Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

4.7
474 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 474 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an anniversary and the place was beautiful. Food was amazing and the staff was friendly.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Some in our party raved about the food, mine was OK, service was average at best, the atmosphere was very good. I have dined inside which is very nice but very very noisy. The cocktails were good. I think that this restaurant is exceptionally attractive with average food and service.

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

Our experience was awesome. We dined with friends, but for my husband and me, we were secretly celebrating our anniversary. Carmelo's is our favorite dining place. Beautiful evening! Thank you and to all the staff for such an enjoyable experience. Bravo!

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VP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best, food excellent and guitarist awesome, plan on returning over and over and recommend to all friends and family. Best experience we have had in a very long time. So glad you are local. Thank you so very much cannot brag enough about our experience.

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RL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great atmosphere, service was outstanding. We ordered the bruschetta as an appetizer and the my husband and I split the bada bing pasta. They cooked it in front of us and it was amazing

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OT
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing; never disappoints! The ambiance is perfect with music on the patio at the perfect volume. The service is on point and the friendliness of the servers takes you back to the good old days when people weren't afraid to socialize. If you haven't tried Carmelo's yet...you a missing a true gem!

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JM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!! Service food and entertainment

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BS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the new location! Food was excellent, Nick our server was outstanding.

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PD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was prepared well
The noise level was high like mass production
Too busy to get that personal touch for the cost
I am a food critic who sees certain things that need to change

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M
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Outdoor dinning very relaxing and lovely atmosphere. Service great. Took a little long to get food but it was very good. My only negative comment is they charge 50cents each for a blue cheese stuffed olive for your martini. They informed me before I got my drink and I agreed to pay it nonetheless I thought it a little strange when the martini itself costs $12. I’ll still go back because of the food atmosphere and wait staff and drink wine instead.

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JH
Toledo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the NEW Carmelo’s....great food, big portions and fabulous Creme Brûlée....did a wonderful job on your new building...HIGHLY recommend!

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

Great meal and service. Was a bit loud inside.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Maggie was our server and she made our evening absolutely WONDERFUL!

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TT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food great. Inside too noisy. Outside too hot need misters and fans

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DH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We sat indoors and it was quite loud. The Badabing pasta dish was outstanding but the veal marsala was only so-so. My wife's Chicken Marsala was also only so-so. If we go back we would select the outside dining area

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KC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Beautiful new setting with all the old Carmelo’s charm. One of our favorites.

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t
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Food scrumptious. Our server Nicky was superb. Ambiance fabulous. Too notch. Thank you for making our anniversary so special.

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TS
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately the noise level was over the top...…..Food is excellent as usual......

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NH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous authentic atmosphere! The blend of true Italian food with family and historic decor is frankly one of the best experiences I've had in any Restaurant!

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner and evening was amazing! Our server Celeste was outstanding!! We can’t wait to go back. The food is outstanding!

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BB
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.....even better than before! Will be back many times. Thank you!!!

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AW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

We did not have a choice for indoor seating. It was too hot and humid to sit outdoors. The hostess was rude and never even mentioned that the bar was an option to sit. We made reservation through open table and were told we had to sit outside. The rude hostess said they were booked and couldn't accommodate. She said to come back another day. Too bad I was in town from Ohio for one evening. Food was good, but don't bother expressing concern over rude service considering it is all family that runs and works there.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent food. New building has so many interesting places to eat .. cosy quiet dining to outside court yard.

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TB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The new facility is unique but noisy. Seems like they almost have more outside dining than indoor which would be a negative in the Florida summer heat. Food was very good and waitress was excellent. Service was somewhat slow however. All in all it was a good experience.

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SD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only our second visit to Carmelo’s. First visit about six weeks ago to the old location. Brought some friends along that had never been there as well and we all loved it! Now went to the new location with two different friends who are also now huge fans of Carmelo’s we will all be back. New location is absolutely fabulous ...just fell in love with the new restaurant. Food fabulous! Going back again in a few weeks and will be there pretty regularly which says a lot since we live about 35 minutes away :-)
I did notice menu had changed though and was a little upset that the chicken Marsala meal like was not on the menu. I am hoping they have a smaller menu now since they are at the new location only for a short time and will be adding that and others back in.

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SS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We ate outdoors, Robert was our server, new on the job, very eager to please and attentive. The musicians were too loud at first, but turned the volume down when asked. Bar was nice but small for the size of the restaurant. Indoor noise level needs to be addressed

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BJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are excellent. Our waiter was subherb!

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmelo's new location is impressive. The food is still excellent as well as the service.

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j
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Very rich. Probably need angioplasty now. Asked for black pepper, never got it. Place was very busy, though. Ordered BOCCONCINI ALLA MARSALA, and Mom had the Veal Marsala. Happy hour is for bar area only. That's ridiculous!

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FM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmelo's is the finest restaurant in Charlotte County, the only thing that has ever held them back was the lack of seating, causing the need for advanced planning and reservations. Now with there beautiful spacious new location, I will be dining there more frequently.

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GR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for TEN (10), with 2 birthday diners at the table, was handled very professionally by Mr. Anthony and ALL the server staff, especially our lady server. CHEF-inspired meals make their brand new location especially appealing AND we have already booked our return for this large group.

PERFECT MEAL; WONDERFUL WINES; and OVERALL SUPERB DINING EXPERIENCE ---WORTH THE DRIVE IN SW FLORIDA !!

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PA
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Punta Gorda. We have eaten at Carmelo's MANY times because we absolutely love their food. In fact, when our friends and family come to visit, every one of them request to return to Carmelo's. The menu is perfect with something for everyone. We will definitely return again and again.

The new location is tremendous! This new location is tastefully decorated, offers improved ambiance, and provides various settings inside and outside. The bar area is also lovely. Plus, despite the new and larger area, everything went as smooth as silk - no glitches.

As always, the service was awesome. Our waiter was very accommodating and attentive. He had the right balance of friendliness and efficiency. He and other staff members made certain that we had everything we needed.

Kudos to Carmelo's Restaurant! This place is GREAT and a MUST TRY!

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k
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

service was not good. took over an hour to get our meal and waited quite a while to get cocktails.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New location, great venue,, food was superb, service excellent...we’ll be back

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was so nice. Great music on Friday night. Nice selection of food. Great appetizers.

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DT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The new place is beautifully done. Love that Carmelo’s family is so involved in the restaurant. The food is as good as ever.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautiful new location, same great food & service. Very noisy inside, outdoor seating available but not as charming as the old location. Think outdoor wedding under a pergola. Felt sorry for the servers having to go up & down stairs with loaded trays.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceeded expectations. Can’t wait to go back and try something else. Love a restaurant that’s doesn’t make you feel crowded.

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r
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service that we had was excellent and the meals (steaks) were of a good proportion....we could just about finish it all.

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R
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newer disappoints,great food, professional, friendly service,Mark the general mgr always makes you feel welcome, this is my wife and I number one spot

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