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Carmine's On Penn
Carmine's On Penn

Carmine's On Penn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carminesonpenn.net
  • Phone: (303) 777-6443
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:0pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dan Grunewald
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our respected, and consistently delicious food to you. By providing off-site service for corporate, business and private events, Carmine's offers a personal approach for clients and customers to enjoy and appreciate simple, yet satisfying, menu options at their place of work or in the privacy of their own backyard.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Blue Room accommodates parties ranging in size from 15 to 32. We offer inclusive pricing with food and wine selected for your party.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Kozicki (303) 957-6503
  • Entertainment: None

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bayaud
  • Public Transit: Closest is Alameda Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking in our neighborhood or valet.
A word from Carmine's On Penn
Carmine's on Penn was established in 1994 as a neighborhood, family-style Italian restaurant. Our atmosphere is casual, festive, and friendly. Our servers bring the chalkboard menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Love it, one of our favorites! We done here frequently. Always great food and service!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great Spot. Wish they hadn't taken my old favorite, the Boscialo, off the menu, but the pear salad and gnocchi we had was amazing. I always love this place. Rock Solid"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food here is delicious. The staff was upbeat and fun, the portions generous and our group left happily full. If you like desserts, don't pass up the opportunity to order the Tiramisu. It's out of this world! Highly recommend this restaurant not only for the quality of the meals but the flexibility and attitude of the kitchen. Our group dinner was 7 people - work outing - and we had various food restrictions; a gluten free, a vegetarian and no-dairy. The restaurant could not have been more helpful making recommendations and ensuring we had a great experience."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great menu. Excellent barbera wine, Denver Gin and some bread butter and any cheese that has romano in it and it never ran out! Nice job on both dishes preceeded by the pear salad- a winner. Smoked Gouda chicken ravioli not to bad!Great service Nate and he can even take decent pictures. Community banana split to initiate conclusion sequence was awesome. Couldn't sleep on my stomach for 12 hours...better for my back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Never left this place unimpressed. They serve family style so going with a group is awesome as you can try several dishes. They also don't rush the party out the door which I think is great. I enjoy lingering between dishes and having great conversation."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Carmine's on Penn is a neighborhood gen that everyone needs to visit. I loved the food and the vibe in the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "It's been nearly seven years since I have been to Carmine's. I use to go there a lot in 2004 and 2005 when I lived closer to the neighbor hood. The best part of the evening was the same great food and attitude of the staff still exist. Thank you Carmine's for bringing back some good memories and I will be back more often now that I've seen you still carry the same class and service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Carmines on Penn never disappoints. It has been consistent for the past 18 years (and perhaps longer, that's just how long we've been going). We recently went in a group and had a fabulous dinner. Everyone was pleased with the food, had plenty to eat and best of all we were able to converse. Often times with larger groups you cannot do that but at Carmines on a round table, you can. A big plus! Great meal, Great value for money! Everyone Wins!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food is well prepared family style Italian recipes. Served in large portions that easily will feed 4-5 adults. Server was very helpful in suggesting combinations of pasta and proteins. All food prepared from scratch. Very reasonable wine list, excellent selections for all budgets and not the extreme markup some restaurants. The large portions might present a challenge for couples (or plenty to take home for another meal). We dined on the patio and was quite pleasant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It's like applesauce but more awesome than that. The people we ate with were so not cool but luckily we had mazing food and super cool waiter guy to help us through the meal. Venezuela sucks. Sorry I have a biased opinion. 'MERICA"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our dining experience at Carmine's. Our server was exceptional! He had a great personality and wasn't afraid to join in with our conversations. Made all of us feel welcome and made sure we had everything we needed. Only reason I gave food 4 out of 5 stars....I'm Italian and IRS hard to compete with my own cooking! Wonderful overall experience! I will recommend friends for sure!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food is always good here, however the veal was way over cooked. When the waiter asked "how everything was" I said very good except The veal is over cooked and dry. He said oh ok thanks and walked away. Hardly a solution. We were with a group of six and It was a bit awkward Since most of us were meeting for the first time. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Last minute decision to go to Carmine's paid off with an excellent enjoyable meal. We eat here fairly often but this time tried new dishes. Just like our usual choices the new ones were delicious and great. it seemed like the entire staff, including managers were making sure we had everything we needed."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great evening - as we took our welcome-home-for-the-summer son for dinner. This was our third time dining at Carmine's on Penn. Our good experience continues! Wow what a lot of food.... and it's ALL delicious. Service was excellent - attentive without being intrusive. Bring your appetite and friends for this abundant family style dining experience! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My son's birthday and his sister, her fiance, myself, and my son came together to celebrate. We had the mussels, the portobello mushrooms, the ceasar salad, and the veal parmgiana. Shared by all and all good. The courses came out just about right, not too long a wait and not too short. Life is good."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "When traveling to Denver, Carmine's On Penn is on my list of must stop in to have dinner. Its not only the excellent Italian food served family style and the service but this is a neighborhood favorite with great atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We enjoy Carmine's for family nights. Great food and excellent service. It does tend to get crowded (popular spot) and I'd recommend making a reservation if you can. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I have been dining at Carmines for over 12 years, and I have never once had anything to complain about. The food is over the top, family style. Service is casual and perfect. I really can not say enough good things about this place and I have been in the business for 30 years. Enjoy."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This was my first time eating at Carmine's. The food was well prepared and the waiter helped us navigate the menu. Everything was delicious and we had a wonderful time. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The dinner and our server was excellent. Do not. Sit in the back room there is TOO much loud kitchen noise"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was great, as always. The service is also wonderful and friendly. I made the reservation several months prior and requested to be seated outside due to having a special dinner with family for a birthday celebration, but it was not honored (I was told they tried, but it didn't work out, which corresponds to poor planning on their part with a party our size and a repeat customer). I understand business and how restaurants get slammed, but given that I also called to confirm earlier that day and reiterated the request to be on the patio, it is disappointing to not have that honored. The noise level inside the restaurant is extremely high and you have to yell at people next to you to hear them; I wish they would hang tapestries. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I visited Carmine's on May 10th and had a fantastic Mother's Day dinner. The food was delicious, our waitress Marium was very attentive and friendly, however the restaurant smelled like it was mopped with a stale, sour mop. You could smell it the moment you came to hostess area and it permeated the entire restaurant. Not a pleasant smell!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Once again we had a great meal at Carmine's on Penn. Last minute reservation but still accommodated for just the right table. Friendly and efficient wait staff. Food taste excellent and very fresh. Large portions so we will enjoy at home what was left over."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I dined here with a group of 10, 2 were kids. We had a wonderful server who was knowledgeable and entertaining with great suggestions on food and wine. This was my second time at Carmine's on Penn, but all of my guest's first time. I can't wait to come back again!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Food was excellent. The drinks were expensive though while the food was great value. We noted that there wasn't a big wine selection."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our evening was enhanced by the amazing waitstaff. They were very familiar with the extensive wine list. Were very honest about the size of portions and responded to special dietary needs. The food was great but the staff made the evening truly special."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Service was great but the table clearer was not very good. He dripped on the table and soiled otherwise clean napkins. I was on a diet and found it difficult to order family style as the rest of our party was not dieting. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was great however we made reservation 3 weeks in advance for a special occasion only to be sat at the most remote table in the restaurants the back corner by the kitchen Very disappointing. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had not been to Carmine's in a long time. But we recently moved to a nearby neighborhood and decided it was time to revisit an old favorite. It did not disappoint. The same enormous family style portion are alot for 2 people, but they make it work and we had some great leftover pasta for lunch the next day."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Food is served family style. For four diners, we started off with an antipasta misti (which had salamis, cheeses, and these awesome deep fried olives), house salad, and one entree (the chicken montana). The bread is also very good, almost biscuit-like, but flaky and brushed with butter. We had a chianti (not sure of the name), but complemented the food very well. Chocolate cake for dessert was great, too, sprinkled with toasted almonds while a couple of chocolate covered strawberries rode sidecar. Great experience, great service, excellent food. Parking can be a little tough, but they do have a valet. Will definitely go back again and again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was good, service lacked. No manager stopped by either."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food and service. Been in Denver for 16 years, and never visited this gem. The servers were knowledgeable, attentive, and we had a long 2-hour meal and never felt rushed. I'll be back"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great service, good food but the restaurant smelled like a wet mop, made it quite unappetizing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A perfect place to eat with four or more people! If only two you just know your bring home left overs!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Let me say that Carmine's was good. I had heard such good things that we decided to drive for an hour to eat dinner here. While maybe marginally better than our local place, it was, at the end of the day, a pretty traditional and standard take on Italian food. The family style dishes are kinda fun, but that was about it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I selected the restaurant to celebrate my birthday as I was coming to town to visit my adult children. We had been to Carmin's once prior about a year ago and had a better experience. The waitress was rude, unfriendly, and seemed put out by our questions of the unexplained menu on the chalk board. Cute idea but a poor execution for a consumer dining in. The food was just, ok. The veal was tough, the spaghetti and meatballs was very good, the risotto was tasteless and the salad was good, not plentiful. The wine list was poor, what restaurant doesn't have a Cab to offer, not one? I spent over $200. for five people to eat and had superior meals at comparable Italian restaurants for way less money."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I have been to Carmine's on Penn many times. I have referred people many times and was very disappointed. I brought my family for my mom's birthday. They were all new to the restaurant except for myself and my boyfriend. The hostess was extremely rude and our waiter made rude comments. The customer service was terrible. The food was great as always."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Nate, our server, made excellent recommendations for food and wine. It was obvious that he had the menu committed to memory and was even able to recite the salad ingredients in short order. We had the Chicken Paisana, which was extraordinary and big. We were not sure what to expect for ambiance as we had never been here before. Turns out it is apparently a neighborhood staple with a lot of local regulars. Everything was very laid back, so if you're looking for pretense or a super upscale feel, this isn't the right place. They do provide valet service, but families were spread out 10 and 12 deep, and there was a definite bustle. Smiles were easy and Nate wrote our dinner order on the paper covering our table. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem of an Italian joint. Probably more like 4.5 stars, but I'm bumping them up to 5 due to no half star ratings on OT."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This time our favorite birthday spot was only average. We weren't drinking alcohol so maybe our server saw no reason to be interested in our overall experience. Chicken parm was great, Caesar salad good."
    Dined on 3/9/2014