Carmelo's Coat of Arms

4.7
338 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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JC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 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
1 review
Dined on February 17, 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
17 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 16, 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 15, 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 15, 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
4 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
2 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 January 1, 2019
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
4 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 23, 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
7 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 16, 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
18 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 18, 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
18 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
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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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing, service I great. Hands down the best restaurant in Lewiston

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BM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, as always. Local gin and vodka. Blue cheese stuffed olives. Homemade pasta. Delicious pork. Decadent desserts. Looking forward to returning on my next trip to the area.

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B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Love it there! Diane was great and make our anniversary awesome!!! Thank you!!!

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SH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner -wonderful service.Thank you!

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always excellent.
Hangar steak was excellent

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ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmelo's is my favorite place for pasta in Western New York. It offers way more than many of the traditional red sauce italian that is offered in most restaurants in Buffalo. The menu changes seasonally, and for our meal we had the mafalde bolgnesse, butternut squash gnocchi, and squid ink pasta. It was all delicious.

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EP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience here for our anniversary was amazing. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Carmelo came out and introduced himself we were happy to compliment his food and service. Very reasonably priced for the quality. We will definitely be back for more than just a special occasion.

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was quite good as was the service. From other reviews, we expected Carmelo's to be more upscale but it isn't at all. While out table was tucked into the corner, it was much louder than we expected due to the fact that the tables are quite close together.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was unique, with items that I didn't recognize by name. When the server explained the ingredients and described the dishes it required some thought as to what may be the best dinner choice. From the first bite to the last, our dinners were full of delicious flavor and completely different than anything tasted in the past. The kindness and helpfulness of the server and quiet atmosphere made this the perfect birthday dinner choice.

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JF
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from start to finish! This place has the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever tasted, and since I’m Italian, I’ve had a lot of sauce in my time! My husband had the gnocchi, and it was melt in your mouth wonderful. Peach cobbler for dessert was excellent, warm, delicious. If I lived in this town, I would dine here regularly!

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic, no detail of flavor or preparation ever overlooked, and the variety makes going with all dining palates effortless. The house made pastas are worth the drive alone! A few glasses of wine and some of the house made desserts round out one of the best dining experiences locally. Well done carmelo’s!

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another fine meal. The salads and the halibut were excellent. We had hoped that the lavender ice cream was still on the dessert menu but appreciate that the chef is always adding new items.

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KM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dinner as usual. I think my portion was a bit smaller than the last time I was there. Overall, very delicious.

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JD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good menu lots of options. Willing to work to provide gluten free options. Good service.

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