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

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

Private Party Contact:
Daniel Barbazita: (877) 626-1925

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.

Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston Ratings and Reviews

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88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Houston)·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 experience...so 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day celebration. Excellent experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Boise)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service and very good food.

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 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·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.

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 (San Antonio)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Carmelo's has been our favorite "special" place for over 30 years. We are so sad Carmelo is retiring but wish him & his family all the best in their new adventure!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My favorite restaurant. So many great memories. This is our destination for all special events.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Had not been there in a bit and it was just as delicious as I remembered. Definitely a wonderful place to dine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent place, fresh seafood and wonderful pasta dish. Our server Gino was excellent, very friendly and efficient

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and service is always great

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful food and the decor was devine. I can't believe I waited so long to try out Carmelo's. Mr. Carmelo was a gracious host and shared the fact that he has had the restaurant for 37 years. I highly recommend dining here. Attentive wait staff and an excellent menu. I will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in all of Houston. Really.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My client wanted risotto and was very pleased with his dish. I wanted chicken picatta and it wasn't on the menu. The waiter was kind and had the chef fix the dish with staueed spinach .

Will be back.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Still one of the best Italian restaurants in Texas. The Spaghetti Carmelo is a family favorite and my personal favorite as well. Carmelo’s salads are always fresh and are the right size. Desserts are delicious and worth the calories.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Another great meal in a great restaurant. This restaurant closing on Xmas day will be a loss for the city of Houston as it’s unique history and owner are worth the visit

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Loved my waiter! He was so friendly and accommodating!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great service without being overbearing.
From appetizer through dessert the food was flavorful and cooked to perfection.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We have dined here for years and always had a great experience. Sorry to hear they are selling the business but hope the new owners will continue the fine food and tradition.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Big thank you to Carmellos and our excellent lunch with great service. Pity to hear that they are shutting down Dec 25th. This is a great restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great evening. Carmelo was wonderful to visit with us and generous with both his menu and desert wine. We will very much miss this wonderful Houston dining landmark.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food and Great service!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always great service and sweet people. Sorry to hear of it’s closing 😢

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent Italian food but hurry in our you'll miss it! Christmas will be there last day.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant we’ve been going there for over 25 years. We think it’s one of the top restaurants in Houston

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My clients were impressed with how quiet it was to talk business yet be such a large restaurant with lots of people.

Waiter made some good suggestions like the seafood gumbo and a special salad. He highly recommended the salmon special to me with crabmeat, but it didn’t work.

Will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been dining there for the past 35 years and never have been disappointed

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My husband and I had our wedding reception here almost 30 years ago, and have been coming back for special occasions every since. I am definitely hard to please but this is absolutely my favorite restaurant ever. No contest!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great time. Great food. We have a family history with Carmelo's so when we heard they were open Thanksgiving we knew where we needed to go. It is a shame they are closing but I wish Carmelo and his wife a very happy retirement.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Manuel took very good care of our family and the food was outstanding!!! We order at least 12 different items from the menu and everyone was very pleased; all the people assisting our table were very pleasant and welcoming. The wine recommended by Manuel and dessert selection were very-very good.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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