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About Carmine's On Penn
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.
Denver, CO 80209
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Closest is Alameda Station
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carmine's On Penn Ratings and Reviews
Everything was fine. There were about 25 12 year old girls dining next to us who left their table 3 times to take selfies outside and stomped across the floor as if they just received brand new, heavy feet that day, but that isn't the restaurant's fault. Fun place, good food.
What an amazing Valentine’s meal! My wife and I were served by Nate and he was knowledgeable and very attentive. The food was amazing! The atmosphere was beautiful and romantic. This has long been a favorite of mine and will only rise in my mind after our last visit!
The food was yummy! Our waiter was very helpful and provided not only good service but also good advice about what to order and how much to order. We were seated at a great table. Overall, this was a great experience. I have heard about this restaurant for many years, and I am so glad to finally get to visit. I will be back next week!
It had been quite a while since we had been to Carmine’s, and it was just as good, if not better than I remembered. The house salad was delicious with the sweet oil and vinegar dressing, the linguini carbonara was excellent and the hot garlic rolls were addictive. Too full for dessert, we got it to go. The following day the chocolate cake and cannolis did not disappoint. Great service in a warm cozy atmosphere.
One of the nicest evenings we have had in Denver. We were there at opening - our first time as well so now understand the country-style service.
Waitress explained everything and her suggestions were spot on.
Atmosphere was perfect, from lighting to service.
I was disappointed that I specifically said when I made opentable reservation that it was my daughters Birthday and Server, while he did a good job, never wished her a Happy Birthday or offered her a cupcake or something to make her feel special. She requested we go to Carmine’s as she wanted her 2 year old to participate in her birthday.
Service is always slow at Carmine's. This time it was over 5 minutes before the waiter greeted us and another 10 minutes before we got cocktails and food order taken. Hate to feel invisible. Food was good but the family style ordering makes it more expensive than it needs to be for 2 people. You pretty much need to plan on taking food home and using it for dinner again at home (unless two people want to eat the same one entree).
What's not to like about Carmine's On Penn. The food was fantastic and I always know it will be good if the server's mouth starts watering as he/she describes the dishes. We had an amazing time and for 3 of the 5 in attendance it was their first time experiencing Carmine's. All 3 had the same responses, "How have I never been to this place before?" and "I/We will be back"
We have always enjoyed our experience here, from the food to the excellent service. Unfortunately, this visit left us in shock by the terrible, rude service. Very unusual for this restaurant. I hope our next visit will be what we’ve always experienced, nothing shy of perfection.
Carbonara sauce was burnt and very bitter. The waitress did take it off the menu, but had an attitude after and tossed the bill on the table and walked away with out saying anything. The manager was notified to offer an explanation or apology. This restaurant is nothing like it used to be.
Fantastic. Food and service we’re both fantastic. Only downside was they cannot take reservations for more than parties of 8. We had 11 and had to sit at 2 separate tables. Very odd for a restaurant that specializes in family style dinners. Other than that I would recommend.
Disappointed - Carmine’s continues to decline and I would not recommend it for your special occasion. Where they used to serve your first round by the table, now they just plop the oversized plates down for you to serve yourself.
Their recipes have declined and are best described as tragic. The chicken Montana was bland and the sauce broken. Their new signature Shrimp Al Cappo had 3-4 shrimp and was spiced so poorly that some bites had flavor and others didn’t.
The Caesar salad, formerly an amazing dish, was terrible.
I hope they turn it around but until I hear otherwise, we won’t be going back.
In Denver visiting my son. My previous experience at Carmine's had us sitting in the dining room, which was too noisy. This visit, we were placed on the enclosed front patio. Acoustically, much better than the dining room and the heating units were much-needed. Our server (Nate?) was the same gentleman we had last visit (18 months ago). He has a great knowledge of the menu, portion sizes for our group, and wine pairing. My husband grew up in an Italian home with very authentic cuisine. Carmine's rose to my husband's standard of good Italian food. I hope to return when I am next in Denver (from Pittsburgh).
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