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Carmello's Italian Restaurant

300 Sparks St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Byward Market Area)
(613) 563-4349
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Ranked #244 of 2,170 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Transit: On Queen Street between Kent and Lyon St.
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English first
Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Seafood pizza had almost no flavour or seasoning: shrimp tasted like boiled shrimp, ricotta tasted like ricotta. Others in our company also ordered pizzas and had similar feedback. Some pasta's ordered by others smelled really good and flavourful, so it might've been just pizzas. Creme brûlée was cold at the bottom and quite liquid. Espresso was served in rather large... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We are visiting town and found Carmello's on TA. The staff was friendly and very attentive. The food was brilliant! Fresh, hot and tasty. The portions were a fair size and the prices very low in comparison to Toronto. If you are near the Parliament Buildings, don't miss out.

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Ottawa, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went back to Carmello's. The service and food are still excellent. We should go back more often. We had been disappointed by a restaurant near our home so we decided to try Carmello's again. We used to have dinner there every Friday. We both worked downtown so it was very convenient and we always felt welcomed and that our... More

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Toronto, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We ended up at Carmello's after walking from downtown out to Mill Street in the rain and finding out they were jam-packed. Carmello's is close to where we stayed, and we went in with no expectations after a long day of travel. The meal and our service was a really pleasant surprise! The service was prompt. I appreciated being given... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Good service. Food has been great both the times we have been there. Always with groupons but it is A LOT of food. You can easily share 1 appetizer and 1 dessert for 2 people and still have a good meal. I know people that didn't have a good time around the same time we went, I guess either we... More

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London, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Daniel, our handsome waiter was very friendly and suggested some dishes. The Tuscan salad was supposed to contain oyster mushrooms, but there were none in sight, although there were many portabello mushrooms. I do know the difference. Don't advertise the dish with ingredients that are not there. The dressing was very heavy and overpowering. I did not eat any of... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Starting with garlic bread and cheese and grilled calimari salad the meal was excellent. Our children had pizza, and we had the panna and mediterranea pasta dishes. Service was excellent, the wine was very good and the restaurant was contemporary wit a Mediterranean flair. Highly recommend this restaurant, situated right beside the Ottawa Marriot.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Popped in due to it's very close proximity but seriously disappointed in the food. The friendly, attentive waitress could not possibly make up for the bad food. First time I have come across just bad TASTING food. No lasagna (my son's favorite and the primary reason I agreed to go) or cannelloni. I thought any pizza would go over well... More

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Denver, Colorado
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Visited Carmello's with some work colleagues. We were told it is really good Italian food at a fair price. To be honest, our food was good but not great. I think our server was really busy so when the food came out, it was not hot. The server was really friendly and treated us great so I do not want... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

While on a business trip to Canada, we stayed in downtown Ottawa for a few nights. The hotel desk clerk recommended Carmello's for good Italian food and pizza. They offered both thin-crust and thick-crust pizza, which were both very good. The pastas ordered were reported as home-made, fresh, and very tasty as well. The waiter (Daniel?) suggested some local beers,... More

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