Carnivale

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7292 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining destinations in Chicago’s West Loop. 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.

Carnivale is the destination for Chicagoans who wish to enjoy global cuisine with Latin-American flair.

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Complimentary specials

Happy Hour Specials!

$5 Drink Specials & 1/2 Off Lounge Menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Drinks and ambiance much better than food. Food seems like the restaurant’s overpriced attempt at creating a more high-dollar menu without the execution.

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courtneym
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Worth every penny

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vipAlexV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Must try the Cuban Cigar Dessert!

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FoodFan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shrimp quesadilla......to die for!!!’Plantains, excellent
Broccolini.......really tough and bitter. Maybe that’s how they’re supposed to taste? The cotton candy drink was fun. It was my nieces’ birthday but no birthday dessert. They stuck candles on her cotton candy drink. They could have done better with that.

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NoraV
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, excellent services, and extreme patience with our group's delay. Wonderful night out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible experience! Food was outstanding. You can’t go wrong on their menu. Service went above and beyond to accommodate our group and any dietary needs. They also gave us little takeaway bags with cotton candy/caramel corn because we were there with our birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Restaurant!
Full and happy eyes and stomach 💫

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was very slow and food is overpriced.

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vipJaneO
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is one of my favorite restaurants in the city! My husband and I took our families for the first time. All the food was delicious and love the atmosphere!

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KimberlyW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar was the best!! I went for my birthday for a girls night out and we totally enjoyed the food and drinks. will definitely be back for Happy Hour

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Carm
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Only problem was that when we arrived there was a large wedding group taking up the entire bar area. Couldn’t get to the bar, forget trying to find a table to sit at, there were so many people everywhere! Apparently they were waiting to get into the reception space. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! What a tropical and colorful experience! One of my top favorites..

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vipJuanS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice date night place. Like us you can tell there were many celebrating Anniversary or Birthday as we were all given the Popcorn/Cotton Candy centerpiece.

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had a good time. It was our first time there and we were seated near the bathrooms behind a huge tree so we unfortunately could not see any of the entertainment. I took a picture of our view... we were served the wrong entree but the food was still decent. We loved the ambiance of the whole place. I would probably give it another shot.

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JosephineS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband for his birthday and this was his first time there. He truly enjoyed the whole experience.

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AdaY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

love this place, have a good night there with my girls

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service!

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EarnestH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Good service. A little pricey but worth it!

CC
CristinaChi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go to place on our list! The food quality is always consitent!

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Flame84
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Everyone I know raves about this restaurant so I made reservations to celebrate my Anniversary with my husband. I mentioned that us was our anniversary yet we were seated in the middle of a very noisy open area. My husband’s steak was very, very undercooked & the rice in my paella was mushy (no socarrat). The waiter was good.

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RyanH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Truly a shocking experience. I will never go back and I will not encourage anyone I ever meet to endure this awful experience. The service and experience throughout was truly awful. Some of the worst staff and attitudes I have ever experienced. Shocking

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Kirsten
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Good food and ambiance but was rushed through dinner. In and out in 45 minutes which is not what I had in mind.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Birthday for 13 yr old daughter great time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The gentleman who sat us at our table was very abrupt and not very friendly at all and he sat us all the way in the back and even my boyfriend thought it was strange to do this. We almost felt it was due to us being African American.

Our server (Freddie) was the only good thing besides the food.

In short please tell the people who seat the guest to be more polite and more friendly or obtain a job where they don’t have to deal with people.

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Margie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I didn’t like that we were going to get shoved in a corner although we made reservations and there was plenty of seating. It would have been nice to ask if we had a preference. The main room is nice for what we wanted. The food was just ok not great. Sorry Carnivale but I had higher expectations since it’s been around for a while. Most likely would not return or recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was beautiful decor and wonderful food

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vipKcarter
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Every single time! Carnivale is definitely our go to when we need an entertaining, up-beat night out with incredible food. (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE SHORT RIB!)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and our reservation request for the main dining room was honored. We were able to see the Vivir show which was enjoyable. The food was absolutely delicious as were the drinks. Our service was impeccable. Would definitely go there again.

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foodie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

good great amazing excellent okay normal regular..

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priscillas
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to be at love it I would recommend to my friends and family

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msld
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious:
- shrimp and gritz: shrimp were plentiful not enough gritz (it was so good) for price. - plantains were amazing. - empanadas were delicious. Great happy hour specials!

We made our reservation 20 days ahead of time for Fat Tuesday because we wanted to enjoy the entertainment and were too late last year. While waiting for our table at the bar, I asked the hostess for an estimate. She seemed annoyed with my question and said that we will be notified by phone. When I asked for clarification, I was told it would be another 30 minutes longer (past my reservation time). I must have given a disappointed look as I walked back to the bar (we were hungry) but were notified of a table immediately; I was so happy until we realized that we were shoved in the way back corner of the restaurant with no visibility to any entertainment. I can't help but feel that this was intentional given her verbal estimate and her seeming irritated with my question. A night we were really looking forward to, ended up being a disappointment. Waitress was nice, but the hostess does not communicate very well.. so much for booking reservations so long in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drink and food and ambiance! Very fun night!

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LuzJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my sisters sweet 16th birthday! We had fun-their Mardi Gras celebration was fun!! We had almost all their appetizers-you can’t go wrong with any of them but I specifically recommend the ropa vieja and the coconut shrimp. The empanadas were good too. We had the peruvian chicken which was seasoned exquisitely and so moist. We also had their Bife de chorizo with onion rings. I did think their main dishes were a little overpriced. The bife de chorizo was $50 and it only came with onion rings. I had their lobster Mac and cheese which was good and creamy and their plantains as side orders. The plantains are a must! If you go there to eat for dinner be prepared to spend $100-$150 dollars unless you sit at the lounge for happy hour where a lot of the appetizers are 1/2 off and they have drinks for $5. We also had 4 alcoholic drinks-which were good in flavor but a bit too small and 2 non-alcoholic drinks which were a mocktail mojito and a raspberry lemonade which were good in value. They had a live DJ playing music and they had samba dancers and a dragon processions. It was really cool and a lively environment. Last but not least, our server was awesome and definitely deserved his 20% tip. Overall, it’s a must go to restaurant if you’re from out of town and if you live in Chicago , it’s a nice date night out for every once in a while unless you got the money for it. Overall though I gave it 5 stars.

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TroisS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal in every way. Best place for a date or celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super cute ambiance and vibes of this place, dinner was good and dessert was amazing, I will come back for the dessert 10000 more times

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vipJcpatter
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great birthday family dinner for four at Carnivale. All of the drinks, appetizers, steaks and also vegetarian dishes were top notch. The server was charming and professional. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, amazing place!

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LainaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really great food. Lots of people refilling water and attending to removing plates but we didn't see many waiters walking around and had to wait awhile to order and receive our bill. Food was outstanding though!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation. To our surprise we were seated right away. The waiter, Ricardo, was excellent. He was very attentive and got our order the first time. The atmosphere was great. I will conclude by saying, thanks for a great date night!

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MonicaS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great service was great! Roja Vieja great appetizer!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.5 stars by 7292 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.