7314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA (map)

phone 206-706-7703

Carmelita is one of the city’s highest-minded vegetarian restaurants, bringing the gravitas of fine dining to the meatless experience, but do note that the service and the (high) prices get mixed reviews.

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Carmelita is one of the city’s highest-minded vegetarian restaurants, bringing the gravitas of fine dining to the meatless experience, but do note that the service and the (high) prices get mixed reviews.

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Why can't a place like Seattle have a really good vegetarian restaurant? This place has a good reputation as does Flora, but I don't get it. They might have one or two things that they do that are OK, but overall there's not much here. I guess it's hard to creat good non-asian veggie food. It must be because no one here seems to be succeeding. It's decent and the place is nice enough though.

Posted by Charles on May 28, 2007 at 8:12 AM | Report this comment

I keep hearing about how great Carmelita is, but having gone here only a couple of weeks ago, there is really nothing on the menu for the discriminating vegetarian. With only a few non-interesting entree selections, Carmelita is a disappointing choice for those who seek great vegetarian food. Cafe Flora is a much better choice.

Posted by David on June 1, 2007 at 12:23 PM | Report this comment

I think Carmelita is very, very good. I've been there 7 or 8 times, and I did once get something that could have been better. (It wasn't gross; it just could have been better.) But generally, it's a lovely restaurant--the outdoor area especially--with consistently delicious food.

Posted by Molly on June 25, 2007 at 6:14 PM | Report this comment

I am an avid meat eater, so it takes a lot to get me to a vegetarian restaurant, but Carmelita was worth it. The staff was extremely helpful, sweet and attentive. The inside decor is very nice, but the back patio was wonderful for a summer evening. I recommend the pizza with morels and gruyere, it was fantastic.

Posted by stella12345 on July 11, 2007 at 3:41 PM | Report this comment

My husband and I chose to celebrate our first Wedding Anniversary at Carmelita's. We'd read great reviews and this place came highly recommended from friends of ours. For us, this place lived up to it's good reputation. The atmosphere, artistic and rustic made it comfortable for a fine-dining venue, the service from our waitress was exceptional, and the food from first course through to dessert was wonderful without exception. And what beautiful presentation! Each mouthful was delicious and you could really appreciate the quality of the ingredients. We found nothing to be over-powering and we both left feeling happily full but not at all bloated. We will definitely be back!

Posted by Linda & Martin on July 29, 2007 at 9:35 PM | Report this comment

Our last visit to Carmelita confirmed the importance of dining in chef-owned restaurants. We've seen Carmelita through good chefs and bad, and the current chef is clearly awful. How do I know? The "gnocchi" that I was served did not arrive as little dumplings, but rather as a bowl of porridge. When I asked our server if this was unusual, she brazenly explained that the prep cook just could not get the dough to hold together, and the (awful) chef endorsed serving it this way instead (rather than taking it off of the menu for the evening, as any credible cook would have done). The bad server's response made the bad situation worse, but that is beside the point, which is that the current chef is the pits.

Posted by frequent diner on August 31, 2007 at 9:24 AM | Report this comment

I admit that the food at Carmelita's is pricey, perhaps a little overpriced, but it is the best (indeed, only) place for vegetarian haute cuisine. The risotto is delicious, the salads are superb, and the waitstaff knows their wine.

Posted by Emeraldcityserendipity on January 21, 2008 at 3:17 PM | Report this comment

Carmelita was our favorite restaraunt for the past 7 years. We must have gone there 10+ times. The mix of presentation, unique flavor combos, and amazing flavored oils always kept us happy. We have taken quite a few meat eaters here and they were never disappointed. We went last night for the first time in a year and were totally amazed at how bad it was. Wilted and bad greens on a $9 salad that was totally uninteresting. Scoop and spat presentation on the goat cheese salad that looked like it belonged in at a pub. "Souffle" cooked in a ceramic boat that looked like cafeteria food. No presentation, no special oils with artfully arranged perfectly sliced exotic ingredients. We bailed on desert and went elsewhere. We were truly saddened that we have lost an old friend.

Posted by Ik on June 28, 2008 at 10:17 AM | Report this comment

My husband and I visited Seattle August 14 for the first time. We anticipated really good vegetarian meals. I researched restaurants on the web and found Carmelita listed as the best vegetarian in Seattle.
If this is the best Seattle has to offer you have my sympathy. We ordered the mushroom risotto and the farfalle pasta. The risotto was heavy and tasteless and I ate very little before giving up entirely. The pasta was poor to mediocre.
The chocolate Muck Muck cake was a long wait for fair results. The presentation of the dishes were not up to fine dining standards. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Posted by Sarah on September 1, 2008 at 12:18 PM | Report this comment

Very high priced food. The "Hash" I had was about 60 cents worth of food. The charged me $17 for the plate. I was embarrassed to say anything because I knew my guests were embarrassed for me. Will not return

Posted by Carmelita on May 11, 2013 at 9:14 PM | Report this comment

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