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Carmela Cucina Italiana

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823 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-2131
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 45
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic Authentic Italian!

Carmela's is our place to go when we want great, authentic, non-chain Italian cuisine. We have seen the owners every time we have been in, and have never been disappointed. Great food!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Roy L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Carmela's is our place to go when we want great, authentic, non-chain Italian cuisine. We have seen the owners every time we have been in, and have never been disappointed. Great food!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants! They have a nice cocktail menu and wine list... great traditional Italian dishes, and really great desserts. Atmosphere wise, it's a bit old school/traditional - reminds me of the neighborhood corner Italian restaurants we used to go to growing up. My favorite dish at Carmela's is the spinach manicotti with rosa sauce.... More 

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Vista, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great service, delicious authentic dishes and the atmosphere is charming! Soup, salad and bread served with every meal..I purchased the Italian salad dressing, will never buy store bought again, this is the real deal!

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San Marcos, California
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159 reviews 159 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This is a real local, traditional Italian restaurant. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Dinner entrees include soup, salad and fresh bread. The soup tonight was chicken escarole -- it was really excellent. I had the mussels in a sherry marinara sauce, served over linguini. I'd never had this sauce before and was pleased. My dinner companion had the chicken... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

It's the perfect hidden gem, where I have never doubted that the experience and the meal will be first class. The Lunch Specials are innovative without trying to over reach. The atmosphere is relaxed, the service is just seamless. Dinners featuring delicate sauces or hearty classics prove Carmela's seasoned expertise in the kitchen. I've hosted several larger events and we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's such a treat to get a taste of Italy without leaving home. Carmela and her husband are wonderful hosts. The staff is great and the food is total comfort food. I have never been disappointed. The ambiance is low key.

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I came here with my wife a few days ago. She had the SeaBass and I had the Stuffed Shrimp Florentine. Both were delicious. Service was great. I had a great martini and so did my wife. I was reading the current review by TerriLevi I believe her name was...I think we were here the same night. Our waiter...as she... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The food was not good -overly seasoned. The French man we talk to was rude and said he didn't care what a review said about the restaurant. The average price was about $25.00.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This place exudes Italian. Seriously, if you want a great Italian atmosphere with all that entails, go here. From the moment you walk in the door it just feels

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

very good food, very very good service, one of our spots we try to go to whaen we travel to North County

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Additional Information about Carmela Cucina Italiana

Address: 823 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
Phone Number: 760-471-2131
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
Open Hours:
Sunday 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 823 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 760-471-2131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?