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About Permanently Closed - Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, Austin, is located in the historical "Old Depot Hotel" downtown across from the Hilton. Open since 1985, Carmelo's, was recently awarded the Seal of "Ospitalita Italiana" from the Italian Government for our use of authentic Italian products and the preparation of genuine Italian cuisine. We have created a menu that is not only carefully thought out and authentically Italian, but also one that uses the finest quality beef, veal and poultry and the freshest of seafood, and when available local produce. With an extensive wine list and options ranging from an award winning Risotto with Truffles, a tableside cooked Steak Diane and gluten free, vegetarian and vegan fare it is our aim that everyone will be satisfied. Our delectable desserts include homemade specialties such as Tiramisu and Millefoglie. Come on by and experience a little bit of Italy tucked away in downtown Austin! We are also in Houston.

504 E 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Red River

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 477-7497

Website:
http://www.carmelosrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Accordionist playing Italian and other tunes. Will take requests.

Catering:
Catering to your home for 10-500 guests. We will set up, provide service if required and leave your house or facility as we found it. One of our managers, Luis or Eddie will be happy to assist in the planning your event.

Parking Details:
Valet parking through Hospitality Parking Services.

Public Transit:
Armadillo Trolley.

Executive Chef:
Margarito Machado

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We specialize in rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. Our private dining rooms are perfect for all celebrations, luncheons and meetings

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Austin - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.4

ambience

4.4

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4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (627)
Fit for Foodies (577)
Neighborhood Gem (484)
Great for Lunch (182)
Great for Outdoor Dining (126)
Great for Brunch (111)
Kid-friendly (92)
Good for a Date (89)
Hot Spot (87)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Late-night Find (77)
Authentic (64)
Scenic View (53)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Business Meals (42)
Cozy (38)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Live Music (16)
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Sunday Lunch (15)
Casual (14)
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Gluten Free Options (9)
Vegan (8)
Outstanding Value (7)
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We will miss this gem of a place! Sad to see such a wonderful place go away! The food was always delicious and authentic, to service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was delightful. We will be visiting Houston more often now. Thanks for the wonderful years you've given us in Austin!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great as usual. Please find a new venue in Austin to reopen.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Always a great time at Carmella. Delicious food, great atmosphere. Very sad to hear they may be closing due to property taxes on their location.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Organic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

A great experience! Food was delicious! So sad that it's closing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We went because you're closing. Review is irrelevant.

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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Incredible and authentic food, wonderful service, beautiful ambiance

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Made a last minute reservation. No regrets. Beautiful setting! Food was amazing. Vegetables perfectly cooked, chicken tender and savory, shrimp were huge and delicious. No room for dessert, probably because we had the polenta appetizer. If you haven't tried polenta or are on the fence about it, try this one; the best I've ever had - even mama's. For real.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I always love Carmelo's and I'm so disappointed they are closing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The beef stroganoff was amazing!!! I could eat it all the time!!

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food5
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Sadly closing on June 18. Can no longer afford the taxes at that location.

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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Fabulous time from the food and drinks to the ambiance and service - all top notch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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food5
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service5
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Amazing food and great service. I will definitely go back & would recommend to friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Live Music
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food4
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We always make Carmelo's a stop when in Austin. Great service Great food at a reasonable price!

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Our reservation was at 8 pm, however we arrived earlier than planned. The manager was very nice and was able to sit us down with no problem. After we left he followed us out and wished my husband a happy birthday .The food was great as usual so were the staff. This is one of my favorite place in Austin and would definitely go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We really love this place. It breaks my heart that they are going to be closing because of good old Austin expansion/ not caring for old, historic places downtown. I hear that the main guys are trying to open a similar place south. If so ,we need to get behind them with all our support.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I parked at the curb a couple blocks away since I saw a parking spot, since the restaurant is in a fairly crowded area. I found there was on-site valet parking, though, and didn't need to curbside park and end up feeding the meter, since it was enforced through midnight on Thursday.

The atmosphere, especially the wall hangings and touches of art pieces scattered about, is Ital-Mex. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it took me by a bit of surprise.

The service was attentive and paced appropriately, the several servers moved smoothly and efficiently.

Adding to the ambiance was a proficient and low-key accordion player who was not obvious, but was welcome.

The young ladies dining as a reward for graduation weekend were a nice touch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Live Music
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food4
ambience3
service5
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Food was mediocre at best. Wait staff had bad attitude. Never came by to check on us. I gave him 5 bucks on a 70 dollar tab. He was horrible.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We were celebrating my son's birthday. It's a perfect special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Amsterdam)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Love Carmelo's. Great service tonight along with delicious food. Really going to miss this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Very unfortunate that they are closing. Enjoy while you still can.

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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Nice meal and service. Cost was more than expected.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Special Occasion
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food3
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service4
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Had a lovely meal and had the pleasure of taking 2 friends who had never been there. Heartbroken you are closing but have made reservations for this Friday night and will be there at 9pm on Sunday before you close the door.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We celebrated Mother's Day a week late, and my wife chose Carmelo's for the occasion. I'd only been there once before, and that was for a special occasion in their separate party facility. There is a lovely patio with many plants that leads to the main dining room. The lighting is low, but sufficient to read the menu. The selection of dishes is amazing. It was difficult to decide what to order. My wife had a seafood fettuccine dish, while my son and I both went for the Steak Dianne, which was prepared table-side. That's right, old school preparation at the table! The steaks were perfectly prepared and seasoned. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for excellent food and the best service we have experienced in a long time. You'd better hurry though. Their rent has increased to the point that they will be closing their Austin location after Father's Day in June 2017.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Awesome place sad that ya'll are leaving. Blessings

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Went for son's graduation and everything was awesome!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Everything was awesome as usual! So sad to know that they are closing:(

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Love this place. Wish it weren't going the way of Austin......make way for more condos. Ugh.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We love Carmelo's. Our 3rd visit to this restaurant in 3 trips to Austin. The staff is always welcoming and attentive. One of my favorite items is the fabulous Signature Salad. We have also gotten several different enteees there and they have all been delicious. We will keep coming back.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Great food, excellent service & low-key ambiance! It was the perfect venue for our business dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Great food and service. It is a shame they are closing this location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a wonderful experience, as usual. Food and service excellent, even tho they forgot the birthday cake. But we liked the creme brûlée better anyway.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We celebrated a family Mother's Day buffet at Carmelo's. The food was excellent and there were many choices. We'll miss Carmelo's very much after it closes on Father's Day. We live just across the street at the 555 Condos and have eaten there many times in 10 years. We hope that they find another location soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our first visit to Carmelo's was on Mothers Day, and it was also our 34 th anniversary. They were offering a buffet with lobster bisque, lamb chops, beef stroganoff, veal meatballs and some other tasty items. The space is historic, the service was attentive and the food was quite good. My only challenge was that this was advertised as brunch buffet, and there was no breakfast items at all. While the food was good the buffet presentation was average at best. I would go there again for dinner, but since they are closing soon that probably won't happen. I think this is a great Austin gem and wish all well.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Favorably impressed with the kind service by waitstaff. The coffee was always filled; waiters smiled and appeared to enjoy the Mother's Day buffet as well as the diners. Very special is that between replenishing my plate and reseating myself, I always found a fresh silverware place setting. Appreciate that gesture. Even after multiple times going to the buffet, the eating utensils at my table were always new.

I also like the varieties of vegan foods. There was an appealing mix of cooked veggies with broccolini, multi-colored slender carrots, and other very tasty and appetizing fare. There were bowls of spinach leaves for the Caprese salad and of field greens for everything else. The king salmon fish was perfectly tender and flavorful. There were pastas with basil, peas, and creamy sauce. Mussels in open shells were so good that on the way home my companion stopped to buy some more. I tried some of the meats as well--delicious minty lamb chops, excellent prime beef roast from the carving table. The substitution I'd have made in the special menu was to omit the hearty lasagna of ground meat to have an eggplant parmesan, though that dish might be time consuming to prepare in quantities. As for dessert, the offerings were invariably delicious and light in texture, a good conclusion to a great gustatory experience.

The ambience was leisurely and welcoming. The ornamental courtyard at the restauant's entry required picture taking before heading to the adjacent valet car park, the entrance to which is through a Carmelo's archway. This long-established Italian restaurant is still going strong and is one I plan to bring visitors.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Healthy, Seasonal, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Carmelo's will be missed, but at least the walls will remain.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very attentive you there diners, extensive wine list, and the food is amazing.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 3, 2017

So sad this Austin treasure is closing to make room for another high rise. Service was excellent and everything was delicious. Find time for a visit, before it's gone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Casual, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Food was good but we were concerned with the lack of patrons. Was empty on a Monday evening. We enjoyed everything though.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Love this restaurant and hate to see it close. This was one of the first dates for me and my wife when we were dating in college. Always great food and service

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Anniversary dinner after a show at Zach. Easy parking. Charming setting, great service, excellent food and wine. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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