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Maybe it's the personable top-notch service - Carmelo's always treats guests like family - or the superb Italian dishes - many are built from proudly passed-down family recipes - or the feeling of traveling to Italy without having to dig out your passport. Whatever the reason, Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano is one of those Austin institutions that locals and visitors can't get enough of.

The fine dining, but noticeably down-to-earth, Italian restaurant has been bringing families and friends together for anniversaries, birthdays, first dates and just a Wednesday night craving for delicious Italian cuisine since 1985. Known as the Downtown business private dining destination with customized menus and several private rooms to choose from, Carmelo's is one of the only restaurants with free onsite valet parking.

Founder Carmelo Mauro was born in Taormina, Sicily, working his way up through the hotel and restaurant industries before moving to Houston in 1978 with his wife, Hilary, and opening their first Carmelo's Ristorante on Memorial Drive. Austinites are thankful the Mauros opened a second location in the local "Old Depot Hotel," the longest standing depot in the state of Texas.

Both locations offer the extraordinary culinary mastery Carmelo's is known for. Join them for lunch or dinner, and enjoy the freshness and crispness of their seasonal selections.  Daily market seafood, crunchy salads, pasta dishes, meat courses, modern versions with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and scrumptious desserts paired with their award winning Wine Collection will make your day. And night. 


A roaming accordionist brings Old World Italy to the softly lit, authentically designed dining areas and Carmelo's Signature Dishes include Ossobuco, Tegoline con Pollo, Red Snapper Mango, Oysters with a champagne reduction, Steak Diane and Fettuccine Carbonara. A true mark of excellence, both restaurants hold the Seal of Ospitalità Italiana from the Italian Government guaranteeing the authenticity of their cuisine. See Carmelo's tantalizing menu here

From help choosing the perfect wine to complement your dish, to bringing the pastry cart right to your table so you can ooh and aah over delectable dessert options, the service is impeccable. Carmelo's features a full bar that offers a selection of Italian beers and liquors, along with an extensive wine collection consistently recognized with the "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence." Check the happenings page on the website for details on upcoming celebrations and wine dinners.