Having not been to Carmelo's in many months, my friend and I decided to give it a try for lunch...and we were not disappointed. The food quality is not only excellent, but it is consistently tasty...that says alot for the management as well as the chef.
The owner is definitely 'hands on' as he moved around the restaurant serving and schmoozing.
We will be back again soon...
Trip Advisor Nov 6th 2012
Three of us went here for lunch (hubby, accountant and me) -- I was the only one who had never been before. There were many fresh specials in addition to the extensive regular menu. Hubby and I shared the spinach salad, which was lovely. Our server, Shauna, was excellent. She was able to tell us immediately that the minestrone was not vegetarian, despite the description on the menu (most servers have to check with the kitchen or, even worse, just say something is vegetarian until we make them check with the chef). She even split our shared salad into two bowls!
The restaurant was fairly busy on the weekday, but the food still arrived quickly, and was fresh and hot. Aside from the drinks we ordered, water glasses were refilled diligently. Prices and portions are reasonable.
Free (and easy) parking on the street is nice, and access to transit is decent.
The decor was also quite pleasant. Apparently there is very little staff turnover, which is a wonderful statement for this restaurant. Will definitely return.
Trip Advisor Nov 1st 2012
For many years, Carmelo's has been West Vancouver's icon for consistent, reliable service and food quality. It has a well-established and loyal client base and a menu that offers something for everybody. They do a great job with vegetable and sides and they always have a nice fish special. It's more on the traditional side, which is great for the somewhat older, less adventurous guests. That said, they are introducing new items, keeping up with food trends. That applies especially to their salads. I had a great mixed green salad with a citrus dressing, served with delicious scallops seared just perfectly. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. We continue to go back to Carmelo's when we want a hassle-free outing and a meal we know will not disappoint.
Trip Advisor October 2012
We had lunch, pizza and pasta, it was so good we went back for dinner and that convinced us we had found a gem. Peter the owner greeted us on our first visit and although it was a busy lunchtime made a point of chatting and making us feel welcome. An excellent pizza and pasta sent us away in a great mood for the afternoon. We came back for dinner a week later and were greeted as friends. The restaurant was full and had a lovely, lively atmosphere with regulars stopping to chat with each other. The shared Carpaccio Di Manzo antipasti was superb and our Vitello Di Marsala magnificent. The serving team made keeping a full restaurant all look as easy as only experts can and still had time to answer menu questions and reinforce the inclusive atmosphere. If only we lived nearer we would join the regulars but its a long way from home in England.
Trip Advisor July 2012
My favourite Italian restaurant, Peter & his team are wonderfull. Try the milk fed veal picata