Carmine's - Washington DC
Carmine's - Washington DC

Carmine's - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carminesnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2027377770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Terry Natas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Enjoy Carmine"s classics catered to the venue of your choice. Our off-premises catering services range from a small drop off and set up for 20 to a full scale, off-premises event for 2000. Our signature dishes, including Carmine’s famous Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Shrimp Scampi, will be delivered right to your door. Carmine's Catering offers one-stop shopping. Our full-service Catering Division offers a professional staff, complete set-up and service, rentals, linens, décor, and venue selection. Catering packages or customized menus available.
  • Special Events: Parties of 15 or more will choose from abundant, specially designed four course menus created by our Executive Chef.
    Come celebrate your corporate event, rehearsal dinner, bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding or a just night out with old friends with the Carmine's family. We invite you to share Carmine's style! Abbondanza!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between E and D street on 7th street
  • Public Transit: Metro Trains information. .14 miles from Carmine"s on Metro Stop Archives- Navy Memorial Penn Quarter 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D.C. 20004- Come off the train and head north on 7th street NW toward D street NW. Carmine's is on the right. .21 miles from Carmine's on metro stop Gallery PI- Chinatown 630 H Street NW Washington D.C 20001. Co
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Entrance to parking garage is on E street. Address to parking garage is 616 E Street NW Washington 20004. The parking garage has an elevator entrance into Carmine's above. Valet parking is available nightly after 5pm.
A word from Carmine's - Washington DC
Carmine’s is a family style, value-driven restaurant concept with locations in NYC, NJ, Nassau Bahamas, and Washington DC. Restaurateur Artie Cutler created Carmine’s with one goal in mind: to open a restaurant that would serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast, featuring extra large portions of home-style antipasto, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on extra large platters designed for sharing. Carmine’s is the perfect place to casually enjoy friends and family over great food and wine, with excellent service, the way it used to be at grandma’s house.
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Carmine's - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
246 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (212)special occasion (107)kid-friendly (91)fit for foodies (79)neighborhood gem (54)great for lunch (41)romantic (28)hot spot (24)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (14)great for brunch (7)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • So disappointing
    Honestly
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been going to Carmines in the theater district in New York for 15 years and recommending it to anyone going. I was excited to see that there was a location in DC. I should have known when we entered and didn't even need a reservation that this was not going to be the same experience. We ordered the mixed green salad, the artichoke appetizer, lasagne and chicken marsala. Our server was kind but inattentive. The salad had about two olives and too little dressing. The chicken was not hot. The artichoke appetizer for good as was the lasagne. Maybe my expectations were too high because of my repeated excellent experiences in NYC. The atmosphere was fun but the food simply did not match my previous experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Supper on Seventh
    GratefulVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Portions fit to share family-style and great server!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HCMC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a family celebration with families from out of town - and our waiter was so nice and helpful with us. We've been there before and will go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    luvgr8food
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went to lunch with a large group as we have done previously. We like Carmine's because they are not busy at lunch, they can accommodate a large group, and the family style dining is a plus. However, our most recent visit will probably be the last. When I told our waiter (Doc) that one of the orders was wrong, he apologized but didn't do anything to fix it. We were not offered a discount nor did he offer to bring the correct dish. Additionally, the red sauce that was on the dish was not good (others at the table felt the same way). Others in the party were not thrilled with their items either. I think someone said the sandwich was ok. The stuffed mushrooms were good. Too many restaurants in DC to deal with subpar service or food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The people across from us were very loud and the young lady had a disturbing laugh that disrupted the whole restaurant from enjoying their food. The table was a little rocky especially for the portions of food that is being served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Huge Portions,
    sj100
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Family style Italian-American that actually produces really good food. Seafood assortment was done perfectly and good quality fresh seafood. Only poor dish was the escarole which was tough. Be aware that when they say the plates are meant for sharing, they really are. With an assortment, they can serve 6 people. Order carefully or the check will mount quickly and you'll go home with bags of food. Perhaps, that's a plus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly disappointed
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Waaaaay too loud, waiter Waaaaay too new to have been given so many tables dispite supervision. A glass of wine I ordered took a half hour to arrive, empty plates remained on the table until we left and I suppose, since our waiter was so new and under supervision, it was OK to run over and shout "how is everything going?" every 10 minutes was their way of taking care of us to the point where I was jumping out of my skin.
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  • Mixed feelings
    loves2dineout
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our daughter chose Carmine's for her birthday dinner. We should have chosen a restaurant that was more geared to just a few dining together. The portions were overwhelming. We did bring home leftovers, though. Our appetizer (mussels) were a disappointment. The broth was too watery and many of the mussels did not open during cooking. It was poor service to serve such a dish. There should also be more pasta free dishes to chose from as many of us are watching our carb and sugar intake. For our daughter, the highlight was the strawberry shortcake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic as Always!
    sjb1
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Fantastic food and great service, Carmine's never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off day?
    SurferVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Generally, Carmine's is spot on. Not today. The clam sauce was runny and gritty. The waiter took our order and then we never saw him again until he brought the check. We had to ask other people for more bread and tea. For the money, I was very disappointed. It will be awhile before I return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fair but okay for a group
    FrenchConnection
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went there with a group of 16 for a birthday anniversary dinner while visiting Washington from out of the country. The set-up, with the large shared plates, was perfect for us since we were a large group. However, do not expect that to generate savings on the check in any way. This is expensive for the quality of the food, which is fair. We had a trainee as a server, which happen to be a lot better than the experienced server which was with him. Overall, the level of service was fair and accommodating. Had difficulty receiving the wine that I ordered. Would recommend only for large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very tasty, very filling
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dropped in after a Smithsonian jazz & science show at the Navy Memorial. My girlfriend started with stuffed artichokes and got chiicken wings for her entree. I got the angel hair pasta with sausage and meat sauce. She took home half of the appetizer and most of both entrees and reports they were almost as tasty the next day as they were at the restaurant. Service was attentive, although the busboys delivering the food had a tendency to try to give dishes to wrong tables. We've ruled out Carmine's for pre-theater dining because of its huge portions, but love it for after-event dinners -- particularly when we've nothing planned for a couple days so she can finish what she takes home.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was our 2 year annivesary. I wanted to pick out a nice romantic place. It very nice . A little loud but the food portions were really big whichwas a plus and taste great. The price is fair with the amount they give you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Before A Night Out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to Carmine's to celebrate a friend's upcoming nuptials. We had dinner at the restaurant before going out for drinks and dancing. The food was excellent! All of the employees were friendly, professional, and could answer questions about items on the menu. A great place for groups! We are already planning our next group dinner ... this time with our husbands (and maybe the kids).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vamplires Beware
    KnowsGoodFromBad
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I liked the food and the service was very good, but there was way too much garlic. I'm of Italian decent and have grown up around Italian food my whole life and I've never tasted so much garlic in one meal. I think the stuffed artichoke was the main culprit, but there were likely others. It was so bad that my bedroom smelled like garlic the next morning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Everything we ordered was very good. We had 9 people and each order had plenty of food for all. It can get expensive if you're not careful, however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for large groups
    SusanB
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our group of 15 had such a good time at Carmine's. Good food, great service, fun experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JP
    Getsome
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was great and the staff was very accommodating when I needed to adjust my reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is awesome!
    Ellen27
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a party of 8 people, didn't haven't to wait for our table. The food was excellent and hot. The waitress suggested some of the entrees for us and it was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to Carmine's in NYC and Atlantic City a number of times. While I am accustomed to the loud environment our experience in D.C. was very disappointing. We were a party of 7 and had a reservation and were seated timely. After being seated for 20 minutes we were never approached by a waiter/waitress. I had to get up and approach a Manager. He came to our table and apologized, took our drink order and then turned us over to someone else. The waiter seemed rushed with everything. We ordered appetizers and asked if we could order our entree and pasta in a few minutes. He came back 3 minutes later and rushed us through ordering. Our food proceeded to come out one course on top of another. The table was filled with plates. Just terrible.
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  • Fun gathering for 15 family members
    TexanCiCi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    To enjoy the variety of Carmine's, one needs to dine with a group. I used the excuse of getting my family together to celebrate my upcoming retirement. I pre-ordered 3 appetizers and 5 main dishes. My family especially liked the calimari, Carmine's salad, meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, chicken marsala, and fresh sauteed spinach. For dessert, we had the "Titanic," a brownie-bottomed banana split with multiple scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, strawberries, fresh pineapple, chocolate syrup, and "Cumulus Nimbus" clouds of whipped cream. It was a big hit, and we ate everything. My only complaint is that we were seated at a very long table so it was difficult to talk to anyone who wasn't sitting either across from you or next to you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VIPDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you have a big family I highly recommend Carmine's. The food is delicious and is very reasonable when split among a group. They also pack up leftovers to bring home. Extremely kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian the way it should be...
    lisaopp21VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great authentic Italian Family Style!! We love Carmine's in New York and this was our first time at the DC restaurant. Food was soooo good and plenty to eat for our group. The Friday nite chicken special was unbelievably good. When you dine at Carmine's you feel like your dining in Italy with lots of good food and wine. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Carmine the great
    JohnB
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We take a group to Carmine's almost monthly Always good always great service and always accommodating if we have extra people show up
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too, too salty.....
    Twiceamonthdineout
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The Caesar salad was wonderful but both of the main course dishes was LOADED with salt....almost to the point of not being edible. Very disappointed as we liked the ambiance and concept of "family style" portions and relied on the great reviews. Perhaps it was just a bad day for the chef and s/he forgot they had already added the salt and added more.....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The service, food and atmosphere were great. They portions are big enough to share for 3-4 people
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Eating at Carmine's is an experience. It is funny seeing people's faces when the massive plates of food arrive at their table. I have been to both the NY and DC locations & live this place. Unfortunately during my recent visit I felt like I was invisible. Our waiter hovered over a large group near us and left our party of 2 feeling like we were shipwrecked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Andy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The restaurant was great and the food was very good and we really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Hmvee69
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second time dining at Carmine's and just like the first time the food was amazing. My family and I enjoyed the Manicotti and Lemon Butter Chicken for dinner, and then I was surprised with the Titanic for my birthday dessert. The only down side to the whole experience would be with the service we received. It started out good, we were greeted as we entered by a staff member, then by a friendly host and then by our wait staff. However during our dinner, we barely saw her other than to see if we needed refills, but by then we were done with our meal and ready for the check. The restaurant wasn't that busy and she had two other tables within a few feet of ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge portions
    BAYDARRYL
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Always make sure you have a group of at least 4 or a hefty appetite Great dishes and service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special
    AMS1231
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Went with a group of 8. Herded in like cattle and to feed and move along. The food was fine - certainly nothing special - the service was perfunctory. There are too many other food restaurants in Penn Quarter for me to go back to this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    KinderVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had Veal Parm. Perfectly pounded out. And Penne Ala Vodka perfectly not over sauced. Great service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Masterpiece
    FTDeMo
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great Family restaurant and the price is right for families too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BYOWG ( Bring Your Own Wine Glass)
    Foodfanatic
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food is great, consistent with NYC 's original location on the Upper West Side. Service was a bit slow which is unusual. My only complaint is that like NY, they serve wine is a small water glass...bring back the wine glass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town guests
    mjcg
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Went to Carmine's with parents visiting from out of town all agreed food was outstanding. Would have given service a little higher if - after ordering bottle of wine it was not simply just plopped on table for us all to help ourselves. Also we had to keep asking for water. Only one pitcher for a table of 8. Should not have to ask. Don't want to give impression we were not happy just needed a little more TLC. Lasagne, chicken pram and tiaramisu were outstanding. Will definitely bring friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring your appetite and friends
    chuckyd
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Family style place. Great food. Don't go alone. Great for a family get together out with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, Service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    While waiting for my guest, I sat for about 20 minutes after being seating with no one coming to take even a drink order. I finally went to the bar and got my own water and iced tea. Apparently, after being told what happened, the waiter stepped up and was very attentive for the rest of the meal. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unless you want just quantity......
    srthngntlmanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Unless you are just wanting a ton of very poor Italian food and how it taste does not matter, skip this place. Frankly Olive Garden is better. Yes it is family style but unless your party all like the same dishes, you will pay for a ton of food you while have to take home or not eat. Service is slow and the staff not attentive. I had to poor my own water or die of thirst.
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  • So happy we found this place !
    RedVortex
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We wanted a pasta restaurant near our hotel to go with the kids. We probably found the beat Italian restaurant ever. The food was awesome. The service excellent and the portions gigantic. We took two pasta plates and that fed 6 people and there were leftovers. The calamari appetizers were very good. The main dishes were spaghetti meatballs (6 huge super good meatballs) and the second plate was an awesome rigatoni w/sausages and brocollis with red sauce. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Poor service
    Foodie145
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was great, but the service was absolutely pitiful. After waiting on our drinks for 30 minutes, the waitress finally came back to tell us they were out of the ingredients to make the drinks. It also took her 15 minutes to get us the check once we asked for it. Extremely disappointed in the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate