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Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston

716 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Sicilian
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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
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Phone number
(281) 531-0696
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carmelo Mauro
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Private party facilities
Three exquisite Wine Rooms seating from 8-20 and two beautifully decorated Event Rooms seating up to 140.
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Private party contact
Daniel Barbazita: (877) 626-1925
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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
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Cross street
Nottingham Oaks
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Parking details
Ample parking across Nottingham Oaks and on the restaurant lot. We offer complimentary valet parking and recommend tipping.
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Public transit
Metro bus stop.
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Pino, our Sicilian accordionist on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
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Special events & promotions
We specialize in rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. Our wine rooms and event rooms are perfect for all celebrations and meetings.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 716 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

I booked reservations here for my birthday, for myself, my boyfriend, and four year old daughter on a Saturday night at 7pm. Our table was tucked away in the very back of the restaurant, next to the emergency exit door, and a loud table of 6. I didn't mind they were loud; they were drinking and enjoying themselves, and lingering over a long dinner. They, too, had the same problem with their dining much so that a manager was called over to their table, apologies made, and extra attention provided for the rest of their meal because the patrons complained to the staff.
We made no complaints (because it was my birthday and I just wanted to let it go at the time), so our experience never improved.
The problem: It took 15 minutes to get water, 20 minutes to get menus, and we had 3 waiters throughout our dining experience. I'm not sure how, with 3 waiters, we still had to ask for everything, and they seemed confused about what they should be doing. We had to ask for a dessert menu, we had to ask for the check, a takeout box... We had to flag the staff down any every time we needed anything. They were too busy for us, and made little attempt to hide it.
Throughout our meal, NO ONE EVER, AT ANY POINT, ASKED US HOW OUR MEAL WAS OR IF WE NEEDED ANYTHING. I informed the staff through Open Table it was for a birthday celebration, and there was NEVER any mention of a birthday by them at any point during our experience there, either. We were very disappointed and won't be back, despite the fact that the food was excellent. The service overshadowed the food by far.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We went for Valentines Day dinner. Been a few times before. Food was good, I got Beef Stoginoff , wife had Lamb chops. We both had Bellinis , shared an escargot appitizer. Dessert we shared Baked Alaska( waiter didn’t know it was even on the special evening menu! ) and it wasn’t very good. We each had a specialty coffee. Bill over $200. + tip for not great service. Noticed over & over food being delivered to wrong tables. ( the restaurant was maybe 1/2- 3/4 full). To top everything when the waiter finally dropped us bill, he appoligeized that he was very tired because he worked another job, you know the “ feel sorry for me & leave a good tip” ! Overall everything was good for the most part but we could have gone to any number of other restaurants for that money & had supreme service. And yes, we left a $40 tip that really was deserved, we leave 25% tips often. Needless to say I was a little disappointed. May return at some point, will see.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had a perfect dinner on Valentine's Day. Great food, great service. Definitely will be back.

ClarkH (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Neighborhood gem that never let's you down. Will be back!

Katypacman (Orlando)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day celebration. Excellent experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Celebrating Valentines a few days earlier, slow yet satisfactory service.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The escargot was not as good as the many times we had it before, less butterly

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful experience! The waiters were friendly, the food was amazing, and the quietness was perfect!!

vipUsha (Boise)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

We had a great lunch. We ordered Steak Diane, cooked table side. It was delicious and beautifully prepared.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Our appetizer was frozen still inside so we couldn't eat it. The food was very bland and for the price should have been much better. The staff was confused and unorganized. They pushed the fact that it's owned by B&B Butchers now but it has some work to do to get to that level.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service and very good food.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We were excited to learn that Carmelo's didn't close after the Carmelos retired. We enjoy the food, service and atmosphere every time we visit. We have enjoyed several holiday events and wine events here. The staff and service that you receive is excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant.

vipBob1 (Houston)
1.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The place is worse than before. Bad everything. We anticipated small changes from new B & B management but was told if would be 6 months. See you all in 7 months.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

I found my food to be positively delicious; however, I mostly like will not return due to service and atmosphere. We ordered drinks immediately, but we're not given a food menu for a out 15 minutes. So for several minutes we did not have drinks in front of us, but only complimentary bread and meatballs. There appeared to be management walking and greeting most tables, ensuring everything was well... yet, didn't visit us until the end of the night after we were already just ready to leave. Our waitress appeared miserable and unhappy to serve us. Just was not the atmosphere I was hoping for.

FoodieTom (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Carmelo’s was my late father’s favorite restaurant. We drove down from Cypress to have a Christmas Eve dinner and was not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service friendly. Can’t wait to go back soon.