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Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

4.6
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Carmelos Italian Ristorante is located in downtown Punta gorda,Florida. Owned and operated by Chef Carmelo Mangiafico. Serving regional Italian cuisine. You can find Italian classics such as Lasagna, Veal marsala and Zuppa di pesce. Chef Carmelo also offers Signature entrées such as Sacchetini, loster ravioli, bocconcini marsala and shrimp and scallops Limoncello. Carmelos Ristorante was voted best Italian for 3 consecutive years by Harbor style magazine and sun herald.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 621-4091
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carmelo Mangiafico
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Taylot/Olympia avenue
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 284 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding service and food. Front section set up for couples. Tables are small plus with entrance is busy and extremely noisy.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Was VERY noisy as a group of 26 was in the same room. Had I known that I would have gone another night as it wasn’t an enjoyable evening. I have been there a lot, and this was my first truly bad experience. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Hopefully when they move they have a separate room for large groups.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great restaurant with good food - delicious options. Location is fine but way too small for this enterprise which is why they are moving to a new location soon. Looking forward to the new spot and praying that the quality and food options maintain the level they now offer. The Chicken Christina was incredible as was the bruchetta appetizer. I have enjoyed Carmelo's many times. The only disappointment we have had was not being able to get a reservation!
Great place!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our second time at Carmelo's. First time we were seated in the rear near the wine storage as opposed to the busy front counter. It is a small "shotgun" type building but all that matters is the food, service and ambiance, all of which were excellent. My wife and and I have found our new favorite Italian place in PG.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

As usual everything from the food, the bus staff to our server Linda was EXCELLENT! I have never been disappointed. We can’t wait for the new location to open this summer!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Always great food, service and atmosphere. From appetizer, entrees, wine and dessert the Carmelo’s experience is consistently the best in our area.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Never disappoints! Food, service, and total experience the very best! Love Carmelo's!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

😍 fabulous
Will definitely be back again.
The food presentation was beautiful and the service was very well-informed.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We had the best experience here for the second time. The food was delicious and cooked to order. The outside dining is so beautiful and relaxing.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We have been here multiple times!!! Just love this place!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great experience!!Service was great food was incredible very intimate place great environment highly recommend

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

As always, Carmelo’s food is outstanding. Service is always professional. The best Italian food in Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte area.

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1.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This is a "one-off" review. We frequently dine at Carmelo's because up until this visit, the food and service have been excellent. Mark, the host, has always been very accommodating. However, on this visit, Mark wasn't there. The hostess couldn't find our Open Table reservation on her system and said they had no tables available. I showed her my confirmation on my phone and she showed us to a small table in the corner of their small back room. I looked at her and said that wouldn't work, (I'm 6"6" and this table would have been uncomfortable, as it was tucked into a tight corner). I asked her for one of the 4 or 5 open tables in the main dining room and she said those were all tables for 4. I then asked her if anything outside was available and she said there was a wait list. We decided to leave.
The disturbing thing was her attitude - it was like "Hey, no big deal, see ya later". This is really unfortunate, because we recommend Carmelo's to everybody that visits. If I'm going to be relegated to a tiny table for two if it's just my wife and me, I guess I'll have to dine there only when we have 3 or more in our party. Hopefully, this situation changes when they move into their new place, as the food is still the best in town.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

My grandma and I went Friday night we had mike as a server, he was AMAZING! My grandma ordered the pear pasta dish and it was absolutely incredible!!! It was like fireworks of flavor in your mouth! I had the chicken parm which was also amazing! My cousin is coming to town next weekend and we plan on coming back! Carmellos is our favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda, I live in palm beach and we have been trying to get in all season but they are always full! I’m so glad we finally were able to get in! Can’t wait until next weekend!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We always have an excellent meal at Carmelo's. The food is delicious the service is superb, the food is always hot. It's the best restaurant around.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The cooking is by a terrific Sicilian chef who does authentic Italian food. If I did Italian food like this every day it wouldn’t be too much! They are just about to move to a larger location So hopefully there will be more options when making reservations.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

My husband and I had a terrific meal, with great service, and a wonderful experience outside in their fun courtyard. And, a cheerful, talented accordion player for entertainment.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Another fabulous meal. Garden seating was perfect . Michelle was a great server. We are regulars and will continue to be!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Carmelo's is an Italian restaurant with wonderful food and efficient and friendly service. Hopefully, when they move to a larger location, the food and service will not suffer. I love going there with friends and my spouse.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

BEST Italian on the west coast. The Badabing was magnifico I can’t wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Wonderful food and awesome ambiance. will go back over and over an over!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Thanks, Chef Carmelo, another fabulous meal! Our friends from Naples want to come back and visit again soon so they can dine at Carmelo's!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was wonderful and came out quickly they were very busy understandable that the service was a little slow due to our server being overwhelmed we also had a birthday she had forgotten that as well as I put it in my reservation and shared with the hostess to share with our server ..i would recommend to everyone as the food was wonderful and the cannolis top notch.this was a special occasion so was a disappointment having them drop the ball twice .

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was delicious as always!! Amazing authentic Italian. Service was much slower than usual this night. We can’t wait for the new place as the noise level is so high it’s hard to have a normal conversation with a table of 4. Hopefully the new location will resolve that problem. This is always one of our preferred dinner spots. Delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Food was excellent but there was over an hour wait for our entrees to be served very disappointed did not eat until 9

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Food was very good as was the service. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Very nice outdoor seating area with a gentleman playing an accordion. Great food and service.

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Last year the food was very good, and this year I had the same vegetarian pasta dish and it was too oily and veggies were mushy (I took half of it home, and then ended up throwing it out). Plus, it took over an hour to get our food (we sat down before 7:30 & left at 9:15). The outside was busy, but I didn't notice anyone dining inside, so what was the delay? I don’t know how they will do once they move to their new location which is 2 to 3 times larger, if it takes that long to put out food? I was really looking forward to eating at Carmelo’s, but it was a disappointing dining experience, and we won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Loved it all! Great evening!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful food. Genuine Italian and made to order. Service is always great and we are never rushed. Loved the Zuppa De Pesce which had lots of seafood and a great light-red sauce. The lasagna is terrific. If you order the Bada Bing as an appetizer, you'll want to share it with at least as party of four.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Our waiter was extremely courteous. He recommended the stuffed rigatoni when I told him my preferences. He was right! It was a delicious combination baked in an individual dish. More food than I could manage to eat!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Carmelo's is my go to for fine Italian food, love their Badda Bing pasta dish bring your appetite, The food is great, service is amazing. they have a outdoor seating area the ambiance is romantic, inviting and just so pretty, live entertainment is mostly soft music.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Amazing authentic Italian food. Everything is always super delicious!!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent food and service! Our favorite!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Awesome as usual. We drive up from fort myers and it is so worth the trip. Our food was fantastic and Nic was awesome as our server. Can't wait to come back! Really looking forward to the new place.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our dinner was to celebrate the birthday of a friend. The waiter was very knowledgeable about wines and helped us pick out a wine to accommodate the meal. He was very friendly and advised us on dinner selections. They were busy and it took awhile for our salads and bread to arrive. Then there was a 45 minute wait for our entrees. We were enjoying each other’s company and still we realized how long it was taking. Unfortunately there were no apologies for it taking so long. When the food did finally arrive it was hot and delicious which made it easier to accept how long we waited. A complimentary cannloi was brought after the meal for our friend’s birthday. Overall it was a pleasant experience. Leisurely dining at its best.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The wait staff was wonderful. The seafood was outstanding. Shrimp and scallops over homemade noodles were the best I ever had. My wife had chicken marcella and their salad with dressing was great. Their house sangria was very good. The Chef and owner is a master, and I would guess loves everything He does because His food is spectacular. Don’t miss this place.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great experience, visited twice during our stay. Large portions, good quality but lacked ambience.
If you finish quickly you’re out for the next round. Everything was served quickly to keep things moving. So food was good, portions large, good service. Good value for the money. I would definitely go again but expect an intimate experience.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great meal. My business partners will be back.

Only downside was that service was slow, in what appeared to be not a very crowded setting.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Absolutely wonderful as usual! The entertainment was so enjoyable.

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