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Carmelo's Restaurant

#76 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
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In the Old Depot Hotel is a beautiful and cozy Italian restaurant with great food and excellent service. It's rare to find Beef Stroganoff on a menu these days, and I never would have expected it in a traditional Italian restaurant--prepared table-side no less. Cubed filet mignon sautéed with garlic butter, fresh mushrooms, onions and sour cream, served over pasta--yum!... More 

Thank Linda F
Loveland, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in town for meetings and a convention at the Convention Center for the week, and a colleague hosted a lunch meeting at Carmelo's during one of the days. As a vegetarian, noted several "vegetarian-friendly" selections, and opted for the "Torre di Pasa" (a salad tower which consisted of avocado, tomato, capers, artichoke, and onion). It sounded delicious, but... More 

Thank Jodi R
Starkville, Mississippi
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were behind schedule so we only stayed about 30 minutes, but the service was excellent, the good was delivered quickly and tasted great, and the restaurant was dimly lit and quiet, just like we like. I would go again! Hopefully for a little longer next time.

Thank kdh0581
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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 5 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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?