About Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston

Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, Houston, is located in the Energy Corridor on Memorial Drive between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge. Open since 1981, Carmelo's, has been 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 it's like going to Italy without the jet lag! We are also in Austin.

14795 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX 77079
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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:
Nottingham Oaks

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(281) 531-0696

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

Entertainment:
Pino, our Sicilian accordionist on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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. Carmelo and/or Daniel will be happy to help with the planning of your event, they may be reached by phone at 281-531-0696 or by email carmelos@carmelosrestaurant.com

Parking Details:
Ample parking across Nottingham Oaks and on the restaurant lot. We offer complimentary valet parking and recommend tipping.

Public Transit:
Metro bus stop.

Executive Chef:
Carmelo Mauro

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Private Dining

Three exquisite Wine Rooms seating from 8-20 and two beautifully decorated Event Rooms seating up to 140.

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.6

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4.5

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (6)
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 (Houston)·Dined 14 hours ago

We’ve been dining here for the last 5 or 6 years for Thanksgiving. Always a wonderful experience.

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·Dined 5 days ago

I recommend Carmelo’s....probably the best service of any white table cloth restaurant in Houston. Great ambience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I was not excited about Carmello's for two reasons. First, the restaurant had a peculiar odor which I noticed as soon as I entered. Second, the entrees were all fried or breaded in some way and heavy in sauce. I aim for clean cooking, and Carmello's is the opposite of that. Very heavy food, large portions, pedestrian flavor. Noone at the table (I had 3 business guests) said a word about the meal - which means it wasn't good. I would not return.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service and excellent dishes.
Thank you, Carmelo!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Carmelo's took excellent care of us! We had to relocate a bimonthly dinner from a home that was funded post-Harvey. Carmelo's gave us a quiet place to gather and talk way from other diners and then seated us in the wine room for a excellent dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have visited Carmelo’s for almost 30 years now. Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, and gracious service. We took my daughter and son-in-law there last weekend for her birthday. We all ordered different dishes and desserts and LOVED them all. The meatball appetizers alone are worth the visit. Wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Another Fantastic beef stroganoff! Sorry to hear they will be closing at Christmas. Go before it’s gone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I've been going to Carmeli's for a very long time; always great food and service. Gino did an exceptional job of taking care of us on this visit. It is sad to think of them closing. I wish all the staff well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and service. Live music added to the ambience without being too overbearing. Very enjoyable evening.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Family favorite so took 86yo dad there for birthday...had to get snails! Their garlic bread is excellent and recommended!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

They were out of the wine bottle I ordered… $24. They brought a substitute and never mentioned it was $44. We ended up having two bottles of wine when the bill was ridiculous. Not cool

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great meal, as usual. I am sad that Carmelo's will be closing at the end of the year after 30 years of serving great meals.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent service and outstanding food.
I have been going to this restaurant for the past 6 years and always had a wonderful time and enjoyed the quality of the food
I am sorry that the restaurant has announced that will be closing at the end of the year

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service and food! Carmelo knows how to make his customers happy!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 20, 2017

met friend there for lunch. both of us had the Caesar Salad's with chicken. they were great as always. we finished with a pair of Cappuccinos. I like this place for all of the main reasons. Great food, quiet place, great service, and the ambiance. Also, glad they have re-opened since Harvey. Great people.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Carmelo's was as good as usual-even though they had been reopened only a short time after the bad weather. Pleasantly greeted, checked-on by Carmelo himself, and presented us with a very elegant anniversary dessert. Still our very favorite anniversary/birthday restaurant after about 30 years or so.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We have been to Camelos a number of times and have alway received gReatl .service and the food is some of the best Italian food in town.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We've been going there for years and the food and ambiance are always fabulous.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

What an amazing hidden gem in west Houston. If you have been go! If it's been a while go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Birthday lunch! Great experience!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Carmelo's is always perfect! Mr. Carmelo normally is there to greet guests at the door. He is a charming man! The food is exquisite, and the service...phenomenal!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Been to Carmelo's several times. Great, traditional, authentic Italian food and atmosphere. It is a little pricey but when entertaining on business, it is perfect. Not overly noisy, not pushy to turn over the table, great food and great wine. I will be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great service with amazing food and wine. I would definitely come back soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I always love this place! Defining a go to Italian place for us, they treat us like family :)

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Filet stroganoff was out of this world. Prepared tableside and one of the best meals I've EVER eaten. And we are foodies. Escargot was lovely and lasagna was spot on. Excellent service and a night we will remember for a very long time. We were celebrating our first date in this same restaurant 15 years ago. We need to remember to come more often. It was worth the drive for us.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great meal and great experience. Only suggestion is to increase or add exhaust to the portable skillet that prepares food table-side. Aroma of the food being prepared for the next table (when we first arrived) was a bit overpowering.

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Gino one of our waiters was excellent in both in service and in conversation. Highly recommend this lovely and romantic restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We have been here several times and the service has been excellent!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in town. Mr. Mauro , the owner, and his staff always greet the guests and are very welcoming. I have been coming here quarterly with friends and for several years. I have also held a Board of Directors dinner here in one of the private dining rooms. I know the food is always fresh and will never be disappointed. The wine list is excellent with a wide variety from around the world.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Organic, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

My first visit to a Houston mainstay. Intimate, well designed ambiance lends one to relax and look forward to a great meal. Wait service is top notch and highly trained. Menu is comprehensive and while it will take several more visits to really understand the full capability of this establishment, I can say the Caesar salad is odd and not recommended. On the flipside, the escargot is a must have! Their seafood offerings are also extremely good, but I would like to see the bread be fresher, if not freshly baked, and more home-made pasta injected into the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Carmelo's is one of favorite special ocassion restaurants . They did not let down this time either. My request when making our reservation was three things:
- a dozen red roses on the table ✔️
- intimate seating location ✔️
- the best waiter in the house (Sylvia was her name) ✔️

And of course the meal was its usual exemplary style and taste.

Great job once again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food. Awesome wait staff. Great ambiance. Great for large group celebrations!

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Always friendly and attentive staff. Food selection is very broad as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We always have a wonderful time at Carmelo's!!! With friends or just the two of us!! Great food, service, and ambiance!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Had a nice Saturday date night with my wife. As always great attentive service and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Central Texas)·Dined on May 20, 2017

A bit overpriced, great atmosphere, nice waiter ( though we waited 30 minutes for our check and it wasn't split...)

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This was my second time to eat at Carmelo's. My meal was very good. Service was a bit slow but it WAS a Friday night and we were chatting with our table mates for a while before we ordered. I never felt rushed. I would recommend this place for any occasion - a regular dinner out, a special occasion, etc. I can honestly say that this is probably going to be my "go to" place in West Houston. We live in the suburbs and most of the restaurants are chains - which can be okay now and then, but totally uninspiring!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Buffet food looked like had been sitting out too long. Most overcooked and dry. Even though many tables still open service was slow and inattentive. Even though had been there in times past will not return. In all expected much more for the price.

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Always great food and service! We will always return for more! Grazie Mille!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 8, 2017

A fine business lunch. Service from Gino was impeccable as usual, his smile and sense of humor are contagious. Risotto was outstanding, and chickpea ravioli was very flavorful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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