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
333 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (214)good for groups (207)fit for foodies (156)romantic (128)hot spot (123)vibrant bar scene (105)neighborhood gem (66)late-night find (54)notable wine list (45)great for brunch (37)great for outdoor dining (37)scenic view (34)great for lunch (28)kid-friendly (22)Show More
  • Carnivale is king
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I have been to Carnivale on numerous occasions and have never not had an amazing experience. The menu is constantly changing but never for the worse. And the atmosphere is one of a kind and fantastic. I highly recommend for any locals or visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was amazing, had the octopus a la plancha, and it was unbelievable. So many different spices and flavors. Same with the entrees. I highly recommned this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    ANT1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a few times and have never been disappointed. The good is excellent and so is the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, excellent ambience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food at Carnivale was exceptional. They could have a larger variety for vegetarians, but the limited offerings were very tasty as well. The dessert was absolutely delightful - it was the special of the day and the included blood orange ice cream, which to a lot of people might sound like it's a sorbet. It wasn't. It was creamy and flavorful and all the ingredients worked perfectly. The wait-staff were courteous and extremely friendly. They knew the menu well and made some excellent suggestions. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Treat
    ChicGourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    As always, brunch was delicious and fun. The live music creates a most festive atmosphere but is not so loud as to drown out conversation. The bacon-wrapped dates are tasty but were overcooked, sadly. Fried plantains were, however, marvelous. My favorite dish was the set of addictive tacos featuring pulled steak topped with cheese and a mildly spicy sauce. Also delightful were the feather light and lacy ricotta pancakes with blueberries. There's a good array of dishes to choose from, including chilaquiles and key lime French toast. Service was very good and attentive, although there seems to be some disconnect between the wait staff and the kitchen as special requests don't seem to be well heeded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for many occasions
    Inespenava
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary, and I thought I wouldn't be able to find a table, however we got lucky through open table. I have been here before for a friends birthday and it was just great. Food is delicious, drinks ( sangria) was great. We had guacamole, I had chicken with truffle mash potato, so so good. My boyfriend had salmon and he was happy with his plate as well. This place has a great decor, atmosphere. Good for a happy occasion or a romantic dinner, or just a delicious meal. Prices are a bit higher, but decent enough for delicious food you enjoy. I highly recommended, and can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Carnivale is in my top 10 restaurants in Chicago: food is great, atmosphere is fun, service is fantastic and the drinks are delicious. I've been here a numer of times and I've never been disappointed. If you are considering Carnivale for dinner---go! You will enjoy the evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was fabulous and the restaurant is bright and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must
    Food4Ever
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nice place for a date night. Service was great and food came out quick. Very satisfied with the apps, entrées, and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    Lida
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been to Carnivale for Dinner, Lunch, Brunch and for private events. I have NEVER been disappointed with their food or their service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The service and food were outstanding. Arrived an hour before our scheduled reservation and was worried we wouldn't be seated right away but they were very helpful and attentive to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    Mavi
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We love the creekstone steak. It was delicious. My husband and I shared it as it's a good portion. The truffle mashed potatoes are great as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • its carnivale...
    wizzo45
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Maybe we ordered wrong, maybe it's not as good as it used to be. Still fun, still good service, but it is what it is for food....
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is still my favorite!
    Bethechange8
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Even though I have traveled the US Mexico Puerto Rico and Hawaii this is still my favorite restaurant of all time. Love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding wait staff
    m943
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have food intolerances to dairy and egg, which often makes my dining experience difficult or embarrassing when out with friends. Our waiter was very good, checking on the menu for me to see what I could have and making very good recommendations based on that knowledge. I ended up with great food that I loved, and the whole process was seamless rather than difficult and disruptive as it often is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everyone in my group really enjoyed dining at Carnivale. The food was great, we couldn't decide what dishes we wanted, so we tried a little of everything and shared all of our dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food excellent service
    bigsantiago
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    was seated immediately. Great food.another man not my waiter gave me a taste of liquor I never had before. That was very nice. Server was knowledgeable and very kind.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trisha14
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We always wanted to check this spot and we did! Our anniversary was celebrated with some friend we all were first timer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    yrogerg281VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had heard from several people that this was a great spot. Went there and had a real good time out with college friends...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent time, would not return
    jsmh
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant had a lot of potential. The food was great and so was the decor. Some of the patrons proved to be disturbing, however, and a dress code of some sort should definitely be enforced. Also, the photobooth downstairs should be replaced with one that isn't completely awful. Overall experience and value for the price made Carnivale a definite one-time experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait for food
    dcoops
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We came with a larger group (7) and food was okay but nothing very special except the octopus appetizer. The main courses took almost 1 1/2 hours to come out and I'm not exactly sure why. Was a convenient meet-up spot and nice enough space, but I don't think I will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st time at carnivale
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food and service was great, ambience was vibrant and colorful, I has seafood paella which I didn't care for, next time I'll go for chicken dish, my bf who was turning 40 had the halibut special which was excellent, highly recommend, and love that our waiter brought out cotton candy and caramel corn for birthday boy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time as good as the first!
    shoechic101
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I took a group of colleagues and clients here, as a result of my first visit about 2 years ago. The second time was just as great, and the choice was a hit with everyone. Great food, outstanding service (javier was our server), fun drink selection, energetic atmosphere. I will definitely come back when in Chicago, and most certainly recommend to friends looking for a great dining option
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time for lunch
    SullyLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Did the Tuesday B2G2 deal but even though I told waiter and put it in the res it still wasnt discounted til I brought it to his attention. Server josh not super attentive but was accommodating of our group, as we had a few latercomers join.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and scenery!!
    Winelover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu had changed since the last time I was there. The food was still great and the decor was vibrant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Delisious
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was Outstanding. Our Waiter was Very Pleasant. I acknowleded my Girlfriend All night as the Bday Girl. The Food was Excellent as well. I would come back again. I do think the next time,as My girlfriend mentioned, We will sit on the patio overlooking the hwy or maybe the upper Level Overlooking the entire Room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food, nice selection of Latin inspired fare. Our server was Oscar, and he was very attentive to our requests. We had the skirt steak, and strip. Both were cooked to perfection, and excellent. Restaurant décor is very festive. Noise level is a bit high. Somewhat difficult to have a conversation. Overall would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food!
    Yums
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The ambiance was very nice. It felt like we had been transported to carnivale in Brazil! (well not quite, but the colors and darkness definitely gave it a Latin theme). Server was very helpful in recommending dishes. We had the rojas for appetizers which were very good (little tacos with savory steak, quesso fresco cheese, and tomatoes. We also ordered the charcuterie plate. The meat was a little more on the dry side for my taste, but the cheeses, mustard, grapes, and nuts made up for this. We both ordered coconut mojitos which were very good. For entrees, we had the churasaca, which was a long skirt steak with chimichuri and asparagus and fried plantains and the short ribs which were incredibly tender. Both of the dishes were delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dori
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Carnivale never disappoints. The atmosphere is great, the food is delicious and artfully displayed, and the staff is warm and friendly. We've mentioned it to several friends who now want to try it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, inside and on the roof!
    KathyO
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We opened the place up about 5:45 but it was rocking by the time we left about 8:30. We were intrigued by how often our server Michael mentioned veggies and herbs that came straight from their rooftop garden, so we asked if we could see it-- and got a personal tour from chef Carlos Garza! Amazing--dozens of huge tomato plants (many of them heirlooms), peppers, tomatillos, herbs; what a nice surprise. Food was great. The sampler of ceviches was a great way to start. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My experience at Carnivale was not a good one. Food and service was not what we were expecting. It was a special occasion, my fiancee birthday, and wasnt very pleased with their friendliness.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chris
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Showed up a little early for my reservation. They had no problem seating us immediately. Food was good, came out pretty fast. Service was attentive, the server re-folded my napkin for me while I was in the bathroom. Certainly not used to that detail, but then again it's rare I go to a place this nice. Would certainly come back and recommend it to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    adventurousdiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was my third time dining at Carnivale & it was rather disappointing. Service was quite slow and eventually they brought me the wrong entree. Ambience is lively, hence my return, and food is good, though not great, and not good enough to outweigh the poor service and mistakes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was excellent and very timely. The staff was friendly, courteous, professional and didn't hover. but they were there when we needed something or had a question. Staff also had some good recommendations for each course, the waiter obviously knew the menu very well. The menu and environment was also very well connected. It was a very enjoyable meal and event. I have had a good experience every time we have been to Carnivale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun times!
    UVEye
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place for a date or a girls night. Discovered this place during restaurant and decided to return. Definitely a good decision & I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fun,energetic restaurant. Great before United center events.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night goodie!
    JoAnna
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Hubby and I were looking for a hip energetic place to have some good eats. He had the churrasco and I had the paella. I must say, the paella was great and the steak was so juicy and tender. I was very impressed with only a 15-20 minute wait on the paella. I've waited almost 45 at some other places. By the time we ate our guacamole and chips, our food was ready. The place is decorated very nice too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointing
    bibian
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food itself was good but not as good as expected and slightly underwhelming. It was my boyfriend's birthday and I requested they do something special such as bring out cake or dessert with a candle but they did not do anything nor did they mention that they would not do anything for me. The waiter himself was pleasant and the ambience was nice although we were seated near the back and by the kitchen. Overall, I would not come back or recommend the place to a friend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should be a club- with great food
    Adman
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The lead in this review needs to be that the food was fantastic. The cocktails were great and the service was good. However it was so loud in there that no one could hear themselves think, my wife got a headache and we rushed a great meal to get out of the noise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved it!
    Anita
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Fifth time that I have visited Carnivale and everything was perfect, just the way I remembered it! Our waiter was great, the food was great and the Caipiranha was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate