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198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
+1 843-722-5893
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gelato” (72 reviews)
“cake” (42 reviews)
“stromboli” (8 reviews)
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Italian, American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Big portion desserts that are very flavorful. The staff was helpful and friendly. They remained open as Florence approached (everyone in CHS was very grateful!). The sandwiches were tasty as well.

Thank jpkast
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got the blueberry lemon cake and it was delicious!! There was always a line every time we came and we were always in a rush but finally found some time and the cake was worth the wait! yum!!

1  Thank caholland4444
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came in late Sunday night with some gal pals for a birthday & sat at the bar. I work on Market Street & so I expect a certain level of care... Service was on point :) Turtle cheesecake was delicious, & the sparkling Rosé was...More

Thank LeeAnna M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited at the recommendation of our hotel doorman. Great selection of deserts and drinks. The vanilla and caramel cake was super decadent. Have water handy! Super sweet and even better once it softened on day two. I will be dreaming of this place until...More

1  Thank Rashida W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Darling little spot to get gelato, dessert, drinks, or coffee—or grown-up coffee drinks! (Hello, Affogato!) Stop In here after dinner you won’t regret it.

Thank VeronicaLucci
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Banana Pudding is very good. Too many desserts to choose from. You will enjoy every pound of it.

Thank Z4696QSdonnam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like to stop here particularly in the evening, get a dessert and a coffee or cappuccino and sit out on the sidewalk and relax and enjoy the business of East Bay Street. Coffee is good, desserts are good and the location excellent. This also...More

Thank Zback24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go here, get the passion fruit margarita...best one I have ever had! The cakes were small enough for 2-4 people to share and very reasonably priced.

Thank Brandy S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped in after several locals said this was the "go to" place for a sweet treat. Amazing desserts! Wife had Coconut cake, which took her 3 sittings to finish (to go box provided) and I had the Waffle-Carmel whatever. We both LOVED our selections. A...More

2  Thank EIEIOOO
Reviewed August 16, 2018

Amazing deserts and treats. Funky local vibe and trendy atmosphere, which are overshadowed by the incredible delectables featured here. Great spot to mingle after dinner and satisfy that sweet tooth.

Thank Brett B
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Questions & Answers
Kristen C
July 6, 2018|
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Response from rbroome | Reviewed this property |
They do Have options that are dairy free
June 26, 2017|
Response from Brian S | Property representative |
We have sorbetto, gelato, seasonal mousses, seasonal creme brûlée, and cakes on occasion.
March 16, 2017|
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Response from Brian S | Property representative |
There is a parking garage behind us on Cumberland St.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $10
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-722-5893
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Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, Carmella's Cafe and Dessert Bar is an Italian-American dessert boutique cafe focused on cakes, pastries and adult dessert cocktails, as well as sandwiches and stromboli. We also feature a full bar and a vast selection of Italian wines, as well as some interesting varietals that are sure to please. Whether you are in the mood for warm and cold desserts or savory sandwiches and stromboli, visit us for an unforgettable experience. Located next to the Custom's House on the corner of East Bay St and Cumberland St.
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