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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!

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (124)
Good for Birthdays (70)
Special Occasion (69)
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Comfort Food (68)
Casual (65)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Kid-friendly (47)
Good for a Date (46)
Fun (40)
Authentic (39)
Great for Lunch (33)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Worth the Drive (28)
Bar Seating (24)
Business Meals (23)
Romantic (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Hot Spot (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
People Watching (14)
Late-night Find (13)
Seasonal (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 11 hours ago

Great food, excellent service. Love to eat here every time I'm in DC

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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

We’re never disappointed with any of the locations that we’ve been to and the DC location is no different . Everything was excellent

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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

We loved every minute of it! From a drink at the bar, to dinner for two with way too much food but SO delicious. Highly recommend our meal: caesar salad, chicken scappipine, side of marinara. Could not stop eating until overstuffed. Great bread w dipping oil too. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Poor service. Worst wait staff I’ve experienced at any Carmines restaurant. Stay away until they hire a wait staff with a clue how to wait on customers.

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·Dined 3 days ago

From the blasé service at the hostess desk to the inordinately expensive, inordinately poor quality food, the experience was one I would not repeat.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall a good experience but service was mediocre. We wait d 15 minutes for someone to come to the table when we arrived.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Went to Carmine’s while in DC with the kids. We wanted good food but a kid-friendly atmosphere. Carmine’s was perfect! We had the Carbonara (a special) and some garlic bread. That’s all our family of 4 needed. We had a ton of leftovers. It was delicious. I’m a foodie and no, it wasn’t the same as the Carbonara I get at my hometown high-end Italian eatery with locally sourced ingredients and handmade pasta - but it was better than any chain or run-of-the-mill Italian joint. The service was impeccable. The hostesses could use some work but the waitstaff made up for it. My 5 year-old spilled her fancy juice drink and they had it cleaned up and put a smile on her face in seconds. It was loud, but hey, so were we. It didn’t disappoint. Better than average food, fun atmosphere, and great service. I’d recommend it and go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Birthday dinner with family, both coming out of town

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great place to go

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Birthday dinner for sister. Her first time. Great experience!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and wine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was delicious. We went for Valentine’s Day and we were able to get seated 30 mins prior to our appt. we were very happy.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Fabulous restaurant. We were greeted by excellent staff and then our Waiter Kelvin catered for our every need. Excellent food, very tasty and the portions were unbelievable. Could not fault anything and excellent value for money. Thank you !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went in a big group when on vacation in DC. Sunday’s they have a special that comes with four pastas on a huge dish. The pesto gnocchi was to die for. We also got Caesar salad and chicken with lemon and butter and the food was fantastic. It’s family style and with 7 of us eating, we didn’t even come close to finishing all that food. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Not ideal for a couple, but maybe I would recommend it for families or groups, the portions are meant to be shared among 4-6 guests. Kind service and ok food, maybe too much garlic, nothing great but portions really generous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lively place that can absorb a loud, fun group of people. Our waitress Jenny was very attentive to all our needs but, especially to my food allergies!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

So we had my birthday dinner there this weekend with a party of 11. They got us all seated on time and at a decent table in the back room. The server never really introduced himself and then asked what we wanted to order. I showed up a few minutes late and thought he'd already gotten a drink order for the table. I had discussed the menu and told him what we wanted - a few appetizers, 2 pasta dishes and 2 meat dishes. When he went to put the order in, my sister asked about taking a drink order. Apparently he hadn't done that yet. The food was delivered in a timely manner but he didn't check back re: drinks the entire time. We tried to get his attention but they are apparently quite short-staffed. We flagged down the manager for more drinks --- even more water -- as we'd been eating and had no drinks. She waited a few minutes and then approached him to get the drinks, even though he was clearly in the weeds. My dad would've ordered several more bar drinks if he had the opportunity, but in the end we just drank what we could from the water pitchers on the table. The food was good but barely enough for the 11 of us, even though our bill was quite high. When we'd eaten family style at Maggianos, the servers would another platter of the food we'd ordered if we requested it, or at least a half-platter. For example, a dish of veal parmesan was around $35 but only fed 5-6 of us.

My recommendation is to go to Maggianos if you're looking for family style Italian food. You pay per person and is a much better value. You also have a more upscale experience and we've always had great service there.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place will come again

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fantastic food, excellent service, and an all-around wonderful experience. I recommend that you come with a crowd of people, or at least be very hungry yourself, because the family-sized portions are more than generous.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent Italian family style restaurant. We had plenty of leftovers. The wings are awesome! The service was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I ordered my usual which is bolognese with linguine. It’s always prepared very well and never lacks flavor. However, this time around I also had a taste for chicken parm and I ordered it as well. Perhaps it was just this one occasion, but the chicken parm wasn’t worth $31. The chicken was exceptionally thinly sliced and in fact the only thing that seemed to be family sized was the amount of cheese on the chicken. My wife and I had to scrape the cheese off because there was just so much on such a small piece of chicken. It seems the chef took a normal-sized half of a chicken breast and then spliced that in half which was the two pieces of chicken we received. This place is good for its pasta, but maybe the jury is still out for me when it comes to their chicken parm. I will give them another try. If you want very good chicken parm Buca di Beppo is a few minutes from here and is the definition of family-style chicken parm. I’ve ordered it over and over again and stands up to greatness every single time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had an engagement dinner party here and the staff were wonderful and were able to easily accommodate a large group of people.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The selections we had were delicious and came in huge portions.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This is my favorite itlaian restaurant. The food is always fresh and delicious. The staff are always friendly and helpful.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Corona was a very professional and gracious server. He guided us thru the menu choices and we were very pleased. Excellent food and Sangria!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great food! Large, family style portions. There were two of us for dinner. We ordered one serving of lasagna. It was enough for four or five people! The only drawback - lighting was too dark for me. Had a hard time seeing the menu. However, when in DC nex time we will go back. Loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great place to eat before a Capitals game. I recommend eating at the bar where you can order smaller portions if you don’t want the huge platters that they serve in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Carmine's is always a treat, I love the ambiance and the food is even better than the ambiance.
Just having lunch sized portions will give you enough to take home. A must try is the fried calamari which in my opinion is the best in DC!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Device was awesome and the servings are huge!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

If you know what it's like around an Italian dinner table on Sunday, you'll enjoy Carmine's. There is plenty of food and everything is delicious. You'll even go home with some leftovers.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Landed here last minute..I didn't look at the menu, I didn't realize it was family style. It was only 2 of us..so much food!!! But it was good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had an enjoyable dining experience with friends and family.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Just consistently Fantastic!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the food. He made excellent recommendations. His descriptions were precise. We will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I've been here twice before this past Saturday and each time, I've been very pleased. The ambiance of the place is what initially drew me in the first time. Very classy place, yet can be a on the casual side. The portions are enormous so you would definitely want to share. The staff is great. This past Saturday my bf and I went for my birthday. We made reservations and were pretty much seated right away. We both enjoyed the experience and food very much. The only thing I would say is that we had a vent above our table blowing cold air so although the food came out deliciously hot, it got cold very quickly. Still tasted yummy, we just ate a little faster. I would still go again as this was the first time that happened and the overall visit was still extremely pleasant. Also the waitress was very informed which was great since it was my bf's first time and had questions about the menu.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I planned a surprise birthday party for my husband which turned out to not be much of a surprise. This was due to the hostesses not seating my party when they arrived. I should note that I asked a hostess of Carmine's when confirming my reservation if we all had to be present to be seated, to which he responded, "If some people are there out of your party, you should be fine." When I arrived with my husband, there were already 7 people waiting. Our reservation was for 7:45. We were not seated until 8:20. I was very disappointed at the lack of care Carmine's hostesses took in getting us seated on time, or at least within 10 minutes. I decided to let that go in hopes that the food and service would be worth the inconvenience. The food was decent when we FINALLY were served; we sat at the table for 10 minutes prior to a waiter checking on us to bring water & because he took so long, we limited our drink orders. When we asked how the ordering process works, he was impatient (it was clear that he was overextended & we were empathetic). He rushed in saying that the meals would be family style (this was a first time visit for ALL of us). We were hungry & I asked for bread. He said we needed to order food to get bread (crazy). I said that we would order broccoli and sausage pasta. His reply, "Are you sure? That's a lot of food." I was so confused and just asked that he bring calamari so we could AT LEAST get some bread. The food was decent with the exception of egg shells in our meatballs. Finally, members of our party left leaving receipts on the table. One person from our party accidentally took his signed copy and the waiter said that he needed to have it signed which I refused to do because its, well, illegal & fraudulent. Also, we had to wait for another to go dish because someone threw out the remainder of a friends order (the cleaning crew was RUDE and did not ask if we wanted boxes for our meals). In the end, we will def NOT return to Carmine's.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our server was not very tentative

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were visiting from out of town and needed to have a dinner for 13 people. Carmine's was a great choice. Food was tasty and came out fast. We had the titanic for dessert and everyone left happy.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We have eaten at Carmine's in NYC, and following a recent move to Washington DC were excited to learn of the location here. We loved everything about our meal. Server was attentive without being intrusive. She was knowledgeable with the menu and wine list, as well as helpful with the gluten free options. Carmine's serves family-style and is a bit louder on the ambience scale but not overly, and it fits with the Italian feel of the restaurant. We will definitely be back and will recommend to friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I had an amazing birthday dinner & our waiter (cant remember his name) was very nice ,energetic & helpful when choosing what to get. Next time I go I hope he’s there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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