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
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Service

L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot for holiday friends gathering! The food is always good!

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken marsala is GREAT! Would love to come here again.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great no matter what you order and it comes in huge portions. it's just impossible to try everything on the menu, so make sure you know in advance what you want...research the menu before you go...you are going to share everything with your company.

AM
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family style dinner. A little pricey. I paid almost $5 for a child soda because the kids meal doesn’t come with a drink.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The family style dining was fabulous for our family get together. The food was terrific.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve walked by Carmine’s a thousand times over the years, no more, we’re going to book again and again! We had the best eggplant parmigiana and escarole ever, with more than enough for tonight’s meal. Thank you Carmine’s, you made us feel like we were in Manhattan!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The hostess staff were rude and far from welcoming. Never saw anything like it.

JF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wait staff was inattentive at times. Waited 5 minutes for water service. We had to ask a bus boy to find our waiter when it was time to order.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Waited 10 minutes or more for a waiter. Restaurant was not busy & waiters were just standing around. Server was lacking in personality & service skills. We had to ask for bread. Special quoted by server was not available & manager said they had 86’d it. It was only 5:30 so they could not have sold old. We look forward to visiting Carmine’s when we visit DC. This visit was disappointing. Not sure we will return.

MB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was exceptional. Great choices for this family style restaurant. Service was very slow and unattentive. Was always looking for our server - to get soda refills, to get the check, etc.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Didn’t realize it was family style. Which would have been fine except we were a party of two. Our waiter made us order the family style for 3-4 people, and only as we were walking out and overheard another waiter did we know that there were smaller portions available.

JO
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had 2 great meals and were served by a very fine waiter.

OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was fine but not exceptional. Service was really bad. One orders taken which was slow bar drinks took a long time. It was about 80% full so not a heavy crowd night. Food came out quickly so kitchen was doing good. Tried to order after dinner drink and gave up on getting menu and went to hostess stand myself. At least 15 min and no drink order so we gave up and asked for check. Walking out noticed bar tender was standing there with no activity. Probably not return to carmines. nY atmosphere was there but service wasn’t.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Portions were large! Darko our server was amazing! Ambiance perfect.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of fantastic food! Worth the wait!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went last Christmas and the food was much better. This time the food was not as good especially the clams with rigatoni. There were a small number of clams and there was not very much pasta. The calamari was very good but they should have provided more tomato sauce. The eggplant was the best dish and I would order again if I go there.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was very good, but service was terrible. We were a party of three and multiple parties, ranging from 4-10 people, we're sat after we ordered, but received their food before us. Some of the groups that sat after we ordered even left before we received our food. After waiting 50 minutes, I finally said something to our waiter and he said he would check on it. The manager did come over and apologize, but our waiter never said he was sorry. As a consolation, they took our garlic bread order off the bill. It was pretty clear that a party of 3 wasn't a priority for our waiter. I'll never go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s birthday

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Family size portions. Not advised for 2 people.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food was outstanding! Will definitely come back.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Would return when in Washington, DC again.

M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Carmine's is a great place for large family and/or friends gathering. It would also be a great place for a first date too. My family and enjoyed it as it was our first restaurant style Thanksgiving dinner.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent. Was let down by a completely miserable server.

L
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very happy I choose this resturant as my wife and I only had 1 night in Washington Dormehl Construction. The atmosphere was electric, perhaps because it was Thanksgiving. The food portions where huge, too big actually as we were 2 and you could have fed 3 hungry people. The prices were proportionate to the size therefore it would have been nice to have half portions at half the price. However the food was amazing and the service was on point! I would definitely go back to this franchise but I would book a table in the back away from the front door and window when its 40 degrees outside.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Food was great. Good spot for family. Waiter was a jerk and seemed to revel in his lousy behavior.

JW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great! We had more than enough room at our table for our family.

JD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and want to go back for their normal Italian menu!!

AD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an incredible Thanksgiving family dinner there. Well worth the trip south.

FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nandi was an INCREDIBLE waitress. I know you all were busy today, but we had so much fun! The food is delicious, the drinks superb, and we're both Italian American, so it was nice to have some "home cooking" even if we couldn't go home. Thank you so much-we're definitely coming back!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has enjoyed Carmine's for years and chose to celebrate the holiday there this year. Our server Mac and his manager Brian went above and beyond to accommodate my food allergy. I would highly recommend this restaurant because both food and service were stellar!

JD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I love Carmine’s and my family has done the Carmine’s Thanksgiving Special many times over the years. The food is always great and plentiful. Typically the service and experience match the food quality. This year I was disappointed in the service, which was too “Nickle Dime-y”. For sample, when we asked for a glass of milk for my 2 year old son the response wasn’t “Of course” it was “well, sir that will cost $3.00 extra.” I found that general attitude off putting. I was happy to pay extra for the milk but treating Thanksgiving Lunch like a Moroccan bizarre was off putting. I hope Carmine’s returns to the food service that helped make it famous.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Family style food that tastes amazing.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had dinner. It was a bit late, but they were open. He had a lasagna which was just alright and meat. The meat wasn’t cooked the right way and was too salty. On top of that, we weren’t even offered dessert. We got the check before even asking.
Poor service. Food under average. Not coming back to tus one

TF
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Do not go....unless your looking for a cheap chain restaurant with 2nd rate service. The portions are massive and not even good. If you can’t even do dessert well then your on my ban list and Carmines is now on there.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

HUGE plates!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Client meeting

CH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The family style dining was amazing, food delicious and service impeccable! What a lovely find for our group of 8

OT
Washington DC
241 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ideal for a business lunch. Tip: from the lunch menu order the giant hero sandwich WITHOUT the bread. We both had tomato and mozzarella with prosciutto sandwich without the bread and a ceasar salad on the side. Perfect size. Delicious. GREAT value

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