Seattle >Food & Dining > Carmelita
7314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.681923 -122.355283
5-9p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday; 5-10p.m. Friday-Saturday
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Northwest Seattle, Phinney Ridge
Average Food for the price – We had a romantic dinner here. The service was nice, and the surroundings were nice.
The food was pretty average in my opinion. I had the antipasti platter and my wife has the beet ravioli. Her food was nice but there were very very few raviolis. My platter had olives (with pits), baked garlic, goat cheese and also two spreads. The garlic was awesome, and the olive oil they bring for dipping is awesome too. What was not good was the rest of the plate - the cheese was dry and lacking flavor. The olives were fine. The two spreads were again not very tasy.
My wife has the tamarind-ginger lemonade, very nice.
As main dish, we had the cornrisotto. It was again lacking in flavor and there was hardly any corn.
I think overall for the money we paid we were a bit disappointed.
Fabulous Food! – We love, love Carmelita. We went their for our first date and every anniversary (first date/ wedding) ever since. We couldn't pick another place as special.
The food is delicious and the wait staff delightful.
Yum! – I'm new to town and was thrilled to find Carmelita. The ambience and decor were very nice, the service was good, and the food was EXCELLENT! I do agree with the other reviews that the prices are high but I didn't leave feeling like I was jipped. THe wine selection is good and I wasn't going to have dessert but got convinced and it was well worth it. I will definitely be returning to Carmelita!
Outstanding Meal but Overpriced – I've only been to Carmelita twice and I can say that the meal was excellent both times. However, I came away feeling that it was not a good value. Overpriced.
Vegetarian Extravaganza! – I've been waiting for the right company to join me at this fine restaurant, after knowing about it for 2+ yrs! I finally got to go there for my birthday! The food was superior, we got to bring our own bottle of wine, and the wait staff was amazing! I am sad to report that my date was horrible company, but the wait staff made no issue out of his belligerent self, I got us out of there as quickly as I could. I will however return again to truly enjoy the carmelita for the great vegetarian extravaganza that it offers, hopefully in better company!
Ahhhhh Carmaleeeeeeta - she is sooo dreamy – There are places one can go for dinner and just settle in like you have arrived in a hospitable friends living room. That is Carmelita. The dining room is warm and inviting, without being intrusive or pretentious. The waitstaff is informed and helpfull, the atmosphere relaxed and yet they manage to pull off the feeling that one is dining - not just eating out.
I love the food at Carmelita, especially the small plates, which lean heavily on seasonal, Pacific Northwest relevant ingrediants. I don't know why, but most vegetarian restaurants seem to excell in the small plates and fall apart in the entree department, failing for the most part to keep the excitment going in a larger more complex entree. Carmelita is no exception to that rule. That being said, I have had the mopst gorgeous, luxurious dining experiences there and will go back again and again.
Be warned though, it is a bit pricey - so recycle those cans and pinch those pennies and get thee to Carmelita!
One of the reasons I'm glad I live here! – Carmelita is a Northwest treasure. The patio is a lovely environment. The food is delightful, thought-provoking, whimsical... I disagree with the previous review: I thought the pricing and serving sizes were fair and hospitable.
Try the Conde de Valdemar Crianza Tempranillo with the crazy sweet potato entree...
good food but not a good value – The service nice, the food delicious. But $29 for ice tea, gnocchi and a lettuce salad is way too pricey. Not a good value, in fact, overpriced!
I love Carmelita! – This is such a terrific restaurant. My husband and I just went for our Anniversary. The food is so good, my chickpea cake was terrific and my husband's ravioli was very good. The bruleed lemon curd was amazing. I don't think the portions are small at all. I was so stuffed when we left, I couldn't even finish my entree or dessert, even though I really tried. The service was perfect, our server was so nice and helpful and wished us a Happy Anniversary. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
Excellent food, Service suggestions – I dined here with another person on Saturday, so it was busy, understandably so. The person I came with in parapalegic, so he had a tough time getting through the dining area to our table. We waited over five minutes before our server acknowledged us, not even a hello before that. We ordered the empanadas for a starter. They were good, but for the price of $8, we thought that were getting more than two of them. Dinner portions were a bit small for the price listed. I realize that the menu is vegetarian and that can add to price, still portions were a bit overpriced. I wouldn't mind paying a little more for food that had more professional looking servers. A t-shirt is not professional.
After this critical review, I do want to say that the food and wine we ordered was excellent.
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