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198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
+1 843-722-5893
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gelato” (71 reviews)
“cake” (45 reviews)
“stromboli” (8 reviews)
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Italian, American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Delicious desserts, coffee, and late night place to go. Difficult to decide but we split the carrot cake. It was absolutely delicious! Wish we knew about it before our last night in Charleston.

Thank Paula S
Reviewed 2 days ago

The lemon blueberry cake, the cannoli cake.... Oh man, it's like a DREAM! This is some of the best dessert EVER!!! I live here in Charleston and my family now requests I contact the shop and make sure their favorite desserts will be available while...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We past carmella's while on a scavenger hunt and had to stop. With signs saying it was a top 10 place in the USA to get dessert.. we HAD to stop and try it out. The desserts did not disappoint. We got the cannoli cake,...More

Thank Lis G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a huge lunch and decided we were too full for dinner but not dessert so we went to Carmella’s. Everything was fantastic, I had an expresso martini my husband had a Manhattan shake and we split the coconut raspberry cake, yum! It all...More

Thank Laura s
Reviewed 4 days ago

After having a late lunch we decided we would have dessert for dinner. We were able to walk right in and find a place to sit once we placed our order. They did serve sandwiches etc, however we went straight for the cake. We shared...More

Thank SoccerSwimDance3
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We came here late night when we got into town and every other bar/restaurant stopped serving food at 10. It was a recommendation from a local and it didn’t disappoint! The sandwiches hit the spot and the wine and desserts were amazing! We ended up...More

Thank S P
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a well oiled business model. This bustling cafe is a must stop. The desserts are wonderful and the drinks are too! Adult shakes all sorts of wonderful libations. The people working in the cafe were all happy and very helpful if you have any...More

Thank Dillon66
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure to stop by after dinner for wonderful tiramisu and coffee. We went twice in 3 days for a nice cool down after a hot day. Its a relaxed atmosphere with a bar, gelato, and dessert counter. Pop in, get something fattening, and let...More

Thank Tommy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These people do it right and they have it alll- pie ,cookies, cake ,things I don’t know how to pronounce! All looked wonderful. We had the peanut nutter mousse cake—wow!!! And great friendly customer service- thank you guys!

Thank jadis1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carmella's was my favorite coffee and dessert shop of the week. I love the southern feel inside with wood floors, acme brick walls, white-washed cupboards and walls, and Edison lights. The Egg & Cheddar Sandwich on an English Muffin was great. Strawberry Rhubarb crisp was...More

Thank CraftBeers
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Kristen C
6 July 2018|
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Response from rbroome | Reviewed this property |
They do Have options that are dairy free
26 June 2017|
Response from Brian S | Property representative |
We have sorbetto, gelato, seasonal mousses, seasonal creme brûlée, and cakes on occasion.
16 March 2017|
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Response from Brian S | Property representative |
There is a parking garage behind us on Cumberland St.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-722-5893
  • E-mail
Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, Carmella's Cafe and Dessert Bar is an Italian-American dessert boutique cafe focused on cakes, pastries and adult dessert cocktails, as well as sandwiches and stromboli. We also feature a full bar and a vast selection of Italian wines, as well as some interesting varietals that are sure to please. Whether you are in the mood for warm and cold desserts or savory sandwiches and stromboli, visit us for an unforgettable experience. Located next to the Custom's House on the corner of East Bay St and Cumberland St.
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