Carmella's Cafe & Dessert Bar

Welcome to Carmella's

Carmella's Cafe and Dessert Bar is located in the heart of downtown Charleston, SC. We offer a wide variety of house-made pastries, sorbettos and milkshakes, as well as a full bar serving cocktails, spiked coffee, local beers, and food-friendly wines.

Decadent Desserts

Indulge in European-style classics like Cannoli, or originals like our legendary Tiramisu cake and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Sample everything from our house-made sorbetto to fresh-baked cakes and pies, as well as more adventurous fare including our famous double-layer waffles and gelato sandwich!

Savory Dishes

From gourmet baked goods to artisanal stromboli, Carmella's sandwich menu requires only one thing from you: an appetite! And, of course, we serve Espresso and coffee beverages.

Full Bar

Carmella's proudly serves a full bar. Specialty drinks include Spiked Coffee, "Beer Beer Floats," Adult Milkshakes, Sorbetto Cocktails, and Chocolate Martinis. We also offer a large assortment of local brews and food-friendly Italian vintages, as well as an outstanding selection of Port.

Wedding Cakes

The wedding cake of your dreams is closer than you think! Our specialty bakers will work with you to create the perfect cake for your special day.


Food makes a party, and nobody makes food like Carmella's. Whether you're planning a small office party or a giant wedding reception, Carmella's is the right choice for crowd-pleasing catering.


"Carmella's was my favorite bar of the entire trip. The chocolate martini tasted like cocoa heaven and the cheese plate with their fig jam was absolutely out of this world."

"Carmella's on East Bay Street serves up Italian indulgences, like gelato, triple chocolate mousse and tiramisu cups, in a cafe that looks like it belongs in Europe. If you're in the mood for a boozier vice, they also have wine and dessert cocktails."

"USA Today has named Carmella's the best dessert place in Charleston. This Italian cafe and dessert bar makes a phenomenal tiramisu cake that fans can't get enough of."