Carnivale

4.5
6800 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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 Ozzy Amelotti 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!
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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Father's Day at Carnivale -Order off our Brunch Menu or enjoy our Father's Day Food and Drink Specials

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Carnivale and will definitely not be our last. We came to celebrate our daughter’s high school graduation here and couldn’t be happier with the food, service and ambience. Thank you for a memorable celebration! Hi

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SW
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar tending experience. Happy Hour is a great value! Food is amazing. Definitely recommended!

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BT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, food, service, and ambiance. Have been here on several occasions, this time with a party of 8. Everyone else's first time at the restaurant, and they all enjoyed the experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!!!!

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SY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was all delicious, staff and atmosphere was great, beautiful women in attendance! menu could be a bit larger but still give them 5 stars because it was a great experience. Will return!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i was really shocked at how tasty the food was. I don't go out to eat often and when i do I am usually disappointed. The food was really good they got it right!

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EF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been there before! The food is amazing! The whole evening was an experience!

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor, food was way over cooked.. asked for steak cooked medium well and it was completely well done. They wouldn't substitute mashed potato for rice, I was told then everyone would want it which is a stupid reason. Order smashed potato and we had to remind server it never came. Took server long time to take entree order.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale is so festive and fun place to be at. The food and drinks are excellent.

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y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wasn't my first time at the Carnivale but we certainly come back for the food, drinks and your amazing staff. Thank you for helping us celebrate two special people that day. Everything was perfect and we cannot thank you enough!

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Carnival has such a different and unique setting. The food has different taste yet it is still delicious. 10/10 would recommend.

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W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok.The restaurant itself was nice and elegant.The thing I didn’t like is how the waiter didn’t give me and my wife the same greeting and satisfaction he did with other customers.aFood is kinda pricey not worth it but it’s a good tourist attraction I guess

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I don’t know if the menu was shortened due to mother’s day , decent food but pricey especially they’re chicken entree . We did really did feel that was too pricey for what it was. Overall it was ok

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FG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have been to Carnivale before and enjoyed it. This last time the food was average and waiter was not very helpful. We felt like we were in a chain restaurant.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Within our party of seven, there were only two who had already experienced Carnivale dining. The other five were very thrilled to attend the Mother's Day Brunch buffet. It was a really great experience and the buffet event was a hit! Especially with our server, Ricardo. He was very polite and knowledgeable about the menu being served that day. Ricardo was very interactive when he would come up to our table and definitely made us feel comfortable. It made our Mother's Day Brunch buffet that much more delightful. There were so many selections to choose from that we didn't even get to them all. I did love the crab legs, shrimp, paella, and breakfast selections. Their donut wall was a hit with our seven year old. I definitely recommend coming to this special event with your mom.

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m
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place was a joke. I would save your time and money on the buffet brunch. Maybe ok for dinner, but definitely wouldn’t waste your time with the brunch...also pretty positive they charged us tax on the tip they added to the bill, but no one could answer that question...and seemed irritated when we asked. They treated it like a factory trying to get as many in and out, rather than trying to make people enjoy the experience.

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TW
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Mothers Day Brunch. Great, fun place. Good food and energy level.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Mother’s Day

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. Fun place. Great Mother’s Day brunch.

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EC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We visited the restaurant on Mother's day and anticipated a beautiful event, however, we were put in a dark corner. Our party included 7 people so this was not an inexpensive visit. Upon arrival, the host staff and front of the house staff were very nasty and came off as very negative. Will never return and still a little hurt and put off by our treatment, especially for my mom.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was terrible! I wish I would have taken my mother somewhere else for Mother’s Day! I feel terrible

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it, again. Good food, good service in a fun atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mother's Day experience. Worth the trip.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good however, our waiter stepped in after we had been waiting a bit & no one else had helped us. He was extremely gracious in starting our order & ended up staying with us us for the night. If it hadn’t been for him, we probably would’ve been still waiting for someone to check on us.

Also, I had let them know this was a birthday celebration & nothing had been done to honor that - have been there before with other guests where it’s celebrated more.

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JM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I made a reservation to dine for 3 the day before mothers day. I have dine at Carnivale many times, especially during their Brunch. Carnivale is one of my moms favorite restaurants. The restaurant has a good/creative menu and the ambiance is always nice and energetic. We went for dinner (order ropa vieja, skirt steak, lamb rack, etc) the food was good and the service was good as well. We were sat on the second in one of their private rooms (open for general dining). We were sat by the bar and the main negative aspect of the dining experience was one of their staff members jumping on top of the bar to get to the other side. He could of simply just walked a few steps (take a few extra seconds) and enter through the according way. The staff member did it several times with a fully occupied room. Please request your staff to not embrace their toxic masculinity and jump over the bar.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is always delicious and the drinks are fun!

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing/lovely, definitely mirrored the hype seen online or from other people who've been there before.

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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VR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a very good experience for our first time. Our server was very knowledgeable, attentive and fast!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was great but my service was very poor. I was very disappointed with the customer service and confusion during orders and having to search for my waiter.

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b
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a decent wine list. Excellent service. Fantastic atmosphere. Only negative is the long trek to the restrooms, which are located at the end of a long hallway after you walk down a long flight of stairs. Definitely not ADA compliant.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter, Jash, was absolutely wonderful. He made a special evening even more special. He was attentive and accommodating to our needs (we were revealing to our guests that they were going to be grandparents). The environment was fun and lively. Though loud at times, it was not loud enough to drone out the conversation at the table. The food was great as usual for me, and my guests were pleased with their meals, drinks, and desserts.

The only blemish on an otherwise great night was an interaction with a hostess. I arrived early to check in. Granted, I was not as nicely dressed as other patrons who arrived early, but there was a rude snottiness coming from the first hostess I engaged with. I counted 4 times where she rolled her eyes at me. I spoke clear, appropriate English and did not reciprocate the rudeness directed towards me. I expected to be treated like an equal despite my appearance and a paying customer should not be treated or be made to feel like a 3rd class citizen. I do wish to speak to someone about this as the night was far too important for me to deal with that situation at that moment. The news to be revealed was more important.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We were ignored, had to wait well passed our reservation hour and didn’t get so sit in the big room

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PS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate my daughter’s 18th birthday with her friends. They absolutely loved it and were made to feel special. Thank you for the amazing dessert!!!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

fourth time I've been here and was not as good as previous. water was filled constantly which was good but our waiter never brought us steak knives until we got up to ask for them. my well done steak was purple but they did reheat no big deal. we will be back because the food is great but the service was disappointing this time.

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MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing entertainment for a Friday night only problem I had was because we had a party of 10 the view for entertainment was blocked so we had to get from our table to view what was happening and believe large groups can be seated in front also but otherwise it was my second time there and will not be my last

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s day

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KT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Carnivale for a birthday celebration. The place is very colorful and fun. The menu is interesting and varied and the drinks are very unique and tasty. We had a great waiter, Andrew. They brought my daughter cotton candy and caramel corn with a candle at the end which made it special. Overall a nice dinner with a fun energetic atmosphere.

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HR
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great as well as service with a smile

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