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214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
+1 574-280-4824
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lasagna” (10 reviews)
“bread” (9 reviews)
“cannoli” (5 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 24 June 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 11 April 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 1 April 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 2 February 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 22 January 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 21 December 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
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I was invited to Carmella's for a business dinner. We arrived before the Notre Dame after game crowd. We were given a cozy corner to enjoy our meal and conduct some business. The service was fast and friendly, and we were never rushed even though...More

Thank Brenda M
Adriana M, Owner at Carmela's, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Brenda, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Carmela's. Thank you for your review. We are looking forward to seeing you again! -The Macri Family & Staff

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Every experience that I have had with this establishment & Carmela has been wonderful! There isn't a better wedding cake to be had in the area and the cannoli is "the real deal"!

Thank KristaNJay
Adriana M, Owner at Carmela's, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you for your review and for choosing Carmela's! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We were a group of 16 in town for the game. Had dinner Friday night. The service and the food could not have been better. Great ambiance. Attentive in every way. Cannot wait to go back.

Thank irish7000009
Adriana M, Owner at Carmela's, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you for dining with us at Carmela's! We cannot wait to have you back for another great meal. We appreciate your business and hope to see you soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Dinner, Breakfast, 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 AM - 9:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
5:00 AM - 9:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
5:00 AM - 9:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
5:00 AM - 10:00 AM
5:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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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