We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carmela Cucina Italiana

823 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-2131
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 206 restaurants in San Marcos
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Write a Review

41 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
    28
    6
    5
    1
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Odessa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This was my second visit to this restaurant and I was extremely impressed just as I was with my first visit. The staff is very professional and friendly. Great food and the house Chianti was excellent. My friends loved their meals and desserts. I like the fact that you are not rushed allowing you to enjoy your meal and free... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Abington, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I researched great restaurants in San Marcos for a recent trip and found Carmela's. Meeting with family we haven't seen in a while and this was the perfect place the waitstaff were all very friendly and respected our catching up chatter. The specials sounded amazing I got the stuffed chicken with raviolis and shrimp covered in Marsala sauce yummy!! I... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oceanside, California
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have been to this restaurant several times. It's in a small shopping plaza and a little difficult to find, but well worth the effort. It's a family owned operation and you will always find one or more of them there working and making sure everyone is happy. The décor is very old world Italian and there is lots of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Marcos, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is the one place I make sure to take out of town guests or locals who haven't been. I've been here many times and have never been disappointed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Carmela is located in the back of a small industrial park near Highway 78 and San Marcos Boulevard. We discovered it a few years ago and go back several times a year. The restaurant and bar are nicely decorated and the booths have lights that can be adjusted to your liking. The food is always very good. I like the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Vista, California, USA
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A San Marcos institution. The Chilean sea bass is wonderful. Quite old school restaurant. Staff is good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California, USA
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best Italian food I've had in North County San Diego. Wonderful service, they make you feel special. Lovely relaxing atmosphere and best ever Eggplant Parmesan. Both soup and salad come with your meal and desserts are amazing! Reasonable prices for what you get here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

What looked like a dead end at the end of an Industrial area proved to be an incredible gem. Carmela Cucina was a delight from the green oasis at the front door, a riot of plants & flowers, to Carmela greeting us at the hostess station. We were lucky enough to have Francios as our knowledgable, great waiter. He explained... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Long Beach
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My wife and college age son with his girlfriend came here to celebrate his 19th birthday while in the area over the weekend. Recomended by the hotel, we came here and were not disappointed. The atmosphere is very old school Italian restaurant.....looks like a very proud Italian family runs this place, and takes pride in their service and food. Our... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oceanside, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a quality italian dining experience, with fresh seafood and so many choices of homemade pasta's you will find something that tingles your palet for sure.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Carmela Cucina Italiana also viewed

 

Been to Carmela Cucina Italiana? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Carmela Cucina Italiana, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing