Carnivale

4.5
6505 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with your sweetheart. Carnivale is turning up the heat to set the mood for an intimate date night ❤️

$85 Prix fixe menu will be available February 14-16. The regular menu will be available as well. Make your reservations now. Space will sell out!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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CH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We have been to Carnivale about 5 times over the last 3 years. This particular night, the entrée was very disappointing. The paella shrimp was mushy and the saffron rice undercooked. Husband's steak was tough. Appetizers and drinks were great and wait staff fabulous. I don't know if I would take a chance on dinner at Carnivale again.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnival is fantastic. Top notch service, delicious food, and great atmosphere. Cotton candy/popcorn dessert so pretty. Drinks are also very good!!! Highly recommend.

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with family! Great service, delicious food, and birthday surprise was fun!! Would definitely recommend the Creekstone rib-eye with the plantains as a side.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time but sad that we didn’t get pictures took photo booth

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SC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for brunch. It was amazing! Creative food that tasted great! Cocktails were so unique as well.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time!

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all around. Incredible food, drinks, atmosphere, service, everything!

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PP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my Experience and so did my parents we celebrated there 50th Anniversary, just wish there would be Live entertainment, music and dancing . Beautiful place good food , great service

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent! We had a wonderful experience.

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an Amazing time. Our service was great and the food was Outstanding

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good service, good food, good atmosphere... at times there were drafts of cold air, which the staff tried to address by keeping doors closed. The aerialist and the trumpeter added great energy to the environment. Overall I would recommend Carnivale and I’ll go back.

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YW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The purpose of this reservation was to celebrate a friends birthday with a surprise which I noted both when booking, upon arrival and to the server. The birthday guest was never acknowledged by staff... it ruin the dining experience and reason for celebrating

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, service was great, decor is fitting. Overall great experience. Will definately be back !

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JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was very fun and whimsical! Bright colorful and fun environment. The wait staff and manager were very friendly and helpful. We just went for lunch so the menu was small but the dinner menu looked amazing. Not too busy at all and we got right in. The bar drinks were fun and delicious. And the waiter was accommodating to our food allergies.

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JJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Carnivale many times over the last few years. We had not been there in a few months. This was mainly because we felt we had run out of new things to try. To our surprise on this visit we found the menu had had some significant changes. The food before was always very good. The new selections we had were all very good as well. Even the new desserts were very good. Carnivale will happily be back in our regular rotation of restaurants.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended the PJ Brunch at Carnivale on Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. We had a fabulous time. It was14 of us friends having brunch. The staff was attentive. The manager kept coming over to see how we were doing. We were talking_ and laughing so much. We did not realize the food was taking a long time. Lol We got complimentary mimosa and appetizers. Whie waiting.
Everything was very good!
I will definitely go back.
DJ on point

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been here several times and usually have good experience..we were celebrating my son's birthday...first he gets a cracked glass with water..then he finds a hair in his meal....manager didn't offer to discount his meal...needless to say...his birthday was ruined.

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BE
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avery nice experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have nothing but great things to say! The food and service was out of this world! The only thing I didnt like was the fact that I had reservations for a couple months and we were sat right in front of the kitchen doors.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Unfortunately this was the least positive food experience we’ve had at Carnivale. Great atmosphere, endlessly entertaining but a little dampened by the bad service

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good as always.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say about this Place....it was Wonderful. Service was Amazing. The Food was Delicious. The Ambiance was Outstanding. I have nothing Negative to say about this place. Truly enjoyed this Spot.

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Friday night when a DJ started playing after 7:30 pm (if I remember correctly). Was very surprised by the samba dancers and audience participation! Everything was outstanding: the food is delicious, different, eclectic Latin fusion; the service is extremely attentive; the cocktails are tasty and fun. If you’ve never gone... GO!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend for her birthday dinner, and she was very happy with my choice. The environment was not too loud, and amibiance was perfect for a couples night out. Food and drinks were great! Will definetly go back!

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AE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fast service.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Much too pricey for the food that you get. Drinks were boring and the food did not taste that great

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers. Ambiance is phenomenal!

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the place . I also have great compliments for one of the bartenders, Manuel, I think that's his name. Food. Food is wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Ordered steak medium. Received the steak rare, even after sending back it was still mainly rare. Very disappointing and didn't want to send it back again.

Ryan was a wonderful server!

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I went with my husband on New Years Eve. I know it was very busy but I thought we would see more performers but we couldnt because of the seat we had. I was planning this for months and we come for our anniversary every year but I was kinda upset I had to get up and go by where the performers were. Plus the food was ok. Usually i love it but this time wasnt as good. I got the porter house steak that was good but to much fat on it. And the fries with eggs was weird and the fries were hard as a rock. My husband liked his food, he got the filet.. and i felt the ice cream cake had no flavor really.. it was just bluh to me.. but the music was good and service was good for it being so busy... Ill still come back but ill order what i always get. The skirt steak and spanish rice.. thats always good for me..

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant. Vibe was awesome. Our waitress was phenomenal. She made our dinner experience excellent. Definitely will return.

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W
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What fun! Fabulous ambiance, great entertainment, excellent service. We were there on New years Eve and it was a great experience. They had the restaurant running excellent!

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Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for NYE at 8:00pm, when we called to make the reservation, we asked if we could stay until midnight and they said there was not a problem. The day of the reservation, we arrived and when we were already on the table we were told that we had a 2 hours limit for the table. We were very disappointed, and since the "Clock was ticking" we tried to order ASAP. The food came and it was a DISASTER, we ordered steaks, chicken, paella, and everything was poorly done, the paella was SO oily steak temperature was off in every dish. The only thing we actually enjoy were the appetizers (ropa vieja was very good)... By the time that we order the check was all wrong, we got charged some items twice and a few other drinks mistakes. Overall very dissapointing experience. Beautiful place, our server was very nice, but the restaurant was not prepared for a big event and the amount of people the received that day.

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Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We came here for NYE. When we booked on OpenTable on 11/4, they advertised as their normal menu with NO MENTION of any type of special menu. We specifically chose this place because they weren't doing prix fixe. We get here and they've switched to one with ZERO NOTICE including when they called to confirm. Almost no options for vegetarians and pescatarians. Manager was extremely rude and unapologetic, refused to offer regular menu as they advertised or even let us order the a la carte at the regular prices (instead of the super high NYE ones). We only stayed because getting in somewhere else with 8 people was impossible.

This used to be one of my favorite places in Chicago. I will never come here again. Great food, but scammers manage this place. There are plenty of great options in Chicago. Go anywhere else but here.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

For how expensive it was, food value was lacking. Portions were super small

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1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed because of the New Years menu change that we were unaware of. Spent a lot of money and still left hungry.

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

There was a NYE prefix menu tonight that all looked very good. I had the strip steak with ravioli and everything was cooked perfectly. The service was prompt but we were definitely being rushed. Before we even got a glass of water we were being told that we had a 2hr limit. The plates were cleared every course practically as we took our last bite. Even with cocktails, appetizers, entrees and dessert, we were gone in less than one hour. With what the meal cost, we should've been able to enjoy it more.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fantastic food and drinks, drinks were perfectly made and the food was the best I've almost ever had! Highly recommend this place and the cotton candy martini!

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t
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like restaurants that provide food you could not replicate at home and Carnival certainly qualifies. Exceptional service from Oscar!

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RS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We made a last-minute decision during the holidays to get back to Carnivale. We weren't disappointed. The menu changed a bit -- in a good way -- since our last visit, but it's still festive and varied. And Joanie with whom we dealt on our plans was a saint.

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