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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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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
LIKE BEING IN ITALY

This place is owned by Carmela and Zorro but make no mistake...Carmela is in charge. The food is amazing (try the Chilean Sea bass when they have it on special) and the atmosphere is old Italia. Carmela is the consummate host and makes you feel at home the moment you sit down. The price of the meal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Thom P
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Carlsbad, United States
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Carlsbad, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is owned by Carmela and Zorro but make no mistake...Carmela is in charge. The food is amazing (try the Chilean Sea bass when they have it on special) and the atmosphere is old Italia. Carmela is the consummate host and makes you feel at home the moment you sit down. The price of the meal includes a daily... More 

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Thank Thom P
Oceanside, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok this is absolutely the best Italian food i ever eat. Ridiculously delicious,everything made from scratch. Service is outstanding.Cant wait to come back

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Thank roza r
Caldwell, Idaho
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice dinner with friends at this lovely Italian restaurant. Quiet and very accommodating, they serve authentic Italian food. We had the chicken cacciatore and our friends had chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. All delicious.

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Thank DOCDQ
San Diego, California
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97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Carmela has really learned how to run a great restaurant and how to cook authentic Italian cuisine. Lots of home made recipes and the pasta and bread are both made in house. Easy to miss as it is at the end of what looks like an old motel but the food is worth the trip. Really friendly and efficient service... More 

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Thank elfinforesttony
San Marcos, California
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Ok this is a classic looking place. It is dark and also old looking. The service is great but I will let you know that the food is ok and expensive. I do have a friend that swears that the homemade sausage is delicious. I have to go back and tryout.

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Thank Vagabundo01
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Definitely one of the better Italian restaurants in north county. The gnocchi was quite good and not ft he typical restaurant supply company variety. All the dishes served to our party were very good and worth coming back for.

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Thank Bubuflu
Nashua, New Hampshire
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Since I did not know the area, when my sister asked me what kind of restaurant did I wanted I said, "Christmas Decorations, Booths, Tablecloths, waiters in vests, and good food." She said, "That sounds like Carmela's." We got there, were greeted by Carmela herself, it was everything I wished for, and my spaghetti primavera was not only good, it... More 

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Thank JPJudith
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Great Italian home style dinners and intimate dining. A don't miss experience for upscale diners. Very good service and servic

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Thank Jesse V
Inyokern,CA
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120 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This is one of two restaurants of the same name in the area and while not quite a good as the first it is still very good. After our order arrived my wife found she did not like it at all. They immediately offered to replace it without being asked. It was replace and was very good. That in its... More 

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Thank George C
San Diego, California
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We were looking for a place in this vicinity and found some good reviews for this restaurant. We were surprised to have never heard of it since we're always on the lookout for a new place to eat. This restaurant is very hidden and easy to pass by--we were surprised to find that it's been around for several years! Old... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?