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Carnivale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carnivalechicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 850-5005
  • 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

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

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

    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

    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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We always wanted to check this spot and we did! Our anniversary was celebrated with some friend we all were first timer."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The menu had changed since the last time I was there. The food was still great and the decor was vibrant!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Fun,energetic restaurant. Great before United center events."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "First off I would like to say how much I loved the food here. It was amazing. A little pricey, but nothing that makes you regret the price. Although 9 bucks for cotton candy is insane. My only complaint would be with the rule that your table must be there in order to be seated. Our guest was late so we had to wait a half hour to be seated. We told the hostess that we were thirsty and that we wanted to order appetizers but we still told no. People weren't flowing through the door anyways and we had reservations. It was not a good way to start off our meal. It's a horrible policy but I understand if it's extremely crowded, but they weren't. It's not wise to not seat people when you offer pricey appetizers and alcoholic drinks."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Amazing food as per usual! Service however was not this time. Sad but will go back for the food and ambience!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food and service was great. Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything was perfect , food was great, service was impeccable and the Sangria yum yum"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good food nice service sexy atmosphere needs more lighting"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very good service and food selection. First time here, was highly recommended. Had a yummy Mojitos and Ropa Vieja & yuca. Must go place."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I am not a foodie. But I have to say, Carnivale might be the best food I have ever had. I've only been there twice, but in both cases I was extremely impressed."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Elegant but fun, this was a great place for a nice business lunch. The service and food were great and the atmosphere was open but intimate. Other than the offset that their outdoor patio overlooked the busy congested highway, this place was a real treat. I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Mushroom and goat cheese flat bread appetizer was amazing. Chips and guac always hits the spot and everything is freshly made. Had the trout for our main meal and that was equally delicious"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My family and I wanted to go someplace different, and came across Carnivale . Love the decor and energy ! Food was fabulous ! Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We have been here several times over the years -- unfortunately I don't think the food has the WOW factor that it once did! And they have definitely increased their prices! Still love the atmosphere and decorations in the main dining room. Not sure I will go back though -- too many other great restaurants in Chicago with the Latin theme that don't cost as much and better food -- sorry to say!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town and Carnivale was one of the restaurants on our list of places to try. Local friends gave their thumbs up and asked to join us. The restaurant was very accomodating, combining two tables into one group. The cocktail menu had a lot of great sounding choices, but I decided to indulge in a latin standby- classic mojoito. We ordered many plates and shared them around the table. Service was great and the prices were not outrageous. No one was disappointed! The highlight was the cotton candy dessert at the end."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "At first I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by everything. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Hot date night for a couple of tourists, so we went all out with cocktails and wine with dinner. The music is nightclub volume, so everyone in the massive dining room had to shout over it, which made it even worse. The food we ordered was mediocre at best. The scenic view outdoors was of the freeway. You could find a much better way to blow $200 in a couple of hours."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was to die for. Although my friends' chicken was undercooked, it wasn't mine so I don't care. I wouldn't change anything about my meal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I recently took my wife out for late dinner to Carnavle and we were so amazed by the atmosphere! We was very pleased with the wait service. The dinning area was so quiet and romantic for my wife and I. And the dinner was a amazing as well we have eaten and many restaurants and enjoying fine dinning but this place blows them all away. This place by far has our attention to the point that we are going to renew our wedding vows there next year! We highly recommend that you go to Carnivals!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I love this place! The food is super delicious and the desserts. Totally recommend this place, you'll enjoy it to the fullest!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "As usual the mojitos were great, but paella was warm and the rice was sticky. The lunch menu is very limited. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside. It was pretty loud due to am accident on the expressway. I would still recommend the restaurant although dinner might be better."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My friend and I recently went to Carnivale using a TravelZoo deal we had. I ordered the Paella and majority of the sea food was over cooked and was like I was chewing on a rubberband. The shrimp was probably the best part of my meal. My friend ordered a steak and they really enjoyed it. We also got the calamari and steak tacos for an app and they were both delicious. Certainly for me those 2 items were better than my meal. Besides the food being sub par my biggest complaint/concern would be the "service charge" they tack onto the bill. At the bottom of the receipt it says suggested gratuity amount and that it is not included in the bill BUT come to rind out the "service charge" is actually them including the tip."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Short rib, calamari and appetizer tacos were great. Server was very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/22/2014