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“Wonderful family meal for 9”
Review of Carmela's

Carmela's
Ranked #34 of 295 Restaurants in South Bend
Price range: $15 - $30
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Carmela's is one of South Bend's most beloved fine dining establishments. Known for its Italian-influenced cuisine, Carmela’s came to be when George Jr. Macri became intent on sharing his wife’s phenomenal cooking with the public. Named after George’s wife, Carmela, the restaurant’s menu is a true reflection of the dishes the Macri family makes for their own special occasions. All of the recipes and cooking comes from Carmela herself, ensuring that every customer gets a real taste of Italy in every bite. Designed to be relaxing yet romantic, Carmela's is a true reflection of dining in southern Italy with arched walls, a sky-painted ceiling, a fountain centerpiece, and Tuscany-inspired ambience.
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful family meal for 9”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

The restaurant was packed, yet service was impeccable. We enjoyed the osso bucco, spinach ravioli, and veal piccatta. Warm bread was lovely. My only suggestion would be to change up the house dressing - I thought it was too sweet.

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English first
Mishawaka, Indiana
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Must Try”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

My family took me to Carmela's for Mother's Day Brunch which was wonderful. They had so much to choose from and it was all delicious. I have been to brunch several places but they always seem so hectic on Mother's Day, this was not. They were full but very organized. The owner gave her own personal touch to make sure everyone was taken care of and that we were enjoying ourselves. We will definitely be back

Visited May 2012
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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4 reviews
“LOVE it”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

I come here every trip I make to south bend. The service is good and the food is amazing. The cheese sticks are like nothing you have had, the wine list has a lovely variety and everything I have tried I have loved.

Visited July 2012
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South Bend Indiana
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Italian”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

The service is always good and the food is usually good

Visited May 2012
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South Bend, Indiana, United States
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A "Meh-ful" Italian Experience”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

We have tried Carmela's twice and not been impressed either time. The first time, the sauce was just ridiculously watered down as if they used unripened tomatoes and the second our server just pretty much forgot about us after the first glass of wine. Neither experience told us that we would enjoy this place any further so we have devoted our attentions to Cosimo and Susie's for authentic Italian from now on.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank Andrew C
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