Carnivale
Carnivale

Carnivale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carnivalechicago.com/
  • Phone: 3128505005x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday 5pm– 10 pm
    Monday - Tuesday 11:30am – 11pm
    Wednesday - Thursday 11:30am – 11pm
    Friday 11:30am – 1am
    Saturday 5pm – 1am

    Lunch:
    Monday-Friday 11:30am- 2:30PM
    *Complimentary Valet Parking until 4:00PM

    Brunch:
    Sunday - 10:30am - 3:00pm
    *Complimentary Valet Parking

    Bar:
    Monday-Tuesday - 11:30am-11pm
    Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
    Friday 11:30am-1am
    Saturday 5pm-1am
    Sunday 10:30am-10pm

    *$7 Valet Parking for Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Rodolfo Cuadros
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Wed + Thurs Nights: Live music in the Lounge 5PM-8PM

    Carnivale University Classes available please visit Carnivalechicago.com for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted
  • Public Transit: Bus:
    The #8 Halsted at Fulton Market/Lake: 2 minute walk
    The # 65 Grand Avenue at Desplaines:10 minute walk
    The # 56 Milwaukee stops at Fulton/Desplaines: 2 minute walk

    Train:
    The Blue Line at Milwaukee/Grand: 10 minute walk
    The Pink Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
    The Green Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Lunch Valet, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

    $7 Valet Parking for Dinner
A word from Carnivale
Carnivale is a reflection of Latin culture and community, as passionate as the people themselves. The soulful cuisine allows you to explore the dishes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, El Salvador, and Mexico. The kaleidoscope of colors, music and playful décor ignites the sense of being in a Latin house party. Executive Chef Rodolfo Cuadros supports the Green City Market and uses as many local, sustainable ingredients as possible out of concern for the environment and community. Carnivale is the perfect location for your lunch, dinner, birthday, anniversary, wedding or corporate event. Carnivale has hosted exciting events such as Oprah’s “Color Purple” release party, the “Batman: The Dark Night Returns” wrap party and a private event with John Legend. Carnivale is located in Chicago’s West Loop, just off the expressway and close to downtown. It's also a quick CTA ride from Michigan Ave, Navy Pier or the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Carnivale reviews from OpenTable diners
349 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (225)special occasion (218)fit for foodies (167)hot spot (143)romantic (124)vibrant bar scene (117)neighborhood gem (61)late-night find (59)notable wine list (48)scenic view (40)great for outdoor dining (34)great for lunch (33)great for brunch (32)kid-friendly (17)Show More
  • vibrant brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    live music, delicious, flavorful food and bright and colorful space. like they take reservations, surprised it wasnt as packed for brunch because it should be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is delicious and parking great. It's a perfect spot to be downtown but not in the heart where there's a lot of traffic to deal with.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place
    Mildfire
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very colorful atmosphere and décor. We loved the ceviche and cocoanut shrimp appetizers. Had flank steak and salmon for dinner, good variety of flavors all around. Very young scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Fantastic is only word to describe our experience. Wait staff friendly and helpful. Meal was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun evening
    cfklobucar22VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We made reservations through OpenTable and even though some members of our party were late due to traffic, it wasn't a problem getting seated when everyone arrived. The server was terrific, and the food was good. Nice, festive atmosphere. If you've never been, worth going at least once to see the decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent.
    NA11VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate at carnivale
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food energetic fun energetic fun atmosphere friendly staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, fun atmosphere
    20somethingFoodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I went to Carnivale for my birthday dinner, and I was very happy with my overall experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the drink (the Carnivale martini), the appetizer (guacamole), the main dish (the scallops→really tasty), and the dessert (organic cotton candy). My dessert was free, which was good because I would never pay $10 for cotton candy. The restaurant was festive and fun, but the music was way too loud. The service was only okay. I will definitely return again because the food really was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    Nurse5741VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food! Delicious drinks and super fun environment. We definitely recommend for birthdays and special occasions :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complete Disappointment
    Foodie2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Being at Carnivale before, I felt like we went into a completely different establishment (Not in a good way). We were sat at a table as soon as you enter into the dining room. (Not an area for a table) Every person that walks by (and you have to walk by this table to enter the dining room), bangs into the isle chair. After about the 25th time of both staff and guests banging into us we asked for another table. The floor manager seemed put-out by this request, he never apologized for the situation and then sat us in the exact type seating, on a busy corner where mainly staff members continued to bang into the isle chair. At that point we COULD NOT WAIT TO LEAVE, paid the check, we took one last around knowing this would be our last visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    They lost our reservation but didn't mention it when we checked in at hostess stand. Waited for 15+ minutes while we saw empty tables available.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food price
    Carnivale
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The cost of the short rib costed too much. I had to go out for fast food right after because it didn't fill me up. A side dish with it would be nice. The good thing is that the short rib was one of the best meat I had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance!
    scott4food
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Place was northing short of spectacular, as soon as you walked in you feel the energy and in a very good way. Speciality cocktails are catered to all types of drinkers and the food was absolutely delicious! Will be back many time to come!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome place
    firsttimevisit
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was great and service was awesome. This was my first time at carnivale and I had hear many great things. The restaurant is beautiful, people are so nice, the service was great and the food was amazing. I just wish that there would have been more dessert options.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing space and great food
    fressen
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I just love the space. The food was exceptional, except for a caesar salad, which was meh. The ceviche and guacamole appetizers were particularly yummy. The servers were great, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Both times, the food was delicious and the server service was great. Just a fair rating because of management. The first time we dined there, ON A MONDAY, the host would not seat the 2 of us until until our 2 friends arrived, not permitting us to have drinks and appetizers at our table (so we went down the block for dessert and more drinks after dinner). The restaurant was less than 25% full all that evening. This time, the restaurant was empty but the host tried to seat us at a table at the entrance. When asked for a different table we were put RIGHT NEXT TO THE KITCHEN, able to view the kitchen every couple of seconds. Never again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I went here with a few friends and truly enjoyed the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Well worth the visit
    ISpyGuy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was my first time to Carnivale and it is now on my list of places to eat when I want a good environment that guarantees good food. We go their early and the bar was a great environment to hang out with some well-made Mojito’s and Sangria. When were ordered the food was timely and I expected smaller portions but the amount of food on my plate surprised me. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Latin fusion restaurant in downtown Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • victoria30
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food we Delicious as always. Our server did not really impress me that much. He was very nice, however it seemed every other table would get their drinks with out having to flag him down. All three times I wanted another drink I had to flag him down, which was a little annoying, especially since I would put my empty glass on the side of table. Anyways, we had an 8pm reservation and go in before that, and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, great food.
    homecookfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Carnivale was an excellent dining experience. The wait staff was always only point and knowledgeable, but were not slamming you constantly. The food was excellent, we had the guacamole, calamari, crab cake, and octopus. I do not usually like crab cake and it was one of the best I had because it was lump crab meat and it was not to bread crumby. While the octopus was cooked to perfection in the octopus plate, the other accompaniments left more to be desired. The large white beans were there unnecessarily. I think the keep could be changed to remove those beans and add a different starch--they just weren't working. The octopus was definitely the star, and I am glad about that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great restaurant. Been there many times and loved it. This time took guests from out of town. VERY SLOW SERVICE! Food took almost an hour and a half. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Delicious!
    goodfoodisgood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I really enjoyed all of the delectable delights this place had to offer. The specialty cocktails were suburb and the food was outstanding! I wasn't crazy about where we sat. I was looking forward to being in the main room and we were seated in a room off to the side in a corner next to the water. I would have understood if the place was packed or if I made my reservation at the last minute, but I made my reservation at least three or four days in advance and when we got there the place was nowhere near packed. It was a special occasion so I guess I wanted more ambiance than what we got. That's my only complaint really! Everything else was super grand!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service Slipping
    DFIDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We go here regularly. Love the atmosphere and the food. Short ribs were the favorite of the evening and the ropa vieja and empanadas never fail. But, the service is starting to slip. Time between apps and entrees was at least 30 minutes. Time to clear plates and take dessert order was a good 15 minutes after it was clear we were done with our mains. Second time in a row the service was slipping.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carnivale is AMAZING
    DreaDrea
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I was wowed by the service, the ambiance, the vibrant colors, the Mardi Gras feel, and the food. I would bring my friends, my family, my girlfriends and have a good time. Beautiful place, really glad I took a chance and checked this place out; I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The service was attentive and the selection of food unique
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    For all the many restaurants in Chicago that offer such flavorful food, Carnivale kind of rates somewhere in the fair to good category.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    Chicago1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Showed up 30 min prior to reservation time. Seated shortly after arrival with a 5-10 min wait on a Sat night for our anniversary dinner. Waiter saw our cards & gifts on the table and brought a complimentary cotton candy for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carnivale - The Best!!!
    SheBeast
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    OMG! They have the best tasting food ever! Just delicious - had a couple appetizers that were to die for, then on to the main entree with sides, just delish! And dessert, Oy!, the absolute best Lava Cake and Banana Creme Pie ever! Expensive, but if you haven't gone here to dine you are missing out...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unhappy
    Lizz
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been going to Carnaval since 2007 I also had my wedding reception there March 2009 I am very unhappy with the service and food I received yesterday while dining with friends and I will never be back very sad
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once again a superb experience
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our favorite Chicago restaurant! The main room is open, brightly colored, inviting. Food is excellent. We had the ceviche sampler (all four of the current ceviche offerings), guacamole, ropa (small tacos of flank steak, plantains, cheese), mushroom coca (sautéed mushrooms, warm goat cheese and arugula on flat bread) and banana pie for desert. It was a perfect meal. Server Oscar was attentive without being intrusive, making just right suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed
    ChicagoAnnVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was our first time visit to Carnivale and we LOVED the lovely, vibrant, colorful atmposhpere. However, even though we asked our server to not bring our entrees until after our appetiser, the appetiser arrived before we were finished. -We were two people sharing one appetiser so the kitchen was way too fast. Though we enjoyed the enviorment and our entree selections, we We did feel rushed through the entire meal which is unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow----feeds the senses, too
    foodgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I had seen this restaurant and have always wanted to dine there. After the opera last week, I took a small group to Carnivale. It surpassed my expectations. Not only is the ambiance and decor extremely unique----VERY colorful--beautiful lanterns and other interesting decor. So I thought---the ambiance and look is great, but what about the food. The food was outstanding. We had the short rib appetizer and the goat cheese flatbread along with the paella---all delicious! I would definitely recommend this west loop restaurant. It is just a short walk from train station---very convenient. It would be a great place to go for a celebration---since the surroundings are a celebration in themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • julianne
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great atmosphere and a real find in the West Loop, where there are few restaurants that would be good for a business lunch. Lots of variety on menu and many unusual choices. This was my second visit and I liked it even more than the first time. Though it still seems pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • no ribs....
    foodNetwork
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We went for ribs. ...they were OUT of the ribs....Really?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been here many times and its always a great experience with great tasting food. For any occasion or just because it's a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • munchinmomma
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to celebrate 3 birthdays. It was fabulous! The décor was amazing and made the ambiance perfect for a celebration. The wait staff was wonderful - there when you needed but not hovering. Our server, Oscar was the best. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with choosing all of our food and beverage choices. The food was fantastic!!! You could tell that the chef was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed a previous supporter
    Familyoffinedining
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I made a reservation for a birthday celebration on open table. The reservation was at 5:30 just 30 minutes after they open. our party of 5 was seated in the back and said this is where they seat the larger parties. I had dined there a number of times and had large parties and was never seated in the back so I knew he was lying as well while going to the back we passed numerous large tables in the main dining area! When a restaurant is not concerned with a patrons enjoyment of their dining experience I am not a fan! They are also not an establishment that is sensitive to food allergies. I have a fresh garlic allergy I ordered a steak and there were no accommodations. I are a white sox game and they made adjustments! Will not go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the greatest
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Not what I expected... Menu is different from a few years ago. Not a good choice!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We went as a romantic, coupley type night...The main menu was a little pricey for us ($30 a plate on average), so we ordered a bunch of their appetizers and they were fantastic. The waiter was great and recommended the best apps and our bill was not bad at the end for what we got.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Latin Vibe
    AmaK
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Overall this place was phenomenal! The drinks had a unique twist on classic. The food was heavenly - we shared 4 apps between 2 people because we wanted to try an array of food and it was all good! I'll most definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate