Carmine's - Washington DC

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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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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I found that the service here was less attentive than that in NY.

TL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thankful for reservations. Although the location was convenient and the place large, the school group crowds during this time were ample. As one left, another large party came. This made for a shortage of food. Yes, the restaurant ran out of chicken! Luckily, my hungry family opted for meatballs and they were delicious. The penne vodka was a terrific flavor. Two pasta choices and a Carmine’s salad were more than enough to feed my hungry family of 6.
The place is clean. The bathrooms were clean. The service was top notch.
When it came time to celebrate our daughter’s birthday, one tartuffo was $15. That’s ridiculous and that is where this restaurant’s overinflated pricing really raises an eyebrow. So, we opted for one and of course it was the same size and presentation as a tartuffo we have have before; nothing different or special, just way overpriced.

LW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and reasonably priced especially for a big group.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my favorite restaurant, so when we get to travel to DC, I make my husband take me at least twice!

The staff is always extremely friendly and it such a warm and inviting atmosphere with the absolute best Italian dishes. Highly recommend!

KA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. A must anytime we are in New York or Washington DC! The most authentic Italian

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Threw a wonderful surprise birthday party for my boyfriend. The hostesses didn’t allow our party to be sat until almost 2-3 minutes before so we had to make up a diversion to keep him away until everyone was at the table, but once that happened the rest of the evening was very pleasant. The food was outstanding and he wants to go back but with a smaller group next time.

KL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at Carmine’s. The food was good and plentiful and the server was busy but still attentive. I had made a reservation and ask for a table that could accommodate a wheelchair, which it did. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of the walkway into the rest of the seating areas so it was very noisy and busy.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Family style=$$$$
Felt like our waiter took complete advantage of us and encouraged us to order WAY more than we needed. We had 2x as much as we needed and a bill of $350 for seven people!

p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal following son’s proposal to his girlfriend. Carmines was the perfect place for the first meeting of the 2 families. Everything about the dinner was wonderful!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

They literally started taking the the tables down next to us while we were eating, the meat balls were cold! And had to be returned. So my experience there wasn’t as expected.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

amazing place for groups, portions, quality,... everything is really good

t
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. the food was amazing and the staff was professional...

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not a good experience at all. Was not greeted by a pleasant host/hostess when we arrived. The garlic bread parmigiana was nothing more than overcooked pieces of Texas Toast with large slices of parmesan placed on top. Way too much cheese, not visually appealing, and overpriced (especially when you find out that the assorted bread basket is complimentary). We ordered wine and were told that we had to drink it out of a water glass. Our waiter stated we would have to request wine glasses. The lasagna was bland and we had to send back the linguine and white clam sauce because it had absolutely no taste. It was my girlfriend’s first time at the restaurant and it was quite embarrassing to have her drinking wine from a water glass, eat bland linguine that had to be sent back, and for the customer service to be less than acceptable on Valentine’s Day. Highly disappointed and will never recommend this restaurant. The manager of the night even refused to come to the table to hear our grievances. The least they could do was get the customer service right. But that was too much ask. One of the worst food experiences I’ve had!

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our reservations were at 7:30p and we didn’t leave until well after 10p. This was the first time we had been to Carmine’s, and naturally, we had a few questions. Our server seemed put out that we had so many questions, and quite frankly, they were unable to answer most of them. We would wait 20 to 40 minutes for our server to come to our table each time, and they failed to put in drink orders a few times. For the cost of the meal, we expected higher quality service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Valentines Day

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our server was not very engaged with our table. Asked for things and took a very long time to receive. No follow-up during dinner. Just was blah.

BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! I would highly recommend Carmine’s for any occasion!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy amable la mesera.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Bread was very cold, Food was terrible no flavor. not good. Hostess did great with seating though give them a raise .

TH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, huge portions, good wait staff. Would return again.

TW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken Parmesan, Pasta, Side of Meatballs and Side of Sausage was more than enough food for four men. The "cold antipasto" appetizer was very strange and disappointing, however. We were expecting the traditional olives, peppers, meats, cheeses, etc. It was not that, at all.

KT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Was surprised they didn’t accept my daughter’s valid Virginia Driver’s License so she could have a glass of wine. The waiter said, “We don’t accept local ID’s.” He suggested a passport?!?! Other than that everything was wonderful.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Definitely recommend a visit.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and our waitress, Margaretia, couldn't have been any more pleasant.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Fantastic food. Great ambiance. Quick service. Would recommend to anyone who would enjoy a great meal for a decent price. Humongous portions.

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food. Good ambiance and fast service.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It was my boyfriends birthday and it was absolutely terrible we left after appetizers and went somewhere else . The host was rude and was on her cell phone and that’s why I wasn’t properly checked in. Then waited on a server almost 20 mins to even take our drink order

CS
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge family-style portions. Lots of tables, great for large groups.

PJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The garlic and oil sauce is simply the best and the meatballs were also very good!! Our waiter Michael was the BEST! Nicest guy, very attentive!

MM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my daughter in college and her rom mate

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting for a pre-theater group outing. Food and service are excellent and they will even store your leftovers in the fridge while you attend the show!

LM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food selections for an Italian restaurant appeared limited. Also, for the price, it was not enough for large parties.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my mom here when she came to visit from out of town

TJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The waiter constantly forgot about us and seemed very bothered by doing his job. Huge disappointment for my favorite restaurant.

EP
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Very delicious. We had the Portobello Parmigiana and lasagna family style. They even held our food until our event ended at Capital One Arena. Awesome place. Our waiter, Darryl didn't check in on us periodically. We had to hunt him down to get our check. He started out well.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue for a birthday party!

d
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for business and did not realize it was family style for multiple people. The hostess got me set up at the bar with a lunch menu. She was outstanding. The bartender did a great job with recommendations and service. Food was amazing. Will come back

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing!

l
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and accurate. Enjoyed the meal!

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