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About Carnivale

Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining experiences in Chicago’s West Loop. Exotic, energetic, and global, the festive atmosphere of Carnivale is a singular experience. We invite you to dine on unique Latin-inspired dishes created by Chef Rodolfo Cuadros while sipping drinks that run the gamut from muddled cocktails to aged tequila to complex wine — and a variety of other libations!

In addition to delicious food and unique drinks, Carnivale also features seven private party rooms to accommodate wedding receptions, business meetings, and a variety of other occasions. Each room offers a unique environment, but they all reflect the energy and passion of Carnivale.

Serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, Carnivale is the destination for Chicagoans who wish to enjoy global cuisine with Latin-American flair in an environment that reflects the passion of the chef!

702 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday 5pm– 10 pm
Monday - Tuesday 11:30am – 11pm
Wednesday - Thursday 11:30am – 11pm
Friday 11:30am – 1am
Saturday 5pm – 1am

Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30am- 2:30PM
*Complimentary Valet Parking until 4:00PM

Brunch:
Sunday - 10:30am - 3:00pm
*Complimentary Valet Parking
*Live Latin Music starting at 11am

Bar:
Monday-Tuesday - 11:30am-11pm
Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
Friday 11:30am-1am
Saturday 5pm-1am
Sunday 10:30am-10pm

*$9 Valet Parking for Dinner

Cross Street:
Halsted

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 850-5005

Website:
http://www.carnivalechicago.com/

Entertainment:
Wednesday Nights: House Band in the Lounge at 7p
Sunday Brunch: Live Latin music 11a-2p
Fridays: Live Latin music or Samba dancers

For upcoming events and features, visit www.carnivalechicago.com/features

Parking Details:
Complimentary Lunch Valet, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

$7 Valet Parking for Dinner

Public Transit:
Bus:
The #8 Halsted at Fulton Market/Lake: 2 minute walk
The # 65 Grand Avenue at Desplaines:10 minute walk
The # 56 Milwaukee stops at Fulton/Desplaines: 2 minute walk

Train:
The Blue Line at Milwaukee/Grand: 10 minute walk
The Pink Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
The Green Line at Clinton: 5 min walk

Executive Chef:
Rodolfo Cuadros

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For corporate parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, wedding showers and any other celebration of 20-1000, please contact our sales department at sales@carnivalechicago.com

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Details
Sun 8:30PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:45PM - 10:30PM

Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

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Private Dining

Carnivale is the perfect setting for your next party or event! Whether you're planning a birthday, wedding, rehearsal dinner, mitzvah, business meeting, family gathering or any kind of special event, our seven unique party rooms are designed to create a lasting impression.

Carnivale Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (102)
Fun (92)
Good for a Date (90)
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Creative Cuisine (86)
Good for Birthdays (83)
Good for Groups (75)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Handcrafted Cocktails (57)
Hot Spot (55)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Romantic (50)
Authentic (47)
Vibrant Bar Scene (45)
Worth the Drive (42)
Casual (36)
Bar Seating (36)
People Watching (32)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Happy Hour (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Cozy (22)
Great for Brunch (20)
Business Meals (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Late-night Find (19)
Tapas (19)
Local Ingredients (15)
Scenic View (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Live Music (13)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Spicy (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Seasonal (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (6)
Vegan (6)
Great Beer (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (2)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

Amazing food ast great prices. Will definitely be back!

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·Dined 2 days ago

The atmosphere, the service and overall experience was phenomenal

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great service. Our server was awesome and so professional. He made us feel very welcome. The food was delicious and drinks were great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place. The food, drinks, and service are great.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Bad experience. Food was cold upon arrival after waiting too long for it and waitress was rude. What a way to celebrate my birthday

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was not as good as previous visits. Quality was good but it seemed to lack the same spicy zest as before. Drinks were great though. Extremely noisy hard to have a conversation. The atmosphere of the place is still amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated way in the back so we had a quiet area and it just opened for the evening. Our server was Jackie and she was attentive and knew the menu well to give great recommendations. The ambiance was a great way to the back where we were able to have conversations and it was a bit romantic due to the lighting and isolated. Street parking may be a little difficult to find but the valet is only $9. It was my first time dining at this restaurant and I've been trying to go for years. I'm so glad I made it and will return soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have to admit I was excited to have dinner at this venue because of the ambiance and show advertised on the website. I made my dinner reservations based off of the live entertainment schedule. However, once I got there I was very dissapionted once I realized that I was going to be seated somewhere different than the main room where the ambiance is lively and the entertainment is. Instead I was seated in one of the many rooms tucked away from the main room. I asked the waitress what I would of had to do to be seated in the main room and she said that I would have to of made sure I let someone know that's where I wanted to sit when I made reservations. However I noticed on the website I went on to make reservations there was no option to request specific seating. I would recommend that Carnivale put the option on their website for the patrons to request what room they request to dine in and then give available reservations times based in the room they want. This would eliminate the chance of a customer coming in with expectations of seeing a show and experiencing the lively ambiance and getting dissapionted.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The restaurant itself was beautiful and I originally thought the prices weren’t to bad but after eating the food I thought it was over priced because it wasn’t very good at all. I had the scallops which were cooked while but they were on top of what tastes like dry corn bread pancakes that were on top of strange salsa. It didn’t not go well together at all. My husband had one of the chicken dishes and said it was also cooked well but very much lacked in flavor. I will not be coming back.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food is horrible. Too sweet, flavors are off and do not mesh well. I and another friend didn’t finish our meals and did not want to take it home. Our sever was marvelous and she was able to take one of the plates off our bill and she was just super attentive overall. All staff was amazing and courteous. The ambiance of the entire place is super. Just wish the food wasn’t so bad.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Superb South American and Cuban cuisine supported by a great waitstaff headed by Jacky.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I ordered a martini, waited a while so I thought I was going to get it with my food. Food came out still no martini. Waitress walked passed me multiple times couldn’t get her attention, and never gave me updates about the martini. By the time I was halfway thru the food I didnt even want it anymore. Told her to cancel the drink and that was when she noticed “they” never brought out my drink. Thats how they treat customers they might forget about you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The epic deserts made the evening special . Service was attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First time customer via recommendation from friend. Made reservations one week in advance. Upon checking in with front desk before 8:00, we were immediately seated.......at the first table in the dining room, right next to the people waiting and front desk, not to mention the kitchen. When I wished a different table, further inside the dining room, we were told that customers were going to be seated there. What were we?? We were seated in a side room against the wall. From that moment on, Carnival left a bad taste.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was good

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic food, friendly service, and an energetic space. The mixed ceviche and ropa vieja tacos were wonderful appetizers. 4 of us shared a wonderful birria (the portions are enormous). They also have an interesting selection of wines by the glass which compliment the meal’s flavors well.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The valet was only $9 and though I was with a group it would really be nice for an intimate date; the experience is very visually stimulating and the Cotton Candy Martini was magic in glass!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a great time with great service and the food was amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overall service was good. Food was fantastic. Music was a little loud at first where you could not hear the conversation you where having with the person in front of you but we told our server and the music was turned off in the back. Great service!!! Would come back again. Love the overall atmosphere and vibe this place has.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I had the special which was a red snapper. It was phenomenal. One of the best I've ever had.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I reserved a table for 2, but when we got there they gave us a table for 4. It was a special ocassion and it would have been nice if the table would have been for only 2 people.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We've been there before and are never disappointed. Well seasoned guacamole and ceviche to start. Salmon was good - maybe a smidge over cooked. Black cod was very tasty. Gnocchi was delicious. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Very pricey, but worth it for a special dinner! We got the crab ceviche - served in an avocado bowl which was cool!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everything was so great except the waitress. It was my friend’s birthday party and I’ve never seen that kind of unkind waitress ever! 4 of my parties were just curious if she could smile or not, she was horrible. I’ll definitely try Carnivale again, tho.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic place with superior ambiance. Went for sunday brunch and was blown away by the food and service. Will be back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, People Watching, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Huge, colorful, establishment with fun decor reflecting the carnival theme. Rather loud. Great if taken as energetic or creating a party-like ambiance. Not so great for conversation or anybody who is hard of hearing. Delicious and interesting options for diverse diets/tastes, in our case ranging from vegan to steak-lover. Vegetarian/vegan options are not extensive but are delicious. We had a wonderful wine with dinner. Server was attentive without hovering.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We missed our reservation time but were accommodated so I am very appreciative.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great dinner with friends!! Good atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've been coming to Carnivale for years, it appears the service and food has deteriorated from the early days.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food and service was good but had to wait an additional 25 min from my reservation time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent service great atmosphere great drinks

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I have been coming here for almost as long as it's been open. This last visit didn't start so well with our reservations being 45 min past time the of the requested. No one was really apologetic about it ( and there were so many people who had the same issue). Thankfully, it was made so much better with our server Omar. He made the experience the Carnivale experience that I have enjoyed over the years! If you can, try to ask for him! Hope the restaurant can not over book and or find a way to limit the time of those who are there for the special Friday shows.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was a fun dining experience with the Friday night show but we had an 8pm reservation and didn't get sat until after 9pm so you need to plan to expect a long wait, even with a reservation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We loved Carnivale! Only complaint was that our waiter seemed to rush us a bit but at least he was attentive. I ordered the yucca gnocchis (I'm vegetarian) and my boyfriend ordered the ribs and we both enjoyed our food very much. Great atmosphere, especially during the shows on Friday night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was horrible. Service was poor. Attempted to speak with the manager but the never came to the table. Carnivale should call it a wrap if they aren’t going to invest in themselves

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great time at Carnivale! Made a reservation for 8:30 but weren't seated until 9:15 so we got a free appetizer and wine. The tackle box was delicious as was the guacamole. Had the hazelnut cigar for desert and it was divine! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Reservations were made for Saturday the 11th at 8:30 pm we were seated at 9:25. The food was not what was expected. The staff is amazing they were all very friendly. We did enjoy our drinks and desserts. Most likely would not be coming back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Way, way too loud & noisy ... could not have any conversation due to piped in music and general crowd noise ... we left to go to quieter bar

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food great service and outstanding atmosphere .there were more flavors of this mealthan I have ever experienced anyway. We cannot wait to go back .

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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