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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What 2075 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

KB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

p
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was good + Food delicious + portions were perfect!

M
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

E
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have not been to Carmine's in several years, but it was a comfort two discovered that it's still as amazing as it was years ago

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening! Our waiter made some excellent recommendations for an appetizer and meal to share based on our preferences. Made for an enjoyable evening. Service was top notch! We will be back.

TC
Dallas
86 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my sons continued college experience at CU Boulder.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Whoa! the Gnots (garlic bread knots) were awesome! Pasta on point! 🍝

AB
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony was on his game tonight with our service and the Chef's and kitchen crew did yet another, outstanding job!!

Thanks to everyone!

TV
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another amazing meal at Carmine’s. Best for groups of 4 or more the food is served family style. Figure on a salad or appetizer two smaller pasta dishes and perhaps two entrees for 6 people as we had. Every dish I have sampled here over three trips has been fantastic

p
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the first time I’ve been to Carmine’s in about 20 years. The food was outstanding. For entrees, we had gnocchi and chicken parmigiana. Both were delicious.

We are early on a Sunday evening, so the restaurant was pretty empty when we started. By the end of our meal, they were nearly full.

The server was knowledgeable and friendly, and steered us right on the amount of food to order.

One pleasant surprise was the bill. It came on quite a bit lower than I was expecting going-in.

All in all, a great experience. It won’t take me 20 years to go back, this time. I’d return in a heartbeat.

KG
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, as always and we had a very enjoyable evening. The only downside was that the service was just OK. Nothing remarkably bad - just bland and not terribly friendly. They may have been a bit understaffed that night because it took a long time to get the bill and for my credit card to be picked up for payment. We weren't in a hurry, so it really didn't impact our experience. Love this neighborhood restaurant.

S
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and excellent food. We had just finished helping our DU student move into his apartment and my husband wanted Italian food. We are from Seattle so we weren’t familiar with Denver’s restaurants. We decided upon Carmine’s On Penn because of the reviews and I wanted causal. Perfect!! We will be back the next time we’re in Denver!

DF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laura was great! Ashley was too! She let me tease her! I tipped the kitchen. If that’s not ok I will come and get my cash back on my next visit. 😁😎🤟

KA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made reservations to Carmine’s on Penn as we had a large party. Accommodating a large party is never easy. They staff did a good job of waiting on us but the table they reserved for us was next to the kitchen. We had a baby and toddler with us and needless to say being by the kitchen made it difficult for us.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food has slipped for past visits. My waiter was bland and did not add to my experience.

AB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our server was very helpful in compiling the menu...but was not good on his follow through. When we asked for additional garlic knots, it took 3x to get them; when asked for sugar for coffeee -- it was never delivered. Very disappointing!

OT
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been back a a year or two and we were glad to return. We enjoyed the slower pace and relative quiet compared to Saturday nights---our usual. food was great, especially the chicken parm. the best anywhere. The staff helped make our dinner for 7 a party. we will wont wait so long between visits. hands down the best place for larger groups.

MS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
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
5 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
45 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!

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