Carmelo's Coat of Arms

4.7
352 reviews
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Italian
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bolognese in the world!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 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
1 review
Dined on April 6, 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 April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and menu! Everything was excellent!

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WN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 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 March 30, 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 March 26, 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 March 15, 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 March 9, 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 March 5, 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 March 2, 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 February 16, 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 February 16, 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 February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great service and a great meal!

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HC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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 February 14, 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 February 14, 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
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 January 25, 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 December 31, 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 December 31, 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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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Great food, service and ambience.

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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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L
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice evening. Limited menu but everything was delicious.

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are both foodies and educated in the hospitality field. We love this place. It is always spot on. Service is attentive but not overwhelming. Rustic with love ❤️ Food is exceptional every time.

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DD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmello’s is consistently the best dining experience in Western New York. From food to the service my dining experiences are always enjoyable.

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and was very reasonable. Service was excellent. Highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! Can’t wait to go back!!

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B
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great food, attentive service and tastefully pleasant ambiance.

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B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Diane is one of my favorite people and she makes every visit special! The good was incredible, again!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my WNY favorites.

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SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great meeting The wife of the past Carmelo and hearing some history. Really loved everything. Next time I will try to meet Carmelo the present owner/chef!

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Carmelo’s is always a treat! The food is delicious and the service is warm and welcoming! Everything was delicious from the appetizers to my pasta and Bologna’s sauce to the scrumptious apple tart! Such a wonderful place for a date night. We love Carmelo’s!

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B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here! Diane is always amazing and the food is incredible!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, we had a not so great experience there several yrs ago, hesitated going back. It was LITERALLY the best meal we've had in forever! We will be back soon. I could eat all the salad from the kitchen. It was the most incredible and freshest salad on the planet. Not to mention the steak, to die for! Great wine and beer list. Awesome soup, fantastic service. walked from Niagara Crossing. It was fantastic all around.

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JT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always good but this evening was special. Carmelo is an innovative chef and we enjoyed every bite. The creamy polenta was wonderful. Cheers. #LivingSomedayToday

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