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Carmine's On Penn

4.5
1795 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 777-6443
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Seabolt
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Catering
Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our respected, and consistently delicious food to you. By providing off-site service for corporate, business and private events, Carmine's offers a personal approach for clients and customers to enjoy and appreciate simple, yet satisfying, menu options at their place of work or in the privacy of their own backyard.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bayaud
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Parking details
Street parking in our neighborhood. The parking lot we used to lease has been sold for development so we are no longer able to offer valet parking. There is a school between Cedar to the south, Bayaud to the west, Washington to the east, and Pearl to the west. It is a short block from us and since no one lives there, it is a reliable place to find a parking spot.
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Public transit
Closest is Alameda Station
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Entertainment
None
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Special events & promotions
Our Blue Room accommodates parties ranging in size from 15 to 32. We offer inclusive pricing with food and wine selected for your party. If you are interested in hosting a private event, please give us a call at 303-777-6443 and ask for Stephen.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun - Thu 8:30PM - 8:30PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:00PM

What 1795 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great neighborhood restaurant! You will never leave hungry

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Love love love this place! The garlic bread is to die for and the food is delicious!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was perfect - absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Good service and good food. Also a good value. Wines are too expensive.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always enjoy the food at Carmine's on Penn. Nate the waiter is the best!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Soooooo good!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great family-style dining with friendly, attentive servers and copious quantities of food. Love sharing dishes and trying new things.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

As usual they delivered a fantastic dining experience from the drinks, to the apps, to the main course everything was delicious! We will be coming back odten

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My family has been going to this restaurant for 8 years... The food is very good. We had reservations for 6 for my son's 14 birthday (his favorite restaurant ) however, we had a late addition and ended up showing up with 7. Apparently the +1 was a difficult thing for the manager to wrap his head around as he immediately told us they could not accommodate the extra 13 year old. I don't get it. Food is very good if you like Italian just make sure to get the party size correct.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Pasta alla Carmine’s was very, very over seasoned with garlic. Chicken Montana was ok. The house salad was swimming in dressing but flavor was good. Food came out about 2 minutes after my cocktail.
We explained to our waitress what our feelings were about the food, but we ate a fair portion of it so expected nothing as a result, but our critique was not well received.
No reason to return.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It’s been years since I ate at Carmine’s, but I was back in town and thought I’d try it again. The first red flag was that the restaurant was virtually empty at 7 on a Thursday night. The antipasti plate was bland and worse then basic with mozzarella and slices of provolone as the cheese selections. The rest of the food was fine, but pedestrian and expensive for what you get. The service was good, but Carmine’s has clearly lost it’s edge. Nothing special anymore. I recommend spending your money at a restaurant that’s still trying to be something special.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We sat on the patio, which was enclosed because of some recent cold weather. It was extremely loud inside, difficult to have a conversation. I wonder if it was because of the enclosure or what, but I was disappointed in the noise level. On the other hand, the food was delicious and the server was great.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent service and food. Waiter was helpful with suggestions for a couple of food issues.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great midweek place for Italian comfort food! It was a group of 4 friends and thank goodness for our outstanding wait person who patiently explained the menu and figured out how we could all get what we wanted since the restaurant serves family style. The eye opener was the chance to see how this group had some very finicky eaters! Lesson learned.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I am pleased to see the two person serving size. We still had food to take home. Wine was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I love dining at Carmine's on Penn, this time we were in a hurry and this did us right with very prompt service. Great food, great place!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This is my husband's favorite restaurant. The food is good, the ambiance is cozy, and price is great. I only have two complaints. None of the dishes listed on the menu have descriptions; instead, they rely on the servers to explain it. I'd rather know what I want to order from the description than wait for the waitstaff. Secondly, it would be nice to have single portions instead of having to always order as a family style.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Always a great meal. Pear salad is a must.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have been extremely happy with this restaurant for over 20 years. It is in a residential neighborhood with lots of life on the streets. The atmosphere is varied with comfortable tables inside, additional tables in the closed in patio area, and a comfortable bar. The food is always top notch based on Italian cooking with servings for two or family style. My favorites are the pear salad and veal pazzo along with spaghetti Capo. The staff is always very knowledgeable and very helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had great food and service. This is one of our go to restaurants.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

After hearing about Carmine's on Penn for many years, this was our 1st visit. Wait staff was friendly and knowledgable, describing each dish. Portions are huge...plenty for leftovers! The Ravioli appetizer was fresh and the sauce added interesting flavor. The pear salad was light, crunchy, and very flavorful. Chicken Montana was exquisite...Chicken Parmigan equally tasty. Overall a great dining experience!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I've been to Carmine's several times, tried a different dish each time, and have yet to be disappointed. Also, their tiramisu, which is quasi deconstructed, is fantastic!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was excellent along with the atmosphere. Waiter was great in helping with ordering and suggesting food choices, would definitely recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was amazing as always. I have never had a bad meal or service here. Nate our was awesome.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is a great place for a group of people who like to share food. Might be difficult to have people who are super picky, have restrictive diets, or don't like sharing. Food is ordered and served family style. The cesar salad was fine, but not extraordinary. Our pasta with veal ragu and mushrooms was really tasty. It was like beef stroganoff with way more flavor. A hug for the old tummy.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was delicious. Loved the garlic bread, the pasta sauce and all was very well presented.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always great food and huge portions! The service was good and the cannoli’s are amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Been here many times for casual meals and special occasions. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Loved our experience! it was easy to leave 20% with such amazing serves and food.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food and equally Great service. Understand why Carmine's has withstood the test of time!!

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The pasta was soggy, the chicken was cold and after the meal was broght to the table the waiter was nonexistant.
There were MANY items on the menu that were unidentifiable example: "Moose"....and no description as to what the hell that could be. Some items we recoginized BUT were told were "non traditional"
We took the waiters word for a popular dish but couldn't eat the dish...four of us....non thought it was edible. Soggy, almost paste like pasta.
I had to leave the table to find another waiter to order dessert (included)....and still left before he came, 20minutes.
Our worse dining experience in years.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We went to Carmine's for restaurant week. We didn't think the restaurant week menu was a good value, so we ordered off of the regular menu. The food was good for family-style Italian, although a little expensive due to the portion size. The ambiance on a Tuesday was too quiet - there wasn't any music on and the staff were around the bar chatting. I have been to Carmine's before for a birthday party and had a very pleasant experience on a Friday when it was loud and active, but during the week it was very different. Overall, good food, big portions, nice staff.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The entries, apps, and desert are glorious! The wine list extensive. We had a great time celebrating a birthday! Recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

In my top restaurants in the metro denver atea. Fantastic, service,knowledgeable, and non pretencious. Best desserts

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This was a wonderful evening meal and service. The staff was friendly and social and the food delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Best friends. Mate the server was absolutely outstanding

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food Love the 2 and 4 plates BUT staff seems rather rude and arrogant Just about ran me over on the way to restroom.. (2x) Restrooms are smaller than on an airline and only !! This legal for size of restaurant ?

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The service was great, even though it was very crowed and was "5280 Restaurant Week".
The food was good, however not quite like it was when the restaurant first opened 25 years ago.
Love the neighborhood atmosphere, will continue to come Carmines.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Unfortunately it seems Carmine’s has gone downhill. Staff seemed overwhelmed and the food quality was poor. Not what we remembered from all the years we’ve been going here - really disappointing to see!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Really enjoyed the restaurant week menu. Their vodka sauce is yummy and the shrimp Parmesan and house salad both were great. Had to add the tiramisu to finish the meal!

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