Carmine's On Penn

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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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Celebrate with Carmine's on Penn this Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Making New Year's plans? Ring in the New Year at Carmine's on Penn family style dining Italian.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2114 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience. Took my boyfriend for his birthday and he says that it is some of the best Italian food he’s ever had, and that’s with some of his best friends being Italian! I have been here several times and always loved the food, service, and ambiance of the restaurant.

v
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Family style food ! Be sure to get more than you need so you can take some home too. Fresh bread out of the oven to die for too!

C
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always amazing, with a fun yet classy atmosphere and great service!

AW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Carmine's based on a recommendation from the ladies who work at the Woodhouse Spa. We asked them about the best Italian in Denver, since we were visiting the city and were clueless. Carmine's on Penn was one of three recommendations - and our choice, based on a view of the menu. Our waiter was great, made excellent recommendations, we were well taken care of, and the food was fabulous. Will definitely keep Carmine's on the short list for our next trip to Denver.

RW
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best family style italian in Denver. Can't be beat, especially for larger groups.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here for his birthday. We both said the mussels were absolutely the beat we have ever had. And of course the Chicken Montana was perfect as always. Great experience!!!!!

KK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like always the food, service and overall experience was excellent. We had some specific dietary needs in our group and the staff listened to those needs and took care of us.

A
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Italian food...served family style. The "2 person" size easily feeds 3 or 4. The family size, 4 or 5. Not as good for a couple just because there is so much food.

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and service!

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We love this place. It always exceed expectations!

AB
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Isabella was also a fantastic waitress. We will be back!

LB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun for a birthday celebration. Warm atmosphere and lots of food choices.
Need valet parking.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!! Food, drink and service were amazing. Great ambiance.

HM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trust the wait staff on what to order they know if what that speak.

HA
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, overpriced for what it is. We sat in the back room and it was cold. The service was good!

LM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic place. Unfortunately a huge group of millennials came in to the porch and we had to leave as could not hear each other. Portions so big ....too much.

j
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent spot for a large group in a casual and fun atmosphere.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Felt rushed. Small portions. Salad was excellent . May not go back again

CD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been approximately 20 years since I was last there and I definitely won’t wait another 20 to go again!

P
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites places in the city for family style Italian food.

b
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous time! The waiter was so helpful and made the evening incredibly enjoyable.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot for sharing

JR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were not impressed by any means!! I made reservations ahead of time for a quiet table away from service center, bring that it was our anniversary and I wanted it to be special!! Hahahahaha that didn’t happen and we were not accommodated at all per my request!! The service was less to be desired as well ...EXTREMELY slow and server was not at all nice! The food was cold and dry and tasteless!! Not enough red sauce!! Food was as if just thrown together!! They were not generous with the bread either !! We spent well over $150 and felt like we were totally ripped off !!! Never again!!

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good. All entrees are for two people so that kind of limits ability to select different options if you are only 2 people.

JH
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carmine's never disappoints. From the wine to the dessert everything was stellar! Enjoyed some old favorites and tried to items and our group loved it all.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Staff in a hurry to clear our table
Even before we had completely finished we were being asked “ may I take your plate “

SG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening from wine to dessert! Brought a first time couple and they loved our pick. Best Italian good in the Denver Metro! Thank you for being so consistent over the years.

BJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We had eaten at Camines several times in the early days and loved it. So decided it would be a good place to take our grown children and their significant others. My husband loves veal and was so happy seeing 6 different veal selections on the menu. My son loves gnochhi and the special sounded wonderful. We also could not pass up the risotto. Unfortunately - the veal was very touch and there was nothing special about it - served without a side - it was lacking. The gnocchi was way over cooked and over salted. which was sad because the idea of serving it with short ribs sounded mouth watering. The risotto was wonderful and the pear salad was the highlight. I thought the prices were high for the portion sizes and had expected to take home left overs as many reviewers said this would probably be the case. We had 6 people and ordered 4 large servings. It felt meager. They should provide a printed menu or supplied better descriptions of the dishes because the menu is extensive.

AM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food is always good here! I like the family style concept and appreciate that they initially serve the portions. They accept reservations which i really like. We were outside on the patio but it was enclosed and had heaters so we were fine even though it was cold outside. The service was really good. We were not crazy about the Tiramisu, but other than that, it was a very nice meal.

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant to spend the evening with friends or family. Nate was an excellent server great sense of humor and knew his menu like the back of his hand. When you go to Carmines you get the best every time! Ask for Nate you won’t regret it!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great birthday dinner - perfect spot for small groups. He the pear salad and chicken Montana, they never disappoint.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a great meal.

AB
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another great dining experience at Carmine's. Took some first-timers with and all are ready to get back for another dinner.
Thanks to the entire Carmine's staff, great job!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food. Sometimes family style dining makes it kind of difficult and pricey for a party of 2.

OT
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Amazing food and service. Best carbonara ever!

KC
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's on Penn is my new favorite place to visit in Denver. I love the family style approach to dining, and so does everyone else in the parties I have brought here. The teamwork of the service staff is amazing here, and everything is delicious...EVERYTHING! Our favorite, the pear salad, so good!!! I can't wait until I have an opportunity to return!

d
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a quiet night at the restaurant. We had the Chicken Montana, of course, and the Strozzapreti. They were both excellent. The Strozzapreti was quite spicy, but the creamy Gorgonzola balanced it out. We paired it with a nice southern Italian red blend wine.

LK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Highly recommended take an Uber/Lyft and enjoy

DC
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I was there with clients and specifically said NO SEAFOOD as I have an allergy. After serving us a dish where they said they were going to leave out the seafood, it came with it anyway. After all this they comped the dish with seafood. I on the other hand almost ended up in the ER. I don't think that was a very fair trade.

T
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our foodie friends from LA were in town and we absolutely WOWed them with this neighborhood gem. The food is made thoughtfully and consistently elevates classic scratch-made Italian food to a sophisticated level with depth of flavor and fresh ingredients. The place is inviting and offers a comfortable family style dining experience. The service is friendly and knowledgeable about the full menu as well as recommendations on dishes and wine pairings. 10 stars! You gotta try their meatballs!

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