Carmine's On Penn

4.6
2379 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. Our seating restrictions do not allow us to have guests shelter inside while waiting for tables. If you have ordered take out, please call and we will bring it out to you in front of the restaurant. Carmine's on Penn is currently offering takeout and dining Tues/Wed/Thur/Sun 5-8pm Fri/Sat 5-9 303-777-6443 OUTDOOR STREET DINING AVAILABLE! WEATHER DEPENDANT! NO SHELTER FROM WEATHER! PLEASE NOTE WHEN MAKING RESERVATIONS STANDARD VS OUTDOOR!

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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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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What 2379 people are saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRico
Denver
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious ragu with mushrooms!

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vipKirbyDo
Denver
6 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
25 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!!

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vipthyme
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I've been to Carmine's before and usually love it, but was disappointed this time.
Went with the portions for 2 but honestly, they weren't very big. Much better prices and portions at other comparable restaurants. Also my boyfriend ran out of water (his only drink) and no one noticed. Quality seems to have decreased. Maybe it's only good if you go in a large group.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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mattc
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

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DanaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleased with our experience at Carmines. We’ll certainly be inclined to visit again.

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Jenna
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eric was wonderful. The food was great. We'll be going back again!

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LGCoates
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

West Wash Park was my stomping ground back in 2009-2013, and I always loved treating visitors to an authentic Italian experience at Carmine's on Penn and felt it was a Denver institution. It was my husband's birthday yesterday, so I made reservations for us, our teenagers and his father. The ambiance remains wonderful. The wine is lovely (however, the server was not well versed in their wine offerings or able to make recommendations), but the food was lacking from what I recalled years ago. The bread (a staple to an Italian dinner) was dry and never refilled. The chicken piccata and chocolate cake were both a bit dry as well. And, the tiramisu was swimming in a cream sauce that took away from the authentic presentation. I was sad to see an old standby restaurant decline. I will say, our teenage son eat everything that we didn't, so there's that.

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vipChristine
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Great food, loved our waiter. Every thing was awesome!

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vipdeltapearl
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was fantastic as always. I like dining in the street too! Hope that stays past pandemic.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Our wait time was 1 1/2 hrs. Our order was delayed and not quite accurate.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was not disappointed with anything! Attentive service, food was hot and spectacular. Our server was great and the manager was on every task. Tables bussed, every employee was doing work.

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AdamE
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best authentic Italian food you will find in all of Colorado! Great service and the mussels were to die for!

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MarcusW
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We live in neighborhood and we love that we are treated like regulars - service and food always great and consistent. Its a great place to go with groups of 6-8. They also have large outdoor area. We really enjoy the house salad and the home-style favorites on their menu.

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FrankV
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmines has been a family favorite of ours for years. We were celebrating my daughter's H.S. graduation and Carmines lived up to all the memorable experiences we have had their over the years.

The service was great and the food even better. We had chicken pazzo and pasta carbonara. The tiramisu, for dessert, will feed the whole table!

We will be back soon!

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StaceyV
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric our server was great! Perfect place to celebrate my mom's Birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food (the garlic bread is amazing!!!) We had a lovely experience for our first time at Carmine's!

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Danielle
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was nice and food was delicious. Large family style portions so it’s great if you’re looking to try a couple things with a group. Definition suggest saving room for a cannoli!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Hostess was exceptionally rude. Would think twice before I come back. Didn’t bring a mask and she literally called me out rudely in front of my guest and other people. Since the mask order was over and I was sitting outside I didn’t think twice about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food ok but not as good as I had remembered, lovely service, nice neighborhood place as always

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viplaurencehallas
Tampa
62 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great to be there early before the crowds. Any room is nice to sit in. We both get the “for 2” so we can each bring the other half home for another meal.

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GreggP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quiet, comfortable atmosphere. Great service with helpful wait staff that explain the dishes and their preferences, and do not try to oversell you. The Chicken Montana is excellent with sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, and lots of Gorgonzola.

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vipTinaZ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My husband and I decided to try this place for Restaurant Week. Although the plates are family style, I was disappointed in the fact that we each weren't able to pick an app, entree and dessert like most restaurants do during Restaurant Week. Honestly, if we knew that, I don't think we would have went. The service was fine and the staff were very friendly which was great but the food was mediocre to me. Granted, I am a little bias when it comes to Italian food since my family is Italian and I also lived in NY for 30 years but I personally could have made better spaghetti at home. The 2 chicken dishes we ordered weren't bad per say but it was nothing special. There is a Carmine's in NYC so my expectations were high but I do not think they are affiliated and I could tell by my first bite. I am not too sure I would recommend this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Restaurant week - great experience!

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Alan
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gluten free options and beautiful patio space for a nice outdoor dinner.

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robertc
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal loads of great food. Service was spot on

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DrDick
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's has been on S. Penn for a long time. I last ate there probably 20-25 years. It was crowded and very noisy then. This time it was quiet and excellent. Served family style the 3-course dinner was superb. Great service. I'm glad I gave them a second chance, even though it was years later.

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ErikP
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We done here at least once a year and as always the meal is amazing. The service is spot on and friendly. This year was different with the Covid rules, but overall it was a great experience.

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vipbigE
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great family style food. You will certainly be taking some home in boxes. But the ambience, wait staff, and food quality are all first rate.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was every much as good as I’d heard, I’ll be back!

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AngelaM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our waiter was horrible. He kept forget orders and when we asked what to get he undersold us and we didn't get enough food. He also forgot out dessert and by the end we didn't care anymore.

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Marti
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's was excellent, as usual. The Portabello mushroom appetizer is fabulous, and Chicken Montana is a favorite.

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vipJorgeC
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a stellar experience. Food and wine were superb.

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vipPDNELSON
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The evening was very uneventful . The service and food was very average. Some of our orders didn't get to the table. When they ask on the OpenTable app if you are celebrating something then I would think they would celebrate whatever that occasion. Our mother was celebrating her 85th birthday and they did nothing at all to make her experience memorable. It use to be one of her and husband's favorite restaurant. Pretty disappointing with the whole evening seeing that there was seven of us and spent over $300 pulse.

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Edward
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Nice time! Always enjoy the food and great service

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 2379 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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