Carnivale

4.5
6661 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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Join us for a special Easter Buffet Brunch on April 21 from 10:30-3:00pm. The Easter Bunny will be here too.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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CM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok. Food was mediocre. I really don’t have anything else to say.

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AH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and service were great but had a reservation since it was my first time and got put in a table in a corner away from the main seating. Was not able to enjoy the music or ambiance since we weren't put in the main (center) dining room. Probably have to say you don't want to be put away from everything even if you have a reservation.

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

The food was excellent! Drinks were also excellent
with a good amount of tequila. The waiter was excellent.

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible. They wouldn’t let is sit until we had majority, but then when we had majority they still said we had to wait. Our server was terrible. Never asked us if we were ready to order or offered us appetizers. Also didn’t provide us knives to cut the cake and desserts.

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

Great service! Omar, our waiter, went above and beyond to make our experience a memorable one.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

A valet employee found my car keys and when I asked for
them, the valet driver stood still then asked if I was going to give him a tip. He spoke in a manner that insinuated he would not return my keys should I not tip him. I laughed because I would have gladly tipped him; however, his comment and body language was distasteful and off putting. He stated “I did you a favor, I could have left them where I saw them or kicked them into the street.” At this point I became upset as this was clearly an attempt to shake me down. He returned my keys and after I retrieved my car I doubled back and gave him $5.00 because my motivation and actions did not need to be based on his poor ethic.

Great food and nice restaurant though.

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

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday, we both never been there before but we definitely loved the experience and we’ll definitely return again on special occasions.

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

Excellent food, drinks and atmosphere!! Never get tired of this place

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great but we were not an hour into receiving our food and cocktails and the waiter seemed to rush us out versus giving us good service. We ordered a variety of plates and desserts and cocktails and exactly one hour and 15 minutes into our experience the waiter asked if we were leaving soon as there is a two hour limit per table! I have been here many times and never heard of this rule but seeing that we weren’t even close to two hours as it had been one it felt our patronage was not appreciated for what we spent and how we were treated. Food was good overall but experience was terrible.

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

Fun atmosphere and good drinks

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JK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great at Carnivale as always. We were also able to take advantage of the Happy Hour specials.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and location. Staff was very nice.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, awesome food and ambiance!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The evening was great. The service was good. The food was amazing. The drinks were awesome. The music wasn’t too loud that you couldn’t interact with other people at the table. I would come back again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it the atmosphere is amazing and the food is delicious!

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CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After receiving many recommendations to try Carnivale we finally did for a friend’s birthday. It’s delivered on all fronts. Our waitress was more friendly, we’ll versed on the menu, and accommodating on all fronts. She delivered the perfect balance of checking in on our table without being intrusive or non existent. The food had wonderful presentation and offered familiarity mixed with great flavor. Cocktails also offered great variety. Would definitely recommend for a fun atmosphere and food that’s delish!

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It had been quite some time since we'd dined at Carnivale but, with some friends in from out of town we thought we'd treat them to a new experience. It was great. Much better than the last time we visited. Looking forward to going back for more! Food was great, service terrific and, great venue.

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T
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time that we've been there. As before, food and service were great. Place has quite a buzz to it with lots spectacles. An aerialist was performing the night we were there. Very captivating. Everyone liked her performance.

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J
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Great atmosphere. Loved the drinks and food.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience our server Oscar was very disrespectful for everything. He always said no to everything if we wanted to substitute something his respond would be no. On top of that staff member were taking our plates to use them at other tables not even an excuse me or explanation. This is the worst experience very unpleasant. It seems Oscar doesn’t have much customer service experience. Last time I’ll ever come to carnival

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AS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Was there for brunch on Sunday, February 24th and a few days later received the email regarding the Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Celebration. Crab beignets was being featured for the night so yes we are going and immediately made reservation. Checked the menu the night before dining. Not only were crab beignets on the menus but also jambalaya...Yes. Well here come the night for dining and neither was available. Very disappointing!!!

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

We went on Fat Tuesday and the atmosphere was amazing! Food was excellent, service was top notch, and the entertainment was spectacular!

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l
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Carnivale is very kitschy - a great place to bring the young family members and old parents, but not a great place for the younger crowd. We attended the Mardi Gras celebration and were placed at the back of the restaurant where we barely saw any of the entertainment. Although the food and drinks were good, they were overpriced.

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

Very rude hostess was unpleasant to me due to my party of 2 turning into party of 1. Overall experience unpleasant. Went on evening of Mardi Gras. Entertainment did not start a 5 like stated. Instead told would start at 730p. Waste of time, money, effort.

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T
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Carnivale advertised a special Mardi Gras Celebration. We were expecting a specialized menu and more of a Mardi Gras feel. There was one appetizer selection, one entree selection and one desert. And they all had shell fish ( allergic issues). The experience fell flat. I am used to them doing a better job with celebration/ specialty nights.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Carnivale proved to be a terrible experience The portion sizes were stingy at best.
Specials were not provided.
We were told side dishes came with the meal, but they weren’t, otherwise we would have ordered some.
We went to another restaurant after Carnivale because the food and experience was inadequate.

Never again

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AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the vibe of the restaurant but the food was just okay this time.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a playful atmosphere, but you don't get a lot for your money. Next time, I'm coming or drinks and dessert only.

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AK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were terrific. We did brunch which had great food and beverage options. All was hot and delicious. Only comment would be to turn down the music! The ambiance on a Sunday morning is terrific but after a loud Saturday night, a bit of soft in the background sound would be best.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here. We do like the ambience and the food here however this time they gave us a bad seat spot. We were seated right next to a wall looking at the bathrooms and people coming in and out. Although there is a curtain there but from where i was sitting i could see the toilet. Gross! I dont know about other but not many people want to eat their food while looking at the restaurant bathrooms. Just when we got our entrees there was another table right by us that opened up so we asked to be re-seated. After that we were able to enjoy our evening. The guacamole was THE best one i can remember having. Shrimp quesadillas were ok. I had the Paella and husband had the Archerra steak. Mango mohito was'nt the best so i stuck with my Pinot noir. For dessert we had coconut cake with mango sorbet which was really yummy. Overall, good experience if it wasnt for the bad seat spot.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food was great like always. Once again had a great time at Carnivale!

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

Great place, great service! Love the way the staff was so helpful

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I went to this place to many times and the experience was amazing, but this time the food was excellent and the service was poor

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

They sat us 25 minutes after our reservation even though we got there early.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Overpriced for what you get.

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T
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Really beautiful and energetic restaurant, very unique. The service was friendly and very good, but the food was at best mediocre. Go for the experience and the visuals, but not the food.

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WR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took the family and mother n law out to have a nice dinner. Three people at work had recommended i try carnivale and that I would not be disappointed. Great food, Excellent service and enjoyable ambiance. Truly a dining pleasure. The steak was perfect. Not sure what was done to the mash potatoes but they were the best I have ever had. Big kudos to the chef. I will be back

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LT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gathered for a dinner with 3 other couples. The atmosphere is vibrant and fun. Great cocktails and food! Would definately go back!

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening - initially seated under a speaker and it was to loud - moved our table
and it was fine. I will return!

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiter was a bit forgetful, but Then again, maybe he didn’t understand English very well. Food was AWESOME!!!!!

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