Historical Austin Carmelo’s
Online Reservations (Austin)
504 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78701 map
Weekdays 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
We will open for your party on Saturday lunch.
Sunday from 5 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
“Dear Mr. Mauro, our luncheon at your Carmelo’s in Austin was delightful! Of course the food was superb and the service was very
personable. Thank you so very much.” ~ Corraine S.
“Dear Mr. Mauro, we celebrated my husband’s 70th birthday with a surprise party at the Austin Restaurant. I had never heard of your restaurant. Your wait staff was wonderful! The food was marvelous! Carmelo’s is now our favorite restaurant in Austin.
All of our friends and relatives raved about the food and service. Thank you so much for hiring the best people!” ~ Sharon
“On Sunday my wife and I took a chance on your Austin restaurant. The atmosphere was terrific: we liked the accordionist
and his repertoire. The wait staff was very professional and very attentive. It was clear to us that you employ seasoned,
experienced staff that knows how to deliver top notch service. We passed on our good experiences to your manager as well
as our plans to come again” ~ Richard L.
“Carmelo, I can’t thank you enough for driving all the way in and back to make sure everything was perfect. The room was a
perfect setting for a gorgeous family Italian lunch and each course was o yummy. The beef stroganoff was the best I’ve ever
had! You are such a gracious hose!” ~ Demetra P
“Ronnie and I want to thank you again for more of the Carmelo’s hospitality . . . this time shown us by Eddie, I believe, in Austin, when we recently took our son Todd and daughter-in-law Jenni out to eat at your fine Austin restaurant. We were so delighted with the joy-filled service of the waiters, the generous and delectable “gratis” hors d’oeuvres, and of course the lovely ambiance and delicious food. We are definitely your fans forever! Thanks, Carmelo, and “hello” from our Stephanie too! We hope you will recognize Eddie and your Austin staff in some way and let them know too of our delightful experience. We are grateful to you all!” ~ Cynthia
“We met on a couple of occasions when I was enjoying your Austin restaurant. I told you then, but I wanted you to know, how much I appreciate your Carmelo’s in Austin. It is at the top of my list of favorites. Several years ago I began to enjoy lunches there. The staff is impeccable. The food is always delicious and well presented. In particular, Luis Patino, Froy and Leo have become family to me. It is a testimony to you to have chosen Margarito and the other high caliber staff who are motivated to create a personalized dining experience for all customers. I noticed it today, when two waiters were carefully attending another table, yet did not neglect the other customers.” ~ Jack P.
The Old Depot Hotel, recorded on the National Register as a recorded Texas Landmark is the oldest standing train depot in Texas. In 1964, it was totally restored by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn M. Tooke, Jr. and the 4,200 square foot masonry addition that currently occupies the restaurant dining room and kitchen was created.
The original building is believed to have been built in 1872 by designer and architect Abner Cook, who also owned the property from October 1861 to October 1862. The owners at the time of construction were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schafer.
The Houston and Texas Central Railroad came to Austin in 1871 with its main tracks on Pine (5th) Street. The Old Depot Hotel, known as the Railroad House until 1878, was built one block east of the depot and accommodated passengers traveling to other railroads and four stagecoach lines.
Among the various proprietors of the Railroad House was Paul Pressler who is known to have operated a brewery called Pressler’s Beer Garden on the south side of Pecan. Either he or his descendants owned and/or occupied the building for more than fifty years. An association and friendship alleged between the Presslers and O. Henry is very possible since O. Henry’s home is located across the street in Brush Square.