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All 209 San Marcos Restaurants

Carmela Cucina Italiana

823 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-2131
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Ranked #1 of 209 Restaurants in San Marcos
Price range: $0 - $15
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
Cuisines: Italian
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English first
San Marcos, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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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Safety Harbor, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I always check with tripadvisor.com and this was the highest rated dinner restaurant in San Marcos. I was meeting friends and asked where they would like to eat and this is the first place they named. Great choice. It's a little difficult to find if you are not from the area (take your GPS with a grain of salt, but... More 

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california
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We met friends at Churchill's pub in San Marcos on a Wed night. We were not expecting the wait (30-45 minutes) so we checked out San Marcos on the tripadvisor website. The second best rated restaurant in San Marcos (first was a breakfast place) was Carmela's. We called over, were told there was no wait and then drove quickly over.... More 

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san diego, ca
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tucked away off the street, this quaint and welcoming restaurant is the best! Very Italian through and through. I highly recommend the lasagna. Excellent food and service served Italian style!

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San Marcos, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We have gone to Carmela's many times but this time seemed more special as we were celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary. What can I say about the food, AWESOME!!!!!!!!! From the appetizer to the dessert, just wonderful. Wine selection is good and service is wonderful. We started with the antipasto rustica, delicious. I have the Shrimp Primavera and my husband... More 

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Odessa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 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 

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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 0 - 15
Cuisine: Italian

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