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214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
+1 574-280-4824
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lasagna” (7 reviews)
“bread” (8 reviews)
“salad” (9 reviews)
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214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited before a concert. Nice atmosphere, quiet enough to visit with friends and eat a great meal. Food was excellent and so was the wait staff. Would recommend.

1  Thank Ed-Suzi P
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Admittedly, I'm not hard to please when it comes to Italian food since I love it so much. But I have to say, this place was on point. I had the special - seafood pasta and it was perfection. My server was outstanding and really...More

Thank jennifers1980
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Disclosure: I love virtually anything 'pasta', so not many Italian restaurants will get a negative review from me. Carmela's has a couple of things that make it a little better than just pasta. First, every time we have gone there (and we have been there...More

1  Thank Tammie H
Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

Tammie, Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you back soon! -The Macri Family & Staff

Reviewed 12 August 2017

My daughter chose Carmela's for her rehearsal dinner. 24 guests were greeted with the very best mozzarella sticks I've ever had and bruschetta. They all loved the food and the atmosphere, true Italian! Wait staff was very attentive and kept the water & wine glasses...More

Thank Jacqui B
Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

Jaqui, Thank you for your review! We appreciate your business and are so happy to hear you and your guests enjoyed the evening. We were pleased to be a part of such an important weekend for your family! Our family and staff hope to see...More

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Was here on a business dinner, and choose the restaurant due to the trip advisor reviews. We were staying at the residence Inn right down the street. The ambience is very cozy, all the way from the Tuckton bar to the white lights adorning the...More

Thank Christine D
Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

Christine, Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to leave this review! We look forward to seeing you again when you are back in South Bend. We appreciate your business! -The Macri Family & Staff

Reviewed 25 May 2017

Chicken Parmesan was great, but the lasagna was just ok. A bit too dry for my liking. Friendly service. Nice folks.

Thank Matt T
Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

Matt, Thank you for dining with us! We hope to see you back soon. -The Macri Family & Staff

Reviewed 31 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...More

Thank Taylor C
Management response:Responded 2 April 2017

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.

Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank Dee0847
Management response:Responded 24 March 2017

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

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:...More

Thank mlhuff
Management response:Responded 24 March 2017

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...More

Reviewed 14 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:Responded 24 March 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, 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
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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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