food quality is excellent, and service is top notch. Ask for the Bada Bing, it’s off menu, but served as an app for the table, it is delicious.
I took my friends here for a special Birthday meal. The Bada Bing was excellent. You can make a meal of that yourself. Everything we had was excellent. My friends were raving about the food when we left and cannot wait for a return trip to Carmelo's
The food was excellent and the service great - highly recommend it!
Great food and GF options. Salads and rolls were goid and Great wine list
Had a reservation...waited...waited
Finally seated...waited and waited
Food ok, service lousy
Won’t be returning
Carmelo's was highly recommended and it is well deserved. The food was amazing, especially their appetizer which is not on the menu. We were a little disappointed in the service, we waited quite a bit before anyone came over to the table which was a bit awkward and there was too much time spent with the dirty dishes on the table between the courses.
Our waiter apologized and said they were very busy inside, no excuse, it should not be at my expense.
One other comment, may want to give the diner the option of whether they prefer indoor or outdoor seating at time they make the reservation.
I have been to Carmelo's every visit to Florida. If you're anywhere near Punta Gorda go there.
It is the best Italian I've had in Florida. We visited with friends and two of us had their spagetti and meat balls, one had the Veal Saltimboca, and one had the Manicotti. We all felt the food was at least a five. The wine selection was excellent. The prices are the most reasonable I have seen in the area. It's 1/2 the cost of the PC (You know who I mean) and equally as good. I can't say enough about the whole experience and the service was way better then most any place.
Great food, good service, enjoyable evening 👌it is fairly expensive but the portion ‘s are large, we took home enough food for another meal for the both of us, we would diffenety go back.
When I made a reservation, I thought I had requested indoor dining. Apparently the restaurant had our party listed as requesting outdoor dining. Fortunately the weather was good and we enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere. Our server was personable and gave us good tips on wine, appetizers and entrees. The food was excellent and everyone enjoyed the osso bucco, chicken limoncello and chicken Valentina. All were delicious. We’ll definitely be back!
Dined at the restaurant for the first time with my wife and another couple who are our neighbors. It was our treat and like us, our neighbors had not dined at the restaurant previously. What a great decision it was to take them to Carmelos. Exceptional Italian food, a fairly good wine list and a very knowledgeable and professional server who was able to answer all of our questions made our dining experience remarkable. Our server provided great service and our reserved table was ready for us upon our arrival. We were informed that the restaurant will be moving to a different location shortly and we can't wait to go back and see their new place. If you are thinking about dining at Carmelos, stop thinking and just go. You'll be glad you did but make reservations. Don't just show up, they are very, very busy.
As always our meals were outstanding, ending with the delicious Leonccello lemon cake. My scallop and shrimp dinner was very good and it was large enough for tasty leftovers for lunch today. The service was just adequate as we had to ask for butter twice and our water glasses were never refilled. The complimentary dessert was a nice touch for my wife.
Great food and atmosphere. Hostess was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food.
Eating outside on a Saturday night. Very pleasant music, and great Italian food!
Food was excellent but kitchen was backed up and we waited for our meals a good 30 min after we finished our salads. We had bragged about going here to the two couples we brought and then had to wait and it was a late dinner. Waitress apology zed twice fir the wait. We were given two drink coupons but we had three couples...odd?!?!?
Carmelo’s is the best Linda does great job serving you You won’t be disappointed
Seating was cramped in the old house. The wedding soup with chicken and pasta was very good. The tortoloni special was good. The chicken limoncello was too sweet and had about a cup of dried tomatoes that were too chewy to eat. The rolls were stale. The salads were good. The dessert that had been fabulous the week before was soggy. Not sure but the puff pastry may have been frozen, microwaved and then drenched in cream. Dinners two times prior in last two weeks had been excellent and deserving of top rating so we will return but try to avoid weekend nights. It took a long time to get the bill. The server seemed stressed.
Best Italian we’ve found. Drove from the Cape and thoroughly satisfied. Excellent food, attentive service.
Phenomenal food and service. Let Carmelo (Owner/Chef) lay some homemade Sicilian food on you and you will not be unhappy. Great menu, limited wine list and reservations are a must. Since opening, this small restaurant in downtown Punta Gorda has packed customers in.
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The outdoor seating is romantic, the live music was exceptional, and our food was marvelous, as usual. It is our go-to choice when we want to impress our guests with an exceptional restaurant.
Overall our entire group of 4 was very impressed with our dinner. Perhaps the only negatives were the fried calamari appetizer which could have been fried a little longer to get it crispier and it lacked seasoning. The second issue was the length of time for our entrees to arrive. Two tables of 4 and 6 arrived after we did, but their entrees came out before ours. These tuned out to be just minor issues.
Two of us had the Pork Osso Bucco which was superb. If the gnocchi which were served with the pork had been sautéed first to develop a crust, the dish would have been perfect!. Veal Picatta and Zuppe de Pesce were both excellent. The Dessert Special of white, milk and dark chocolate on top of a chocolate cake disc was the perfect ending to a great meal.
Next year when we visit Punta Gorda we will return to the new location. We all hope that the quality of the food will be maintained in the new much larger restaurant.
Reserved a table on Open Table for 6. Called back several times to add to the number for a total of 9. Everyone agreed the service and food were great and outdoor ambiance was wonderful. Appreciated the text message the day before to confirm.