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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was good, staff friendly. Busy area of Chicago and a fun place to people watch on the weekend."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food, portions are fantastic. Great entertainment and service. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We love Carmine's. We always have a great meal and so much fun. The waiters provide great service"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This is one of our favourite restaurants when we are in Chicago. Unfortunately last time we got a bad waitress. She was'nt really intressted in us as costumers/guests."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We always walk away satisfied! Chicken parm, eggplant parm, veal saltumbucco, all excellent. Most entrees come with a side of pasta, get the sauteed brocolini to accompany everything! During the warm part of the year dine al fresco and take advantage of a great cityscape. The people watching on Rush is incomparable and the view of the famed "Viagra Triangle" is second to none. Service is very friendly and efficient. I've eaten here more than 20 times and will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "1st time dining at here we didn't know what to expect. When we looked at the menu we all thought the food was very pricey, however when we received our food, we were shocked to see how large the plates were. Each meal is enough to share with 2 ppl. The food was very flavorful and tasty. We ordered their eggplant salad as an appetizer and it was excellent. We all equally loved that dish. My sis and I split the Chicken Calabrese and the Veal Saltimbocca, and they were both delicious. That was probably the best chicken I have ever had. My mom ordered the brick chicken and my dad ordered the salmon special of the day. Unfortunately, the salmon was too dry, and the brick chicken wasn't cooked enough. Over all we will def eat there again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Drinks and service was good and enjoy patio area.was seated very quick also,will return."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Waiter had a bad attitude and rushed us through our meal. He didn't deliver on half of our requests including simple things like more bread! He did not pay attention to the food allergy at the table, and the person with the allergy had to wait an additional 45 min after everyone else got served to get their food right. Not coming back!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Calamari is a must - easy the highest quality and largest I've ever seen. Our waiter, Salvatore, was incredible. He did all of our ordering for us, and nailed every recommendation. Great place - only complaint was after the live music started it was hard to talk across the table. But the music was fantastic, so well worth it."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My daughter and I went there for a night out. It was great and great food. Would go back in a heart beat."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The experience at Carmine's never disappoints. The food and service are impeccable, and the drinks and wine list unique. While some may consider it pricey, it backs it up with the whole package. I'd highly recommend to anyone!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Table requested was not met. We had party of six well in advance and in person. Table wound up being inside rear patio facing wall under TV. Muscles were cold, veal tasted like patties (certainly not pounded) as I am used to...leftover issue storing w/ hostess / valet as we would have liked to walk. Server was very accommodating (Luis) and water refills good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have visited many restaurants on our frequent trips to Chicago but not Carmine's. My husband didn't think he would enjoy it and prefers other restaurants in the Gold Coast area. His veal was spectacular and they offered a gluten free pasta for me. The best of both worlds"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had a group of girls out to Carmines for a birthday dinner. Everything from the service to the food was fantastic. After dinner the manager grabbed us and brought us to an outside table in the front and gave us a bottle of Prosecco. Fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife ,son, and I had a great times. Good music along with great food. Huge portions, you will not be able to finish. It is a bit noisy but fun. This is what eating out in Chicago should be. There is seating outside as well as downstairs. We were downstairs and loved the vibe."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great atmosphere -- lots of energy at this member of the Rosebud family of restaurants. Entrée of tortellini carbonara was the best ever -- portions are gigantic -- enough for two. Even the house salad (kind of bland) was large enough for two people. Be sure to make a reservation. We were seated at the exact time we requested. Walk-ins were accepted but had to wait a minimum of 30 minutes. This place is very crowded -- no room to spare between tables. Our spot was adequate, though we were right next to the kitchen where beverages were prepared and final touches were added to food -- it was a constant parade of wait staff squeezing by with trays of food. Crème brulee to die for. Nice wine list. Wonderful, memorable evening! We will return."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood of Carmine's but rarely have gone there as expecting it to be too touristy. However now after two visits, we have found it to be a place where the good is great, service friendly and prompt and drinks generous. We had a waiter this past week that was just great even though the place was packed. My husband and I shared a Caesar salad upon the recommendation of the waiter as he said it was large. Then we both had a chicken dish. The portion was again large but just terrific. We are so happy we have decided to check out Carmine's and look forward to our next dining experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The poor service you hear about in all these reviews are definitely true. I feel like we were often forgotten. BUT when it comes to the food, they basically serve you two portions so everyone is walking out with leftovers which is awesome because you can enjoy their great food on another day."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Best Italian food I have experienced in years. Loved the experience. Service pathetic. Took appetizers away. After 35 minutes, waiter stopped by to say food on way (after serving next table who arrived after us). That was when he placed order with kitchen. Food arrived 10 minutes later."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Carmine's has delicious food with extremely LARGE portion sizes. This would be a great place for a group or family to share. Our service was poor except from the bus boy. Would only recommend based on quality of food, not quality of service. We were traveling from Florida and were interested in learning more about Carmine and it's sister's properties, but our waitress had NO interest in explaining or going into details."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Very loud inside with indifferent service. Food was just OK."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was great and portions were huge. I was pretty much stuffed with just calimari & the house salad. Took half of my dinner home. Great time!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We arrived early for our 8:30 reservation, but Carmine's sat us immediately! Our server was very pleasant & accommodating. Since we were a party of 5 ladies, one of our ladies decided to order a couple of meat entrees, a pasta dish, & a risotto dish. We shared & all were delicious! We were not rushed by our server & he even gave the birthday girls a dessert for each! It was a wonderful time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Carmines is a wonderful location, especially if you can get a table outside in the summer. However, the food is a bit over priced."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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