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“What a pleasant surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carmine's Cafe

Carmine's Cafe
8810 SW Highway 200, Unit 115, Ocala, FL 34481-7824
352-854-1000
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Ranked #16 of 376 Restaurants in Ocala
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: Telephone: 352-854-1000 This is the best kept secret in Ocala!!
Hernando, Florida
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“What a pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

after driving by and never knowing anything about this until a couple at our Gym mentioned they went on husbands birthday and were so amazed at the quality and charm of this place, they cant wait to go back, this is not your franchise place, this is the way places were 20 years ago, when husband and wife ran the place, it is very authentic, my husband is from a old fashion Italian family, cant wait to eat there again on Christmas Day for my birthday, they will have regular menu plus Italian specials, the homemade bread is very very addictive,

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ocala, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Wonderful Italian Hide-away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We have driven past Carmine's cafe for almost 2 years and decided to stop for a quick bite before an evening appointment. We were instantly amazed at the wonderful decor, fabulous and personailzed attention, and yummy/huge portions that came with soup or salad and warm garlic bread with dipping sauce. If we didn't have to leave so soon, we could have stayed all night enjoying the friendly conversations from other tables, the live music, and probably dessert too. We are big fans of non-chain restaurants and Carmine's Cafe is a wonderful Italian hide-away in Ocala!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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“Best Italian Cuisine for Miles Around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We were visiting the Ocala area for a few days and were looking for a good italian restaurant. We checked a few sources on the internet and found that Carmine's was highly rated. We were totally unfamiliar with the area but followed our GPS to the front door of this absolute gem of a restaurant. The four of us could not rave enough about our dinners. The egg plant parm was the best but everyone at the table tried to outdo each other in compliments to the chef on our individual dinners. Please come and enjoy yourselves here. You will not be disappointed...The food is outstanding and so is the service. If you love wine, you will get the memo.

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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

The best Italian food I've had in years. Plus wonderful accommodating service! The manicotti and lasagna are good sized portions. Enough to have some for lunch the next day.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ocala, Florida
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“Freshly Prepared Tasty Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We have passed Carmine's Cafe a million times and never really noticed it before. It's located in a strip mall along SR 200 in Ocala, Fl., if you blink you will miss it. A friend recommended we give it a try so we went for dinner. The restaurant was about half full when we walked in and we received immediate attention. There are about 13 or 14 tables in total, not a big restaurant. A server was at our table in a flash with the menus and asking us what we wanted to drink. The table was set with good china, nice heavy weight flatware, sparkling clean water goblets and fresh cloth napkins which is a refreshing change from how other Italian Restaurants in the area operate. They bake their own bread, which they serve with an olive oil and herb dipping sauce. We ordered Pasta Fagioli to start which was piping hot fresh and delicious. Next came my Chicken Pizziola served over a bed of penne, my husband ordered the Manicotti. Both portions were huge, served bubbling hot (no food sits waiting to picked up by servers in this restaurant), freshly prepared and wonderful. My only objection was that the food was a little salty, I'll know next time to mention it. Good food and service

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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