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214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
+1 574-280-4824
Tue - Thu 05:00 - 09:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 05:00 - 10:00
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South Bend, Indiana
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We visited for a birthday celebration and the experience was amazing. The waitress we had was incredibly knowledgeable and overall this was one of the best dinners I have ever had. I had the fettucine alfredo, and everyone else enjoyed their food as well. We shared the mozzarella sticks and bruschetta as a table. We were given a great wine... More 

Thank Taylor C
Management response:

Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we can't wait to see you again! Thank you for your business. More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Was in the area and craving some good Italian food. It was delish and would highly recommend. Good food, excellent service from "Angela," and pretty darn tasty desserts. Will return when we are back in town. Make your reservations on Open Table and earn 100 points!! Thank you!

Thank Dee0847
Management response:

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed our restaurant and we hope to see you back soon. -The Macri Family & Staff More 

Level Contributor
34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We went with a party of 6 on Saturday night before valentine day. With reservations we were seated right away. Everyone in our group thought the food was very good, not great food for the price. Positives: not very busy, good food, decent atmosphere. Cons: pricey, TV on in part of dinning room, cold draft when door opened.

Thank mlhuff
Management response:

Hi there, Thank you for your review and for visiting our restaurant! We apologize for the cold draft when the door opened as we want all of our customers to be comfortable during their visit. Also, we do have a television in our bar only and we are sorry if this was distrupting. We hope that you and your friends... More 

South Bend, Indiana
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is one of our "go to" restaurants when there's action downtown and everything there is booked. And it's our first choice when we're in the mode for Italian and too lazy too cook.

Thank petebauer
Management response:

Thank you for your review! We are honored to be your "go to" restaurant and look forward to seeing you soon! We appreciate your business. -The Macri Family & Staff More 

South Bend, Indiana
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We went for a lovely Anniversary dinner and it was delicious. We were one of the only people in the restaurant, but the staff still treated us like any other night. The specials were amazing, the wine was high quality, and the atmosphere was fantastic. I can't wait to visit again!

Thank Taylor C
Management response:

Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you very soon! Thank you for your business. -The Macri Family & Staff More 

Tampa, Florida
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321 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I flew home to see my family and they took me to their new favorite restaurant: Carmela's. Their hype was correct. The pasta was out of this world, the decor was fun and such a great atmosphere. I will definitely be going back.

Thank Pasoporaqui
South Bend, Indiana
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I go to Carmella's a few times a year. But our last visit, makes me want to write...No garnishes on the plate..stark...too expensive and portions are smaller than in years past. I think they could and should do better. Also a person at our table had meat lasagna with very little meat in it.

Thank bjsb2014
Newtown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Always a pleasure to come here. Great evening with friends and family over a leisurely meal. Never rushed, even though it was late at night. Appetizers with the fresh tomatoes were a welcomed treat at this time of year! Fabulous dinner and the best bread in South Bend. Can't wait until our next visit. We always bring friends here.

Thank melaland
Western Cape, South Africa
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A lovely family style restaurant with a small but delicious menu. The wine list has a good selection. Had a calamari starter and pasta and chicken as a main course. Food was very tasty and authentically Italian. Excellent service by the staff.

Thank Rushton1990
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Had a wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. Food was great as always and our waiter Tom really made the evening fun. Can't wait to go back soon!

1 Thank John H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
05:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 02:00
05:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 02:00
05:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
05:00 - 10:00
05:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 574-280-4824
Carmela's is one of South Bend's most beloved fine dining establishments. Known for its Italian-influenced cuisine, Carmela’s came to be when George Jr. Macri became intent on sharing his wife’s phenomenal cooking with the public. Named after George’s wife, Carmela, the restaurant’s menu is a true reflection of the dishes the Macri family makes for their own special occasions. All of the recipes and cooking comes from Carmela herself, ensuring that every customer gets a real taste of Italy in every bite.

Designed to be relaxing yet romantic, Carmela's is a true reflection of dining in southern Italy with arched walls, a sky-painted ceiling, a fountain centerpiece, and Tuscany-inspired ambience.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?