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Carnivale

4.6
7796 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
Wed - Sat 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 7796 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CocktailFan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether for a special occasion, or just because you want a great mojito, I try to make it to Carnivale any chance I can. I love the food and the drinks! The service is also always top-notch.

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LivingLaVidaLoca
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Maybe it was an off night but the food was not up to par from my previous visits. My server was fine. She was personable but the flavor of the food wasn’t on point like I have experienced in the past. I enjoyed the 16 layer chocolate cake with the raspberries a lot. Ambience was perfect!

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Kenya
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday dinner for my boyfriend here and everything went so smoothly. The waitresses recommendations were great! From ambiance, service, drinks, and food was all great. Will be visiting again !

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anthonyJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for some different flavors and flair this is the place to go. We have been to Chicago many times and we were looking at places for something different and out of the ordinary other than the normal that we can get anywhere. This place topped that chart. The Staff was friendly and attentive all the way from valet to paying the bill. The decor was great from the paintings to the neon lights everything just fit. The food was phenomenal we ordered the coconut shrimp for an appetizer, Charcoal Roasted Chicken and Lamb chops for dinner. The chicken was juicy and flavorful and the lamb chops were cooked to perfection. The drinks were spot on perfect and the wait staff didn’t miss a beat with the recommendations. This is definitely going to be our go to every time we’re in Chicago.

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Chrissy
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food. Has some good vegan and vegetarian options

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NelsonR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy an evening with friends. Fantastic atmosphere

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chicagoweekend
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our service was great. We enjoyed our appetizer and dinner slections. The cotton candy martini was fun and the cigar cake presentation was great. I would visit again next time I am Chicago. Everyone in our party of 6 was pleased, especially our gluten free groupee. What a great was to end our trip and celebrate a birthday.

JB
JeffreyB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant interior was surprisingly much more appealing than the exterior. Staff was warm, attentive and helpful. Food was very good. Music and ambiance was lively, but not too loud. Would definitely dine here again.

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DaisyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! My boyfriend and I had the paella and island salmon, it was delicious. Also, I loved their coconut shrimp. The restaurant is colorful and beautiful. Our server Jehovanna delievered outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences. Food was delicious, service excellent and restaurant is beautiful, colorful, perfectly decorated. Love! Love! Love!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. It was very busy but our server was very friendly, attentive and caring, the food was fast and the drinks were superb. Food presentation was great and bursting with flavor. Dessert (Chocolate cigar )was gorgeous and delicious. I will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I don't like being tucked away in a back room. No ambiance, all you hear is bass. Food was average compared to usual but ambiance was bad.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved EVERYTHING about this place! The food, the drinks, the amazing service—Rick is awesome—was all phenomenal! I’ll definitely be back and will continue to forever recommend this place to others! Bravo, Carnivale!

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Sammy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails, skirt steak and seafood paella are really good. Perfect to share multiple dishes with a large group

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LisandraP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ricardo was amazing great service and great food thank you Ricardo giving my husband an amazing birthday

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AmyK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food. So glad to be back!

JB
JulietteB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow! Carnivale is so fun. We had the best server and support staff. We loved the cotton candy martini. Plenty of options for vegetarians. Beautiful art, fun carnival vibes, fun experience!

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Carm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The ambiance and food were amazing! The server was good but she could have been a little more attentive. We had finished eating and were trying to see her for a while before she finally showed up at the table so we could get to-go boxes and the check. The bussers were very attentive.

MB
MichelleB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place with delicious food. Wonderful service!!

DB
DavidB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is fully re-opened and a wonderful experience. the ambiance is deligghtful and colorful with many dining options. We ended up inside because of threatening weather. Food was really good and the service everything you would want.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was wonderful as always

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff was very friendly and helpful.

KK
KaeKay
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food & atmosphere! The drinks were real good and had nice aesthetic as well. Would definitely recommend

PB
PamelaB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We will be back food fabulous. Service needs to get back to where is should be but it will

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RRust
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant welcome at the door with a mesmerizing and delectable dining experience.

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Clare
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was awful. was seated 45 minutes after my reservation time. Hostess stand was extremely disrespectful. I will never be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our server. Forgot his name but he had a comb over. Definitely an experience that’s worth the money. Can’t wait for the live music

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LisaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful as always. Creative offerings and gorgeous colorful surroundings.

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vipHYPnotiK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Omar was very attentive, cheerful, and polite. Gave us the best recommendations to try. My first time having octopus and it turned out to be my favorite of the night.

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Taya
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance that makes for a nice date or great first stop for a night on the town. Highly recommend the paella!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

I don’t have much to say but the food was overpriced here. Good drinks tho.

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ToniS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always gives me joy — ambiance, service and food are all fabulous!!

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ShalenaW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great staff was great I can’t wait to go back !

JS
JeffreyS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of my favorites restaurants on our first try we will definitely be back good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Noel was outstanding. He was really kind, very polite, made recommendations and would check in on us not too often, not too far apart. The food was amazingggg and it came out fairly quick. The ambiance is so cool and everywhere you look there’s something else to see. Everyone was so kind and it made a wonderful birthday experience.

Carnivale
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for the feedback! We will be sure to share it with Noel!

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OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an excellent time. Our server Rick was great he provided good input on food and drinks. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Carnivale
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for your review and we be sure to share it with Rick!

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KaraS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had such a great time! Beautiful, unique, funky set up- it was unlike most restaurants we’ve been to. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We even got a complimentary dessert because we were there celebrating our anniversary. Would absolutely recommend!

Carnivale
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for your review!!!

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MariMar
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I got the Brazilian Churasco. A $54 plate for 7 cube size pieces of unseasoned grilled steak and 4”steak” fries - with a row of sautéed mushrooms. Over priced. You pay for the ambiance and service (they checked in with us about 10 times!). You will need to go out for tacos afterwards! :)

Carnivale
Responded on July 5, 2021

Good Day MariMar, Thank you for visiting Carnivale and we appreciated your feedback. I am sorry to hear how disappointed you were with your meal. We strive to ensure our food quality & service meets expectations. Our Brazilian Churrasco is a 10 ounce, USDA prime tenderloin of beef. Currently, many industries have been affected by higher meat prices, restaurants included. It is something we are having to review more frequently. Hope you will revisit us again!

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TimD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food options and drink specials. Great see service and love the views in main dining room.

Carnivale
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.6 stars by 7796 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.