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Carnivale

4.4
5982 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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 Rodolfo Cuadros 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday 5pm– 9 pm
Monday - Tuesday 11:30am – 11pm
Wednesday - Thursday 11:30am – 11pm
Friday 11:30am – 1am
Saturday 5pm – 1am

Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30am- 2:30PM
$5 valet service

Brunch:
Sunday - 10:30am - 3:00pm
*Complimentary Valet Parking
*Live Latin Music starting at 11am

Bar:
Monday-Tuesday - 11:30am-11pm
Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
Friday 11:30am-1am
Saturday 5pm-1am
Sunday 10:30am-10pm

*$9 Valet Parking for Dinner
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Phone number
(312) 850-5005
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rodolfo Cuadros
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted
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Parking details
$5 Valet Parking for Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

$9 Valet Parking for Dinner
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Public transit
Bus:
The # 8 Halsted at Fulton Market/Lake: 2 minute walk
The # 65 Grand Avenue at Desplaines: 10 minute walk
The # 56 Milwaukee stops at Fulton/Desplaines: 2 minute walk

Train:
The Blue Line at Milwaukee/Grand: 10 minute walk
The Pink Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
The Green Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
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Entertainment
Sunday Brunch: Live Latin music 11a-2p
Fridays: Pop-up Entertainment every Friday

For upcoming events and features, visit www.carnivalechicago.com/features
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Special events & promotions
For corporate parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, wedding showers and any other celebration of 20-1000, please contact our sales department at sales@carnivalechicago.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Carnivale is the perfect setting for your next party or event! Whether you're planning a birthday, wedding, rehearsal dinner, mitzvah, business meeting, family gathering or any kind of special event, our seven unique party rooms are designed to create a lasting impression.

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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Carnivale Style. Taco Specials. Casamigos Cocktails. Live Mariachi Band. The Celebration Starts at 5pm on May 5.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day Carnivale Style. Brunch - 9am-3pm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:45PM - 10:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

What 5982 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I must say the waiter was very kind and helpful in choosing our meals. The wait was not long at all but I have never had such salty food before in my life. Iit was so salty that it ruined everything for me. I do not have hypertension or any health problems but it was rediculous how much salt was in the food.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We went there for lunch not realizing that we would sit in the front area instead of the dining area. Also the manager walked around asking others how was everything but never came by our table. It's just a different dynamic from the lunch to dinner experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Was a wonderful experience shared with the whole family. Drinks and dishes were unique and full of flavor. Service was fantastic. Absolutely recommend to everyone.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The waiter was great but none of the food was hot all lukewarm

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my second visit for brunch and just like my first time, it was FANTASTIC! I can't wait until my next visit..... always enjoyable and the food is out of this world good

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fun date night out! Loved the ambiance and atmosphere ! Two thumbs up

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our server was wonderful, food was fantastic and we just had a great time for a birthday. Drinks were on point and prices were reasonable for the area.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Let me tell you, visiting Carnivale was truly an exceptional experience! We were visiting from Colorado and let one of the managers, Maria, know that we had a bit of trouble getting to the restaurant and that alone was enough for her to do everything she could to make sure we had a fabulous experience! And we truly did! From our server, to the food, to the ambiance - it was all well worth the money spent. I will most definitely be back here again and again every time I'm in Chicago!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent, atmosphere perfect and a great birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great experience. We were there celebrating our friends bachelorette. From the moment we walked in the atmosphere felt welcoming and fun. Dim lights and colorful paintings. Our waiter was great and attentive but the most impressive was that the manager came over to say hi to us. Congratulated our bachelorette and had a 5 minute conversation with us girls. Our waiter later came with a round of shots for all of us compliments from the manager. They also treated us with dessert. We felt so welcomed and well appreciated. We loved our night at Carnivale!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My family really enjoyed this before a show at the United Center. The food was fantastic and the drinks were so good!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful experience here and will definitely be back. Loved the colorful decor, and quick and friendly service. Drinks, appetizers and entrees were all really good.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

CARNIVAL Restaurant April 14, 2018
Music and food- food and Music combine with Roc, a wonderful early evening of dining.

We started with the photo booth and then finding a table. From a wall for two, to a balcony for two, we are ready leave, and Roc point to a table on the main floor. Away we went.

The appetizers were very good although the calamari was very good, not hot. The guacamole was very good
GUACAMOLE Chunky avocados, cilantro, chilies, onion, garlic, lime, fresh corn chips


also without the tomato cumin,and onion that graces our guacamole at home.

The conversation with Maria was over the top.
We talk about Red Light, Vivo(17 years) and Marché former restaurants on west Randolph.
She worked at all of them.

Then we speak Tim Griffin the general manager about the decor that reflected Red Light. The ceiling in the main area is 25-30 feet.

The main course was a real dining with
Baby kale, house-made caesar dressing, gochujang paint, sourdough croutons, shaved parmesan cheese kale Cesar salad


Leonard had rack of lamb (Wood-grilled lamb rack, pastel de yucca, lamb ragout, butternut squash, Closed Loop Farm greens).....


Now to the end the meal was the key lime pie.

To top off the night Brandon Ramsey knows my neighbor for high school .....
Brandon worked with use to find the table ..

We will reruns with the posse .....
The music really move the event.... the music was high energy.....

This was a wonderful, uplifting , and great time..
Woooooooow...💎💎💎💎💎
Shalom

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Really had high expectations for tonight. Seems like our reservation wasn’t made or not quite sure because we were sat in a corner next to the bar where the bar keep kept bumping into our chair. We went for the live entertainment but since we were sat away from the main floor in the corner we did not get to see any of it. The manager did “allow” us to walk up and view it if we wished to but she said it was a two minute dance no big deal. So don’t be fooled this entertainment is only to get you in the door according to the manager. The food was good and the server was nice when we were able to wave him down.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent and came to our table very quickly. Unfortunately, it took us forever to get our drinks. Once we received our first set of drinks, it took 30mn to get our second set. Even though, we asked a hostess who came by asking if we needed anything. We told her we were waiting for our drinks for quite a bit and she said she would get them. She never came by.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and drinks! Great ambiance! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated birthdays with friends. Our server was amazing and helpful. Seemed super concerned about our needs and wanting us to have a good experience. The Friday night pop-up show was fun and entertaining. The food is slightly pricey but top notch. Would definitely recommend and go again myself.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I absolutely love Carnivale. The food and the staff are simply amazing!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We absolutely LOVED this restaurant! The female manager was excellent and stopped at our table twice to see how we were doing. Our food was served pipping hot and the oooohhhh the flavors. We had the salmon with black pearl rice and the pork shoulder with plantains and grits. Cannot wait to take my family back for a special event.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I hadn’t been there in years. Not for any reason and was reminded why I liked it.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was our first visit and our friends' first visit for the dining room, as they had been to the bar lounge numberous times before our dinner. The food was delicious and the ambiance is great. The wine list could use some work, as we tasted four wines before we found one that was really good without having to go to the "special" wine list [as in significantly higher prices]. We would definitely like to return to the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Came for a business meal, and it was a beautiful setting, relaxing for all, excellent attentive service, unique and dramatic food. Bathrooms were a little dingy.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always an enjoyable meal with excellent service. The consistency in quality of service and the great food makes Carnivale one of my favorite casual dining choices in the Chicago area.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had an afternoon lunch. They close at 3. We were there before two. Food was good. Service was only so-so. They were more focused on cleaning to get ready to close than serving us. It was quite disappointing, actually.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was friendly but very slow. All make servers not a great idea!!!! Had to ask several times for things like lemons for water. Portion sizes small not worth money.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Brought out-of-town guest. Good food. Music too loud to carry on a decent conversation.

OUR SERVER WAS AWFUL ~ we were seated for 1/2 hour before he appeared; then basically rattled off the menu (which we already read); walked away without taking our beverage orders ~ when he took our drink orders, we all got them at various times ~ not all together! It was about 10 minutes later he returned to inform my husband they were out of the beer he ordered. He waited on other tables and took their orders before returning to us (all 3 tables arrived after us; 1 couple ate and left before we got our orders) and mine needed to be sent back.
It was a bad experience which I hadn’t expected. We might NEVER return to Carnivale!!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The brunch menu is super good! Definitely worth a try.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Waiter forgot to put our entree order in so we waited over a hour for our main course. He also forgot to put in the order for our dessert which we waited another 30 minutes for our slice of key lime pie. Aside from that we had a great time.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had 7:30 Saturday night reservations and I’d say we were sitting at our table by 7:35, 7:40 tops. It’s a festive place especially the main area. We actually were seated in one of the secluded back areas close to a bar. I thought the waiter while attentive and friendly was a bit slow, but nothing too crazy. Our appetizers were recommended by our waiter and I liked the mini taco looking things. I also tried the cotton candy martini which was descent. For entrees I had the prime ribeye and my fiancé had the lamb chops - both were really good. Her dish came with a weird breaded round cylinder looking dish stuffed with what seemed to be some sort of rice. We both liked it a lot. My steak came with what I called bougee tater tots which were good too.

Overall, thumbs up. If I had to complain I’d say Carnivale is a bit pricey. However, the reasonably priced $9 valet made the tab a bit more bearable.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I really enjoyed the food but was thrown off by the horrible service. I went for my birthday dinner and the waiter was rude and rushing us the WHOLE time from the minute we sat down. When we first sat down he immediately wanted to put appetizers in and we hadn't even opened the drink menu. The minute he gave us our bill (while we were still eating, only 35 minutes in), he waited around the table for our credit cards and immediately grabbed them from us. It was my birthday dinner and my friends had told him to bring out a dessert and the next thing we knew our checks were back at the table and we never saw him again. When you are paying that much for a nice dinner and service is included in a large party, I expect good service. I was so disappointed and the large venue and quick service just felt like you are at a factory and they're trying to turn your table.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

$$. Bit of a push to turn the table but put waiter rolled with us. Go!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was awesome Thank You!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great cocktails and creative cuisine. Perfect for birthdays/anniversaries. Huge cotton candy at the end was a nice surprise.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great thanks

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The menu was excellent. They have a variety of options including vegan dishes. The drink selection was superb. The portions are very large and well worth the cost of the meal. I was ecstatic with this experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was my first time for a holiday reservation, in which the hostess was not very helpful and not accommodating, since we had arrived early. I also didn't know a Buffet was the only meal option and would be set up in the middle of the dining rooms, therefore I was disappointed there wasn't a band and a menu to select from was not an option. This changed the entire ambience of the dining room. I will plan to return, with my family, on a non-holiday and hope my previous experience of a great time will return. Again, disappointed that we were not seated earlier, when my entire party was there and the dining area had plenty of open tables, once we were seated.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was excited to finally try their brunch. Arrived 30 early before reservations and checked in, the girl taking check ins didn’t really seem to be paying attention but made it seem as she got me checked in. About 5 minutes after reservation time I went to the desk to see a status and the girl seemed surprised to see I wasn’t seated and she printed a ticket out for my name to be seated and she told me it would be about 5 more minutes no longer. Shortly after another girl called my name into the dinning area to only get all the way in there and the table was not ready and asked us to follow her back. Instead we stood by our potential table and the girl came running back to be seated. Once seated not sure if it’s because it’s brunch but service for coffee salt and pepper juice another napkin set was horrible-only to find out our party of 4 was already being charged for full tip. Only workers hustling worth tip were the omelette station men !

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is my third time at this restaurant the first two times were for anniversaries and this time was for Easter brunch buffet the place is amazing and decorated beautifully colorful food has always been good the service was very good

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had Easter Brunch with my family of five. It was my first time, however it was recommended by my daughter who had dined and hosted an event here. Great choice for brunch; the food and ambiance was excellent - and the value is a plus. Will definitely be back.

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