Carmine's On Penn
Carmine's On Penn

Carmine's On Penn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carminesonpenn.net/
  • Phone: 3037776443x
  • 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 3039576503x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Carmine's On Penn reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)good for groups (74)special occasion (54)great for outdoor dining (46)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (24)romantic (23)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (8)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great food !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very great dinning experience! Definitely go with a couple of people because their food comes in big portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusanR
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was good as was the service, but we felt rushed, in and out in an hour. Yes, it was restaurant week, but we speant over $100 and it seemed like we were on an assembly line.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come Hungry!!
    Dave
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was excellent and in great quantity! I would highly recommend Carmine's. Come with friends and share the family style dining, you'll still go home with a "to-go" box!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Food
    buddyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great twists on Italian food - loved the Shrimp Parmesan! Huge portions! Plan on sharing and taking home for more meals. Used the Valet parking. The Restaurant week menu was very generous and the wait staff made very good suggestions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    FitGurl9
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated a 30th birthday! We had a great time, the food was good! We miss the stroganoff dish, and the waiter recommended marinara sauce instead of vodka sauce for the spaghetti and meatballs which was not a good recommendation. Overall, the service was up to par and the birthday girl had a great birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmines
    QSue
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have been there several times. Sometimes we sit at the bar and eat, and their bartenders are always great ! It is a comfortable, tasty, go-to place that is not too far from our house.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food. great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff was welcoming and knowledgeable about cuisine and wine options. Food was delicious. Authentic in flavors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food! Server recommended a nice bottle of wine that wasn't too pricey. The pear salad was to die for and the rest of our meal was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Past Its Prime
    DinersVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    For many years, Carmine's on Penn was a vibrant spot for "family-style" Italian food. Its servers and host staff were welcoming and the food very good. We thought again of Carmine's for an early Saturday night dinner. Unfortunately, much of what made Carmine's an institution was missing. Even though we had a reservation, and the restaurant was barely half full, the host rather abruptly seated us in the deserted bar area. So much for ambience. The server was disinterested and brusque. Eventually, another unlucky family was seated in the bar and the same server admonished the child for touching another plate. So much for "family" style. We ordered the bruschetta to start, but then decided to move on to try another, more welcoming restaurant.
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  • Unpretentious, high quality food
    Somethingtochewon
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I am kicking myself for not finding Carmine's sooner. I live two blocks from a fine Italian restaurant, but I will drive a mile and a half to Carmine's at the drop of a hat. The menu and portions are abundantly generous and very tasty. A treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food
    Samuel
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The gnocchi was some of the best I've ever had. It was cooked perfectly with balanced flavors and textures. The price is reasonable for the quality of the food. I can't wait to try the entire menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly delicious!
    amymc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love Carmine's! The food is amazing and the family style portions make it a great place to go with friends. The menu is on blackboards and the servers are always ready to explain each dish. Everything about this place makes it one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    HowieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Once again a very enjoyable dinner. Tried the 20th anniversary special. Good value for the money. Portions remained same as regular sizes. So much that we took enough home for another meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    DenverMan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent Dinner for a great price! Enjoyed atmosphere and staff. Highly recommend and will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday and the food and service were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and services
    Danishea
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My family and I had a wonderful experience. Our waiter was very helpful and funny. The food was amazing! One of the best Italian places I have been. I will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Amber
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of the few places we go to often. Great food, great service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always!
    Moonrunner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is my 'go-to' place for celebrations. This time was no exception! The service was great and our waiter was able to suggest a wine based on what I was looking for with dinner. My only bummer was my favorite dessert is off the menu. If you are looking for a specific dish, I suggest you call first to inquire if it's on the seasonal menu. But whatever you have will be amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always!
    svvitale
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Took my parents to Carmine's since they can't get real Italian food in Oklahoma! Always a treat! Food is outstanding, wait staff is always friendly, and we never fail to take home leftovers. Best Italian in Denver in my book!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carmine's-Taste Friendly and Fine
    M2foodies
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was our first visit from the "burbs to this neighborhood family-style Italian restaurant in Denver not too far from The Mayan movie theater. The food choices were plentiful in variety and certainly plentiful on the plates. The server was very helpful in explaining and suggesting dish portions. As foodies, we loved the sureness of touch in the Chicken Pazza and the Vodka Ravioli. The tiramisu in a bowl was a surprise, rather saucy. We enjoyed great courtesy from the entire staff about a mix up on the booking time. For some reason, our choice of 7:00pm was correctly sent to the restaurant but the email notification to other participants put 7:30 pm. It all worked out. We all had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forget the GF options
    Charlie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've been going to Carmine's for years (previous to my diagnosis of Celiac disease), so I was pleased to hear they have gluten free options. Last time we dined there, the gluten free pasta was amazing. This time we had the Chicken Montana. The pasta appeared to be Chinese rice noodles from a box. The chicken tasted boiled or simmered without seasoning. The sun dried tomatoes were so dry and chewy that we all picked them out. Maybe we just got a new chef that day, because the rest if the meal was excellent. Succulent mussels, fresh crispy salad, great mixology and wine started our experience. The dessert was decadent amd creative. The espresso took me back to Italy. My only suggestion would be to skip the gluten free pasta!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super-large portions!
    FitforFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Plan on having leftovers to take home. My husband I split chicken picatta and pasta and we still had enough leftovers for dinner the next day. Fortunately, the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Delicious
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Love it, one of our favorites! We done here frequently. Always great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    bearcat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staley-Valenza anniversary dinner
    RobereBattaglia62114
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    DenverDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been a long time...
    gman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like an old friend
    Anniversary
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I hadn't eaten here in at least a dozen years, and found it like coming home. Really great staff, excellent food (although served family style, so if you are just a couple, come hungry) and service was enjoyable. Definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining for Family Event
    John
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carmines is a gem
    lcjlondon
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesomesauce
    FERRETINTHEBUSH
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Understated and Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Carmine's on Penn is a neighborhood gen that everyone needs to visit. I loved the food and the vibe in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday bash
    Denverdiner
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Again!!
    HowieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary service and food
    sahum
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Group Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Stop When In Denver
    MoeSteele
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A family favorite
    DenverMom
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmine's On Penn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate