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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2102 People Are Saying
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HA
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
19 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!

KB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Italian wine! Great, fun servers without "attitude"... the owner is often there. Food is as good as NYC! We walk to this place every chance we get and bring friends. It's always wonderful!

AN
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I would recommend because of the food absolutely, but also hope that someone has a better experience with the waiter than we did. It was unfortunately consistently disappointing each interaction we had throughout our 2 hour dining experience.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Carmine’s. The best food, great staff and the atmosphere is upbeat and comfortable. You can’t go wrong at Carmine’s.

RL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Although the food was terrific the service was terrible from the moment we walked in the door, our server and the people bringing our foid. The impression we got from all the service people is that we were an inconvenience to them.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Our favorite neighborhood spot!

p
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Nate was terrific...he was there when needed and allowed us (Julia and myself) our space and time together.
Carmine's manager, Brad, is always welcoming, informative and engaging. Brad stayed late to let us out as we had such a great experience that we didn't realize what time it was after the restaurant closed. It was so amazing to us that Brad was kind enough to allow us continue our enjoyable experience. Of course, we apologized for any inconvenience.

AK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at Carmine's on Penn was most enjoyable. Our waiter was terrific as was the food. We ordered two meals to share (for two people) and the serving of the spaghetti and meatballs was not sufficient. Other than that, well done!

C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Fantastic service! Excellent wine list as well.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was good + Food delicious + portions were perfect!

M
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal. Exceptional service and appreciated the management coming over to genuinely check out our experience.

E
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great at suggestions. We were going to order an appetizer that was very similar to an entree we were also ordering. He let us know that and made a great recommendation as to an alternative. It was fabulous!

LP
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabella is terrific. Everything came out as expected. Food was excellent, with leftovers to bring home! Looking forward to going back.

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