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About Carmine's On Penn

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.

92 S. Pennsylvania Street
Denver, CO 80209
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Bayaud

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 777-6443

Website:
http://www.carminescolorado.com/

Entertainment:
None

Catering:
Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our respected, and consistently delicious food to you. By providing off-site service for corporate, business and private events, Carmine's offers a personal approach for clients and customers to enjoy and appreciate simple, yet satisfying, menu options at their place of work or in the privacy of their own backyard.

Parking Details:
Street parking in our neighborhood. The parking lot we used to lease has been sold for development so we are no longer able to offer valet parking. There is a school between Cedar to the south, Bayaud to the west, Washington to the east, and Pearl to the west. It is a short block from us and since no one lives there, it is a reliable place to find a parking spot.

Public Transit:
Closest is Alameda Station

Executive Chef:
Eric Seabolt

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Thu 8:30PM - 8:30PM

Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:00PM

Carmine's On Penn Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (22)
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Special Occasion (20)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Fun (12)
Casual (12)
Romantic (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Kid-friendly (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

We have always enjoyed our experience here, from the food to the excellent service. Unfortunately, this visit left us in shock by the terrible, rude service. Very unusual for this restaurant. I hope our next visit will be what we’ve always experienced, nothing shy of perfection.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Nate was a fantastic server. We enjoyed our time very much! Thank you

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

We hadn’t been to Carmine’s in a few years because we live several miles south of the restaurant. We will definitely be returning soon. Service was top notch, wine amazing, food absolutely delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

We've been going to Carmine's for special occasions for years and are never disappointed. The food and service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love Carmines. Still a great place off the beaten path.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The staff is what stands out, so friendly, knowledgeable, professional, willing, and able to help.

Dinner too, was outstanding

Busy night, multiple large groups, was worth wait, seemed to go by rather quickly

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Service was awesome! And food was amazing as usual.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was wonderful!! We had great service- Chaz was so great and had awesome recommendations! Can’t wait to come again!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Carbonara sauce was burnt and very bitter. The waitress did take it off the menu, but had an attitude after and tossed the bill on the table and walked away with out saying anything. The manager was notified to offer an explanation or apology. This restaurant is nothing like it used to be.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

excellent service and the very nice food. Really enjoyed our evening at the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place! Wonderful food, great wine list and nice ambiance.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a lobster risotto special which was very good. Tried their NY Cheesecake for first time and one of the best I have ever had. Great place when downtown area

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic. Food and service we’re both fantastic. Only downside was they cannot take reservations for more than parties of 8. We had 11 and had to sit at 2 separate tables. Very odd for a restaurant that specializes in family style dinners. Other than that I would recommend.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food great service

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great service and food! Super kid friendly. Our family including our small grandchildren had a wonderful dinner!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Disappointed - Carmine’s continues to decline and I would not recommend it for your special occasion. Where they used to serve your first round by the table, now they just plop the oversized plates down for you to serve yourself.

Their recipes have declined and are best described as tragic. The chicken Montana was bland and the sauce broken. Their new signature Shrimp Al Cappo had 3-4 shrimp and was spiced so poorly that some bites had flavor and others didn’t.

The Caesar salad, formerly an amazing dish, was terrible.

I hope they turn it around but until I hear otherwise, we won’t be going back.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our third Christmas Eve at Carmines. Service and food were excellent as always. It has become a tradition we look forward to. Thanks again.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

In Denver visiting my son. My previous experience at Carmine's had us sitting in the dining room, which was too noisy. This visit, we were placed on the enclosed front patio. Acoustically, much better than the dining room and the heating units were much-needed. Our server (Nate?) was the same gentleman we had last visit (18 months ago). He has a great knowledge of the menu, portion sizes for our group, and wine pairing. My husband grew up in an Italian home with very authentic cuisine. Carmine's rose to my husband's standard of good Italian food. I hope to return when I am next in Denver (from Pittsburgh).

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We wanted some solid comfort food, and Carmine's did not disappoint! The servings are huge, so we ended up splitting a pasta dish for 2 (Diavola la Mer) and a salad (Pear Gorgonzola) and that was more than enough. Great Italian wines by the glass for reasonable prices, ambiance of friendliness, and did I mention the warm garlic knots are the bees knees? Can't wait to go back, there is so much more I want to try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great fresh, free garlic knots! Authentic Italian pastas. Yummy

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We have been regular customers for many many years at Carmines. Our meal last week was disappointing. We invited two other couples who had never experienced Carmines (unfortunately due to the quality of the food, they will not be returning) The pear salad and rolls were a delicious start. Based on our experienced recommendation, we ordered chicken marsala (our all time favorite which has always been unbelievably tender) and pasta bolognese. My chicken breast was so tough I couldn't cut it with a knife. It was like rubber and 100% inedible. The bolognese was heavy, and very boring. Half the plate of the pasta dish was left over because no one wanted seconds and no one wanted to take the left overs home in a box. The cheesecake and small cannolis were very good. Because we were in a group, I didn't send my chicken back to the kitchen. Our server was friendly but very inconsistent. Out of exasperation, we had to call the manager over to clear 1/2 of the dirty dishes which she failed to remove. WIth tip, each couple paid $100 which was over the top for such a terrible meal. Not sure if this is due to new ownership or an inexperienced chef, but it saddens us to think we may have lost our go-to restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Veal dish was good, but mushroom pasta lacked the expected flavor. Attentive service and a nice space.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Went there for my step-son's 20th birthday on a whim (I'd lived close to Carmine's years ago, but had never eaten there), and couldn't have been more pleased. Delicious cocktails for the adults, and absolutely scrumptious food served family style (my FAVE was hands down the veal scallopini, but everything was delectable). My husband cant eat wheat (not strictly gluten free), and there was plenty of delicious food for him to eat. The service was attentive and so professional, our server knew his stuff and answered our many questions cheerfully. We will be back for date night soon!

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The service and food were equally wonderful. We have eaten here for a long time. It was especially great on this visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a party of 6 with two small children. The food was very slow. If you're in a rush, don't order apps or salads - this causes your food to come out very slowly. That aside, the food - OMG - so good. We ordered the meat and cheese board, a salad, Pasta Carbonara, and Veal. Everything was exceptionally delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was the second time we have visited Carmine’s and we will certainly be back. Has classic Italian fare with a flair and then some unique dishes.

Wonderful food and service overall!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We hadn’t been to Carmine’s is a while. It’s still a great date night treat.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Birthday dinner. Was great food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great menu and stellar waitress delivered close to impeccable service. A total delight! We will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and service was fast. A little loud but it’s a Saturday night. I’d definitely recommend to others and go again.

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a wonderful birthday here. The food was absolutely delicious, from the bread rolls, cocktails, seasonal pasta and dessert. 100% recommended!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We used to go to Carmines a long time ago, back when Carmine would come and visit the tables. I'm sorry to say that the food quality and taste has declined. It's still an okay meal, and better than a chain restaurant but nothing to write home about.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Carmine's is not flashy, it's just straight forward, good old fashion kickass Italian food served family style. Classic and fantastic! Literally nothing on the menu is a bad choice, and all very well priced.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fave restaurant but

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I hadn't been there for over 10 years and it was as good as I remembered!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place! Super friendly staff and the gnocchi is great, but the veal was over cooked this time and I had to keep a foot on the table base to keep it from tipping. Still an overall good experience.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and fun environment for big groups of friends! The food was delicious... chicken parmigiana yummmmmy. We liked the ceasar salad too. Love the family style. Staff and waiter very friendly. I want to come here more!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I moved from Denver years ago and when visiting Friends there are only a couple of restaurants I have to go back to visit. Carmine’s is on the top of that list.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great foley d and excellent service. Food is served family style so you can sample different entrees or take leftovers home for an amazing the next day. The garlic bread is hot and fresh and a phenomenal way to begin your meal. Parking is difficult as restaurant sits in a residential neighborhood had to park several blocks away

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This place is good. I like this place. I would go here again. There food is good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Hot Spot, Romantic
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