Carmine's On Penn

4.5
2329 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 chalkboard menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage. Our available seating is greatly restricted at this time. Group size is limited to 8pp including guests of any age and only from two households. 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. There is a 20% service fee added to all checks in place of gratuity. Carmine's on Penn is currently offering takeout and dining Wed/Thur/Sun 5-8pm Fri/Sat 5-8:30 303-777-6443

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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
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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What 2329 people are saying
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vipDenverGuy
Denver
39 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here because we know it will always be excellent every single time. Our server, Marie, was awesome. Very professional team. We were in and out in 45 minutes.

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vipDenverResidentinBC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance meets excellent Italian food for the win. We sat outside and enjoyed the Spring day. Service was great - everyone was friendly and helpful.

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Mike
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I'd give a 5 of 5 stars except for the fact that the restaurant is now adding a 20% "service fee" on every check instead of depending on tips for good service. This will definitely factor in to my decision to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing birthday experience

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was extremely attentive and friendly! Also, I felt very safe with their Covid adjustments.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went for my 40th birthday - and the experience was pretty mediocre. Sat in the back corner right by a kitchen door. Service was rushed at times, and really lagging at others.

Friend asked for a cocktail - but with a different liquor. Pretty standard request that they refused to fulfill.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Carmine's for years for special occasions. Food, wine, and service are always top notch.

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vipMickey
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for 25 years. Always great.

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CHris
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Everything was great, our servers were great (training a new server), food on time, portions not what they used to be, very nice evening then they bring the bill. There was a 20% charge (thought it was strange they added tip to a table of 4). Waitress brought up the 20% fee, not tip but a $22 Covid fee! Seriously, they sprayed the chairs and changed the paper table cloth! We tip our servers well, but the $22 Covid fee? Unfortunately we won’t be back. No other restaurant we’ve been to since Covid has charged a 20% fee, any fee. Charge $5, not 20%!

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vipMarkC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal! Both food and service was outstanding. Thank you Jess! You and the entire staff are delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and family get together

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom going back to work!

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vipgarygo
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were disheartened to discover that the quality Carmine’s food suffered during the quarantine. Not want we’d experienced before. Completely lackluster salads. No flavor in pear salad and eat too salty Caesar. Frutti de mare was meh. Had recommended to friends who treated us. Won’t make that mistake again.

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vipKF13
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always, best chicken Parmesan ever. Ambiance is always nice

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TracyK
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful - service, food, ambiance!
One of our absolute favorites!

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Sylvie
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s on Penn is our favorite date night restaurant. The ambiance is laid back, and comfortable, and lovely. Service is exceptional. The food is absolutely excellent. We recommend our favorite date-night restaurant to everyone.

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vipAlanB
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday we went with six of our friends and had another outstanding dinner. The large group did not phase the staff, service was fantastic as always and the meal was outstanding. The Veal Tenderloin with Polenta was amazing.

Thank you,

JK
JulieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! I have quite a few food sensitivities — or at least I’m trying to figure them out — and every staff member was so kind and accommodating. PLUS. The food is phenomenal. I ordered a modified version of the seasonal gnocchi and it was so so so good.

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TonyP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I was disappointed with the meal size considering pasta is cheap to begin with. I especially didn't like the 20 % service they added onto the bill. Since we only ordered a beer and one glass of wine I let it slide. We were contimplating a bottle of wine. I would have been upset to drop 70 on the bottle and another 15 added to the service fee for them to bring it to the table. I don't think I will be returning

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LisaA
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We have dined several times at Carmine's in the past and have always loved it, so I'm hoping maybe this was a one-off due to Covid or something. Four of the six of us ate pasta and we ordered enough for six people but left hungry. The ravioli was meager and the gnocchi with seasonal vegetables equaled about two tablespoons of food when divided by 4. We left feeling unsatisfied and without leftovers, which is unusual for Carmine's.

We were in a room in the back that blew cold air about every ten minutes and we had to ask each time for it to be turned off. Maybe this was purposeful for air circulation due to the pandemic, but it made for an uncomfortable night.

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CarieM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy our overall experience every time we go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful Italian restaurant. My boyfriend and I had the carbonara, best we’ve ever had hands down! The garlic rolls are amazing as well as the bruschetta.

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BJCos
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always. Specials rotate and are a great surprise (beet gnocchi!!) and of course the standards. 15+ years (for us) absolutely enjoying Carmine’s OP.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Denver

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our waiter was fantastic- knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. We didn’t have to wait at all to be seated for our reservation even though we were told we might have to, which was nice. The salad and bread were delicious. Our entrees however, were not good. Both dishes lacked flavor and were not worth the price. We may come back to try other dishes, but because of the money vs quality of first experience, it’s unlikely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great date night.

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vipLeon
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, just like always! If you haven't been, highly recommend to try it, we've been coming here for well over 20 years. One of our favorites!

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AlanB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Feb 14

Very rood maitre dee - food has gone down unfortunately but I am not giving up

Love that it is a local owner and am rooting for Carmines

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had reservations. We were greeted and seated immediately. Sever was informative about daily specials. Every employee walking by our table didn’t hesitate to remove any items/plates and always asked if we needed anything else. Only my 2nd time there. Due to covid, seating was spaced out, so I actually enjoyed the experience more.

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AbbeyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delicious!!

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Dave
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food used to be excellent. Not sure what happened.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences ever! The food was amazing and the staff was great.

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vipSMDenver444
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

This was my first time dining at Carmines. We had to ask for butter for the bread, which seemed strange to me. Make sure you do so though because it is amazing shaved butter! The drinks and salads were excellent! The pasta was too al dente for my liking, but the sausage that was in it was delicious. Not a total bust, but I didn’t feel like Carmine’s lived up to its reputation.

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NathanD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Disappointed they were out of GF pasta, how is an
Italian restaurant out of pasta?? Also, they told me they sold out of Seafood when I ordered Fruiti di Mare then came back to say it was just Mussels they were out of.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really dig the food style - was perfect for sharing both the raviolis and soup! Would definitely recommend for any occasion

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ChrisG
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a deliciously reliable and great staple of Denver, even during challenging times.

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bmcaleb
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It is the responsibility of the restaurant & server to make sure that the customer will be paying a 20% service charge for a party of 4 resulting from COVID!

We love this restaurant, but slipping in a 20% service charge & then happily accepting an additional 25% normal Tip is really unforgivable!

We won’t be back for a long while

JM
JulieM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff and the whole place was very covid-friendly. We ate on the patio and temperature was good bordering on hot. The food was all fantastic (vodka ravioli, chicken parm) as was the service-our waitress stayed about 6 feet as much as she could. We went for a special birthday and they still brought out the free bday dessert which we didn't expect with Covid. It was such a great experience I want to only go to Carmine's from now on! Plus the bread was so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve never been disappointed with Carmine’s! The food is fantastic and the service is just great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carmine’s never disappoints. We love coming here for special occasions but also the in between. Everything is great, though I will say when the restaurant is not busy it almost feels too quiet. Some music may help, as you can hear people at other tables. I’m sure is supposed to play into the family style atmosphere. With a full restaurant the ambiance is great. Love the family style ordering concept and knowledgeable servers. Thank you Carmine’s for being amazing!

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 4.5 stars by 2329 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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