Carmine's On Penn

4.7
2047 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Carmine's on Penn was established in 1994 as a neighborhood, family-style Italian restaurant. Our atmosphere is casual, festive, and friendly. Our servers bring the chalkboard menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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MS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. We go here for special occasions when we want a perfect evening.

JG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, great food, and great experience! One of our favorite restaurants in Denver!

CC
Denver
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting good friends we have not seen for many years. Perfect place to enjoy good food and conversation. Our waiter was wonderful and explained menus items as needed. We enjoyed the entire evening. Wine Too!

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Eggplant parm was amazing. Appetizer was also very good.

AC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this neighborhood restaurant. The food and drinks are always good. It’s a Denver tradition!

MT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great family style Italian restaurant with relaxed atmosphere. Excellent outdoor seating.

LV
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always great service and great food. I have never had a bad experience and have eaten there more than a dozen times.

l
St. Louis
43 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always open up the place so is always very quiet. Might change as the evening progresses. It is OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT. Servers know the menu back and forth. I always get "THE MOOSE". You have to ask for it. Worth the question to your server :)

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding experience at Carmine’s! Our server, Nate, is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable - definitely our favorite place to dine in Denver. Keep it up, Carmine’s.

ME
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken parmigiana and the penne with red sauce was excellent, as always.

A
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nate was the best. I want him to serve me everytime i go there

C
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Carmine's On Penn was a pleasant change to our usual Italian. The food was excellent and beautifully prepared. It is a bit strange to go and be looking at a menu on the wall over your shoulders and most of it even if we could see it was in words we didn't know! Our waitress was great though about explaining what each entree was and giving recommendations. We absolutely loved everything we received. The price point is a bit above what we would normally see at other Italian restaurants as there is no kid's menu and you pay extra for a salad for the table. For two adults and two children ages 6 and 7 we ordered the brochette appetizer, a salad for two, and two entrees and our bill was a little over $100.00. We had left overs enough for a lunch for my husband the next day. Service was great from the time we walked in to the time we left. There were a few open tables at 7 PM but not many, so I would definitely recommend making reservations.

SC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for Italian food. The cheesecake is a must have, best ever!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was fantastic. Food was amazing!

Thank you!

I
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone from the hostess to the waitress & bar tender & manager were amazing 4 of our guest had never been to Carmine’s before and everyone couldn’t stop talking about how great it was. Kudos to Carmine’s on Penn for another amazing unforgettable experience. 💗🍷

RS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Great 3 year anniversary...............,,,,

CL
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. Great place

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent. Food was absolutely delicious and we had a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful weather on the patio.

PN
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always come here when we are in town. Servings are large so we always have leftovers for a second meal. Salads are fresh. We love the red sauce so we almost always have to have something with that. Wines are always good. Ambiance is great, love sitting outside too.

l
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic food with a great atmosphere and good service!

JO
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

My sister came to visit me for her birthday from out of town, her one request was Italian food on a great patio. We could have gone anywhere in Denver but Carmines is my favorite restaurant in Denver and I knew they would make her birthday special. I told the restaurant it was her birthday when I made my reservations, I told the waiter it was her birthday, other people in the restaurants were celebrating their birthdays too, waiters were bringing out desserts to them. Carmines dropped the ball on my sisters birthday, didn't wish her a happy birthday nor did they offer her a birthday dessert. I felt so bad for her, when I reminded them again, they were very sorry and trying to push anything at her...but she was a little humiliated and it really doesn't do any good AFTER the fact. Carmines, your menu is NOT inexpensive and I thought you would do a better job. Very disappointed that you overlooked it even after being reminded. Note to self....don't do any birthdays at Carmines.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love the service here! It was a lovely summer atmosphere.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Arrived at 6 for reservation- sat in the bar area. I love Carmine’s. I’ve been a guest of theirs for longer than I’d like to admit! ;) Everything was exactly as I expected, and it was perfect. Like visiting an old friend.

I don’t recall if they ever played music, but it would be a nice addition for low background filler. If they do play it, it was not playing that night.

I will be back often, it’s that good! Thank you!

AD
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pasta, salad and rolls were fantastic! Server was extremely helpful and pleasant. The proteins (veil and chicken) were satisfactory but seemed a little lacking. We sat outside on the patio hoping it would be a little quieter but as larger groups were seated it became difficult to have conversations. I think that's the norm in Denver these days though.

RR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times to celebrate something special and they don’t disappoint. Food is great and perfect for big groups!

KM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this place is fantastic! Service was great and plenty of great food for a family party.

NS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmines on Penn has the best management, staff, food, and ambiance out of every restaurant in Denver. If you are looking for delicious made from scratch Italian food then you must try Carmines! By far my FAVORITE restaurant in Denver

s
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Disappointed in the service. Waiter forgot about us after he took our order. Never got the 2nd glass of wine I ordered. We all would have ordered more drinks if he would have come over to us. They cleared our dishes while our friends were still eating. The food was very good and would go back but wouldn’t want that some waiter.

DG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Chaz was on point and the food was phenomenal! Can't wait to come back and get down on some lamb shank!:)

C
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant! Has the best flavor and such well made entrees! I love that it is family style. Also, they do gluten free super well and can make almost their whole menu GF.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Ambiance was great. Delicious food. I’m looking forward to going back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully relaxing, cozy, casual yet fine dining, located in a neighborhood. One of my favorite places anywhere for the last 20 years.

c
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date nite 5 star experience

OT
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Seafood was not fresh

JT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Service and food especially/ only thing I would say is it was a little loud.

CF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seasonal risotto was to die for and our server fought another server for the last order of the dessert special and won. What more could we possibly ask for?

PG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday dinner with a Dad. Dinner was excellent. The chicken parmigiana was wonderful, and the ravioli and carbonara were very tasty, too. Compliments to the chef!

However, the restaurant still smells musty like a dirty mop. The cleaning crew needs to use clean mop heads, and I would recommend Murphy’s Oil Soap for the wood floors because it leaves a clean and refreshing smell.

GM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Why can't they have dinners for one diner? Everything is either for 2 or family. I think this eliminates a lot of diners.

H
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Even though we haven't dined here in several months we were greeted by name and treated like special customers. Carmine's is our go to place for Italian food in Denver

JS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There isn't another place we would want to spend Father's Day!! The food is amazing! The servers are always so helpful and nice. I recommend this place to everyone!

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