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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

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (107)
Comfort Food (72)
Good for Birthdays (69)
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Casual (63)
Special Occasion (63)
Good for a Date (52)
Kid-friendly (48)
Authentic (46)
Fun (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Great for Lunch (25)
Business Meals (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Romantic (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
People Watching (17)
Cozy (16)
Late-night Find (16)
Happy Hour (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Incredible portions, and delicious wine list. Advise going with more than two people unless you want leftovers!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Lots of food for two but great for four or more. Quick.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Bountiful, wonderful food. Great location. Friendly, helpful staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, Carmine's is excellent. Calamari was delicious in addition to the chicken parmigiana, salad and sangria. When in the area, we always go to Carmine's!

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined 5 days ago

We went for our office Christmas luncheon. Everyone was pleased with the food selections especially the Porterhouse w/ peppers and onions. We've been here a few times before and have always enjoyed this place. We were seated right away and the waiter was GREAT!

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

My family and I had a wonderful family meal. The service was exceptional and the food was wonderful. We will be returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The portions were huge and impressed our guests who had never been at Carmine's. The food was a tad bit too salty though.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As usual, terrific meal, terrific service... never leave Carmine's hungry... well worth the money and time.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Although resturant empty host stand Personnel repeated asked if the entire party of 10 were present prior to seating us. Because of the late addition of two seats staff seemed put out by the change.

Server had language issues. Confirmed that the abriviation used on the menu "qt " was a quart of wine, but showed up with a carafe that was less than a pint.

Food was excellent. Service was prompt.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I visited here last year and actually had forgotten how rude the service was...until I went back and felt like I was put on “punishment” for being late for my reservation. Mind you, it was a Saturday afternoon - not very busy..but the hostess decided we’d wait for a table since we were late and while I accept responsibility for my tardiness, I didn’t appreciate her “in the penalty box you go” attitude. At any rate, we were seated after much ado about nothing...the food was terrific as always and our server made up for the disdain we received from the hostess.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food at Carmine's was excellent. The only negative would be the noise. We actually asked to be moved because of the table of 6 next to us who were excessively loud. Overall the restaurant was a little too loud but the food definitely made up for it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The staff was very accommodating on many levels
from changing reservation time to great information about
the menu

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I had a reservation I made weeks earlier. I walked up to the hostess who was entirely disinterested and unfriendly. She attempted to put our party of five in the worst room of the restaurant. Frankly I’d rather eat in my garage. I insisted they move us which after much discussion they did. The food is at best average and while portions are large this restaurant is best for large parties where quality is more important than quality.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent southern Italian food! All food is family style. We split spaghetti and meatballs, and it was the best we’ve ever had. It cost about $35 for the spaghetti, which is very reasonable considering we had two big plates there and had enough left over for two big plates later. Service was great. The employees hustke and are extremely nice. With a reservation through Open Table, we had no wait. No complaints at all.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is one of those eating establishments where the focus appears to be huge portion size versus innovative creative cuisine. We ordered 2 entree's for 5 adults and had substantial food left over.
You would recommend this restaurant to friends who are looking for a basic but not creative Italian meal. Unfortunately there are better Italian options.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a good meal, however, our salad, appetizer, and main meal all came out within 10 minutes. It was a Sunday night and not business. That was disappointing. The food was good and portions were large.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were excited to try this well known DC spot, but it was a big disappointment. Service was poor from the start. The hostess never made eye contact with me and never stopped applying her chapstick when we let her know we had a reservation. Our waiter only spoke limited English, and although very nice, was unable to answer our questions about the menu or communicate clearly with us. For example, a drink order of cranberry and club soda with lime came to our table as one large glass of cranberry, a second large glass of club soda, and a bowl of lemons. The veal parm was prepared well, but the other dishes were mediocre at best. No one got ill, but all 4 diners had indigestion after the meal. It was very expensive and not very good. We weren't even interested in the left overs. We tried to find a manager not to complain, but to ask the questions our waiter could not answer, and the staff we asked walked by us with no response. It's a beautiful restaurant, but this was a special occasion and we were let down by both food and service.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a group of 10 for an anniversary dinner and was perfect for the occasion. Made the Opentable reservation the day before. Perfect for a big group because of the family style dining, encourages lots of conversation. Will def be going back many more times.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and great value. Kid friendly. Staff were a little firm, but not rude. I️ would go here, again.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

While the family style atmosphere is fun for a larger group, this restaurant was just too much for a small group. Service was inconsistent. We received bread after we received our appetizers and it was just plain bread, none of the seasoned olive oil was included. Experienced was rushed with entrees arriving before appetizers were cleared. Overall, felt like the servers just wanted us out of there to get to a bigger party. Younger member of our party ordered an entree that cost over $100 and the server didn't even mention the cost (it was a special). Total check was $400 for 4 people, terrible value for the price paid. Won't be returning anytime soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We really like Carmine's and visit whenever we are in DC. The service is always impeccable and this visit was no exception. The gluten free pasta is very good, and you probably wouldn't know it wasn't wheat pasta.

The only knock is the $5.50 charge for a flavored lemonade, and no refills. I expect restaurants to make a lot of money on beverages, as markup is extreme. This felt like downright highway robbery.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

When you want a pre-show dinner, or an event for your family or friends, choose Carmines! I love them, but they should have at least one more vegetarian option, because the Pomodoro is very boring and plain. the vodka sauce dish is great, but there should be at least one more veggie option. The rest is AMAZING!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great family style Italian dinner. The Titanic was the ultimate finish for desert!!!!!

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vip
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I went to Carmine’s for their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve done so for several years and been satisfied, but this year was a disappointment. After we ordered, we were informed that the restaurant had run out of several (3) critical elements of the meal. We ended up ordering from the standard menu, which was alright, just a very different experience than what we had hoped.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family went there for thanksgiving dinner this year and had an excellent experience! Large portions of delicious Italian food made for a great family friendly meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful ambiance. Staff and servers were very friendly and professional. We were a party of ten with an infant for the Thanksgiving meal. There was plenty of food for all of us. The turkey was cooked to perfection, kids loved the buttery seasoned green beans and carrots. We didn't feel rushed, and although I usually have a hard time in busy and crowded places the aesthetics were very calming. Will definitely go back soon to try their Italian dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My daughter and I went to Carmine's for Thanksgiving during our stay in Washington, D.C. We ordered calamari and shrimp scampi. The calamari was abundantly placed on a platter. The shrimp scampi had 13 or 14 extra large shrimp on a platter. Those items were flavorful.

We also had the cheesecake. The cheesecake's presentation was mouthwatering, but the taste was not what I desired. It had an over abundance of a spice that made it unappealing to me. At $15 for half of a cheesecake, I expected more, but did not get what I wanted.

Carmine's is a lively restaurant that accommodates duos to whole groups. The wait staff do a good job of trying to accommodate the many people and their needs (demands). The prices are not fast food prices, so make sure you review them before sitting at a table.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food! Loved the ambience and the location. This as my 1st time at Carmine’s. Will definitely be back

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Although, the waiter provided great service, it took 25 minutes for staff to seat my family despite having a reservation. My family and I were shuffled around a few times to seats that were apparently reserved for another group or not suitable....while the food was average. I did not feel valued as a customer.

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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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