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214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
+1 574-280-4824
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lasagna” (10 reviews)
“bread” (9 reviews)
“cannoli” (5 reviews)
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
214 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617-2728
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81 - 90 of 91 reviews

Reviewed 3 July 2011

This review is just for the deli, not the restaurant. Excellent salads and sandwiches (the paninis are fit for 2) for a great price! Feels like being back in Italy. The muffaletta was so good we had to go back for it again a week...More

3  Thank bvnathan
Reviewed 18 February 2011

Went there for our birthdays & had a great time. Great service, fair prices & the atmosphere is fun. We went in the middle of winter but I can't wait to go back in the summer months where you can enjoy the area. I recommend...More

1  Thank pennylaneElkhart_IN
Reviewed 25 September 2010

Love, love, love Carmela's. Love the atmosphere, the food, the service....I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

1  Thank patriciaswi
Reviewed 28 October 2009

Had dinner at Carmela recently and was very satisfied. Went out for an ND game and the staff was great. The food was good. I recomend this place for visitors. Also being from NYC i'm no pushover for Italian food.

1  Thank Yankee42
Reviewed 4 August 2009

I must say, although I am very hard to impress, Carmela's gets an easy five stars. They remodeled it from a deli to a fine dining restaurant with great prices. I took the previous reviewer's advice on the Rotolo. It was fantastic. There was a...More

1  Thank FoodMan21
Reviewed 23 March 2009

My friends and I went here for a nice dinner on a weekend visit to South Bend. We knew we loved Macri's and were more than willing to give Carmela's a try- you just can't go wrong with good old Italian food! We were so...More

1  Thank Murr22
Reviewed 24 February 2009

Confusing - Be aware that Carmela's & Macri's Italian Bakery are the same, but have two different websites. The restaurant is a fairly nice looking place, just a bit too faux for me. It seemed as if it were trying to be more than what...More

Thank ZoomZoomUSA
Reviewed 2 December 2008

As a New Englander, I thought the experience was quite good, especially relative to the lack of other quality italian restaurants in this area of Indiana. The atmosphere is nice, the service excellent, and the food pretty good. I would definitely recommend this Italian restaurant...More

1  Thank lilroy0
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Reviewed 8 March 2008

Good food, nice, somewhat cheesy ambiance

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Reviewed 31 December 2007

I liked the food (some of the authentic Italian not seen before in South Bend), but the restaurant is very noisy if full to the point of being uncomfortable and very hard to converse.

Thank sipeswoman
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Karla W
20 September 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, 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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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