Carmine's - Washington DC

4.5
5332 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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vipHen4
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Came here before a show and the waiter was great and attentive. The food was just overwhelming, too much food for four people. We ordered calamari and spaghetti with meatballs. It was good, meatballs were uninspiring. I wish there was a way to not order family style or to order smaller servings. If you come here with a small family or party don’t bother, you’ll never finish everything. I wasn’t overly impressed and this wasn’t my first time here. It’s a bummer because I love Italian food.

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DeborahM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server gave exceptional service! Very personable and attentive to not only the adults needs but to the childrens as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding. Portion size is HUGE! Go with a group!

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ValLovesSteak
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

First, our server Mike was amazing. He explained the menu and made us feel welcomed. If I could give 5 stars just for him, I would. He had no control over the food.

The food. It was bad.
First- the free bread is cold and had no taste. It was a mix of different breads and sadly none of it was good. There was one with a little sauce on it and then another that was just a slice of like sourdough. No butter. No oil on a plate to dip in. Just a basket of cold, dry, sponges.

So we ordered the $25 garlic bread. It came out rock hard and we sent it back. It was still kinda hard and only the “inside” was edible. I shouldn’t have to cut the edges of my bread off to be able to eat it.

The calamari was fantastic. The stars are for the calamari and service.

The spaghetti and meatballs weren’t good. The meatball tasted like mush. When you moved the spaghetti around you saw the liquid from the sauce. It looked like pink water on the bottom of the plate.

It was our anniversary and we were pretty let down. I’m surprised this restaurant is a “DC Favorite.” I would have much rather spent $150 at Maggianos. We left hungry and disappointed.

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vipAmandaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my fiancé’s birthday and had a wonderful time! The portions are HUGE so I would only recommend ordering 1-2 things based on the people in your party but super tasty! And hey! Now we get to enjoy lots of leftovers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Our waiter was great until it came time to ask for the bill. Such a pet peeve of mine. Good was delicious. Lady behind us was loud and cussing non stop. We had two children with us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough about my experience at Carmine’s in DC. The food was exceptional—and I do mean exceptional— the service and atmosphere was wonderful. But I’d really like to applaud the personal attention my dad & I received by the staff (orchestrated by a manager Benson) when I called ahead that afternoon to explain I wanted to surprise my dad with concert tickets at the restaurant. They all played along with a ruse and we successfully pulled off a wonderful evening and treated my vet father like the hero he is—especially to me. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this establishment for food, service and just being the kind of place you WANT to give your business to because they do the right the thing without any questions! Forever customer!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before a concert at Capital One Arena. Everything was great: food, service, ambience. Bring your appetite!

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be aware this is family style eating. Need to share. Excellent food.

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GraceH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our pre-concert meal at Carmine's DC! We had the calamari, portabello parmigiana, Caesar salad, chicken scaloppini with lemon & butter, Bolognese with linguini. Very delicious and PLENTIFUL! Come hungry. Our servers were very friendly and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Carmine’s - awesome experience in every way.

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vipshawnd
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and homemade wine!! Can't beat this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and so was the service.. when it was time to sing happy birthday all the staff joined and made it special.. everything was smooth and everyone was really attentive deff. Recommend it.

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BrendaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere!!! Wait staff was so nice and helpful.

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vipJohn
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good as was service. A bit noisy but typical Italian restaurant. Cocktails were VERY expensive even for fine dining. Eg: $19.50 for Johnny Walker Black Label.

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian, large family style portions with friendly, helpful servers. Great for big groups looking to get together!

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DCcustomer
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was very excited about dining at Carmine's after having positive past experiences at both NYC locations. The bill for a party of four came to $300 (not including tip). The food was fair at best, and the service was equally fair - with the wait staff being unresponsive at times (had to ask for waiter a few times). The people picking up plates, bringing out food seemed to be annoyed that they were even in the building. So...next time I want to spend this level of money, I will select another restaurant that does better than fair.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was dinner after attending the Van Gogh Immersion Experience. Topped off a great day!

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StephenG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hostess was awesome and very helpful!! Alexis (our waitress), was very friendly and attentive. Always a good time!!

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vipChristianMcIlhenny
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, very generous portions, all at a reasonable price. Would highly recommend for groups! Our server was very nice!

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vipWoffySF
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Dropping off my son to attend college. He asked for Italian food. Great time. Delicious shrimp scampi, pasta and meatballs. Yum yum. Lots of distance between tables and all waitstaff was masked. I will definitely come again. Very close to capital hill. Wonderful dinner. Thank you!

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ThaliaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The waitress was not wearing a mask over nose properly. We politely asked her to wear the mask above her nose and on the 2nd time asking her, instead of just wearing it properly, she changed our waitress. We had a good experience with the next waiter but it was terrible customer service for the waitress to not show any care for everyone's health by just simply wearing the mask properly and, instead, preferred to switch our waiter.

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ManuelP
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very delicious! Staff very welcoming! Overall great!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It took an hour and a half for our pasta dishes to come out. Understand staffing is low due to the pandemic, but the lack of transparency about food status was not great.

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DaliaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very expensive; plates are too big even for sharing

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server Rob was nothing short of AMAZING!! Food was so good!!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and ambiance is amazing the food portions are huge I recommend sitting at the bar for a smaller portion half the price

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Yomi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a great experience at Carmine's. The food was delicious and the restaurant catered to both kids and adults. The food is served family style so the portions are not small. I certainly will be coming back for lunch or dinner again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for a bachelorette dinner. So yummy !

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ronc
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Carmines use to have great food! Now it’s horribly commercialized. I’ve eaten at all the restaurants & there all consistently bad. Over prized & horribly food is all I can say about a restaurant we use to love. Bye bye Carmines.

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Clif
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian family style restaurant in DC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service !

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family lunch. Unhurried atmosphere. Great service. Delicious food.

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tkddd
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cool atmosphere. Would definitely visit again.

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morgan
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s was amazing! the service was great and the food came out quickly and tasted great! Their drinks were also tasty!!

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DAMIANR
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazingly good and definitely plentiful.

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RaymondS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice casual Italian restaurant. It's good to see any dress accepted, makes it more acceptable than business casual.

Food is family-style, portions good for that. Really it is a good place to good. I felt prices were acceptable for the food presented.

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ElizabethL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s was recommended to us by our tour guide bus driver, and it did not disappoint. We did have a reservation, however we arrived ahead of schedule and we were seated immediately.

The family style portions were large enough to feed my family of four and we had leftovers.

All of the staff were very friendly, courteous, and focused on providing excellent service while we were there.

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Eatingwell
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was bland and uninspiring. Way overpriced. I paid $25 for a plate of spaghetti and olive oil. Like a 2500% mark up. The veal parmigiana was barely enough to feed 4. Our waitress was very nice and did a good job. The carmine salad was a plate of lettuce with a few cubes of deli meet thrown in. If you were a movie I’d say good cast, good location, lousy script.

It is a mere shadow of the new york location and I’m sure it’s not because of COVID. Very disappointing. $250 meal worth about $30 dollars. It’s insulting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estupenda cena toda riquisimo

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