Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

4.5
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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–10:00 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
Tamiami Trail & West Retta Esplanade -Downtown Punta Gorda
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Parking details
Behind Restaurant Ample Public Parking
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 709 People Are Saying
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Naples
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I received a call from carmelos at noon on dec 11 asking if we wanted to move the reservation from the garden to inside as it was cold outside. This was a voice message
I called back an hour later and said yes that would be perfect. The woman took my last name. I also told her there would be 5 not 6
When we arrived at the restaurant at 7:00. They told us they knew nothing about our new edit to our reservation And that it would be several hours to sit inside
So we went to the garden. They could not turn on the heaters as only 3 of the 9 were working. Out of propane
We asked to see the manager who was very very helpful
She made room for us inside

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KV
Naples
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Tasty cuisine, friendly and professional service with a value priced menu. It doesn't get any better.

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DJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having visited Carmelo's at its previous site on numerous occasions, we were pleasantly surprised at the ambiance of the new location. The service personnel have been well trained and go out of their way to be cordial. The food is of excellent quality and the waitress was happy to describe and recommend the specials as well as regular menu items. Our one suggestion is to arrange the tables in a more spacious manner to allow for a more intimate dining experience. The banquets do not offer privacy. It can be somewhat boisterous; however, this contributes to the festive atmosphere. Ultimately, we had a lovely exchange with the people seated next to us as they were from the same state up north.

Good luck to Carmelo's. We hope to dine their frequently,

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m
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. New surroundings are beautiful and the food is still as wonderful as it has always been'
Highly recommend.

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RC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place to eat! Outstanding Service! Outstanding Food! Lovely Dining Experience!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Food is out of this world. Employees are top notch. Never disappoints.

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LK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, great food, excellent service, lovely ambiance, but very busy- getting so popular- dont forget to reserve, even on week nites!!!

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JE
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I made reservations months ago. We walked in 5 and there were many tables open but they wanted to seat us in a cramped corner. I asked for another table and was told there was no other table available. I looked around like she was insane. There was about 30 tables open! We were seated outside. The waitress was not very experienced. She tell us about the specials until we asked. However, the food as usual was amazing!!! From sword fish to fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp to veal Parmesan. I do miss the more friendly and welcoming crew at the old Carmelo’s. This was very cold.

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s
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New building is superb; food and service is outstanding!

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WH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great restaurant that came well recommended by friends. Superb service. Food was very good. We felt portions were too large. Go there very hungry. Good prices and value.

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KS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come down several times a year. We always do Carmelo’s every time!!!

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JB
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service excellent. Nick is the best. Friendly surroundings and did not feel rushed. Overall a great experience.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very very noisy inside. Very crowded outside with rain so reservation had to be moved. Very accommodating staff for that situation of moving us. Just loud with everyone from the outside coming inside out of the rain. Our worst experience at Carmellos this season. We have been eating there at least a couple times a month so far this season.

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JM
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a delicious meal at Carmellos. Love their new place. Cant wait to go back.

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

Wow!! Great happy hour menu and specials. Service is exceptional. The Badda Bing is out of this world. Worth a trip of a thousand miles. Love this place, great architecture, very eye appealing and the food is more than delicious!! A MUST DO,

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

Thus was our second time and it was as wonderful as the first. The staff is very friendly and they take terrific care of you. I would recommend Carmelo's to anyone who loves Italian, great service and lovely setting. Can't wait to go again ❤️❤️

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

Good authentic Italian food with large servings at a reasonable price.

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CM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside in the front -one of two tables out there so very private and wonderful. Inside is noisier than the old location. Somehow reducing the noise for the inside seating is the only suggestion for this fantastic restaurant.

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CT
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food as always was great I'm sure they are having growing pains so the wait for dinner was acceptable. Thanks for a great meal

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finished everything was wonderful. Our waitress, I can't remember her name, was wonderful. She was at tentative without being over bearing. She had great recommendations and knew the menu well and how to describe the dishes we inquired about. Thank you for making my birthday celebration so wonderful.

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WR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, what more needs to be said!

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently brought 6 friends with me to Carmelo'o and they all loved it! Starting with Claudia, our server bringing our drinks and giving us time to decide on entrees while we were entertained by "Mom & Dad " preparing our BADA-BING, the evening was delightful. The new location is great!!

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C
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Celebrated aunts 90th birthday. Good time had by all.

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DA
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time gift card problems oked but irritating.

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

Great and very upscale. Parking terrible as downtown close and those cars use Carmela’s parking. They must solve the noise level as you have difficulty hearing person sitting next to you.

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

The grounds were very nice, good for eating outdoors in nice weather.
The veal dishes were excellent and the waitress ( Linda ) helped make our night special.
Will definitely go back again.

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CF
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Carmelo's is fun and the food, wine and service were very good. However, the noise level prevents conversation with family and friends. We requested a table outside under the big tent after reading the reviews about the noise. I thought outside would be more conducive to conversation, but it was not. If you're a small party and want to be able to hear each other, I would suggest requesting the porch.

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

Friendly and efficient staff. Good food. Tents outside made it noisy and missed outside skyview.

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DW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner was excellent. The new location is beautiful. Nice romantic lighting but very noisy inside and outside.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special double-birthday surprise dinner for four. Excellent service (Mike) ... he made sure that every detail was covered. Ambiance throughout!! Bada Bing was special... our family guests haven’t stopped raving about their experience. Will be back again!!! John

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Overall a good meal with excellent service. Not as cosy as before but certainly understand the size reasoning. Surprisingly, this meal was unbelievably salty.
We will try them again as they were always great before.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant appearance was great. We made our online reservation on Thursday at 5:15 PM for a 7:15 PM seating. We arrived & were told that if we wanted inside seating then we would have to make our reservation one week in advance. We were unprepared to sit at their outside dining tables in the cold air so we left. They are obviously successful as the restaurant was packed. It just didn't work out for us this 1st time.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 15th Anniversary

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YT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful.........Bar could use some organization among staff members. Took a while to get drinks, took a while to pay for the drinks. Unmanned for a bit.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Over all disappointing. We have eaten more than once at former location; it was outstanding. No longer true. New building is fine, but very noisy. Service was very good (after waiting 30 minutes passed our reservation time). Food definitely mediocre. Such a disappointment from the offerings at the former location. There is a lesson to be learned from this. . . Bigger is not necessarily better.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Preparation and the taste of food (except one meal was cold) was excellent. The service was not.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmelo's is my favorite restaurant in Punta Gorda. The staff is very nice but I must have Misty as my waitress because she is friendly and funny and even though she thinks all the food is amazing she guides you to what you want. Love it!!!!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the BEST date night/dinner at Carmelo's. We are so sad that we live in PA and cannot come back any time soon. We had such great service from our waitress, Chelsea, and everything from the wine, bread, soup, entree and dessert was out of this world. Everything is authentic and made from scratch. I wish I had two stomachs so that I could eat more!

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DW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went with friends and had a great time. Everyone in our party loved the food. Carmelo’s Is our new favorite restaurant. I had seen reviews complaining about the noise but wasn’t an issue for us. We were seated inside and the place was full but didn’t seem any louder than any other restaurant. Highly recommend!!

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JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, just excellent. My family enjoyed the food and the atmosphere in the pavilion was wonderful. The service was second to none.
The new location was very comfortable and beautifully up to date.
We visited four times and we’ll be back.

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