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Carmelo's Italian Ristorante, Punta Gorda, FL

Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

4.7
4.7
2231 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Carmelo's 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 Lobster Fra Diavolo. Chef Carmelo also offers Signature entrées such as Sacchettini, Lobster Ravioli, Bocconcini Marsala, Steaks, Chops, and Shrimp and Scallops Limoncello. Carmelo's Ristorante was voted best Italian for 5 consecutive years by Harbor Style Magazine and Sun Herald.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 621-4091
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Carmelo Mangiafico
  • Neighborhood
    Punta Gorda
  • Cross street
    Tamiami Trail & West Retta Esplanade -Downtown Punta Gorda
  • Parking details
    Behind Restaurant Ample Public Parking do not park at hotel!
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

2,231 Reviews
  1. TMV12

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had 3 friends fly in to visit. I had already had my reservations so I decided to keep them since we were eating outside. We had Chelsea a wonderful warm professional waitress. Staff made sure we were following all the guidelines set by government of no more than 10 gathering. All patrins we’re away from others and it was a truly wonderful relaxing evening. And in regard to the meals, always superb!

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  2. ConnieH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time. Ate outdoors in the courtyard to celebrate my husbands birthday! Marvelous!!

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  3. MarcyG

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and the food was very good. I will definitely eat here again!

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  4. NancyA

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bad ning appetizer was to die for. Veal marsala was fantastic. Husband's pork chop was cooked to perfection. Toya was our most pleasant and efficient server. Nothing but the best all around here.

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  5. ToddT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Badaboom BadaBang is amazing. Will most certainly return. Wait staff was on the spot with great knowledge of the menu and great suggestions. All in our party were happy with the meal and the service. Well Done!!!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed every minute of our time as always. Dinner was wonderful, as usual and the service was wonderful as usual. We love our time At Carmelo’s!!

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  7. NilesW

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good. The service by the wait staff was also very good

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  8. Tracy

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Italian food in an upscale setting. Nice menu with nightly specials. Live entertainment while we were there. Will be returning!

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  9. JosephC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Carmelo’s and they’re Bada Bing is an ABSOLUTE MUST every time!! We’ve never had anything not 100% there.

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  10. FoodForThought

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing. Our server was pleasant and answered any questions we had about the menu. The food was AMAZING! So flavorful and well portioned. Definitely recommend the burrata.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This an excellent restaurant. Our third time there in the past 3 months. First time sitting outside. I would recommend it. Food was fabulous. Our only issue was that we had a reservation for 7:15 but did not get seated until close to 7:45. Normally this is not the restaurants fault. However, on this occasion we noticed a couple, who did not have reservations, get seated before us since they knew many of the waiters and the hosts. When we were seated our waiter was good but not as attentive as he could have been as he was filling in for the person who should have had our table but we overheard her say she was not ready to have us seated. We had a delightful evening and really did not let this issue spoil our evening out. We will certainly be back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal! Good service, friendly welcoming atmosphere, all the guests were happy which makes the experience more enjoyable! Gotta Getta Da Bada Bing!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lasagna was runny and not good. Other three meals good.

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  14. ChristineP

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carmelos is always an enjoyable experience! Food and ambiance 5 stars!

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  15. RandallK

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An AWESOME restaurant! Great food and atmosphere. The service was superior. Will be back.

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  16. jimmy

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service excellent and all in all a great dining experience!!!

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  17. TomC

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always like the food and ambience of Carmelo’s. Donna did an excellent job of serving us and making sure we could make our performance At LaBoheme

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  18. JOHNG

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. We sat outside in the courtyard, it was shady and lovely.

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  19. GeraldineT

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasant experience dining here. One of our favorite restaurants.

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  20. PortCharlotteFoodie

    Naples

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous - as always!

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  21. KenC

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed being on the veranda where there were no other people. Fresh air. Street noise was a bit loud.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food great service ambiance was great. Will definitely return

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  23. ThomasS

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Band was 4 piece in courtyard and they were too loud for the space. Could not hold a conversation with our guests until they took a short break.

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  24. elainem

    Naples

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The courtyard is a lovely place to dine & food was excellent, our service was subpar. Our waitress was all but phony & was not accommodating whatsoever. She spent a lot of time hobnobbing with the larger table next to us. We had to ask for bread & she did not stop by to see if we needed anything else after our meals came out. She came to ask if we needed any boxes, I told her we needed one, she proceeded to walk over to the table adjacent to us & visit. The busser had to bring us our box. Very disappointing service.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate outside and we’re entertained by a wonderful jazz group. It wasn’t too loud and our conversation was not disturbed. Wonderful food, wine,and service!

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  26. DaveO

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Both the food and service were excellent. They also provide good value as well.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely Wonderful

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  28. Brooks

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful evening at the outside patio. Much quieter than indoors. Lovely! Dinner was amazing. Four different entrees and everyone was thrilled! Great service.

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  29. GeorgeL

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat on the porch and it was quiet and lovely.

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  30. John

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and our server Toya was excellent!

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  31. KennethN

    Naples

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Chef was very accommodating, Service was extremely slow. Expensive for quality of the food. Would not recommend to my friends.

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  32. PatriciaV

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful garden atmosphere, excellent service, drinks and food. There were 8 in our group and we were all very happy with our meals. We had the Bada Bing, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Christine, Gnocchi dishes and more.

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  33. PatB

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only complaint was the charge for blue cheese stuffed olives.

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  34. KeithC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, good surroundings, good service. Portions a bit too big for most people, but overall a good place to eat

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  35. BarbaraM

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved Carmelo’s!!! Wait staff and food were exemplary. We ate outside and it was beautiful. The only downside was that our food got cold before we could finish it because of the wind...but that couldn’t be helped.

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  36. Joethechef

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Birthday dinner here for my wife for the second year in a row. This year even topped last year's. We had a brief, 10-minute wait for our table on a busy Saturday night, but were lucky to get one in the smallish back room (where it's quieter). My wife had the salmon with asparagus and I went for one of the house specialties - Bada Bing (with sweet sausage). The bada bing chef came table side to prepare the cavatelli pasta tossed in a parmesan wheel, then sautéed with chopped tomato and basil in a flaming vodka sauce. It's a production designed for foodies like us, and the finished product was rich and delicious! A complimentary small cannoli provided the perfect ending to our meal. Very attentive, competent service.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love to eat at Carmelo’s. We always eat outside on the back patio. You think you are in Italy. The food is always outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant. We take all our guest here.

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  38. ThomasK

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Linda was fantastic and truly showed the reason why she won best in country !!!

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  39. BobGinPalmSprings

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was absolutely delicious and the chef made veal piccata for me even though it is not on the menu. However, the service was poor and our server basically ignored us.

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  40. DonnaS

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, very large portions, excellent wine list.

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Carmelo's Italian Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 621-4091.

Carmelo's Italian Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2231 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

321 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Tamiami Trail & West Retta Esplanade -Downtown Punta Gorda
  • Neighborhood
    Punta Gorda
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Behind Restaurant Ample Public Parking do not park at hotel!
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Carmelo Mangiafico
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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