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Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Houston

4.7
702 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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Cuisines
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: (281) 531-0696
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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
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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 702 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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FoodieTom 
5.0
Dined on December 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0
Dined on December 25, 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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Hard2please (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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TB5799 (Houston)
5.0
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.

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vipEdith (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and service is always great

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dddphotographer (Houston)
5.0
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!

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Katypacman (Orlando)
5.0
Dined on December 21, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in all of Houston. Really.

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vipBigMac (Houston)
5.0
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.

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Maddog (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 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.

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