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About Carmine's - Washington DC

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.

425 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm

Cross Street:
between E and D street on 7th street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 737-7770

Website:
http://www.carminesnyc.com/

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.

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Ford Barsi

Additional:
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

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!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a family style feast. 18 lb. turkey with all the trimmings and an assortment of all the holiday classics.

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.

Carmine's - Washington DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (99)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Special Occasion (69)
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Comfort Food (65)
Casual (55)
Authentic (52)
Kid-friendly (52)
Good for a Date (50)
Fun (46)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Worth the Drive (32)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Business Meals (26)
Great for Lunch (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Romantic (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Cozy (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
People Watching (14)
Happy Hour (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Hot Spot (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Service was slow and we never received bread, but the food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Carmine's. However, for the price, you can find better food. Again, nothing is wrong with the food, but it tastes more like a neighborhood mom and pop Italian restaurant but with white tablecloth prices. The value does not match the price point.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Gigantic portions make it easy to share for a large party or even a family of three.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Family style- sizes to share, standard italian dishes all were good. Table bread and oil was superb, garlic bread (half with cheese) was well-received. Chicken parmesan was big hit with our party (doesn't come with pasta),, penne vodka was too sweet for most.
Found ourselves ( party of 7 including a teen and pre-teen) looking for a unplanned dinner down by the museums. Was able to make a reservation for 5pm- we arrived a bit early and were seated promptly-way in a back corner near a very frequently used employee door which meant spotty wait service and constant foot traffic. The tables around us were soon populated with other families (with much younger children) and as we exited the restaurant after eating---the main rooms were pretty full with tables of adults (including a large group of veterans).

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was cold since we were seated by the window, but the server was nice to move us to another table. The food was as expected and the ambiance too.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My first Carmine's visit was after a "walking marathon" of DC. I enjoyed all the carbs. This visit was to entertain family and since our party was 8 ppl and we had just done another "walking marathon" of DC, Carmine's was the spot I demanded. Thank you for absolutely THE BEST Italian cuisine. Amazing food.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing! Probably the best penne ala vodka I’ve had ever in my life and, I’m so excited to go again in another couple of weeks

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

This proved to be the perfect restaurant for a large group of 9 that included 4 kids - 3 teens and 1 5th grader. Food is both family friendly and delicious. Loved the round table thus allowing everyone to participate in one conversation. The atmosphere was good enough, food was great and we really liked the family style serving. Our waitress was very helpful and attentive right up until the food delivery. Then she became very busy and we didn't see much of her, though I would still give her high marks. We weren't in the main dining room, our room seemed more like a hotel banquet room, but the round table made up for that. The one negative of the night is the restaurant seemed sort of dirty. The women's rest room lacked working soap dispensers. whole place felt a tad tired. Still, I would definitely go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was good just wish there was more chicken in the chicken parmigianan dish

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had a great time with great food and great people . We had a blast

Tags: Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The atmosphere was great, the spaghetti with meatballs was excellent as well as the bread. We ordered the Caesar salad with NO anchovies and it tasted very fishy and upset our stomach. The portions were gigantic!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

My clams and linguini was awful. Clams tasted old and I was afraid to eat much.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My Uber driver recommended Carmine's and my friend and I decided to check it out. It was a busy Sunday night, but we had great service, hot food and the speed of service was great. I would recommend coming with a group of (hungry) friends because the portions are huge -- family style dining. Penne Vodka was great and so were the meatballs. Only downside to family dining is that you can't get an individual dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is definitely not a

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is a great spot for large group gatherings. The food was delicious and ample -- four family-style entrees and 2 sides happily fed 7 adults and 2 kids (with plenty left over for our fridge). Everyone was happy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Definitely for large groups but too much for 2. We thought we would start with the eggplant parmigiana - a side! - followed by lasagne but when the starter came it was so huge that we cancelled the lasagne and struggled to finish what we had. Never even touched the focaccia that looked excellent. Noticed the next table started with the Caesar salad and didn't finish that between 4 so it does mean the whole table has to eat the same dishes. However, the food was delicious and our server was brilliant.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waited for almost one hour to get services. We were a large party (16 people ) and yoy think they will be ready specially when i made reservations ahead.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome staff with quick but very friendly service. Food was good and enjoyed the tradition Italian style serving at the table. Reminds me, as an Italian, of my own family get togethers.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation and we were seated within two minutes. The waiter arrived right after we were seated and took our drink order and began explaining the menu setup. He quickly guided us to our decision and when the food arrived it was exactly what we were in the mood for and it was delicious. Excellent restaurant and I would recommend to anyone especially if it is a large party.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I needed a table for 14 people who were coming from out of town. Carmines made it easy. The food was great, the service precise and the "Titanic" dessert was phenomenal. They didn't rush us and everyone enjoyed the evening. I've been to the N.Y. Theater District location, and the food was exactly the same..... great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very expensive for spaghetti and meatballs balls. 4 adults are for $250 plus tip. That included one bottle of a lower-priced wine for the table. I would not turn at this price point.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Carmine’s was amazing
We had 4 people and ordered fried calamari and garlic bread for appetizers
Cheese ravioli and penne pasta with vodka sauce for our entrees. Both were very good
We finished up with cheesecake
Would definitely return if in DC

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was great but the service was not as good. It took 15 mins before our drink order was even taken. The. We had to remind our waiter about our bread and other drinks. Other then that it was a good night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was very disappointed that my request for a round table for my 50th birthday party could not be honored. It was very difficult for us to hear one another at a long table. I made the reservation a month in advance. Nothing special was done to mark the occasion, and we even realized at home that we got charged for one more $$$ drink than we actually had.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was outstanding but it was too noisy in the restaurant. Had a hard time conversing with our friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Huge portions as it is all family style so if there are three or less - be prepared to take at least another dinner or more back home. Very good service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Carmine’s is an outstanding restaurant and the food is delicious! Bring you appetite because the servings are huge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Best carbonara ever. Huge portions, friendly staff and delicious food. Enjoyed a quiet night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Met up with a friend here. Thought we'd have 4 people, but had 3 instead. The lasagna was huge - plenty to feed 5. The bread was great too. My boyfriend flagged somebody down to take our order, but they were attentive after that and offered to package our food 3x (3 different people). I would go again with a bigger group. The price is super reasonable. I wish the lasagna had been hotter. It was somewhere between warm and hot, but it tasted fine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

More fun with more people, portions are family style, so with more people you can try more things. The salmon was great, came with mussels and clams, also great. You can get the garlic bread half with cheese half without so everyone in my group was happy!

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had such a good waitress!! The 4 pasta dish was delicious-and enough for 6 people (although there were just two of us)

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wife's birthday with family and friends.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great for large parties. Service was excellent and would highly recommend if you are looking for a casual and energetic environment to celebrate a special occasion, especially if you have kids.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was excellent and the food was very good. We ordered two entrees plus a pasta dish for 6 people and it was plenty of food. It's a lively atmosphere and bit noisy but we were still able to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had dinner reservations, but finished our museum tour early so we went early. I loved it. I had heard about the one in Times Square, New York. We got there about 3:30 so it wasn't packed. I love the family style dining. The portions are large and the food was great. We had leftovers even though there we were a party of four. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. It was well worth the drive from southern Virginia. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Service was super slow, big portions are fun but not very accessible, and $9.50 for a glass of very average wine is too much.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food is always tasty but a lot of quirks this time, e.g., no orange in a pint of blue moon, had to ask for a lemon or lime for some of the mixed drinks, 2 of the 3 dishes we normally get over pasta but this time we received the meals without pasta and then 5 minutes later we received a large plate of (just) pasta. Not one of there best nights and a lousy way to celebrate our 30th anniversary with close friends!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I had been to Carmine's D.C. several time before, but not in recent months. Several experience were a surprise or a disappointment. It seems the place is less well managed than it once was. First, the men's room was a mess, with only 1 of 4 fixtures functioning, one because it was covered in broken glass from a photo frame that appears to have been smashed. It also seemed that it had been a good while since the floor had been mopped. Not a great experience to have before a meal. We had forgotten about the family style servings, which makes ordering very difficult for a party of just 2. The service was horrible, with no bread provided and the delivery of an entree that was different than the one we had ordered. When we pointed out the error to our server--and it took a while to get his attention--all he did was apologize. He didn't offer to remove the cost from out check or replace the dish with the one we had ordered. (He seemed to have only a limited understanding of the menu and how dishes were or could be prepared.) The dishes we did receive were good, especially the Carmine's salad and tomato sauce on the rigatoni dish we did not order. Overall, I think there are far better Italian restaurants in the D.C. area with better service, prices and menu choices (and less disgusting bathrooms), so I don't expect we'll be returning to Carmine's DC anytime soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We’ve been to Carmine’s in NYC and in Atlantic City, but we’ve never been to this one in DC. What we’ve come to expect is food that is consistently good and prepared the same no matter which location. I had a party of 8 with three of them being kids. Everyone found something they liked, and we all shared since it is served family style. We all ate well and had plenty left over to take with us. I would definately recommend Carmine’s.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Look forward our dinners (twice a year) and we'll be back in 2018!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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