Carmine's On Penn

4.6
2388 Reviews
$30 and under
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 menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage. We are currently accepting reservations for up to 14 people. Please include persons of any age in the reservation. Carmine's on Penn is currently offering takeout and dining Tues/Wed/Thur/Sun 5-8pm Fri/Sat 5-9 303-777-6443

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2388 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denver1
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience last night! Service was great.

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vipStockJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daria and the entire staff made the evening very enjoyable. And the food was outstanding.

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SallyS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Carmine's. Our Server was EXCELLENT!

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vipMikeC
Denver
102 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our chicken parmigiana was good but I was surprised that it didn't come with pasta.

I was somewhat miffed that the larger party that came in after us and next to us was served before us.

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RayE
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our server Tony, he was great! The food was delicious!

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vipTommyV
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always good here minus the dessert. The desserts here are horrible which is strange because everything else is good, but dessert is a definite skip!

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RonB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dishes, very well prepared. If two people are hungry, the dish for two is not enough so order an additional entree. Great atmosphere and family friendly. Pricey but worth it if in the mood to splurge.

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LinS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always amazing and the service is impeccable. Everyone at the restaurant is friendly.

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vipArtY
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Shortage of staff" we were warned in advance and they were really busy, but we were not in a hurry and the food was worth the wait! One of my favorite restaurants in town and it has been for 20 years!!!

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MarthaF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was delicious 20 years ago and still delicious!

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vipRunninglady14
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Thank you.

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vipMichelleB
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I'm glad to see that the quality of the food at Carmines is back up near where it used to be. Also, the service was outstanding and I always love the ambiance there.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, perfect for a date night!

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SamanthaH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out. We shared Caesar salad, fungi pasta and stratoprezi ( not sure I have that right). Everything was wonderful and the service was excellent.

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Mary
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was very cordial. The “downside” was we waited for several items, service was a little slow, and prices a little high (but just for the Caesar salad at $17 for two of us!); however, we know that restaurants are facing some challenges as we all get back on our feet as the pandemic turns a corner. Just saying that it is what it is, we weren’t surprised, and we’ll be back, supporting & enjoying being back in Denver restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dining on the patio. It was a beautiful night. Food and service were excellent.

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BenS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service and menu but the food itself is good not great. Still I would go back

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SuzanneR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great food. great company.great service. drawbacks- celebrating a special occasion but seated near a table of loud self absorbed business men. not sure how to best navigate that.

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PaulF
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have been going to Carmine’s since the later 90’s. In the last 7-8 years the quality and quantity of food has gone down. It’s sad to see one of our favorite restaurants decline. The staff are still exceptional.

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TimTokuda
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eric was an amazing server and we had a blast with him all night. The food was amazing and the wine was fantastic! We're looking forward to our next visit already.

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LindseyH
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Aaron (sp?) Was very helpful and gave us fantastic recommendations. This was the perfect family dinner, we'll be back soon!

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vipZacharyR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and the price point was even better. Now I see why they've been around for 27 years!

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JenH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to Camines several times before but this time I felt the food was better than ever! Love the garlic rolls and Caeser salad. I think in years past the salad had more garlic but still a great salad. Looking forward to going again. Parking a little challenging but doable and worth it.

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wendyk
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We let the waiter pick our family style dishes and it was a nice surprise. Would highly recommend!

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vipcourt
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food but portion sizes are confusing and misleading. Some dishes are massive and some are way too small. A ravioli dish we got that was advertised for two people only had six pieces of ravioli, meanwhile our friends ordered a different pasta dish for two and they had plenty plus enough for leftovers. Definitely not enough for a meal and we would have appreciated a warning or heads up from our waiter. Overall though the food was great and we hope to come back now that we know what to expect.

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Kate
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

The food was not worth the price. One pasta dish was not cooked completely and pasta was still hard. (4) out of the 6 of us at dinner got sick that evening after eating. Great location but food quality has really gone down hill.

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JeffC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been coming here for @20 years. Always best to bring a big crew, get a big table, pass around the family size plates of Italian food. Great sauces. Great variety. Change can be distressing, and we won't speak of the 'new' spinach salad vs. the 'old' one, but everything else was grand. Best Italian restaurant in Denver.

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vipmanasas
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers day

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We’ve been going to Carmine’s for past 20+ years and it’s always consistently great. Eggplant parm and Shrimp Calabrese were our favorites. Feels so good to dine out and enjoy great food and service

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SusanS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Hostess was rude , staff wasn’t especially friendly , food wasn’t as good as it has been in the past .

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Denverite
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I made the reservation with a note that it was a 30th birthday celebration. I told the female hostess when we arrived to please tell our waiter. The waiter never acknowledged the birthday-I had to ask him. He also wasn't attentive. Didn't check back on food. We told him that we wanted to order wine with dinner. He never came back for that request. We had to ask a bus boy to find him to order the wine-this was after our food arrived. We have been coming to Carmine's for the past 20 years for a variety of family celebrations. This time was a big disappointment based on the service.

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AuroraEater
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Carmine's food is always great! Lots of choices to please everyone. Friendly atmosphere and attentiv service without being intrusive. Made for a great evening.

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DrDick
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in their outdoor area. It was cool. The food was excellent. The server was especially helpful, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. This is, and has been, a really good restaurant.

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vipRico
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was genuinely concerned about guiding our group of six through the menu. He helped us the right amount of food while getting a variety of flavors and textures. Everyone in our group agreed it was the best Italian food they had in a long time. Recommend mussels, salad, pasta, gnocchi, and veal marsala. Reasonably priced, good wine. We'll return.

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YuliaH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious ragu with mushrooms!

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vipKirbyDo
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not the carmine's of yesteryear. Staff was inpatient (borderline rude), no very helpful with figuring out how to accommodate vegetarian mixed with non- vegetarian diners - the only solution was for the one vegetarian to order an entire entree. Find it difficult to believe that a pasta dish with meat could not be made in such a way that some of the pasta could have been set side before adding the protein. My take is that the server did not want to be bothered -and- pushed us to ordering a third entree (for one person) just to inflate the check. Has been a couple years since we've dined at Carmine's - given this experience, it will likely be our last. There are too many great restaurants in Denver these days - especially ones that are guest centric. Could have overlooked the hefty check if the food was spectacular. It was mediocre, at best.

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Foodie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was professional and friendly and the food was excellent. The outdoor patio was very pleasant, especially since the street is blocked off from traffic.

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TerryT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Carmine's is awesome! Delicious food...great staff...wonderful atmosphere!

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DebraF
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always enjoy Carmine. The sausage was really over cooked this time. Other than that food was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, wonderful to celebrate an occasion!!

FAQs

Carmine's On Penn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 777-6443.

Carmine's On Penn is rated 4.6 stars by 2388 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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