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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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Today
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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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  • 42
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    Very good
  • 5
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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
Totally authentic Italian fare in San Marcos

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
KJGottago
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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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San Marcos, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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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San Marcos, California
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Classic Italian flavors, very nice atmosphere and we had great service. We were there early so the crowds were light, they did appear to have plenty of staff it it got busy. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the Veal Marsala and my wife had the Antipasto Rustico, both were excellent. I was surprised and pleased to see that... More 

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San Marcos, California
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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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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
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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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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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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
  • 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?