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Carmela Cucina Italiana

823 Grand Ave., San Marcos, CA 92078
760-471-2131
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Ranked #1 of 206 restaurants in San Marcos
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
san diego, ca
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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

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Abington, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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Oceanside, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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

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San Marcos, California
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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.

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Carlsbad, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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

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Vista, California, USA
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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.

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San Diego, California, USA
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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.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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