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
297 reviews since May 6, 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 (152)neighborhood gem (108)special occasion (105)good for groups (99)hot spot (74)fit for foodies (63)romantic (61)vibrant bar scene (45)great for lunch (45)notable wine list (33)scenic view (32)great for brunch (31)late-night find (30)kid-friendly (25)Show More
  • More a factory than a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
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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
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    • 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.
  • Great food, but very noisy inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    Verobeachbabe
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We love Carmine's. We always have a great meal and so much fun. The waiters provide great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian feeling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian Great Location
    ChiHotelGuy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great
    1niteout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Drinks and service was good and enjoy patio area.was seated very quick also,will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service with an attitude
    NLH88VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Tyler
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time
    greattoeat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My daughter and I went there for a night out. It was great and great food. Would go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delivers. Classic Chicago.
    Finedinelovr
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ArchReg
    ArchReg
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All good
    Good1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was good, pasta cooked well. My husband and I are carnivores, but our friends were vegan. They were willing to opt for vegetarian dishes as unfortunately Carmines does not offer anything vegan.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Electric
    BarryMac
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gi-normous portions!
    pickydiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood destination
    LaBeechaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Terrible Service
    FeedMe
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food,atrocious service
    OvereaterUnanimous
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    lbennett
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dadofthree
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Very loud inside with indifferent service. Food was just OK.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet