Carmine's Restaurant - DC
Graduation party.Dishes are great for large groups so you can get a variety to share.
Service was great and efficient. Definitely request Kelvin Laster, he will give you that
personal attention that everyone wants while dinning.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved Carmines - as usual!Although we've been there many times, we brought 3 friends who had never been. Our additional friends were accommodated with no problem. They were very pleased with the food, service, and overall experience. New customers when they return to DC.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent atmosphere and food!!Hubby and I are extreme foodies and this is the real deal!!! You must get the meatballs!!!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMy experience at Carmine'sMy experience at Carmine's was totally awesome. The service, ambience and most of all the food was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, especially large groups.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe Love Carmine'sCarmine's is wonderful. We first went to the one on Paradise Island in the Bahamas and then the one in Atlantic City, NJ. The one in DC lived up to the other's. Great family style Italian food.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMHappy4AllEnjoyable dinner party for 13th Birthday. Carmines was able to accommodate the group of picky eaters. The food was excellent, waitress was friendly and helpful but seemed overworked. Although we could only get an 8:15 reservation, the restaurant was only 1/3 full, perhaps short staffed. Fun place to host a big crowd.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMSF GalCelebrated my sister's 50th birthday with a party of ten. Great time! Food great and service was excellent! Would definately recommend for a fun time!!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience for at risk kidsWe took some of our students here after seeing a show at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and they were blown away by the experience. It is crazy that since they live on the other side of the river they have never experienced anything like this. Thanks Carmine's for an exceptional meal.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThe host staff was very nice,The host staff was very nice, getting us seated while a group in excess of 200 children piled in also at the same time. Food was good and our server was efficient.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPleasant diningWe dined at Carmine's after a performance at Ford's Theatre--a little further walk than anticipated but a pleasant walk in good weather. We had not looked at the menu on line beforehand and were surprised at the menu but plunged in with the help of our server. The result was a delicious dinner that we all enjoyed and an amazingly low priced check. We definitely plan on returning the next time we are in DC.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent for Girl Scout Troop!Excellent experience for a Girl Scout Troop visiting Washington, DC. We were a group of 16. The family style service was perfect for us. The food was excellent, fresh and well prepared. The staff arranged three tables so the whole troop ate together. Highly recommended for groups visiting DC. Do make reservations ahead of time. Our bill came to $25 per person and that included the tip, dessert, appetizer, salad, and four huge sharing entrees.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BEST!!I LOVE this place - from the front door to the check the staff, food, and atmosphere is perfect. You can go here anytime and feel as though you are a regular. Don't change a thing!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for groupsThree of us shared a vegetable "side" and an entrée at Carmine's and we had plenty of food. The "side" was a delicious eggplant parmesan the size of a loaf of bread! The veal scallopini was simply terrific. How this kitchen turns out such good food for such masses of people (they cater to bus tour groups) is a mystery. Do not miss the basil, berry, bubbly cocktail! Highly recommended for no fewer than three people.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFamily style Veal ParmigianaFamily style Veal Parmigiana and a spinach salad special, with a side of pasta of course, made for a very nice pre-theater luncheon. Friendly service, very tasty food, and a nice glass of wine. It doesn't get much better than that.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMCarmines DC Great Food and ComfortI combined a dinner with friends from work with my siblings who drove 4 hours just for dinner. The meal was fantastic; the room fun, my reservation was ready upon arrival, the family style meal helped people I care about from work and my family to become fast friends very quickly. We have dined at Carmines New York and had the same great experience. (altho this waiter was a bit more subdued, he was responsive.)
My best friend who was visiting from California captured the night with these words: "Its my favorite place to eat good fun and have fun in D.C.". Considering he is a foodie, this is quite a compliment!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe found a reservation doesWe found a reservation does nothing at 11:30am. When we gave our name we still had to wait five miniuts to sit down and the restruant was empty.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently FabulousDelicious food and great service. Bring lots of people because it's family style and there is plenty to go around! This was our third visit to Carmine's and it has never disappointed.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and HUGE portionsGreat service and HUGE portions for a fair price! what can i say?4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been to carmines inI have been to carmines in NYC and it is excellent. There is no drop off in service and quality here in DC. You will not be disappointed4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMReally fantastic SouthernReally fantastic Southern Italian fare, prepared and served family style.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMFamily style done right!!!Family style Italian done right! Great prices, perfect location. Out server was very attentive and knowledgeable, just a touch militant in her suggestions. Other than that, it was a phenomenal restaurant experience!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great time with my sonHad a great time with my son and his college friends! This Carmines is a gem and we always go when we are in DC - food is good and service is great4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMy family and I enjoyed ourMy family and I enjoyed our dinner at Carmines. The service was good and the food was very good. I wish you could order slightly smaller amounts of food--it felt wasteful. There were four of us (my kids are nearly adult sized) and we only ate about half of our dinner.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways serving great food.Always serving great food. Server had some challenges but ended up ok. I believe he had preferred to be elsewhere on that particular evening. Still, no regrets!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGroup DinnerCarmine's was great as usual. We had a party of ten and it was quite busy for a Monday night. The only drawback was that I tried some new dishes (shrimp scampi & chicken parm) and we did not know that pasta does not come with it. It was a little strange to see a plate of shrimp and chicken with no pasta. Overall a great dinner.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome! Love the concept.Awesome! Love the concept. Appreciate the seriousness with which staff and kitchen took our many food allergies! Everyone ate well. We will definitely return whenever we are in DC!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMHappy family of Italians on a 25thWe were celebrating my sister and brother-in-laws 25th anniversary and everyone in our party was thrilled. We had a variety of appetizers, a salad, a wonderful pasta sampler and chicken parmigiana plus the bread pudding, fruit plate and cannoli. We were surprised that every single dish was delicious. Our group ranged from 16-73 and we were all very happy. The service was a little slow at times as the place became filled but it was nice to have time to relax between courses. We will go back again.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMPortions are group-sizedThe food is fabulous at Carmine's, but you need to know that the portions are sized and priced to share. Our side dish of broccoli was enough for six people to share. It was fresh and cooked perfectly. We also got the Chicken Marsala, which was enough for four people. The dish was superb with a hint of sweet taste, perhaps due to the wine. I've never enjoyed this standard Italian dish so very much. Even the bread was super-sized, and it was also delicious. It was probably not a wise choice for dinner for two people, but I would definitely go there another time with a group.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMCarmine's is a restaurantCarmine's is a restaurant that I will continue to recommend.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food... and desserts!We had a very good time at Carmine's. The food is excellent, loved the four-cheese sauce gnocchi they had as a day special. Waiters won't talk you into ordering more than you should, they were pretty honest to how family-sized the dishes are, and it was awesome. Wine selection is nice and you can certainly enjoy great Italian wines for reasonable prices. Wine glasses were unusual (well, actually, same as the one for ice water, not a deal breaker though). I really liked the waiter had the desserts photographed to show, and they are particularly tempting, you'd better save some room for that (we had the Tartufi, chocolate/vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate crust and choc shavings served w/ whipped cream, or try the "Titanic" lol).4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMNo matter how much you order,No matter how much you order, I can gaurentee it is too much. The food is absolutely delicious though. I would highly recommend this restaurant, but having at least 4 people in your group is needed, with at least 6 if you want desert.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were recommended CarminesWe were recommended Carmines from a friend in Australia. The food and service was excellent and we are now very keen to try Carmines in New York - if we can get a reservation.Our waiter Charles was very friendly and aside from his knowledge of the food he also was very helpful with advice of what to see and do in Washington.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to meetup withGreat place to meetup with a group of friends and share several dishes!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was pleasant. ExpensiveIt was pleasant. Expensive (5 people - bill over $200), but extremly enjoyable. To keep your bill low, abstain from alcohol.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Food, Great TimeThe food was great as usual and the service was very quick. Our waiter was very efficient and friendly. We took our son who turned 13 there at his request for his birthday.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMDC spring trip 2013Great nostalgic restaurant. Even though we showed up early for our reservation they gave us another seating option. Love the decor the food was great. We would have ordered more if we were given the option to order individual portions but this is a family style dinner restaurant. Great food great value. Would come again if in DC.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat mealMade reservations through Open Table and was seated immediatly when we arrived. We ahd a party of 3 all running the Cherry Bloomom 10 miler the next day. We had the Carmine salad and asked that the meat and cheese were on the side because we had 1 vegan diner. We also ordered the whole wheat penne with marinara and broccolit rabe with a side of meatballs. Everything came out just as ordered and tasted amazing. We all enjoyed the experience. Our waiter was perfect, just enough service.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMI went with a group of friends.I went with a group of friends. We were all impressed with the friendly staff and the food was great.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe discovered Carmines inWe discovered Carmines in NYC and are thrilled to that they came to DC. The food is authentic (as approved by my Italian NY brother-in-law). and PLENTIFUL! Go hungry. The lasagna is a casserole size as are all dishes. The service is courteous and prompt no matter how busy they are! Every dish is fabulously delicious.And the bread is wonderful!4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual, the portions areAs usual, the portions are even greater than we remembered and even tho we were a party of four and only ordered a salad and one item (actually the Sunday special_warned by the waiter that it was enough for four)we had enough to take home for both families to eat again. The Tiramasu for desert was also enough for 6 or 8.
Always a great place to eat.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFamily Favorite.As always, dinner at Carmines left everyone feeling full and satisfied. My family has always enjoyed the food and my two daughters especially enjoy the leftovers. We usually order more than we need, because we know they will be looking forward to having some for a meal the next day. Whenever we visit our daughters - one a student, the other working in DC, we ensure a family meal at Carmines is on the agenda. We have never ordered anything which wasn't a hit.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEnergetic and Fun!The family dining concept was fun! We interacted a lot more because we all shared the dishes and had to talk about them. The service was surprisingly excellent given the size of the restaurant and the amount of patrons. The waiter was extremely helpful & knowledgeable about the cuisine and portion sizes. The food was FANTASTIC! We highly recommend Carmine's and will be returning.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my second time diningThis was my second time dining at Carmine's and I loved it on both occasions. The service was amazing, waiters were extremely attentive. Can't wait to go back!!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMDelishFood was delicious but every dish is meant to be shared so beware. We got Carmine's salad and chicken scaloppine over linguine for four people and it was just the right amount.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service and food was outstandinThe service and food was outstanding. Our waitress was great! The only problem we had is the portion size. They truly have family serving sizes which is great if you are a family. Between my wife and I we could not finish the entire meal, and we shared one. Since we were staying in a Hotel we could not take the leftovers back with us. The one size fits all servings can be an issue and it was a shame to waste so much. The experience was great never the less and we will visit again.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOld reliable....whether you'reOld reliable....whether you're in New York City or DC, you can count on fantastic food at Carmine's.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great and plentyFood was great and plenty of it! Would recommend it!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner, great placeGreat dinner -- even though the portions are family-style sized we were careful with how we ordered (our server was quite helpful here) and we didn't overdo it. Lasagna is the best. Great food, obviously freshly made sauces and desserts -- can always tell the frozen stuff -- and fun atmosphere. This place is a gem.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place, food was delicious,Great place, food was delicious, but bring a few people because portions are 'family sized.' Had to waddle over to the Caps game after because I ate too much.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMA great place for a familyA great place for a family get together. Each item is a large portion Family Style for sharing. But it is Great food!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AM