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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was outstanding

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at a shift change so we had a bit of a wait to order which I understand. But everything else was above and beyond I really enjoyed myself.

VT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated immediately at the time I placed my reservation. Our waiter/server was helpful with our order since it was our first time attending. Was surprised about the portions of the food but it was absolutely delicious and authentic tasting. Would definitely come back again!

C
New England
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, reasonably priced! Live it! Veal parmigiana was fabulous! I should know growing up with an Italian restauranteur for a Dad!

LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Don't order too much since it is Family style. We all loved it. Atmosphere and music was enjoyed by all.

UM
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were seated at 5:15 and ordered fairly quickly, but our main dishes took forever and we didn't leave for the Caps game until after 7 😟

M
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was slow and it was not crowded during lunch time. The quantity is a plus but the quality was just okay.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was great

T
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Atmosphere and food were great but the waiters were loud and the portions were too large for 2 people. We saw there was a happy hour menu after we arrived for our dinner reservation but the waiter was very put out when we asked questions about it. We ordered one entree, could only eat half of it, only drank water and the bill was $50. would be good for a foursome as long as everyone likes the same thing. They really need a combo entree for couples.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the family style presentation. Food is excellent and servers are attentive.

LS
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our experience was fair from the start. We were early for our reservation so sat at the bar for a quick drink. The bartenders were friendly and I was offered a taste of the house red before committing, which I appreciated. My husband ordered a specific bourbon on the rocks - he drank a bit and decided that it was probably not what he ordered or was watered down. He should have asked the bartender for a replacement, but we went to the hostess stand and checked in at 5:55 for our 6:00 reservation. We watched as the hostesses cleared the waiting area before we were seated at 6:15. People...you have to HOLD the reservation. Once at the table, our server was very pleasant and explained portion size, etc. Our entree was brought to the table and was not correct. We ordered red pasta with shrimp and white pasta was what came out. We mentioned this to the waiter who apologized and whisked it back to the kitchen. It came back out with some stewed tomatoes on top. It was fine. This restaurant is just like Maggianos - family-style, large portions, big dining room, photos on the walls and Sinatra and Tony Bennett playing. The food is slightly better, and we knew it was a chain going in. Touristy and disappointing.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we absolutely love the family style dinner portions. The food is amazing!

EP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing visit. We came to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Our waiter either had to many tables or was very forgetful. After asking 3x’s for a glass of Prosecco, he finally brought me a glass of white wine (not sure what kind). Service very slow. Clearing of dirty plates very slow. Hard to get beverage refills. We just ordered a simple penne and meatball meal. Penne was undercooked. Only positive experience was the tugboat dessert we shared, which was really good.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Good food. Regular service

MB
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 'family style' dinner in D.C.'s Penn Quarter! Having Italian roots, we can be a tough crowd when it comes to eating at an Italian restaurant but this was fantastic! Highly recommend, especially for large groups

BD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to catch up with friends. Attentive friendly service, great Italian comfort food, very generous portions. Never been there for dinner but always relaxed, pleasant and quiet at lunch time.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We visited Nov. 7th for a special birthday celebration because this restaurant has an allergy friendly menu. We had a reservation, and were seated right at our reserved time. The waiter seemed unfamiliar with the menu and was very inattentive. He brought us bread and drinks and was MIA for an hour. When he did come back he did not stay long enough for us to order more drinks, and was flustered when I flagged him down to order a soda to go with my dinner (we had empty glasses WELL before our dinner was brought to us.). We seriously considered going to the bar to order our own drinks but refrained. Our food took over an hour to arrive after it was ordered, though was very good when we got it. Finally we had to flag him down again to ask for our check after being there over 2 hours. When the waiter finally returned with it the manager had kindly removed the price of the gluten free pasta entree (we did not complain, she just did so as a courtesy), but the waiter had circled the removed price and pointed out that he had not been responsible for the delay so that we would make sure to tip him for the full amount. Needless to say, due to the poor service, this was not our best DC dining experience.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent overall experience. The food was delicious. Our waitstaff was top notch.

J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert was great!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a place!! Everything is for sharing and my husband and I had the meatballs with linguini for nearly $35. It could easily serve another person. The waiter was very helpful as well. This is definitely a place for friends or family gathering.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Morgan was our waiter this evening. He was very attentive and professional throughout the entire meal. We really enjoyed our dining experience.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Server was very pleasant and did a good job explaining dining choices. As always, we were not disappointed with the food.

MM
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Huge portions of food. So much you wont be able to eat it all. The food is excellent but similar to other Italian places like Maggianos except at a much higher price for the same quality.

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Our waiter was not the best. He was not attentive and slow handling our requests. The ladies room was disgusting and tight in there. Toilet paper in every other stall.

DT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service. A great time at a reasonable price.

EC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is amazing and the food is delicious, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the Washington, DC area. The family style entree is a big value especially with large groups.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, good value for the money! We’re definitely do it again, old-school Italian restaurant!

TD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Big portions. Service was fantastic and very friendly staff.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I went in pretty excited but everything was pretty mediocre from the service to the food. I was happy to try a new restaurant in DC but probably won’t go back. Just my opinion.

AR
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to take a group for a reliably good and reasonably priced meal!

FE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, friendly service, great wine and amazing prices! I love this place and will keep coming back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Group of 14, where told check could be split in 4 before ordering then when it became time to pay we where told no split checks, which wasnt an issue just poor communication, also food was ok feel as if more quantity of food takes away from focusing on quality

JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. The noise level could be better if parties were placed in separate areas than tables of 2 and 4. We would go again because food and wine were reasonably priced and very good. John

WS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was excellent. Reservation through Open Table the way to go.

SG
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our server was very new and the service was very slow. We didn’t realize the entrees were family style and would have ordered differently had we known.,

NH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Order less than you think, portions are SO big! Enjoy the leftovers too!

FH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was very good and the portions are enough for four. This was our first time there and will definitely have to make it back.

D
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a friends and family get together.

The service is fast, friendly and efficient.

We had 7 in our group inclusive of a 10, 8 and 7 year old, two grumpy old seniors and daughter and son-in-law and we all left full and happy!

VR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and the service was excellent. We went to Carmine’s right before a Caps game and couldn’t have been more pleased with our overall experience.

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