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Carmelo's Restaurant

#73 of 3,044 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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504 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3726 (Red River)
+1 512-477-7497
11:00 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Columbus, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Warmly greeted even thou we did not have a reservation. A table was found for us and service was awesome. I had the chicken parm and my wife the chicken Carmello. Both entrees were wonderful.We shared the Tafa salad and that too was outstanding. Add a reasonable price for wine and an accordion player playing Italian classics, just an outstanding... More 

Thank P6913BPgeorgeg
League City, Texas
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90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent menu and outstanding wine list combined with attentive service...not much more you could ask for in an Italian experience in Austin.

Thank karavans
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to Austin for the first time for my boyfriend's cousin's wedding, and they had the pre-wedding dinner here. It's a really cute small, stone building across the street from the Hilton. There was a room reserved for us, where waiters walked around serving hors d'oeuvres like mini pizzas, bruschetta, meatballs, and Italian sausages. They were all very tasty, but... More 

Thank BrooklynRed1
Corpus Christi, Texas
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch. Ordered gumbo. Should have had the Ceasar... No rice, weak rouge, not spicy gumbo Bread excellent. Served w/ oil and vinegar. Service excellant. Almost empty at noon Should have stuck with an Italian dish...

Thank oldarmy1952
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is solid, though not nec. gourmet. This is a great, quiet retro place to have a nice dinner. Sadly, they no longer serve the arrancini which were mind-glowingly delicious. Great place to go with my parents, who are both pretty deaf. Our dear friend had his 60th birthday here in their detached party space & it was amazing. Carmelo's... More 

Thank Britt B
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant itself is in a very old, historic building and I loved the outside and the inside. It is a bit dated but very clean and you did feel as if you could be in Italy, especially with the accordion player. The waitstaff was very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The food on the other hand was just mediocre. They... More 

Thank Heidi H
Berkley, Michigan
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were unimpressed with Carmelo's. I'm guessing they were going for an old world look, and they succeeded. The restaurant looked like it would've been very impressive in 1975, and it was a nice place, but coupled with the look of the restaurant and the relative high prices, I wasn't terribly impressed. The wait staff was very good, prompt, but... More 

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Climax, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We just happened upon Carmelo's for dinner but I am so glad we did. Despite having a special Valentine's menu that didn't include the beef stroganoff, they were happy to make this - table side! They literally cook it at your table and it is the best meal I have every had! Literally cleaned the bowl with a piece of... More 

Thank heidibrown5006
Lubbock, Texas
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I was surprised at the mediocre food I was served. Food was appealing to look at but the taste was bland. Disappointed

Thank blandis2016
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The staff was excellent they were professional and prompt. We went on a Sunday night and it was not crowded the portions were huge we couldn't finish our dinner and we split a salad. The only negative was we were overcharged on our bill for a drink that we did not have and it was corrected but did leave a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 504 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701-3726
    (Red River)
  • Public Transportation: Armadillo Trolley.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-7497
Since 1981 Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano has been one of the top Italian restaurants in Texas, with locations in Houston (near the Energy Corridor) and Austin (conveniently downtown). At both locations, we offer the extraordinary Italian food we are known for plus a wide selection of traditional meat, seafood, and pasta dishes, as well as creating modern versions with vegetarian and vegan, and gluten-free options. Carmelo's features a full bar that offers a selection of Italian beers and liquors, along with an extensive wine collection consistently recognized with the "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence." Carmelo's is perfect for your lunch business meeting, family dinner, a casual group of friends, or for private events and celebrations in one of several private dining rooms accommodating up to 140 guests.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?