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Carmine's On Penn

4.7
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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. We are open during this early period of dining in during the ongoing COVID-19 scare. Our available seating is greatly restricted at this time. Group size is limited to 8pp including guests of any age. We are offering our extended “Street Patio” dining area until at least Labor Day. Please note that this is truly an open-air seating and subject to weather. Our seating restrictions do not allow us to have guests shelter inside for weather. Please plan accordingly. 720-767-3253

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2195 people are saying
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LisaS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmines has done a wonderful job adjusting to social distancing. The tables on the street reminded us of Europe. The food was well prepared and delicious. Staff was very attentive, and respectful of social distancing. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Denver.

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vipRyanK
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Like always the food was excellent. However the service or lack thereof was telling especially when the restaurant implements an 18% gratuity fee, and they do not notify you of the fee until the bill comes to the table. Because of covid the host did explain servers will not hand out menus, talk about the menu items, go over the wine list, offer condiments, and plate your food. The 18% amounted to roughly $27 for 2 people. Our server brought our food from the kitchen and set the plates next to our table and opened our wine bottle. That's it. I understand covid hammered the restaurant business, but mention the gratuity fee before seating your guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places, and we were so glad that they reopened to dine in guests just before my wife's birthday. Things are a little different now, given the current situation, but we felt safe as all guests were required to wear face coverings while moving around the restaurant (they can be removed at the table), and we were properly 'distanced' from other parties on the patio. All restaurant staff members wore face coverings at all times. There are no physical menus, so make sure you or someone in your party has a phone to view the electronic one. There were lots of tables in the street, which was closed to through traffic when we visited. Looks like they were for bar patrons. Our meal was just as delicious as always, and the service was attentive and friendly, but they no longer serve the food when it arrives at the table. We were all impressed by the staff's sincere appreciation for our visit. If you haven't been here, I highly recommend that you make it a priority. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but the Chicken Montana is our personal fave, and it might just change your life for the better!

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Vrabs
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

In covid, socially distanced, they have blocked off the street with high tops and dining tables. Make a rezzie and enjoy a night out

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ErinK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I’m gluten free and was severely disappointed with the new noodle choice for the gluten free menu- there used to be a rice long noodle that was excellent, now it’s a generic run of the mill penne pasta noodle, yuck. Sorry but we will not be coming back until you go back to that noodle.

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Open
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmines, and are so glad they are back open. Lots of space between tables. Split a pear salad, it's delish.

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vipAlanB
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmines knocked it out of the Park again, very different with half the restaurant empty but still a wonderful evening.

Thanks!

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AndrewF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So, this was my girlfriend and I’s first night out since the quarantine happened. I surprised her with reservations because Carmine’s had just opened up and it’s her favorite restaurant. I had never been and I must say for my first time it was absolutely enchanting. The precautions for the Covid Pandemic were executed perfectly and did not impede on the dining experience at all. In fact we loved the extra space without all the tables.
The service was unmatched, the Gnocchi was exquisite, and that may have been the best piece of cheesecake I’ve ever had. For a first experience, even with Covid, it was a 10/10 dining experience. We will definitely return soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience at Carmines! They do a fantastic job of maintaining social distancing for all of their staff and clients. One recommendation I would have would maybe be to put in some background music... it was a tad quiet with the limited number of guests and I felt like I had to whisper. Besides that great experience and an awesome first dining experience after lockdown!

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tony
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to eat here. Great food and service. Will definitely go back

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DianaF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

This is what I wrote to their site, FB page & Yelp.
Have not heard anything back.
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Hey Carmine's on Penn!

You BLEW IT with us last night!!

I did research for over a week for where we would go this year for our one RW dinner and chose your place.

You ADVERTISED, $35/pp and Choice of: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entrée and 1 dessert.
I thought that meant me and my husband had the possibility of trying 8 different things at your restaurant that we both hadn't been to in years and which we both had loved in the past!
Come to find when we get there and look at the RW menu, it's $70/table for 1 app, 1 salad and 1 entrée!!! And by the way, now I have to PAY extra if I want dessert!!!

Felt like a bait & switch to me! And your server didn't even seem to know what I was talking about when I brought it up.

Needless to say, I was ready to walk out. My husband persuaded me to stay and order 1 entrée to split, which we did. Mainly because, I had kept my reservation, despite being in the car for the last 7 plus hours, driving back from Nebraska!

Had it been the FIRST Sunday night in RW, I DEFINITELY would have walked out and picked another restaurant for another night!!

You all need to FIX THIS, or please, DON'T DO Restaurant Week!!

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JillK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is a quaint little place that we decided to try for Restaurant Week this year. On the Denver.org website it had $35 for 4 courses, but when we got there they said that was a mistake and we only got to pick 3 of the 4 courses listed. This really only saved us about $.80 which is not that big of a deal. They should have honored what we thought we were getting as I felt it was more of a bait and switch even though the food was very very good. Next year if they participate I hope their deal will be better and worth it. Somewhat disappointing.

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topshelf
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Total experience was good but not great, I have been going to Carmine's On Penn since 1996 and since then there have been many versions (Owners, Managers, Chefs, etc.). The food of the current version pales in comparison to the best version, specifically the Shrimp Fra diavolo we always order (not on the menu, special request) and the Cesar Salad, average at best.

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BrittMarie
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant. Family style with huge portions for the price. The chicken parm was amazing.

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sarahw
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We went for Restaurant Week, and I get that it's busy, and we had very good service and food but it was SOOO loud we literally couldn't hear each other talk. Disappointed!!

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marciad
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We didn’t expect family style ordering for restaurant week. That was disappointing.

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LCarolecooks
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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JeffW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good. Lots of food for 2. Robert was great.

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vipmichelec
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were looking forward to dining once again at Carmine’s on Penn as we hadn’t been in a while. We were two couples Who asked the server for separate checks to make it more convenient for us. We were denied and we were told that because it is family style they could not. It was if the have forgotten that they are in the hospitality business and just recited something as opposed to think about our request. We were not even sharing “family” style items. If we were at separate tables the request could be granted.i have never experienced such a ridiculous, inflexible and senseless response. I will never set foot in this restaurant based on the lack of sincere service.

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Alison
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Carmine's! The food is amazing, service is always great, glass is never empty and they answer all the questions you have. They have a Gelato cookie sandwich that is to die for. However, they make them fresh and only have a few each night, if you're lucky enough to get one it is SO YUMMY.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff with delicious food! Appetizers, salads, and entrees were all amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Not the Carmine’s experience I’m used to. Everyone was rushed (and somewhat rude).

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Carmines on Penn. Chicken dishes are my favorite.

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vipMoegreen
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmine’s. It is always good. Always.

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MikeC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and Atmosphere!! Wonderful presentation during Restaurant Week. It was my first time visiting and I'll definitely be back on future visits to Denver.

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vipLindaM
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Even with a reservation, the seating process was disorganized and we had to wait for awhile - no place to wait, so felt like we were in everyone's way. Pasta was good - veal was very tough to chew, which is not what I would expect. Service was very slow. Overall, they didn't seem ready for the crowd and understaffed.

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KathyA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was able to get at reservation during restaurant week and take a visiting friend to Carmin'es for a leisurely, comfortable, tantalizing and the utmost delicious dinner in a very long time. We never felt rushed, our server; Arthur was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions on the menu as well as our dinner wines. This will be my 'go to' Italian restaurant. The entire staff ensured we had a fantastic dining experience. Thank you to everyone at Carmine's On Penn.

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toomuchlove10
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I thought the sauce was very bland and the chicken was very thick. I wish the chicken would be thiner and a bit more crispy.

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BillS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a long time since I was last at Carmine's, but it never disappoints. Excellent all the way around!

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JacquelineS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Had to remind bartender that we ordered drinks 15 minutes ago. Had to ask for bread for our table. Yes busy Saturday night, but when staff is just chatting with other customers very frustrating. The food was DELICIOUS so worth the long wait.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere.

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PeterF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Italian food in Denver. Very generous proportions and overall great quality.

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Brad
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony “Tony” was amazing and deserves a raise. Will be back because of him

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Kdbachelet2015
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Awesome food, great service and lots of memories from our many times here. Great special day place to eat at.

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MichelleM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go early as the restaurant get very busy and loud after 7pm. Great service from the entire wait staff. Everyone is very attentive.

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First I want to say Carmine's on Penn was amazing the atmosphere the staff was very friendly our waiter was great on recommending food deserts also the bartender on drinks. me and my girlfriend really enjoyed it and we will be going back thank you so much for an amazing night..

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KentS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We havent been there for a few years. Still an amazing meal and value. Chicken parm is awesome!! We have enough leftorvers for 2 more meals. An amazing value, delicious and great experience.

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Tastyordie
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmine’s on Penn because it is consistently fantastic! For Valentine’s Day they put flower petals down for our meal which was a beautiful touch. The food blows us away every time we go. The food is made fresh with love and has a depth of flavor that makes each bite perfection. We highly recommend the meatballs in vodka sauce. The service was great and our waiter helped us make good pairing choices with food and drinks. 10 stars as always!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual and our waiter Nate was the best as always! Can’t wait to enjoy carmines again soon!

FAQs

Carmine's On Penn does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Carmine's On Penn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 777-6443.

Carmine's On Penn is rated 4.7 stars by 2195 OpenTable diners.

Carmine's On Penn does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.carminescolorado.com.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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