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See us in person and enjoy our comfortable dining establishment surrounded by bookshelves stacked with wine and lit with candlelight. Reservations after 3:00pm, Main dining seats approximately 65 guests, Cork Room seats 30, Vineyard Room seats 10. During the summer months enjoy your wine and dinner on Carmela's patio seating with blooming roses and a water fountain.

Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your evening at Carmela's and some explanations of our policies.

Weekend Reservations

People have busy lives, and as everyone coordinates with friends and finds a babysitter, our prime weekend seatings can get booked weeks in advance. We apologize if we're unable to give you your first choice of reservations.You can still make spur of the moment plans- we do get cancellations, and it is always worthwhile to call that day to see if we have anything available.
Weeknight Dining

If you have the flexibility in your schedule, please visit us on a weeknight! As with all restaurants, we may be able to accommodate your first choice dining time on these nights. We also welcome walk-ins, especially during the week, with tables set aside just for our spontaneous friends in the small dining room, out on the patio, or a handful of nearby tables in the bar.
Carmela's Bistro & Wine Bar
4141 Pioneer Woods Dr
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506
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402.489.0005
carmelasbistroandwinebar@yahoo.com
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Just had Lunch at Carmela's with a group of girlfriends. Before today I had never been in there and it was superb! Can't wait to get back there for Dinner!
by Emme on April 8th, 2010 15:02:52
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Carmela's Serves Lunch Now! We had a great Lunch! I had their yummy tomato soup with a Gourmet Cheese Sandwich and my Hubby had their Carmela's Pasta. They both were amazing! It is sure nice to have somewhere noce to go to lunch instead of always going to the Venue. Thanks Carmela!
by Michaela on March 4th, 2010 13:01:43
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Beautiful Decor, Great Service and Food! I hear they got a new Chef at the Beginning of the year and our food was outstanding! Way to Go New Chef at Carmelas!
by michelle on February 17th, 2010 12:00:49
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Great Place and Yummy Food! For those of you complaining you might have had a bad experience because ours was great try them again you will be glad you did!
by Meghan on September 19th, 2009 15:48:55
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What a fabulous place to visit! You if have not tried their New Gourmet Happy Hour it is a must! Great Service, Food and I loved the Flights of Wine! My Favorite is the Wente Riesling from California it was the 3rd wine on the flight and the server was right it was great!
by Sara on September 19th, 2009 15:47:45
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My wife found a review in the Journal Star for this restaurant. It sounded like a place we wanted to try so I took her there for our anniversary. The decor was nice, the ambiance was good and our waitress was bright and cheerful. We had potatos tapas for an appetizer. Except for the applewood bacon on the potatos it was bland and uninspiring. Really it was something I felt I could make at home with a little help from the microwave. My wife had Fettucine Alfredo and seemed to enjoy it quite a bit although she said she'd had better. I ordered the seafood lasagna. One rule and good cook knows about seafood is that you have to go easy on the heat. This brick of food had been exposed to a tremendous amount of heat. So much so that I could not identify what was on the top of the lasagna. It was like cardboard. Hard and difficult to cut with a knife. The rest of the cheese and the seafood was like rubber bands. I would reccomend to the establishment that they either review what they are doing with this dish or take it off the menu. With my meal I order a flight of wine. These were very good wines but not great wines like the price would suggest. The waitress was good although she forgot to put our order in for the salad we ordered. We ended up taking it home in box. She brought a free desert to make up for the error. It was BTS cake. This was also uninspiring and seemed to be made from prepared foods not something that the restaurant invested much time making. Despite this I would give Carmela's another chance. I think there is a tremendous amount of potential here. Next time I would stay away from the seafood.
by Matt on September 17th, 2009 12:51:13
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Awesome New Happy Hour Menu!!!! I loved straight from the Hip Chef's Creation! Carmela's has set the standard high for thier new Gourmet Happy Hour! Carmela...Your Duck wings and Prociutto wrapped strawberries are amazing!!! Can't wait to bring all the girls from my office!
by Cindly Brantley on June 14th, 2009 15:27:50
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My wife and I had our 30th wedding anniversary last month and we wanted to do something different than just go out for dinner. I had a co worker mention tome that Carmela's was having a 5 course wine dinner. I suprised my wife and we had brillant foods and wine! What an experience! I think I am now husband of the year! We have already reserved out next sitting at Carmela's for their next wine dinner. Bravo Chef!
by cory on June 4th, 2009 09:43:38
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Was so very disappointed. The wine was terrible. Wasn't even chilled! They didn't have the food I ordered so I settled for my second choice. It was awful. Thought they might be redeemed with the dessert..nope! The waiter was snooty. I asked to have the TV turned off (there was a hockey game on and no one was watching) and the waitress said she would look into it. She never came back, the TV stayed on and she avoided our gaze for the rest of the night. The final topper: The waiter was flirting with the people at the table next to us and handed us the check with his back to us. Avoid this place!!
by Laura on April 11th, 2009 19:10:28
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beautiful restaurant and nice wine list. i travel frequently and i could not believe that carmela's had my favorite wine from sonoma! it was delicious! the waiter paired my wine selection with my entree and he was dead on it paired so wonderfully! nice job! i will be back next time i am in lincoln ne.
by michelle andrews on April 2nd, 2009 18:18:24
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Beautiful Restaurant and brilliant and kind staff. I had the stuffed shrimp last weekend and a ordered it take out this evening. SOOOOOO YUUUMMMMMYYYYY! Carmela's is my new favorite place! Welcome to Lincoln we are soo glad you are here!
by MEGAN on March 20th, 2009 20:30:27
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i LOVED THIS PLACE. MY WIFE AND i WENT TO CARMELA'S FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY AND IT WAS OUTSTANDING. THE FOOD AND SERVICE COULD NOT BE ANY BETTER. WE WILL BE BACK WITH FRIENDS. WE CAN'T WAIT TIL THE PATIO OPENS UP SO WE CAN ENJOY NICE WINE AND GREAT FOOD SURROUNDED BY ROSES! WE CAN'T WAIT! ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 10 I GIVE CARMELAS A 10!
by MIKE FLOREZ on March 20th, 2009 20:27:53
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I thought this place should be nice but I was WRONG! It was a HORRIBLE dining experience. The staff, one girl in particular, was rude and did not pay attention at all. Then the owner was not helpful at all. What a horrible excuse for a restaurant!
by Janet on March 6th, 2009 14:11:49
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I took my fiance there! What a beautiful place!
Great cheese and wine. Great date place for sure!
Mike
by Mike F on November 19th, 2008 17:39:53
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