Carmelo's Coat of Arms

4.9
367 reviews
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Italian
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A neighborhood restaurant at its core, Carmelo's Coat of Arms has many regular guests and openly accommodates visitors to the area with welcome arms. Carmelo's hosts 16 tables and seats 5 at the bar, the perfect size for exceptional service and fresh, quality food. The staff is an essential part of Carmelo's success. The front of the house team works hard to anticipate and exceed our guests' expectations, while the kitchen staff diligently executes our ever changing seasonal menu. Dining at Carmelo's is an adventure and a way to enjoy the taste sensations of this season, while looking forward to the next.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved every part of the evening, the calamari salad was incredible and the shrimp pasta did was wonderful our server Diane was a pleasure, we cannot wait to go back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks, and much improved environment since our last visit.

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AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was well presented and very tasty. We split a few orders and they put the items on separate plates, which was appreciated. The food came in a reasonable amount of time. We had the lamb and calamari appatizers, both very well prepared. The main dishes were also excellent as were the deserts. The choices of wine was good. The wait-staff, while friendly, was not that attentive and we did have to request a few items 2-3 times. But, we will go back because the food was excellent

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MG
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and attentive service. Can’t go wrong when you book a reservation at Carmelo’s

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite places. Excellent food, excellent service, great staff, definitely will be back

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a
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

A very good dining experience. We enjoyed the food, and our waitress was friendly and competent. However, our drinks were a big disappointment. Three of four of us were unsatisfied with the cocktails we ordered. The Cosmos had too much cranberry and the Moscow Mule tasted nothing like a Moscow Mule should.

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DD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New menu items !!! CR chicken made me think I was eating at a Jonathan Waxman Resturant. Lamb ribs are unique, creative and awesome. Bolognese is the dish that will keep you coming back- the best pasta

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The waitress was great!!! Diane

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p
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best duck I’ve ever had. Great place!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef/ owner operated restaurant. Carefully crafted food using fresh, quality ingredients. Nice wine and beer list.

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CB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our second visit. Our waitress Katie was great and very knowledgeable. The food was amazing. I love Italian but could not resist the duck breast and it seriously was one of the best I ever had. My companion had pasta bolognese homemade and perfectly done.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Will be back again. Steak was top notch! Squid ink pasta was also incredible. Waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Carmelo's never disappoints! The duck was amazing, skin was so crispy. And my wife won't stop talking about how delicious her crispy potatoes were! We will definitely be back soon!

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TB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great cuisine prepared with special love. A fine chef. I was with two dear friends and we usually hold hands and offer a prayer before we eat. The really sweet and very competent waitress we had came and added her hands to our circle and prayed with us. Also great hammered copper bar. Do not miss going here

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fresh unique

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was outstanding!!!
If we weren’t passing thru town Carmelo’s would be our GO TO restaurant. Definite destination next time we’re in town.

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JS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. What more would one want?

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DD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best bolognese in the world!

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty, fresh ingredients. Perfectly prepared. Menu changes often.

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J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Found restaurant a bit loud, but loved everything else. Beet & ricotta salad outstanding as was shrimp pasta. Will definitely return.

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RS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Carmelo's has been our favorite Lewiston restaurant in the ten years we've been visiting the area. The menu is small but varied, and it is obvious the chef takes pride in his creations. Also, it's particularly refreshing to be able to have a dinner conversation in the intimate atmosphere.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and menu! Everything was excellent!

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WN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was fine (as it always has been) except the room temp - too cold

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CS
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are local regulars and Carmello’s is our favorite place. Predominantly a locally sourced menu, house made pastas, outstanding fish and meats. Service is outstanding. We have never had a bad meal here ever.

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RB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a very nice dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

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RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carmelo is an innovative chef who continues to raise the bar. It’s hard to believe he’s been running Carmelo’s for 26 years. I was home visiting from NYC. We had a table for two in the back and it was like private dining. The meatballs, squid Ink linguini and short rib were all on point. Carmelo’s is a go to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was our second visit and we were not disappointed.

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday everything was wonderful! I love this place

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always our go to place for dinner. Food and service are exceptional.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

One of the worst restaurant experiences I’ve had in recent memory. 7:45 reservation, we didn’t get sat until 8:45. Couldn’t even wait at the bar because it was so crowded and the bartender was inattentive. There was no hostess and the waitress was picking people randomly for table seating.
The food was good, but honestly there are 100s of places to get good food in WNY. No reason to go back to this place.
At the end of the meal our waitress brought our check then disappeared. I found her sitting at the bar talking with people. When I bought the check up to her she was super condescending and rude.
In summary: lots of waiting, good food, rude waitstaff.
Ohh they did comp us 1 drink.(insert hand jerking motion)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening, great food, good service. One of my favorites! I will be back.

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B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Great service and a great meal!

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HC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The service was great but the food was really mediocre

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J
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food and service once sat was excellent. However waiting 45 minutes past your reservation time with zero communication from the staff is not a good way to spend your Valentine's Day.

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KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Still, one of my favorite places to go, despite an average night of food.
The bar area was loud. Holiday night, and it was very busy; which added to the wait time which should be expected. (No complaint about that.)

Oddly, compared to years before, dinner was lacking from the normal spectacular flavors I remember. Entree 1 was the Duck, Entree 2 was Pasta with Lamb Ragu

The server was excellent and attentive. Although her assistant with the water pours seemed put out doing her job.

Favorite part -Tarimisu was excellent as was the Carmelos coffee

Lease favorite part- They took away the white tablecloths which led to a wonderfully romantic atmosphere in the past. Now, it reminds me of a country restaurant with hardwood tables

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went for Valentines Day. Made reservations and we were seated right away. Very crowded so noise level was bad. Hard to talk. We have been here numerous times and not had a problem so I’ll blame it on the occasion. Food was excellent, as usual. Great vegetarian selection. Table mate said the crab bisque soap was too salty but edible.

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CB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time there!cant wait to go back. The meatballs were so good and both our dinners were excellent

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always Carmelo has a diverse menu with exquisite attention to detail. Love that he makes his own pasta using unique ingredients.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always have a great meal at Carmelo's. Interesting combinations, love that local, seasonal foods are a priority helping local farmers.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We go to Carmelo's for some of our special occasions and always look forward to it. This latest visit was for an early New Year's Eve dinner. The service was exceptional and the wait staff very pleasant. The food? Mixed, this time. Overall, rather disappointing.

The appetizer was excellent: sopressata sliced very thin and served with marinated olives and eggplants (along with the normal, very good warm, crusty Italian bread w. olive oil and an olive tapanade).

The pasta with fennel, sausage, and marinara was very good, but the serving was somewhat small.

The duck breast was supposed to have been served with butternut squash, farro and a maple syrup-wine sauce. The breast was well-seasoned and most of it was cooked well, though several slices were hard and tough. The sauce was much too sweet. The butternut squash was non-existent (a few tiny, cut-up 1/4-inch squares mixed with the farro does not quality as being served butternut squash). The farro (a wheat-like grain) was not cooked quite enough, ranging from chewy to hard.

Then there were the beef short ribs served on a bed of polenta with root vegetables. There were several large chunks of fat in the beef, which were impossible to remove because you couldn't see them before putting them in your mouth. The polenta, et al, was very good and the beef was well-seasoned, but it looked -- and tasted -- basically like stew meat. We declined to have dessert after that and instead had some excellent dessert at hom.

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