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Carmine's
Carmine's

Carmine's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (312) 988-7676
  • 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: Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious food, large portions and excellent service. Been going there for years."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Love the fish salad and the eggplant salad. Great outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "When I arrived with my two girls we had to wait several minutes before anyone noticed and seated us. We were seated next to a large round table of businesspeople. We had three different waiters come to our table and they seemed very busy and not particularly friendly. We finally pinned one down to ask questions and give our order. The table next to us was very lively and had several waiters hovering around. Yet it was hard for us to get someone to bring us bread, then awhile longer to get butter and another while to get parmesan. I got the feeling that since I wasn't ordering lots of bottles of wine and big entrees that my value as a customer was diminished. The food was fine but the service certainly took away from my experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Always enjoy your restaurant. the food is always very good and your servers are very professional"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dining experience at Carmine's. The food was amazing, the atmosphere, everything EXCEPT our waiter. He was rude and very unpleasant to have to do with. 3 people from our group were 10 minutes late and he got all upset about it, he was checking his tip before he even left our table, he was just very rude and unprofessional."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Arrived early for our reservation and were able to be seated outside, which was fantastic. Wonderful waitress, great appetizers and very good main courses. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Have been to Carmines many times and last Saturday night was the worst. They had so many people flowing through it wasn't a surprise that the food was terrible. In all my dining experiences I have never ordered oysters that came out frozen! Yes, the entire plate of oysters were frozen. We almost threw up. The chicken marsala was terrible as well. Service was slow but expected that with the crowds. This place has average food on a good night. This was not a good night."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "When refilling a water glass, the waiter should remove the glass from the table and pour, otherwise, it could splash on the customer which happened several times! That water is cold!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Carmine's is always consistently good. Location is great. Great for out of towners wanting Italian in Chicago"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was truly amazing, very tasty. The portions were a bit big, which is not necessary a bad thing. Two people could easily eat from one plate. The service we got was also outstanding. The waiter knew what he was recommending, he was funny and catered to all our needs. I dined with my family who were visiting out of town on a Saturday evening around 7PM. Around 8-9 PM it got very busy, a little bit loud. It wasn't too bad, depending what your tolerance level is."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our experience overall was very good. It became very crowded and yet everyone was very accomodating as our group of 8 had 2 little ones in strollers/high chairs. The only complaints I would have is that the prices on Carmine's website menu for dinners were substantially lower than they actually turned out to be! Also, the bottle of wine we ordered was NOT a full bottle (much smaller) and no one alerted us to that as we did not notice it on the wine list, and, we were charged $44 for the bottle when the wine list showed $29. So we paid $44 for literally 3 glasses of Moscato. We intend to call about that. The food was very good, the portions generous, and the outdoor ambiance was wonderful, even though it was a little loud."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dined at a table outside on a beautiful Saturday morning for brunch. The food was great. I had the Greek Omelette and my friend had the Million $ pancake. We shared and both of the meals were extremely yummy. Also had the house bloody mary which was really tasty with the slice of bacon in it! Would definitely recommend this place and looking forward to my next visit here!! :)"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I hosted a dinner party of eight at Carmine's last week. Everyone enjoyed every part of our meal. The staff was a little too busy to be completely attentive, but it wasn't too bad. Beware, it's a lot of food. The salads are made for sharing and the main courses are 2X a regular servicing. If you have appetizers and salads, you won't be able to finish your meal."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was ok. Salmon was somewhat dry. Stuffed mushrooms were way more mushroom than stuffed. Biggest issue was the service. Wed. night. reservation. Asked for quiet table - was seated in between 3 large parties. Took almost 10 minutes to get waiter. Another 5 to see a waiter who wanted to take our order but we hadn't been provided with a wine list. It's a team waitstaff concept - lots of rotation but bad coordination. Poor handoffs. The staff was rushed and not very attentive. For what we spent ($280 for 3 people) I felt like the service could have been better. The food was ok. It felt like a chain restaurant experience that didn't sync up with the price. No ambiance at all in the upstairs diding area. Patio is great - stay there."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The Lasagna and brick chicken are amazing. A little noisy but very vibrant!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed the outdoor dining experience. Weather was nice in the early hours of Saturday evening. Got rained on-but that didn't dampen our spirits. Good Italian food. Large portions."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went on a Friday night for my boyfriends birthday & it was super loud inside of the restaurant to the point where I started losing my voice by the time we left. The service is usually good, but super slow that day & the server seemed like they wanted out very quickly. Also, they charge for a birthday cake/slice. The cake was pretty worth the $9.00. Nonetheless, the food outweighed the bad."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, great drinks, great service. No complaints. Very friendly waiters."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "One of the better Rosebud Restaurants. Excellent service and ambience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food great service this time there had to wait from salad to dinner a long time . Waiter told us it was due to a large private party. Will definitely end up going again as this is never happened before At Carmine's"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything was great about this place with the exception of the steak we ordered and of course, the price of that steak. I know Carmines is not known for steak, but if you are paying $40 for a steak, you expect it to be decent and at least cooked the way you ordered it. My husband ordered a medium rare steak and it came out almost well done. There was no color to the steak at all and it was difficult to chew with little flavor. We were appalled that we were charged $40 for it but were with a group of work associates and were too embarrassed to send the steak back at the time. I suggest sticking to their spaghetti and meatballs, which were delicious. Definitely an older crowd...."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed Carmine's overall. Great food and nice atmosphere. However, our waiter was very pushy and did not offer us the opportunity to look over the menu and relax a bit. We were not sure what the huff was all about? It was dinner and we were not a slow group that would tie up a table. In hind sight I should have asked him to allow us some time to look over the large menu, and if necessary change to another waiter, or as a last resort leave and go somewhere else. That being said, it was the only negative, and most likely not typical of the wait staff. We will give it another try because the food is very good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great Sunday Brunch as usual....Had guests who thoroughly enjoyed."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Bustling on a Saturday night at 7pm. Service was great. The food was ok. I would say it was just above average. Portions are huge, value is good, but you might want to share with a friend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have been coming to Carmines for the past few years. The customer service is unbelievable and the food is unmatched. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who has high standards."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very impressed with food and service. Was highly recommended, and I see why."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Loved sitting outside. Weather was perfect. Chops were fantastic and pasta was average. Had better at home! The veal was salty and tough. Disappointing to say the least. Overrated and over hyped. A factory, not very personable. Server never bothered to come by and ask how everything was. What a contrast from Gibsons"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We came back after 5 years and it's still the best! The sauce is so fresh and delicious .....and I know my sauce since I'm Italian. Everything we ate and drank was tasty and the service (Nick) was outstanding. We'll keep coming back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was excellent. Reservations is easy to make. And of course considering its location, perfect."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food and service was amazing! The dessert was to die for. I loved everything about our dinner. I took a friend in from out of town and it was an amazing experience, not to mention the food was even better."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It is very reasonably priced and the food quality is excellent. The servings are generous. Many dishes can be shared between 2 or more people and still be filling."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Looking for an Italian restaurant that you know will have good food, this is the place. The food never disappoints! Great outdoor dining in the summer too."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I forgot her name, but our server who was from Romania, was a gem, and made our meal fun! They really put out a spread and were attentive on bread, water, drinks and well being! I will be back"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We did a large (22 person) family dinner at Carmine's on a Saturday night. The food was great and he service was even better. The staff was kind and courteous and was quick to resp and to any and all requests. Dinner went seamlessly, which was a pleasant surprise with a group of this size."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The staff went above and beyond to make our evening special!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I took my husband to Carmine's for Father's Day. Our waiter was great and the food was fantastic. It was a beautiful night so we ate on the patio. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We recently dined at Carmine's. Our only comment is try other restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great Sea Bass. The server was helpful Enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Consistent food that met expectations. Service was excellent ...prompt and caring. College grad occasion for 8 which was well received by all . Outside venue perfect for Friday night."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It has been years since I have been to Carmines in Chicago. glad I decided to make the stop this time. I loved everything about this place. We got a seat by the window upstairs which was very nice, our waiter was fantastic, and the food was great. Portions are huge, and we knew that going in, so my dinner guest and I shared a starter and an entrée and we still couldn't finish it all. The Shrimp Risotto was outstanding. Perfect consistency and flavor. I will be making more visits to Carmines when I am in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/11/2014