Carmine's - Washington DC

4.5
5336 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Topher
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good place for large groups to meet and eat in a large setting and family style.

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vipMichaelA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. It is great for big family outings
The server was excellent

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vipWarEagleZ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Busy, but good service

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PaulD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob our waiter was amazing! All the staff was friendly. They remembered our son’s graduation we were celebrating & the food was amazing!

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Observer
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family meal while in DC

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demairaj
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend there for his birthday. We went early in the afternoon. It was both our first time going and I loved it. Making a early reservation made it even more special. We were the only ones in there. The food was abundant. One dish can feel two with leftovers. I will go again.

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KevinS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So thankful that Carmine's is back open. Once of my favorite places to eat in DC

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KeithN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner!

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DKJ12
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was pretty busy and loud as to be expected. Server seemed to be overwhelmed with table. But overall things were well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. Waiter was nice and the food was delicious. Received a free dessert since they were taking some time preparing the big dessert but didn't disappoint at all. Was surprised the manger came out and apologize. The dessert was amazing and well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

first waitress awful 2nd waitress excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Unfortunately, they don’t give you garlic dipping sauce for the bread anymore so minus 1 star.

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John
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our waiter was horrible. He never came to check on us & served alcohol to a friend who hadn’t had a drink in 12 years.

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DemetriusS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice for celebrating my birthday. Our experience would've been better if we weren't sitting directly beneath the ceiling fan which made everyone cold. Other than that, the food and service was good. Highly recommend, will definitely dine there again.

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vipAlexB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always big family portions, prepared excellently, with attentive service!

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KenM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location. Very convenient parking underneath the restaurant. The elevator opens into the lobby adjacent to the hostess stand. Our waiter was very attentive; clearly explained the menu, and checked back on us several times. Very good choice if you have reason to be in the Penn Square area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

A frequent visitor! Last call for drinks before food was served! Server or manager not place to be found, and refused to split bill by the number people! So disappointed.

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vipBrooklynGirl
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the family size servings, and the food is delicious. The chocolate torte and canolis = HEAVEN!!

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KenM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service perfect for families. Food was good and plenty just wish the veal was still on the menu

Carmine's - Washington DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Ken, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this feedback. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience. We're working hard to bring our full menu back and our veal dishes will be back before you know it! Best Regards, Ashlee Anderson Assistant General Manager Carmine's Washington DC

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vipDeboraG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's is a great place for big groups including various ages. The food is excellent. We enjoyed the garlic bread, shrimp scampi, meatballs, and calamari and other dishes. I have had catering from Carmine's in the past and all the guests loved it!

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BigFamilyDining
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our experience. It was the last night of our vacation, and we wanted a special meal. The garlic bread was outstanding! The chicken parmigiana could have been more flavorful, and the chocolate torte was very good but should have had more strawberries for the size of the slice to better contrast with the chocolate.

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vipEdward
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was tasty. Selections limited, but found delicious alternatives. Music was a bit loud that made it difficult to have conversations in our large group.

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KPJM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food.

Porterhouse pizziola and the shrimp parmigiana were incredible

Kelvin provided EXCELLENT service!!!

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AnthonyR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a little loud for me personally but overall very good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Robert was great!

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DanC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overpriced drinks and decent but not great food. Many better DC options.

Carmine's - Washington DC
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Dan, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review. We want to apologize for your recent experience at our restaurant and thank you for bringing it to our attention. Reviews like yours are what help make us better. We hope to see you again soon to provide you with the excellent dining experience we pride ourselves on here at Carmine's in Washington DC. Sincerely, Ashlee Anderson Assistant General Manager

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LilianaF
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat, good food and Friendly waiter. Recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Ordered an appetizer, Cesar salad with no anchovies, kids meals and one main course. Salad came out with strong scent and flavor of anchovies. Kids meals came next and were luke warm. After kids were halfway thru their meals, had to ask the waiter about the appetizer. Apparently they had forgotten the appetizer. 5 minutes later we had the appetizer. 40 minutes after ordering, children were finished eating, we (parents) were still waiting for our one dish we ordered (lemon butter chicken). We were told management was looking into it. Food was finally brought out nearly an hour after ordering. One of the worst dining experiences we have had.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was great my first time and I was pleased. Portions are HUGE

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CraigS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall excellent. Food and service were great. I would highly recommend.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gigantic portions served family style. We enjoyed our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great stop when visiting DC love the family portions!

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DarrylT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just like original Carmine's In South Street Seaport, NYC: great experience, great food.

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vipJasonD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great to be back at Carmine's post-COVID. While the full menu is not back yet they have enough of it back to make it worth it. The big Titanic ice cream dessert was on the one slight disappointment. It used to be fantastic. Now it operates as just a larger banana split. Still tasty just not with the wow factor it once had.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s is always such a treat. Excellent service and delicious food!

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KatG
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy that Carmine's is back. It's been very sad without them since the start of the pandemic. Our food was amazing and delicious as it always was. The service was impeccable, as it always was. Please ask for Claudia. She loves Carmine's as much as we do. We will be back and we are so happy Carmine's reopened.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The chicken marsala, shrimp scampi, calamari. The Big Portahouse steak was great but expensive. The huge titanic dessert was delicious but too big to eat by 3 people. But the more traditional Italian dishes let me down. The Meatballs were not tasty, not beefy tasting enough, I wish they were all beef and less filler. The lasagna was not that great either, not tasty. Our waiter was great but the food is over priced. I rather have smaller portions.

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CleeF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good food it Wes a little expensive but it was worth it

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AmyZ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit for groups in DC! We look forward to visiting every time we are in town ! Our family loves sharing and tasting different items . Our favorites are calamari , shrimp scampi , lamb and the tiramisu! Their amazing staff heard some in our group talking about not having tasted anchovies and they surprised us by brining some for us to try . Overall service was outstanding !

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IlkaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed being at Carmine’s.

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You can order delivery directly from Carmine's - Washington DC using the Order Online button. Carmine's - Washington DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 737-7770.

Carmine's - Washington DC is rated 4.5 stars by 5336 OpenTable diners.

Carmine's - Washington DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://carmines.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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