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214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
+1 574-280-4824
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I ate here and we were treated very well. The bruschetta was fine. The veal parmigiana was only ok. As I say in the title, nothing special.

Thank OldBrazilHand
Reviewed October 9, 2018

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Carmela's. The menu has many choices, service was friendly, and the food was excellent. Definitely recommended if you want to find good Italian food in South Bend.

Thank Kim L
Reviewed August 27, 2018

George and Carmella Macri have brought a distinct taste of Italy to South Bend with both their physical dining atmosphere and their menu. The food is delicious and a conversation can be carried on without raising voices. Not only was the food wonderful the service...More

Thank rkonopa
Reviewed July 17, 2018

We came here to celebrate family and a birthday. Our waitress was the daughter of the owner - she was so helpful and kind and lovely to our kids. The dinners were delicious - carbonara, ravioli, spaghetti; and the desserts were devine - cannoli, sorbet...More

Thank Katherine W
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We booked this luncheon reservation online and had very good communication with them as we made our way to South Bend and then to our lunch in there with our group of 14 ladies. The food was excellent and the waitress was amazing and helped...More

Thank mewillE55
Reviewed April 11, 2018

Carmela prepares fantastic dishes...from Mahi Mahi to chicken parmigiana to lasagna, all were perfect. The salad was great with a very nice, not overwhelming, dressing. Even the herbs and spices added to the olive oil for our tasty bread enhanced our experience. Service was first...More

1  Thank NicholasW838
Reviewed March 31, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Carmela's when we dined there. My husband and I were in South Bend for the night because of his visiting the Purdue faculty there. It was also our wedding anniversary and it will stand out in...More

Thank kburbank7
Reviewed February 2, 2018

We had about 8 people for a company dinner last Tuesday and first off, it wasn't busy at all which was nice. Makes me wonder if people don't know about this great place. Service was great. Food was very good and could tell it was...More

Reviewed January 22, 2018

Carmela is a fabulous cook. There are so many things there I just love. Rotolo, steak, lasagna and just plain spaghetti. Her marinara sauce is remarkably fresh tasting even in the winter. The restaurant is conveniently located within walking distance from downtown South Bend and...More

Thank Maggie K
Reviewed December 21, 2017

This is a great, family owned restaurant. Nice menu selection, plenty of options for every one. Arancini appetizer is fabulous! Pasta is fresh and homemade - so good! I love their house salad dressing. Very close to downtown - also on Open Table so easy...More

Thank cheryl a
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Karla W
September 20, 2018|
Response from AdrianaM6982 | Property representative |
Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, Indiana does not allow you to carry in any type of alcohol into a restaurant. This includes beer, wine, and hard liquor. Therefore we cannot allow you to bring in your own wine. We... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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