Carmelo's features fine Italian cooking delivered in a traditional manner. Serving classic Italian cuisine including homemade pastas and traditional pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven.
We really enjoyed our dinner here. Called same night and got a reso for 7:30 on a Fri night. We were warmly greeted at the door, the place was completely full. The service was professional and charming. The waiter rhymed off a list of specials that sounded so good we ordered one of each. We ordered buffalo caprese appetizer, minestrone, pistachio crusted halibut and roast lamb. Washed it all down with a nice crisp pinot grigio. Everything was expertly prepared, well-timed, nicely presented and tasty. My sweetie said my minestrone is better than, though...sorry guys, must be the extra love.
We recognized a few ex il giardino staff working here and that's a good thing because they brought along their italian restaurant smarts with them but not the prices.
Oh, and it turns out I know the owner from a ages ago. Cool. We'll be back, Peter, you can bet on it!
Went twice for lunch during the past few months and had magnificent pasta and meat sauce. Really delicious. Could have eaten more...
Parking is a bit of a challenge because it's on a busy street in North Van (Marine Dr) and pricing is not the cheapest... but i guess you have to 'pay the rent' for them too.
Would i repeat? Without question.
Worse meal in over three years and we go out regularly. I had previously submitted a review of Carmelos a few years ago but things have deteriorated to a shocking degree. They clearly have a new owner .
We ordered canneloni (me). It was hard on the top, burnt, and had a cold filling. Two tiny pieces was the dinner portion. Disgusting. I had canneloni the previous week at the Golden Boot cafe in Coquitlam and the difference was incomparable. My partner had a cold soggy veal cutlet and indifferent pasta on the side. We were ignored all night and had our water refilled once at the end of the meal. I wanted another glass of wine and couldn't get the waitress's attention all night. I am amazed that this place stays open with the quality of food and service provided. This was to the tune of over $80.00 for a horrible meal. We dine out three to four times a week . Never Carmelos again.
Was hesistant with the previous bad reviews, but this place blew me away.
It was really busy on a Friday night but we did make reservations.
The place was packed, but the service was unbelievable. Every time the waitress walked past, she refilled the water at least 4-5 times during the night.
The calamari is really unique as it is a whole grilled calamari that you had to cut up. I prefer this over the deep fried variety.
Most impressive was the veal marsala. Most places will only provide 2 or 3 pieces but this place had 4 large pieces.
Will return to this place next time I'm in the neighbourhood.
I usually come here because I like the food. It is upscale and has a good atmosphere. I have been here about 10 times but now I will never go back. There was a halibut special on and I ordered it. We were sitting by the kitchen and I overheard the cook say that they didn't have any halibut left even though it was 6pm. We were in a bit of a rush but it was alright if we were late. I assumed the cook would replace it with something of the same type of fish like sablefish. (They also didn't erase the halibut on the board of featured dishes so everyone else was being fooled).
The waitress informed us that it was going to be a bit of a wait longer than usual because the kitchen was "slammed". The dish came 1 hour later and it definitely wasn't halibut, it was cod. Paying $28 for a cod dish expecting halibut is not acceptable. The waitress didn't tell us because she didn't want us to wait even longer for another dish. I don't mind a change in my dish, it happens all the time but tell me and I will always accept it and especially in this case, I can't help it because they didn't have any halibut left. I asked her if I had received halibut because it didn't taste like it. She admitted it wasn't halibut and that it was cod. She offered us coffee for the dish, I declined because I don't drink coffee at night. But offering us coffee for a halibut dish isn't sufficient for me to come back. When I went to pay the bill, I was surprised to see that she had the halibut dish on it after I caught her serving me cod instead of halibut. I was very disappointed. Having being a server myself, I want all my customers to leave happy, I was most certainly not. I not only waited 1 hour for my meal, but I waited for cod. Needless to say, she did not receive a tip on a very expensive tab.
A pleasant place for lunch and on several occasions always enjoyed a tasty meal at extremely good value, with attentive service.
It is a pity that Dine Out (like many other feed back websites) permits severely outdated comments to remain on record. No doubt like any business that is on the web, issues that may have occurred several years ago are likely to been resolved. Ten of sixteen comments predate 2010, the first posted way back in 2007!
VERY disappointing - out of a can tomato "paste" minestrone ($7) and feeble salad of a few lettuce leaves ($9)
Waiter too rushed to listen to requests, minestrone soup salty and awful, way over charged for what we got!
Totally agree with last reviewer
I really have nothing more to say!!
I live in London, have lived in and travelled to many places and as such my wife and I are fortunate to have eaten at some of the world's finest restaurants (including Michelin 2 and 3 star) in Europe, the Americas and Australia and Asia over the last decade. We were having a holiday in Vancouver where we have a holiday home on the North Shore. On xmas eve, we made a last minute dinner booking at Carmelo's which had some mixed reviews with the odd complaint of poor service but overall solid. Our feedback:
Food - Good, tasty in fact, yummy risottos , nice cocktail. Value- Fair. Ambience - Above average.
Experience: Not good sadly.
We were amongst the earliest to arrive (around 530 pm) with our two young kids (5.5 and 2.5 years) in tow. Our kids enjoyed the food and as such were well behaved being busy eating. The noise level in the restaurant was high (social buzz) and as such when my son let out an excitable yell, we were surprised when a lady at the table next to ours (well dressed, late 50s i think) somewhat rudely told us to control our children as "we have come here to enjoy a quiet evening". I was taken aback and mentioned that our children, apart from the one yell by our son just that minute, had been very quiet and well behaved throughout and that she should take up any issues they had with the owner. We proceeded to have a bit of an altercation. At some point, the owner came by and fairly aggressively without the hint of a smile or any sense of etiquette or fairness told me that he had two teenage daughters and that he wouldn't take them to a restaurant unless they knew how to behave. I told him that our kids were young and largely very well behaved. My wife added that my son hadn't added much to the general sound level in the restaurant . The owner then made it a point to suggest that his children when young behaved much better than our kids. He suggested that we leave as soon as possible as the lady who asked us to get my son to pipe down was his best /regular client. At any rate, I paid the bill, we left immediately. As i got into the car, the "owner" marched out and threateningly told me that his restaurant was rated between 4 and 5 on the net and that any review i wrote " wouldn't matter, you sh*t. Sad way to end the evening... If you dont mind a provincial attitude, i would continue to recommend the place for the food and the overall ambience but the management is lacking class clearly and has a rac*st undertone (in its approach to handling a situation). My children, on the way home, said they were sad that they were not able to eat chocolate for dessert ! :). Overall evening: Surreal ...
We kept hearing from our friends that we should try Carmelo's over and over. Well finally me, wife and the kids tried it. All i can say is " IT WAS ALRIGHT". Everything was pretty much average. it had decent ambiance and it seemed busy enough for a good place to eat, but that wasn't the case. All and all it wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't amazing either.
Our family of four went to this lovely little restaurant on the spur of the moment (on a Monday Night) for a quick meal. We had never been before and were pleased with what we found. The atmosphere was informal and cozy but not too casual. The salads and pasta were very much to our liking and the Pizza ,for the teenager, met with high approval, a rare event. We were a somewhat boisterous crowd and the server (Shauna) was patient and superb. For us that evening it was a perfect meal.
After going to this restaurant for 5 years and always being delighted, we went in January and SO much had changed: the gorgeous garlic spread suddenly had no flavour at all, the tender focaccia had been replaced by dried out, tough, flavourless bread, the wonderful butternut pasta you used to get with meat entrees was now one very undercooked piece of gorgonzola ravioli, and the special was a shock. Usually Carmelo's is very generous with the meat portion, but we spent 25$ expecting to get a gorgeous filet mignon, and it was half the size we expectd (4 to 5 oz) of overcooked tough meat. We felt ripped off compared to what we were used to. The men in my family won't go back since they LOVED the bread and spread, pasta side and big properly prepared meat dishes. It's up to the women to try again (at lunch under less expensive circumstances) and see if these changes for the worse are permanent.
I've never waited so long to be served, you've already figured out what you want to order, then FINALLY the specials are told. Service is way to slow here, food used to be GREAT, now, tastes like it is made days in advance, not COOKED TO ORDER!!! I don't feel like I'm a valued customer there, I don't think I will go back there again.
The atmsophere is light and fun. Sort of a Commercial Drive feeling. The room is small and intimate. We had the veal and the catch of the day, both of which were perfect. Not a lot of flair to the food, but very good. Wine selection is sufficient and in a good price range.
This was our second visit after an overall positive (it would have been great but for several mistakes by our server) first visit. Why do restaurants almost universally choose the same 5 desserts - tiramasu, chocolate cake, creme brulee, ice cream/sorbet & usually cheesecake? Give us some variety please! The service was poor. The place was packed & there were not enough servers but that is no excuse for not refilling water glasses for the whole service plus we had to get cream & sugar for our coffees from another table. For the price the service should have been much more attentive
A great Italian eatery in West Vancouver, food is excellent, wait staff is very good, ambience is cute, everything is great except they dont have any furnace heat - food is hot, but the restaurant is not - on these cold winter nights. Peter the owner brought us an under the table electrical heater which made things much better. I have to admit they did everything possible to make our stay as warm as they could, and even apologized for the cold. We have been here in pleasant weather and it has been 100%. I still give this restaurant big thumbs up for great italian.
Two nights ago, I dined at Carmelo's on Marine Drive in West Van. The Italian food there was outstanding, the selection was so good I didn't know what to choose, everything sounded great! When the courses came it was even better than I expected, and I have high expectations! Its a nice place to take a loved one, chill with friends, or catchup with a nice environment and ambiance. Good for all ages!
My families favorite restaurant on the North Shore. Carmelo's is always busy-great ambience, food and service. I love the homey feel, familiar food (you know exactly what you are going to get) and professional service I receive. We try to go every Wednesday for the spaghetti and meatball special, the osso bucco is to die for and the best pizza outside of Italy that I have ever eaten. The servers are professional - know the menu and wines. The service can sometimes be "harried" due to amount of volume-but that's what makes Carmeol's real.