Carmine's - Washington DC

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$30 and under
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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
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great place when you’re looking to share a meal

BB
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best family style restaurant in DC. Great meal and a great value. This was my third time here. I'll be back!

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the portions are incredibly unbelievable.

RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fun place! Great food and great service! I highly recommend the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Italian cuisine!! And I’m from Chicago!👍🏻

PL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Carmine's is one of my favorite places to go, but ONLY with a group. For 2 people, it becomes ridiculous in price. You're unable to get any variety because of the large portions and family styled pricing. But if you have a few people and want a good Italian meal, I highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, amazing food, awesome service

F
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food.. good service. Be ready for large portions ... enough to share.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for my wife's birthday dinner and the cake was awesome and they sang happy birthday to her. The night was perfect.

MT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The portions were HUGE and delicious. Our only objection was to all the TVs. No matter where we looked, there was at least one in our line of sight.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific server who really took care of us!
Food was delicious and more than plentiful.

GF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

New Years eve

c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Manager was accommodating with resolve! Waiter was below average and short with party lacking the ability to engage. However, we still tipped him 22%. I wouldn’t want him serving me again!

GR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our 4th visit to Carmine's but first to DC. Same great food (had our normal Meatballs etc) and wonderful New Year's Eve atmosphere.

Much bigger premises than NYC and a bit less intimate therefore but overall a lovely meal in a loud party atmosphere!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Didn’t know the portions are what they are and my husband and I don’t eat the same things so being from out of town leftovers wasn’t an option so we had to celebrate our anniversary at the bar with a guy talking to us the entire meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner. Everything was great. Our waiter was very helpful and patient. We enjoyed the night out

SL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Got us done and on the road in time for a performance at the Kennedy Center

B
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

The food was good, but the service was terrible. They brought out the kids food and didn’t bring our food till about 50 minutes later. Then the server argued with me about what i ordered even though the waiter had it right.

NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

One thing to be aware of, it’s family style dining for dinner. So if you’re not a party of at least 3, then I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. There’s literally nothing on the menu for 2 or fewer people. As a traveler we couldn’t even take back leftovers so it was not an ideal choice.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Server was inattentive. Our calamari came out last. Drinks were
incomplete. One bread basket for 8 people when those in tables
for 2 also got one basket. Our to-go wraps took a while. Twice we waved but obviously he intended not to look directly at us, too busy to even signal to acknowledge or that he will be over shortly.

But the food is good as usual.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fabulous!

DT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Meal was good and atmosphere great for a family dinner. Service was a bit slow and disorganized, but otherwise a good meal. Would definitely consider again when a large family group is in town again.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

VERY BUSY but HUGE portion sizes. Me and my gf were confused about the pricing but one meal feeds 4

DA
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Service was terrific!

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious!! Very nice restaurant that sat us on time and the service was prompt. Definitely a don’t miss spot in DC.

JD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pasta dishes were great - the carbonara special was the best of the 3 we tried. Calamari appetizer was great, much better than the stuffed mushrooms. We arrived early for our reservation and were able to be seated quickly - thanks! The Titanic dessert was HUGE, a banana split on steroids! Wow! We will be back, and next time we will try to not order so much.

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for family dining following a production at the Shakespeare Theater just steps away!

BS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We went on Christmas night and had booked reservations weeks in advance. We were put at back of restaurant at a temporary table with a tablecloth tossed on top. They were not capable of handling the crowd. We waited 20 min for someone to come to our table. The server was just done dealing with people. The buss boys kept helping get us bread and glasses. Served Prosecco with no glasses. We washed out our wine glasses with our water glasses. They were out of 2 of the entrees we wanted (clams). Veal portion was tiny. Overall the experience pretty much sucked. Spent $400 on 6 of us for dinner. Should have go to a real restaurant at that cost. Shame because I loved the carmines in NYC.

C
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was absolutely astounding service was the issue waited a long time for our entrees at one point the entree came and we were still waiting for drinks had to flag down our server several times

HQ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Been to Carmine’s (in NY) a few times and was hoping for a similar experience. Maybe I expected too much for a holiday. Food took over 50 minutes to come out; two dishes, spaghetti and meatballs and the chicken in lemon sauce with fettuccine. Food was tasty. But seemed even the waiting staff too was overwhelmed...simple drink refills took 10-15 minutes. Just not a great experience overall.

ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot for large groups! My family and I were looking for a spot that could accommodate all 6 of us at a reasonable price at Carmine's was the perfect choice. We came in for Christmas Day dinner and the place was packed! A little loud but that's to be expected with a full restaurant. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious, our server even spoke Spanish which was a great surprise for my grandparents who speak English but in loud settings it's easier to understand their own language. Will definitely be returning with more family soon!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great food, huge restaurant- serves 750.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Every thing was nice, but the plates were extremely big so we had to double up some food, and wrap it quickly. There was enough left for great leftovers the next day. Although it was xmas all the staff was happy and energetic. We will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with the Family on Christmas Day. Enjoyed the Chicken Parmesan with Angel Hair, Italian Cheesesteak was amazing, Ceasar salad was perfect, strawberry shortcake was not bad. Service was on point. Our server Mack was very attentive & took care of all our needs. Overall great experience when we come to Carmine’s. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for Christmas Eve

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve family celebration.

A
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here for a Christmas Eve and it was perfect! The food was delicious and our server, Courtney was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our foor quality/ value / table busing service was great however our waiter was not :-( We had to repeatedly ask for our cocktails after 20 minutes, and actually had to get up and go to a waiter station to get plates after our request failed.
He also forgot to bring out our order of Meatballs.
At the end we had to request that he remove a drink from our tab as he never actually brought it. He never said Thank you or replied to ours even though we remained quite cordial consideri g his lack of interest in our dining experience (in the spirit of Christmas!)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

very good food, but very bad waitress service.

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