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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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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: Reservations

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  • 38
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Old school Italian

Service was good. She seemed to hover too much around the table. I think they needed to give our table to someone with reservation. Food was very good. I had the chicken parm the wife had gnocchi. Decent prices good atmosphere. Would return

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
JimmyJackk
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San Marcos, California
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Marcos, California
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271 reviews 271 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Service was good. She seemed to hover too much around the table. I think they needed to give our table to someone with reservation. Food was very good. I had the chicken parm the wife had gnocchi. Decent prices good atmosphere. Would return

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San Marcos, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Wonderful food, great service, family-owned restaurant and a must place to dine Italian. Once you eat here, you'll never go back to Olive Garden. Reasonable prices and good-sized portions. We dine here at least once a month.

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San Marcos, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The three course meal reminded us our trip to Italy! Very enjoyable, friendly waiter too! All of us enjoyed our food!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My husband and i came here for our wedding anniversary. I felt uncomfortable from the get go. We were asked for I.D straight away (which is fine as we were a younger couple) however it was very belittling. We ordered three different bottles of wine which were out of stock to then be told we had the old menu. Our... More 

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Long Beach, California
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239 reviews 239 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

4 of us had dinner here on a Sunday night and it was packed. Ordered chicken marsala, delish....also there was veal at the table and chicken parm....also excellent. Each dish is served with soup AND salad. Warm bread was good too. We would go back.

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San Marcos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love this little gem of a restaurant. You would never imagine the quality of food, ambiance, and service to await you when you drive up to the door. The owner and the staff all work together to provide a lovely environment with deliciously prepared foods. We come here as a special treat, and have brought friends and relatives who... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Outstanding food coupled. With great service. Good selection of pasta and popular entries. We had an assortment of pasta and veal and entries come with soup and salad. Priced a little high but worth it.

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San Marcos, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Food is excellent, staff is very friendly with good service. Prices are a touch expensive, but overall everything is very good!

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Canyon Lake, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

just walk in the door to the hidden treasure and the aroma will tantalize your taste buds...wonderful homemade sauces and even the martini was just great!

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Parker, Colorado
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125 reviews 125 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Carmela's was very tasty - it is tricky to find for sure. Basically off the frontage road and then at the back of a mini strip mall, but in its own building. The service was great, we enjoyed the food too. We had the basic bologese sauce with pasta - meaty and tasty. It definitely had the beef broth taste... More 

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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 0 - 15
  • 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?