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
298 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (158)good for groups (110)special occasion (109)neighborhood gem (109)hot spot (89)romantic (70)fit for foodies (68)vibrant bar scene (50)notable wine list (41)great for lunch (38)scenic view (35)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (22)great for brunch (20)Show More
  • Expected better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Requested a table in a quiet section and was placed in a room above the second floor that was so noisy I could not hear my dinner date. The table we were seated at had only 3 chairs which I feel threw off the dynamic of the table itself. The tablecloth was dirty and spotted (I have pictures). We were brought bread and then we waited 5 minutes for plates to eat said bread. On the upside the food we ordered came out quick. I ordered fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and broccoli. I was given broccolini with my pasta instead and the sauce was very watery, not thick as it's supposed to be. My dates cheese stuffed ravioli was good. The server and busboy were friendly and attentive. I expected better from a rosebud restaurant partner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Suburban lifer comes to the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I am a lifelong suburbanite who likes to come occasionally to the city. My wife (of 39 years) and I have normally 2 places in the city we like to go. Now add Carlucci's as a third. This is the second time in 30 days we have been there. Great food, atmosphere, location, and fantastic outdoor seating have made it a new regular spot on our list. The first time we went alone. It was a very romantic date night. The second time, we met friends who live within walking distance. It too was a great night with friends. The staff of Carlucci's could not be nicer and more attentive. I will also say that both reservations were made on Open Table. Thank you for making it so easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little Italy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great classic Italian dining. On buzzing Rush Street with a vibrant bar and energetic outdoor dining, Carmines is a tried and true always good dining experience. Be warned the portions are enough for two!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I am a big fan of the Rosebud restaurants. I have been to Carmine's before and had a better experience than this time. Although the food was excellent as always, the table spacing is limited and very tight. Additionally our waiter was horrible. He was not personable at all and rushed us through the dinner. We were not even asked is we wanted desert. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great place
    Depaul
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    For a special night or just for great food there is no place better
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We got seated upstairs in an area that most people were leaving. We had an 8:00pm reservation, but ended up being the only people in our section, and our waiter was more concerned with the area of the dining room that he had more guest, which is understandable. However, he basically just forgot about us, and we had to flag over two different waiters to order another round of drinks. We we're not being cheap about the dinner, and ordered several glasses of wine, oysters, etc. The bill was close to $200 for two people, I guess the waiter decided he couldn't handle two areas and bet on the larger party.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!!
    sodlid
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food here is fabulous. Service is great. We were seated right on time. I like my food a little bit spicy and they were able to accomodate. Sausage is incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The bolognese with square noodles is delicious! Arrabiata is very good as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Meal was very good - the appetizers could have made a meal - crab legs were amazing! Great portion sizes - typical good Italian place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grear food, service and ambiance
    OkearnVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Was one of the best veal Marsalis I've had along with the pasta and Italian meatball side. The wine selection is huge. Place has a vibrant bar and restaurant scene. Piano player in bar was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great spot in restaurant. Appetizers were delicious. Best calamari around. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We started with a table outside, but way in the back where it was a bit too noisy. There was a table about ready outside in front. They let us sit in the table in the back and order a drink while we waited for the other table to be ready. It was a packed house! We had great service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing grub
    Goodgrub2
    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 Night!
    Sogood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beautiful night in Chicago. Got to sit on patio. Service and food were spot on. Everyone there was having a terrific time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    luvchitown
    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
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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.
  • Great Food and ambiance
    Returnagain
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our first visit to Carmine's was a wonderful experience. Food was delicious and server was outstanding. We all ordered different entrees and all were extremely pleased with choices. Great menus and wine list. Look forward to a return visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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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.