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Carmine's - Washington DC

4.4
3952 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 737-7770
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ford Barsi
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between E and D street on 7th street
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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.
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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
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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!
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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

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.

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What 3952 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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Jeff (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant! Big family style portions! Great food! Definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This is the second year we visited Carmine’s in 2 years due to a volleyball tournament. Carmine’s was so accommodating for our huge party. The food was ample and hot and we really enjoyed our Sunday evening.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Carmine' s never disappoints. I don't know how they make the food taste so good. My only gripe is that we went with 3 people and it's way too much food if you want a pasta protein and a veggie or salad.

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Col71387 (Houston)
5.0  Dined 4 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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Susanmcg (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 5 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.

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GustavoP 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing.
Negative point to the managers house. I've asked there to charge a little be my phone, the atendent on her side said ok, bit she said a effective NO at same time. poor girl

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 5 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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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined 5 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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vipIALTEKY (Dallas)
4.0  Dined 6 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Birthday dinner with family, both coming out of town

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great place to go

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vipDavid (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and wine.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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Ceffer (Orlando)
5.0  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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TandiK (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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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Cmvfsays (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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Sara981 (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place will come again

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RonC (Charleston)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  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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fiveonestar (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  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.

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JosephL (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  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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Craig (Richmond)
5.0  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!

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