Carmine's On Penn

4.6
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2185 Reviews
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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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Specials

Bottle and a Bite @ the Bar, Appertivo, Sip and a Snack

Bottle and a Bite @ the Bar, enjoy a select appetizer and bottle of red or white wine for @30!
Appertivo @ the Bar, enjoy a sip and a snack for $10!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 18, 2020

Ends: February 18, 2119

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-9:00PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-9:00PM

What 2185 People Are Saying
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tony
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to eat here. Great food and service. Will definitely go back

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DianaF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

This is what I wrote to their site, FB page & Yelp.
Have not heard anything back.
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Hey Carmine's on Penn!

You BLEW IT with us last night!!

I did research for over a week for where we would go this year for our one RW dinner and chose your place.

You ADVERTISED, $35/pp and Choice of: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entrée and 1 dessert.
I thought that meant me and my husband had the possibility of trying 8 different things at your restaurant that we both hadn't been to in years and which we both had loved in the past!
Come to find when we get there and look at the RW menu, it's $70/table for 1 app, 1 salad and 1 entrée!!! And by the way, now I have to PAY extra if I want dessert!!!

Felt like a bait & switch to me! And your server didn't even seem to know what I was talking about when I brought it up.

Needless to say, I was ready to walk out. My husband persuaded me to stay and order 1 entrée to split, which we did. Mainly because, I had kept my reservation, despite being in the car for the last 7 plus hours, driving back from Nebraska!

Had it been the FIRST Sunday night in RW, I DEFINITELY would have walked out and picked another restaurant for another night!!

You all need to FIX THIS, or please, DON'T DO Restaurant Week!!

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JillK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is a quaint little place that we decided to try for Restaurant Week this year. On the Denver.org website it had $35 for 4 courses, but when we got there they said that was a mistake and we only got to pick 3 of the 4 courses listed. This really only saved us about $.80 which is not that big of a deal. They should have honored what we thought we were getting as I felt it was more of a bait and switch even though the food was very very good. Next year if they participate I hope their deal will be better and worth it. Somewhat disappointing.

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topshelf
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Total experience was good but not great, I have been going to Carmine's On Penn since 1996 and since then there have been many versions (Owners, Managers, Chefs, etc.). The food of the current version pales in comparison to the best version, specifically the Shrimp Fra diavolo we always order (not on the menu, special request) and the Cesar Salad, average at best.

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BrittMarie
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant. Family style with huge portions for the price. The chicken parm was amazing.

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sarahw
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We went for Restaurant Week, and I get that it's busy, and we had very good service and food but it was SOOO loud we literally couldn't hear each other talk. Disappointed!!

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marciad
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We didn’t expect family style ordering for restaurant week. That was disappointing.

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LCarolecooks
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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JeffW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good. Lots of food for 2. Robert was great.

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vipmichelec
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were looking forward to dining once again at Carmine’s on Penn as we hadn’t been in a while. We were two couples Who asked the server for separate checks to make it more convenient for us. We were denied and we were told that because it is family style they could not. It was if the have forgotten that they are in the hospitality business and just recited something as opposed to think about our request. We were not even sharing “family” style items. If we were at separate tables the request could be granted.i have never experienced such a ridiculous, inflexible and senseless response. I will never set foot in this restaurant based on the lack of sincere service.

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Alison
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Carmine's! The food is amazing, service is always great, glass is never empty and they answer all the questions you have. They have a Gelato cookie sandwich that is to die for. However, they make them fresh and only have a few each night, if you're lucky enough to get one it is SO YUMMY.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff with delicious food! Appetizers, salads, and entrees were all amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Not the Carmine’s experience I’m used to. Everyone was rushed (and somewhat rude).

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Carmines on Penn. Chicken dishes are my favorite.

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vipMoegreen
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmine’s. It is always good. Always.

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MikeC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and Atmosphere!! Wonderful presentation during Restaurant Week. It was my first time visiting and I'll definitely be back on future visits to Denver.

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vipLindaM
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Even with a reservation, the seating process was disorganized and we had to wait for awhile - no place to wait, so felt like we were in everyone's way. Pasta was good - veal was very tough to chew, which is not what I would expect. Service was very slow. Overall, they didn't seem ready for the crowd and understaffed.

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KathyA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was able to get at reservation during restaurant week and take a visiting friend to Carmin'es for a leisurely, comfortable, tantalizing and the utmost delicious dinner in a very long time. We never felt rushed, our server; Arthur was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions on the menu as well as our dinner wines. This will be my 'go to' Italian restaurant. The entire staff ensured we had a fantastic dining experience. Thank you to everyone at Carmine's On Penn.

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toomuchlove10
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I thought the sauce was very bland and the chicken was very thick. I wish the chicken would be thiner and a bit more crispy.

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BillS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a long time since I was last at Carmine's, but it never disappoints. Excellent all the way around!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Had to remind bartender that we ordered drinks 15 minutes ago. Had to ask for bread for our table. Yes busy Saturday night, but when staff is just chatting with other customers very frustrating. The food was DELICIOUS so worth the long wait.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere.

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PeterF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Italian food in Denver. Very generous proportions and overall great quality.

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Brad
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony “Tony” was amazing and deserves a raise. Will be back because of him

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Kdbachelet2015
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Awesome food, great service and lots of memories from our many times here. Great special day place to eat at.

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MichelleM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go early as the restaurant get very busy and loud after 7pm. Great service from the entire wait staff. Everyone is very attentive.

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First I want to say Carmine's on Penn was amazing the atmosphere the staff was very friendly our waiter was great on recommending food deserts also the bartender on drinks. me and my girlfriend really enjoyed it and we will be going back thank you so much for an amazing night..

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Tastyordie
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmine’s on Penn because it is consistently fantastic! For Valentine’s Day they put flower petals down for our meal which was a beautiful touch. The food blows us away every time we go. The food is made fresh with love and has a depth of flavor that makes each bite perfection. We highly recommend the meatballs in vodka sauce. The service was great and our waiter helped us make good pairing choices with food and drinks. 10 stars as always!

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KentS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We havent been there for a few years. Still an amazing meal and value. Chicken parm is awesome!! We have enough leftorvers for 2 more meals. An amazing value, delicious and great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual and our waiter Nate was the best as always! Can’t wait to enjoy carmines again soon!

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Cameron
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Carmine's is a friendly neighborhood spot that's been pumping out carbo intensive Italian food for years now. I wouldn't make a trip across town to eat here, but it's a nice amenity for those of us who live close by.

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vipAllanS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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DanM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Will return soon. Great Italian

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around! We’ll be back!

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vipTracyD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Carmine's in years since we moved out of the neighborhood - and were wondering if it was still as good. I'm happy to report it is as wonderful an experience as ever!

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YoopChip
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at Carmines. Over 20 years of dining. It does seem like the portions are getting a bit smaller.

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chadh
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine. The owner even stopped by the table to say hi and see how everything was. We will be heading back soon.

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a family-style meal! Our server was friendly and made sure we were happy and taken care of. I’ll definitely come back.

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foodeeqtee
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The restaurant was clean and the staff was friendly. That aside, the experience was super disappointing for a place that is supposed to be a Denver institution. Terrible antipasti: almost nothing but bread and deep fried. The cheese and meat were not higher quality than you could get at a grocery store. The tiramisu was also terrible. Portions were huge but that is not a good thing, it’s just a big thing. It’s like time stopped for this restaurant 30 years ago. Would not recommend.

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JimZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The salad and the Canolis were very good, however, the Chicken Picota was not. The chicken was rubbery and the sauce had too strong of a lemon flavor. It was like a frozen dinner prepared in a microwave.

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