Carmine's - Washington DC

4.5
4399 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Carmine’s is a family style, value-driven restaurant concept with locations in NYC, NJ, Nassau Bahamas, and Washington DC. Restaurateur Artie Cutler created Carmine’s with one goal in mind: to open a restaurant that would serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast, featuring extra large portions of home-style antipasto, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on extra large platters designed for sharing. Carmine’s is the perfect place to casually enjoy friends and family over great food and wine, with excellent service, the way it used to be at grandma’s house.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 737-7770
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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
Ford Barsi
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Catering
Enjoy Carmine"s classics catered to the venue of your choice. Our off-premises catering services range from a small drop off and set up for 20 to a full scale, off-premises event for 2000. Our signature dishes, including Carmine’s famous Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Shrimp Scampi, will be delivered right to your door. Carmine's Catering offers one-stop shopping. Our full-service Catering Division offers a professional staff, complete set-up and service, rentals, linens, décor, and venue selection. Catering packages or customized menus available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between E and D street on 7th street
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Parking details
Entrance to parking garage is on E street. Address to parking garage is 616 E Street NW Washington 20004. The parking garage has an elevator entrance into Carmine's above. Valet parking is available nightly after 5pm.
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Public transit
Metro Trains information.14 miles from Carmine"s on Metro Stop Archives- Navy Memorial Penn Quarter 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D.C. 20004- Come off the train and head north on 7th street NW toward D street NW. Carmine's is on the right.21 miles from Carmine's on metro stop Gallery PI- Chinatown 630 H Street NW Washington D.C 20001. Co
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Special events & promotions
Parties of 15 or more will choose from abundant, specially designed four course menus created by our Executive Chef.


Come celebrate your corporate event, rehearsal dinner, bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding or a just night out with old friends with the Carmine's family. We invite you to share Carmine's style! Abbondanza!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

9 private dining rooms with 700 seats including a fireside dining room and state of the art technology in our boardrooms, Carmine’s specializes in catering, banquet, and special events. With an elevator from the garage, and other VIP amenities, Carmine's is the place for your next event in NW DC.

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What 4399 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lots of food. Lots of leftovers. We took our leftovers and passed along to some needy folks on our walk back to our hotel.

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KP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience for a group of business leaders from Canada

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NM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food but if your looking for DC authenticity go somewhere else. Menu is pretty standard for all Carmine restaurants. Great atmosphere for families with kids.

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Nashville
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent choice for Italian food. Portions are very large and beg for a group of 4-6 or more, otherwise pretty expensive and not a bargain. Would choose another restaurant for just two people.

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TF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were surprised first by the prices and then the waiter’s explanation that the serving sizes were huge. That forced us to order and share a single salad and a single entree. Instead of enjoying variety, we had to agree on the same dinner. An compromise to say the least, and very disturbing to see the massive and wasteful leftovers that are likely scrapped by the staff.

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DL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was very good and the portions are large. Be prepared to take some home!

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AW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at Carmine’s! One of favorite places. Don’t forget to order the Titanic!

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BH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read a review that Carmine’s was a place to eat when visiting DC. It did not disappoint. Excellent service and spectacular food. Everything is served family style and you will not leave hungry.

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XG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was a good dining experience, The server could use some more training. Food was excellent as usual.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food!! Lots of leftovers to enjoy! Service was excellent and she was well knowledged on the menu items. Great date night spot.

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CG
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All food is family style which is difficult with 4 people who have different tastes. Deeply sad dessert is also only offered as family style. The sangria was wonderful. The pesto gnocchi was delightful. The bow tie bolognese was the best. The HUGE meatballs will not disappoint.

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JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious, but our waitress was very rude & unfriendly, which ruined our 9 yr old daughter’s birthday dinner. We were in town from WI & she wanted spaghetti & meatballs so we choose this restaurant & made a reservation prior to leaving for our trip. Very disappointed for the price of the meal & the type of service we received. Would not recommend.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I have been to this location twice and my experience was the same - dismal. The hostesses who work behind the counter are rude and dismissive. I arrived 45 minutes early and asked to be seated early. I understood why this might not be possible but since the last time I was 10 minutes late and they gave my table away, I erred on the side of caution. An empty 4 top table, which I requested and reserved, sat empty for 30 minutes before the dismissive hostesses deigned to seat us. The food was pedestrian . However, it was cold and it took almost an hour after our order was placed to receive it. The kids ordered pasta with butter. However, there was no butter on the pasta. I asked for butter but we waited and waited. The kids were famished and ate it plain. I wanted to order dessert but didn’t feel like waiting another hour. Just a miserable experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager and staff were incredibly accommodating of food allergies. The staff was kind and made the dinner feel like a first class experience. The food was incredible and the atmosphere/music transported you to a different time.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family vacation

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very good, just busy and hard to get some refills. Would like to return while in DC.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Caps home opener

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Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. All of it. Service and Food and love the happy hour drinks.

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AA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a family style dining experience. My husband and I went for a date night and we had to decide what to share since each entree serves 2-4 people. We decided on chicken Parmesan and we added a bed of spaghetti for an extra charge. We had enough food left over for 2 lunches the next day. We also got a 1/2 order of cannoli (3 instead of 6) and they were very good. Overall a nice restaurant with good food. I would recommend it better for a group or large family versus for a date night.

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GV
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was not real good. 6 people and 2 didn’t get their food when others did. We had to finally ask for theirs

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MV
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work anniversary. Was lovely.

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TR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food as always. We go to this restaurant every year that we visit Washington. I've been to Carmines every year for 5 years. Thanks

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a
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mya was WONDERFUL!! Very Attentive, Professional, & Geniune :) Highly Recommend Carmine's for any Occasion!!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The Washington D.C. location does not live up to the NYC location in any way. The food of course is great but at the D.C. location the service we received wasn’t the best and the hostess was the rudest I have ever encountered at any restaurant. The restaurant had multiple open tables, was close to closing and we were placed at a isolated table in the center of the restaurant right where everyone was walking by. We were uncomfortable at this table so we had asked to move and the hostess refused. We had to argue for her to move us and when she did she moved (the two of us) to a 8 person table in a separate crammed room full of people that was so loud we couldn’t even hear each other talk. Through all of this the hostess gave us disrespectful facial expressions, gestures and sass. I would not recommend this location to anyone, the food was good and we anticipated it being more expensive, but what we didn’t anticipate was the lack of respect and discomfort for customers that seems to be the norm at this location.

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BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten-free options that tasted great! Will definitely return.

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w
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time there in a couple of years and we enjoyed it greatly as we did before. The food portions are out of this world and we enjoyed our wedding anniversary dinner

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DD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the best- young, energetic, great conversationist and fun overall. He knew how to strike the right balance between checking on us and leaving us alone. Amazing experience.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Carmine’s was exceptional. Great food. Great service. Portions are large because it’s family style so it’s great for families and leftovers!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

The server wasn’t very good. But everything else was

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Washington DC
212 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a business lunch. The family style portions are good to share. There's something nice about serving food to make a business meeting comfortable.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As advertised great meal, server went above and beyond

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of 14, most from out of town. ordered three salads, four different entrees. Every dish was excellent. The service was outstanding. Everyone was extremely pleased.

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g
Baltimore
93 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

our first time at carmines and did not disappoint . we did not realize that food is served family style but were told by our waiter. a family of four could have easily shared the caesar salad and chicken parmesan with pasta which were delicious. excellent wait staff, juan.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here with my wife before going to a concert and loved it. Be prepared for family style ordering.

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at Carmine's and decided to dine here prior to an Elton John concert. When it says "family style", they aren't messing around! It was just two of us, and we took home enough for at least two more dinners - don't be afraid of the prices because you get your money's worth! We went simple with the Spaghetti and some garlic bread. The spaghetti was cooked to perfection (al dente) and the homemade sauce was delicious! The garlic bread, though usually just an item to eat and not think much of, was absolutely delicious, with it being perfectly toasted and some very good seasonings on it. The meal was fantastic and we had no complaints! Looking forward to taking the kids next time!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Absolutely awful. Tasted like Ragu from a jar over mooshy pasta. My friends dish was over seasoned with literally a half an inch of standing melted butter at bottom. Do not recommend.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good pasta; huge, family-style portions. Carmine's is a great, lively restaurant and good value for the price

Also really liked the titanic, one of their desserts that they offer as half size

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FL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Our waiter, Malcolm, was excellent and our service was very good. We ordered the right amount of food for our group of six. Everything we ordered was delicious. All 6 of us would highly recommend this restaurant for a group.

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RC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Looking for a nice Italian restaurant that had outstanding food..... we found it!!

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TS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very long wait after meal delivered before waiter even looked at us, so we could order dessert. Both of us had upset stomachs after dinner, suspected the over oily pasta.

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