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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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Phone: (281) 531-0249

Fax Number: (281) 531-0249

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Parking: Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Meetings, Private Functions, Parties, School Functions

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Sunday brunch

The Sunday brunch was excellent. That said, the bread served in the entree room was a little hard and chewy for my taste. Not for older people, for sure. But the toast on the salad bar was great. The accordion player was wonderful too. We'll be back.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor service / cold food

My fiance and I went anticipating great service and food and were sorely disappointed on both counts. We waited 20 minutes to order - I literally had to get up from the table to speak to the waiter to get his attention. We then waited another 40 minutes for the food and when it arrived it was cold. As far as I am concerned there are better places with better service, better food and better prices. We will NOT return.


Provided by Citysearch - 

The only reason I'm giving this review 2 stars is because the band, Larry & Marilyn, were great.

For a restaurant with the record of good history and longevity this one has they crapped out on NY Eve.

For $55 pp, we received food that was overcooked, not prepared as was described on menu and service that was very slow and poor at best.

We were sat at 9:00 and it took over 3 hrs to be served our entire meal.

The first bottle of wine we ordered was bad.
It took at least 45 minutes to receive our entrees after the salad course and this was at 11:30! The fish was overcooked, not prepared as listed and portions were tiny.

The couple next to us claimed they made a bet with Carmelo that if they didn't receive their entire meal before 12:00 they wouldn't pay. Not only did they receive their entire meal within an hr and a half, the portions were of normal size.

Will not be going back ever.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Viva Italia!

My wife has been dining here for over 24 years and she brought me here on our ""date night."" It was exceptional... the bread alone was the best! You must try the escargot for your appetizer! Wow!!! Carmelo stopped by and chatted with us. The wait staff was courteous. We loved our main course and shared a dessert that we enjoyed thoroughly! Perfect evening!!! If you want to be romantic, ask for the couch seating!

Regarding the previous negative review, you get what you pay for! The quality and ambiance is worth EVERY penny!


Provided by Citysearch - 
what a disappointment!!!

taste -below average
Ambiance - decent, it felt a bit too cold for comfort
Service - worse I ever had.

I was very disappointed with my experience with Carmelo. I have read some great reviews and decide to take my wife for valentine's dinner. However from the minute we set foot in the door, all we got was disappointment. First, the hostess was downright rude and non receptive. The service was bad. Not once the waiter check back with us. My wife was served cold coffee with her desert. For the quality of the food, it was definitely over priced. Overall I will not give this place a second chance.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, great service, friendly staff!

We have passed by this restaurant too many times to count. And for whatever reason we had not stopped. Maybe it was the carton like painting or the fact that they obviously have events there and the parking lot can be intimidating.
Well we finally stopped in yesterday and we could not have been more surprised at how much we liked this place. The cartoon like painting continued inside but somehow it had a totally different effect as it made you feel like you had left Houston for Italy, right down to the clever Leaning Tower of Pisa! We were there around 6ish and would probably go later next time to check out the lighting when the sun is down as they have some cool lighting in the Italian town's facade.
The menu was robust and had a great selection of dishes. I had the Carbonara table fun is that! My wife went for the lobster ravioli and asked for a slight change with more of a cream sauce and they were only too happy to oblige.
The wine list was comprehensive and not too over priced ( a pet peeve of mine), and the Host gave us a great recommendation...although I'd be surprised if someone dropped $2800+ for the Chateau Margaux on the menu!
Save room for dessert! The list is so long you need another 5 minutes just to hear it!
The service at Carmelo's was great! We would return just for that, but the food was also great and we can't wait to try something new on our next trip.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian we've had outside the loop.

Really liked this place. Lot's of table side offerings which adds to the already romantic ambiance.


Provided by Citysearch - 
exactly as described-- excellent service and great ambience

prices were reasonable for level of service and attention to detail.
food was fresh and well presented.
Staff are attentive without hovering or getting in the way.
Possibly a little slow to bring menus , but quick on initial drinks ( as any good American restaurant should be).

We live in Belliare and it was definitely worth the drive. Better food than Sambuca or Crappino

We both had pasta , and desert with Coffee... Nice place for an adult meal..serving size was just right---not overly large but not faux gourmet small either.
Wine list was pretty average though Amarone list was reasonable and not unfairly priced. We had a house Chianti...not bad.

THe only downside is Location--- a bit far out for any thoughts of kicking on to something else........


Provided by Citysearch - 
Worth the price

This is one of those rare cases where you definitely get what you pay for. Expensive, but you forget about all that after the first bite.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Cold food

I was with a party of 15 celebrating a birthday on a Saturday night. We had to ask for bread multiple times before we got any. When our food arrived (30 minutes after we ordered it), my food was completely cold. I may have liked it better if the food was hot.

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