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Carnivale

4.7
7557 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 7557 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarieW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was just ok. But the ambiance definitely helps.

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JenniferL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I have gone many times, but this time I was so full after eating out delicious appetizers, I asked to have our food to go before we even received it. I assumed the taste would have been the same but it seemed to be under cooked and the flavor was a bit off.

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SarahQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Made a reservation showed up 15 minutes early like said to do still wait 20 minutes for a table okay that is to be expected, but to wait just for a table right next to where everyone is standing waiting no. 2 hr reservation when it took over 3 hours just to serve food took over 45 min just to get a actual drink. You know it is winter in Chicago you have a curtain you can close so u guest are freezing every time someone opens the door. Overly priced for nothing extremely disappointed. Would not recommend overly excited for nothing. The atmosphere more safari then carnival. Staff must not be happy because everyone that came to our table had attitude. Service was not something id come back for neither is the food.

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ChristopherP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my fiancé birthday. Beautiful atmosphere excellent food and service. $$$$ doesn’t come cheap. Worth a one time special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Was celebrating my birthday. Appetizers came out quickly but I waited a hour for my entree. Then when it came out it was burnt. Spent $140 and time for a disappointing dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Dylan was horrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The server was excellent. The problem was that the restaurant was overbooked you can tell the employees were running around like crazy. Our reservation was at 7:30 pm and we sat down right on time. We were a party of 4 we ate our appetizer and we each had 4 drinks and we were still waiting for our food. Finally, around 9:45 pm we got our entrées. I understand the pandemic affected the restaurant business. But I felt for being such a high-end restaurant they should have tried to compensate us for such a long wait. We ended up leaving almost at midnight for a simple dinner that should have been an hour and a half tops.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fabulous service My favorite spot in Chicago!

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DebraLC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is fabulous and love the atmosphere - it is one of my favorites in Chicago. Service was a bit slow, but I think they are operating on a small staff so during Covid it is understandable. Highly recommend.

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vipMimi
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun and vibrant setting with excellent service. The coconut shrimp appetizer was spectacular, as was the steak special. It is very well staffed and I very much appreciated that they emphasized that guests were expected to mask up when staff were at their table. I appreciate a business being as focused on their staff well being as they are on their customer satisfaction. The two are linked!

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Aaaaaaaaabbbbbbbccccccdd
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended loved everything from the decor to the food presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Our waiter was very nice and helpful, and because it was our anniversary we got a couple of free perks! The food was delicious and came out almost as fast as we could order it. Great!

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vipMomopi
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service by our server. Food is great. Only down side was today’s special wagyu sirloin wasn’t tender and born marrow was nothing to eat.

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CeciliaO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the food beyond amazing, I am a mother of a high functioning Autistic 4 year old and after walking in and informing the host of our Son their was not one hesitant action. She immediately made sure my family was seated in a low sensory area which made my son comfortable and allowed us an amazing experience tailored more to our food than our son cause he was not overwhelmed. This place caters to special needs families this is officially one of our sons New Favorite Safe place to eat. Thank you Carnivale.

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ChikitaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and ambiance! Luis was awesome ( our server). Will definitely be back soon

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FernandoM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food,drink, and service were great. Menu was limited, not able to enjoy my favorite dish. Service was great,needed to mention that again.

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Elvislives
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is a long-standing staple in the Chicago Restuarant industry and it continues to surprise with an eclectic menu. Ambiance and service continues to shine through all of these years.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
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 on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time ..food was amazing

Carnivale
Responded 5 days 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 on February 20, 2021
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 7 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 on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Carnivale
Responded 5 days 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 on February 20, 2021
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 5 days 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 on February 20, 2021
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 7 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 on February 20, 2021
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 7 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 on February 19, 2021
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 on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First date was a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
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
3 reviews
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
20 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 .

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7557 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.