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Carnivale

4.7
7540 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining destinations in Chicago. Immerse yourself in the festive, eclectic, and global atmosphere of Carnivale. Each dish offers an exotic fusion of flavors from Central and South American countries. Enjoy Latin fusion cuisine, exotic cocktails and one of a kind desserts. With a lush interior and original artwork, the Carnivale experience makes every meal a celebration.

Carnivale’s unparalleled festive atmosphere is perfect for hosting corporate events, social events, and weddings. Our event specialists will customize and create a memorable experience for you and your guests from start to finish in one of our seven unique event spaces.

We are a Tripadvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner. This award celebrates travelers’ favorite restaurants, hotels, and airlines around the world. Thank you everyone for your support and reviews, and for helping us rank within the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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Sun 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Tue - Sat 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 7540 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and lively decor. The waitstaff was very friendly and the manager walked around as well. Food was delicious. We had the Arrachera and Lamb Chops and they were so tender!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time ..food was amazing

Carnivale
Responded 17 hours ago

Dear Valued Guest. Thank you for the incredible review and thank you for choosing Carnivale to dine at. We will definitely share this review with our staff. Hope to see you soon. Humbly Your, Ozzie Godoy GM~ Carnivale

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AminI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I ordered the BRAZILIAN CHURRASCO, and this was the best steak I have ever had in my life, cooked to absolute perfection, I would go there again tomorrow if someone invited me. The waitress was great and understanding, and overall I had a great time.

Carnivale
Responded 3 days ago

Aminl, We are so happy you had an amazing time here at Carnivale. The Brazilian Churrasco is one of my favorite dishes as well. Thank you for your review which I shared with our Chef and our entire team. Thank you for dining with us and we can't wait to host you again. Tomorrow is ok with us too! :) Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great. Our server did an amazing job answering our questions about the drinks as well as the food.

Carnivale
Responded 17 hours ago

Dear Valued Guest, I am so glad you had a wonderful experience here at Carnivale. Your review is so appreciated and will be shared and celebrated with our entre staff. Thank you for your support and patronage. We look forward to serving you and your guests soon. Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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Venus
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Valet is not available due to Covid but there is a parking lot less than a block away from the restaurant. This is not our first time here and it will not be our last.

Carnivale
Responded 17 hours ago

Venus, First of all, thank you for your support, patronage and amazing review. You have put such a smile on our entire staff!!!! We look forward to seeing you soon. Stay Safe and Healthy!! Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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Janette
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great, we enjoyed how colorful and full of life the space was. My daughter loved having her birthday dinner here!

Carnivale
Responded 3 days ago

Janette, I am so happy you chose Carnivale to celebrate your daughter's birthday. Thank you for the review. We look forward to hosting you and your guests soon, here at Carnivale. Lastly, thank your support and patronage. Stay Safe and Healthy, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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LeoV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have frequented this place on many occasions and the experience is always good. Food is Great and staff and service are beyond accommodating. Highly recommend!!!!!

Carnivale
Responded 3 days ago

LeoV, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We appreciate your support and for you taking the time to write an amazing review. We will celebrate this with our entire staff. We can't wait to see and serve you and your guests soon at Carnivale. Humbly yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was EXCELLENT. service and food were both 10/10. Fine here for any special occasion and you will be satisfied! I have have zero bad things to say about this establishment

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First date was a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary it was the best decision ever ! Our waiter was so nice and attentive he congratulated us many times welcomed us with complimentary champagne and ended with complimentary cotton candy dessert it was a great experience with even better ambiance and food def recommend steak and paella can’t wait to go back !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant amazing decor great food 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, Looks like we delivered on your expectations on an excellent experience. I am so humbled by your incredible review which we don't take lightly. Thank you for your support and patronage. We look forward to serving you soon, here at Carnivale. Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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christiano
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place just didn’t like how they were practically rushing you out the door

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went there for Valentine’s Day and fell in love with the place. I am vegetarian while my husband is not, he had lot of options to choose from while I had limited options but they all tasted really good !! Would love to go back again to this restaurant. Banana Pecan cake dessert is soooo good !!

Carnivale
Responded on February 17, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for your amazing review. I am so happy you fell in love with our restaurant. We love it too. Thank you for the feedback on the limited Vegetarian options which I will share with our Chef. We hope to see you back soon at Carnivale Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ceviche with sorbet blew my mind. I took one look and said no but my friends said yes and it was AMAZING! Everything else we ordered was fantastic. They sat us down promptly. Our waiter was great. 2 hr limit!

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for amazing review. We were also stunned and excited at the ceviche creation by Executive Chef Carlos Garza which looked and tasted incredible. Hopefully, I can convince him to put this on the menu. I will make sure to celebrate this fantastic review with our service and culinary staff. We hope to see you soon and look forward to serving you and your guests here at Carnivale. Humbly and Thankfully, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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SagarH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great.. Our Server RICARDO was GREAT !!! Promote him..

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Sagar H, Thank you for your review!!!!! We believe Ricardo is great too! We will definitely celebrate Ricardo's service and we look forward to seeing and serving you soon at Carnivale. Cheers!!! Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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EatWithTee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great place for a celebration or girls night. Good drinks, good food.

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

EatWithTee, Thank you for choosing Carnivale to celebrate your occasion this past weekend. Your review is so appreciated and it will be shared with our entire staff. We hope to see you soon for any occasion and look forward to serving you and your guests. Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful!!!!! Very nice....

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vipFreddieT
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day and did the prix fixe menu. Food was great, just as the regular menu is. It’s an energetic place with loud music and painted garishly, but it is really fun and the ambiance fits the whole vibe. Love how they repainted the side of the building with a new mural.

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Freddie T, First of all, thank you for your support and this wonderful review. I am so happy that you had a great time here and we a Carnivale look forward to seeing and serving you and your guests again soon. Lastly, thank you for noticing the new mural. Love Always Wins!!!! Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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StoneyB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was bland and server disappeared for some time, I was only able to order one sangria which was actually really delicious. Didn’t order dessert to avoid another disappointment.

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MRZCHILLZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was little cold inside there I wanted to take my jacket off but I kept it on but everything else was great service food awesome

Carnivale
Responded on February 19, 2021

MRZCHILLZ, Thank you for the incredible review. I am so sorry that we had a heat issue due to the sub degree weather last week. Thank you for understanding. Luckily, the technician that was on-site finally resolved our heat issue later that evening. I am so happy that you still had a great time and I will celebrate this review with our entire staff. We can't wait to host you and your guests again at Carnivale. Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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dulceM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Food delicious. Restaurant clean.

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Dulce M, Thank you for your spectacular review, support and patronage. I am so happy you had an exceptional experience here at Carnivale. We hope to see and serve you and your guests soon. Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service ! However , we were confused about the service charge and way over paid .

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and friendly waiter!

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EricB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time despite living close by for 4 years, sad we'd not made it in sooner! Really cool ambiance, great food, good service, and an overall great dinner.

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Eric B, Better late than never!!! Thanks you for giving us a try and giving us a great review. Personally, I am so happy you had an exceptional experience here and we will share your sentiments with our entire staff. We can't wait to serve and see you again at Carnivale especially since we are neighbors! :) Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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JoyI
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all! I wish they could have had the twirling ladies 😀 but COVID ruins everything. Been waiting for months to go though and it was so fun & worth it!

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Joy L, You have brought such a smile to us with this incredible review. We have missed you and all of our guests and we are honored by your support. We hope to see and serve you again soon! Stay Safe and Healthy! Humbly yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th time dining there. I LOVE IT. The atmosphere, the vibe, the service, and the FOOD!!!! I’m just so glad they’re open again.
I can’t wait to go back.

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for supporting Carnivale. We love that you love it here and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure you and your guests have an incredible experience. WE LOVE YOU!!!! Humbly Yours, Ozzie Godoy GM~ Carnivale

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ChristinaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, superb service, and intimate ambiance. Perfect for special occasions.

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JoeR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's very nice. The food was very good but a little pricey. I thought $57 for a ribeye is high. But other than that, we thought the service was fantastic, atmosphere was lively. Noise level not too bad - though it is COVID times so less crowds. We enjoyed.

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JeffC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale did everything great - with one big exception. They should enforce guests wearing a mask while not eating or drinking. There were many tables whose guests removed their masks the moment they were seated and only put their mask back on when they were leaving.

Allowing the practice makes the guests who are doing what they are supposed to do less likely to come back.

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ShaDac
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Carnivale hasn’t missed a beat on food or service! Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great, server was exceptional

Carnivale
Responded on February 15, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, Thank for your kind review and thank you for dining with us. We hope to see you at Carnivale soon!!!! Sincerely, Ozzie Godoy GM~Carnivale

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AngelaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The tables were well spread out which made us feel super comfortable there! The servers were phenomenal overall a great vibe will be returning!

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BriaM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With Carnivale’s recent reopening they did not have the full menu available. Since I had my heart set on something they are not currently offering I wasn’t sure which way to lean. I had Christian as my waiter as well as a new server and they were absolutely awesome at informing me with other great options. The experience, food, drinks and service were amazing. Would love to go back when they have the full menu available as long as entertainment!

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JohnJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once Chicago announced the opening of indoor dinning our first thought was to make a reservation at Carnivale. This is our favorite restaurant in the city. Christian was our waiter and took extremely good care of us. The food was wonderful as always. With the large amount of space inside the restaurant it is a shame they have not been allowed to stay open. The tables were spaced very far apart. We felt very comfortable be out for the evening. We will be going back soon.

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BrendaD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The staff was very disgusting. I don’t know why but they came to our table in pairs. One of the workers came and put plate of knives and the edge of our table with no warning. He didn’t say anything, he just placed it there and left. The two ladies kept walking to our table and picking up straw wrappers and unused utensils without a warning. She also kept reaching over my food. We got stared down the whole night by a line of waiters who weren’t keeping themselves occupied. They stared and pointed the entire night. Very unwelcoming, I will never dine in again. Nor will I recommend this place!

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Angela
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with a lively atmosphere! Perfectly social distant and safe! Definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The mac and cheese was Amazing! Great social distancing.

FAQs

Carnivale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 850-5005.

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7540 OpenTable diners.

Carnivale does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://carnivalechicago.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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.