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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (115)
Comfort Food (76)
Special Occasion (68)
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Good for Birthdays (67)
Casual (61)
Good for a Date (54)
Kid-friendly (48)
Authentic (47)
Fun (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Romantic (23)
Business Meals (22)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Late-night Find (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
People Watching (17)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Seasonal (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS! A FAVORITE SPOT WE COME TO EACH TIME IN TOWN VISITING OUR SON IN COLLEGE. HE ENJOYS THE GREAT MEAL AND GOOD FOOD THAT HE CRAVES SOOO MUCH BEING AWAY FROM HOME! ONLY RECOMMENDATION: TO ALLOW 1/2 ORDERS OF PASTA WHEN ONLY 1 PERSON CAN EAT THE PASTA AND THE OTHER CANT. (ITS JUST WAY TOO MUCH FOOD WHEN YOU ORDER 2 MEALS FOR 2 PEOPLE! (EVEN ONE HUNGRY COLLEGE KID!) :) SINCE HE CANT EAT PASTA. OTHERWISE, I WOULDNT CHANGE A THING! MY OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was horrible

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place for a big get together. Clam sauce, rigatoni, and whoa the Titanic were great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We arrived early and everyone was vey nice and let us know that we would have a little wait. We felt we were lucky because we were an hour early. We spoke with a few other families that were there. People seem to be happy, just as we were. Fun environment and the food was awesome, can't wait till we return in December.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

OH Wow, I've never seen so much food served on one platter. It is not a place for two people to order anything for dinner. You need four or five for those big plates. And the cost is also huge.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was my first time at this location- I’ve visited the New York locations many times. The restaurant did not disappoint! The food was great, the service was very good and it was consistent with the New York locations. Not a lot of restaurants can maintain the quality menu across locations but Carmine’s did! I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Half size portions should be offered for appetizers, we ordered the $32 calamari, and didn't finish. Would have liked two options instead of just one. Also need a smaller family size option. You need a minimum of 6 people or you over pay and waste money and food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My birthday is in July and I save my birthday dinner until the Fall so I can come to Carmine's-Italian food and July don't sit well with me. I'm not a fan of Italian restaurants, in general because I feel like they all taste like "bulk food" or a buffet except..Carmines! I love this place!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My husband took me here for my bday dinner. Boi may I say the food was delicious. We had the wings and lasagna. We couldn't get through the meal. This restaurant is family style menu. So if you and your date can agree on getting one entree it will be more than enough. Great for people with hardy appetite. They also have some really good drinks. My favorite was the White wine sangria. This place is a must have in the near future. My family and i will be returning.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This isn’t my first time at Carmine’s. Our server was subpar to say the least. He rarely visited our table. At food without drinks. My husband asked for parmesean cheese and it was never brought. I will say this, don’t order the Oil & Garlic sauce. There was no oil and all garlic. Gave everyone in our group stomach issues. If I wanted to eat garlic, I would’ve asked for it raw. Definitely ruined the dish. We loved the Meatball dish. Overall this was probably our worst meal here of at least 5 times eating at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a family reunion - 4 generations from ages 6 months to 78. We were seated in one of their semi private rooms which where very accommodating & and much more quiet. Warning: When the waiter tells you the servings are large, BELIEVE him or her! One dinner meal can easily serve 3-4 people. The food was delicious. I would not hesitate going there again or recommending it. Five star! Use OPEN DOOR app to make your reservation; we were taken right away and we were a little early. The lineups on Friday & Saturday night’s are insane. Thank you Carmine for a truly memorable experience 👍👏

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We went with a family group of 8. Carmines is so big, they can take it in stride. Stick to the Italian specialties and you can't go wrong. Service was attentive. Portions are huge, so 8 people can order a couple apps and entrees and be very well fed. The baked clams app was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. The food was awesome as usual!

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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

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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

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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.

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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