Carmine's
Carmine's

Carmine's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3129887676x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11 am - 11 pm
    Friday: 11 am - Midnight
    Saturday: 9 am - Midnight
    Sunday: 9 am - 10 pm

    Now serving Brunch on Saturday & Sunday (Seasonal)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nick Biscaglio
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Serving award-winning homemade Italian classics, delectable desserts and made-to-order specialty cakes by our renowned pastry chef, even the most demanding taste buds will be delighted by our off-site catering services.
    For more information or to consult with an event coordinator, call (773) 325-9700 or visit our website at www.rosebudrestaurants.com.
  • Entertainment: Carmine’s is the place for fun and spirited nightlife delivering live music five nights a week, celebrity sightings, and an inviting canopied patio for the best people watching in the city. Inside, seating on two levels provides conversation-friendly dining upstairs, while the lower level is the place to be for live entertainment. Relax at a cozy table downstairs or grab a seat at the spacious bar for a perfect view of the performers who begin at 8:00pm Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellevue
  • Public Transit: El, Red Line at Clark / Division; 36 Broadway Bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is $12.
A word from Carmine's
Carmine’s invites you to experience an unforgettable meal with authentic Italian recipes passed down from generation to generation. A true cosmopolitan hangout located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, Carmine’s offers live entertainment, an extensive bar, and an outdoor café* that is the place to see and be seen from sun up to sun down.

Whether dining al fresco* or inside the elegant two level dining room, even the most demanding taste buds will be overjoyed by Carmine’s impressive menu selections. Signature dishes include clams and oysters on the half shell, steaks and chops grilled to perfection, melt-in-your-mouth veal and chicken dishes, and of course generous portions of award-winning pastas. From the moment you are seated and served, you’ll understand why Carmine’s is packed with food aficionados every night of the week. We're now open for Saturday & Sunday brunch!

*Unfortunately, we DO NOT accept reservations for the outdoor patio garden.
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Carmine's reviews from OpenTable diners
304 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (163)neighborhood gem (113)good for groups (108)special occasion (107)hot spot (82)fit for foodies (68)romantic (68)vibrant bar scene (50)great for lunch (45)notable wine list (38)scenic view (35)late-night find (30)great for brunch (25)kid-friendly (25)Show More
  • Amazing grub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was amazing, the food and the service. Completely romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great entertaining and dinning
    Amelia
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Carmines always has great service great food. Try it once and you will return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything it should be!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Friends visiting from Florida stayed at the Sofitel down the street. Carmine's was exactly what they expected from a Chicago restaurant. It was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!
    Tward83
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    food is very good not, service is great. I would recommend carmines to anyone...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best waiter ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Danny was an outstanding waiter. He gave honest advice on amounts th order, and great recommendations overall. I will be asking for his section every time in the future. Over all the restaurant was outstanding also and the food was wonderful. Our friends in from London where extremely impressed overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to love this spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Hate to say, but my experience for my birthday dinner was not good. The waiter was disconnected and distracted by his visiting girlfriend. Our service was not up to the usual excellent standard. We ordered a daily special of mussel and shrimp cacciatore. The mussels were bad and I had to actually spit it out at the table. It literally left a terrible taste in my mouth! The waiter and manager were very accommodating after that, offering anything I wanted. Once something like that happens, it's too late. We ate our other dishes, fried calamari which was excellent and eggplant parmesan which was fair. They treated me to tiramisu for dessert which was excellent. I used to go to Carmines all the time. Now I will find another spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicago Italian @ it's Best!
    Samiam29VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Love Carmine's !! Eggplant salad to start along with jumbo shrimp cocktail.. Pasta and more!! Yum yum:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Portions of great food
    DerbyDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Group of four shopping weary girls ate here on Saturday night. Everything was great - lively spot and portions are huge! 1 appetizer, 2 mains and a side were more than we could finish between 4! Have eaten here before - never disappointed (cool neighbourhood too!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in class
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We found carmines to be absolutely amazing. the food was some of the best italian I have ever had. Service was phenominal. the waiter was happy to help some in our group that were not familiar with italian dishes and what is in them. would go back every time I am in chicago. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a large group of 16 but the food still came out at the correct time and was top notch. The service was excellent and the pricing was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sam the server
    Globetrotter
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We sat at our favorite table-table 19 by the window and had a wonderful meal. The best part, though, was our server Sam. He was warm and funny and made the experience better than I've ever had at Carmine's. He likes his job and is good at it. Great night!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    Blusfan87
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Met an old friend for dinner. We sat at a table outdoors adjacent to the sidewalk. The service was friendly and attentive, food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Jpinter1
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Carmine's impresses every time. The staff and service is energetic and friendly. The food is as good as anywhere in the city, and you are right in the middle of the most vibrant part of the city. Always a good time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Superb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great old school feel and fabulous food. Chopped salad was the best I've had and the coconut cake was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a joy
    GinzVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food great service great people. From Natalie and Isabella up front and Danny Levin the ultimate server and a variety of great food it's always a pleasure
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average
    slow
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    food was okay, servers were very nice but it took forvever to get our main course and it was not crowded.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • couchfam
    couchfam
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Awesome. The service was great, the food was great, atmosphere was fun. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago for Detroiters
    gkp33VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were here from Detroit with four couples. Carmine's did not disappoint! Everything was excellent. We split two chopped salads to begin, and everyone had a different entree. I chose the shrimp. Yum! Drinks, wine. Fun!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning at Carmine's
    Carmine
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a great time with wonderful friends and had an opportunity to dine outside. Our only complaint was that the small flying bugs constantly flew into our wine glasses and we had to cover the wine glasses with cloth napkins. Management was very gracious and said there wasn't much they could do about it. The food, service and management was outstanding, and it was an overall great experience. Will not sit outside in the future however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More a factory than a restaurant
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you like authentic Italian cuisine, go somewhere else. Though our waiter was very nice, this place wasn't. Too large, too noisy, not very good and more importantly nothing a real Italian food amateur would enjoy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary to remember
    dinner42
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I went to Carmine's to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary...came to Chicago from Dallas. We were seated in the most perfect setting - a "window seat" of sorts which allowed us to have a great atmosphere for talking. Our waiter was wonderful with dinner recomendations and he timed his "visits" to the table just perfect. We were there almost 3 hours and LOVED every minute of the food, wine, and service. We will definately go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope you're hungry!
    Victrola
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Outside of feeling like we were being rushed, the portions were big - those with a lighter appetite might want to split an entrée. Food was fresh, delicious, and they made my favorite dish even though it wasn't on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    Froggy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our reservations for a group of 7 were honored on time on a busy Friday night. People seemed comfortable dressed from casual to business casual. A good selection of affordable wines and entrees. Portions were generous. Service was professional. An authentic Italian experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food Fun Atmosphere
    TBDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a large group and ordered 7 different dishes for 12 people and shared them. All were excellent. The food, wine and atmosphere were all very good. The noise level was energetic and fun - enough to add to the Italian ambiance but we could still all hear one another without effort. This is one of the top spots in Chicago for Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!!
    2ofus
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    best pasta sauce I've had in a very long time. Absolutely delicious!!! Huge servings!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but very noisy inside
    Niki
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've eaten at Carmine's before and had a fantastic time. But then I recalled that I had dined outside. Sitting inside, the ceilings ar so low and they fit so many people inside it was difficult to have a conversation without screaming to one another, which lead to other people screaming over us. The food is amazing and the wine was fantastic, excellent service. But I think I'll stick to eating outside next time I dine at Carmine's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    MarineVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonder food with fair prices great service. Much food. Lasts at least two days at home
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    LiseannVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was visiting from Cali to see family and had an awesome dinner! Danny was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellant brunch location
    ROK47
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A little hard to find parking on the weekend, but arrive early (10:00 ish) and it won't be too bad. We ate outside. The weather was good, the food was excellent, the service was excellent, and the company superb. We hung out for quite a while after brunch and were never made to feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food/service- bar area loud
    Bigfoodiehere
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything we ordered was fantastic and the service was impeccable - my only compliant was the loudness of the pianist/singer. We were seared in the bar area and Even our waitor made a comment that he was a loud - which made our conversation with table mates difficult .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    DianaWindsorON
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Unfortunatley, we were both not impressed with the food. Chicken Parm far too thick, ravioli was fair by no means excellent. Both entrees came with a side of pasta which we were unable to substitute with a salad. Im not sure why they would serve a side pasta with a pasta dish. Luckily, only 1 side pasta was brought to the table, we asked the server to not bring the second one once he relized it was forgotten. The portions are huge if your interested in eating a ton of food instead of some quality food. We also did order a bottle of wine the table but our server brought 2 glasses. Sadly, this was my first 'fair-poor' meal in Chicago. We will definately not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Time
    CarmineLuva
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Came here with co-workers..the service, the food, down to the bussers and food runners, were awesome. Will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great! ...When it's not busy...
    RegularFoodJunkie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Sat outdoors at a small table where the menus had to be placed on the ground in order to make room for our drinks. Food was good. Excessive amount of calamari. Don't get it if it's only for two of you. Entrees were great but it took forever to get the bill. We were anxious to leave though because it was pretty cramped and it started to get noisy. Overall it was a 3/5 star experience. There's better places though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • in the hub delivers great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you want a spot to see the world walk by, and feel in the center of all the beautiful people, take an outside table at Carmines. If possible, take one on the south side of the patio, away from the sidewalk noise and commotion and under the awning. The server expertly suggested we share entrees, which was great for the budget and given the portion size, a really good idea. The ladies room has an attendant! so you might want to bring tip money if you take the linen towel from her (although no need to do so), since there is also a paper towel dispenser.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service extremely bad No apologies
    Nik2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was very slow with no apologies. The waiter Never apologize and was unwilling or unable to make simply menu accommodations. Wine was good as well as the pasta dish. Good place to have drinks and listen to music in the bar area. Very noisy but okay for a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our food was fabulous at Carmine's. I had the veal marsala and my husband had the veal parm. Both delicious. We went for dinner and the place was packed. There was a piano player performing during dinner who was very good. A little loud but very nice. I would highly recommend this place if you like Italian food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • went for brunch
    SteveSteveMDVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Brunch menu limited. Portions are big but my sandwich was just okay. Wife loves the vodka sauce her all time favorite. I have to admit one of the best.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good, staff friendly. Busy area of Chicago and a fun place to people watch on the weekend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valet service
    angry
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My party of 6 had a very nice evening which was totally ruined by the valet service. BE VERY CAUTIOUS OF THE VALET SERVICE. They damaged my new car and stole a medallion off the rear tailgate in doing so. I made a police report and getting no cooperation from the CAPITAL VALET SERVICE with regard to fixing my vehicle. I will NEVER go back to the restaurant and use the valet service again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carmines is a great
    Amelia
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food, portions are fantastic. Great entertainment and service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.