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Carnivale

4.6
7500 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

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Sat 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 7500 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The mac and cheese was Amazing! Great social distancing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I wanted to like this so much but I really didn’t.

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NBHChicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience. My whole party raved and we are all seasoned diners who try every new restaurant. We all will return. Exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is amazing but definitely think the vibe is better in the upstairs patio. Other than that great service!

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LihaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is wonderful as always. It was a wonderful evening.

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MaryL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super amazing atmosphere and decor! Loved the cotton candy with caramel popcorn! The art was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

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Changeurways
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The closing of indoor eating made it cold but everything else was great...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to take advantage of the warm-ish weather this weekend and enjoy a night out for dinner. Carnivale had many outdoor heaters and did a great job providing a safe dining environment (hand sanitizer, staff wearing masks properly, QR code menus). The full menu was not available but the options offered were still perfect! Everything was delicious. They sent us home with the take out menu which I know we will be using this winter!

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DelondaC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This was my first time going to Carnivale. I hope to return again. Due to the rise of COVID19 Chicago was shutting down Dine-in for all restaurants that Friday. So we went on the last Thursday. With this situation, I believe the restaurant was not ready for the amount of people would be in there. So service level was not up to par or at its best. Slow long waits for service, ordering drinks and food. However, the food was excellent, the drink were as also and the decor, plus music was great! The manager was very apologetic of the slow service and tried his best to accommodate.

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ShaniseR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing we were greetes well and felt valued. Definitely going back.
I love that a great COVID protection plan is in place and inforced. Made us feel safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. We were running a bit late for our reservation, 10 minutes. We are not from IL and under estimated our arrival time. We called and they were more than happy to accommodate us. Food was delicious. We ended up ordering several appetizers and sides to eat family style rather than individual meals. It was so yummy we didn’t leave any behind or have left overs!! Drinks were good as well, so many choices! Unique setting. My daughters and I really enjoyed the ambiance!!

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Nona
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time!

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JacquelineA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The service is so quick and the food is delicious. Definitely worth the money. Thank you Ramon for making my husbands birthday an unforgettable one, you’re the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall really good experience. Service was great & food was tasty! Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome waiter.

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vipNikki
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff, delicious food, and unique atmosphere. A great place to celebrate.

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vipTRON1007R
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jerry Cline always has great restaurants and great service. I miss many of his past restaurants. Carnivale is still a top spot to eat and relax. Great Service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The valet was rude but our server was outstanding and went above and beyond for us! Super personable and made up for the experience with the valet.

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SamanthaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, service was just a bit slow. Had to wait 20 min after dinner to get checked up on

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SueP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my sons birthday. Did not disappoint. The drinks, appetizers, main course and desserts were amazing. You have to get the cotton candy!

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JENNIFERB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, festive ambience, chic dining room decor, and excellent table service. Group of 6 celebrating Sweetest Day. Awesome experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

13 year anniversary dinner!. Drinks were my favorite! The food was full of flavor! We had an amazing time

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Niaa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! I went with a few of my friends to celebrate my birthday. We missed our original reservation time and the staff was so nice and accommodating about it. Our server was nice and the food was delicious. It was my first time going, but I will definitely be back.

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AmandaR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! Will go back again! Food was great and server was attentive!

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MabelF
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food is delicious we had Brazilian churasco. Coming back soon.

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MammaH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter enjoy her birthday celebration there,,, great evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Our waiter was very nice. The food and drinks were great. Social distancing and safety measures were apparent. Loved the ambiance and would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service

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PuraVida
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s always a great experience at Carnivale. The ambiance is very welcoming and unique. Amazing food and service. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and make great recommendations!

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Chris
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant for a hang out with friends. It has a lively atmosphere, and the food is great as well.

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vipLPboy
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and evening on the patio.

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GraceJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. Everyone was polite, the food tasted great, and the setting was beautiful.

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vipJeanetteC
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to have a drink with a friend and was glad to score a reservation on a Saturday night. Then I remembered it was Covid-19. We arrived 20 min. before opening and manager was gracious and allowed us to sit and chat. Carnivale never disappoints.

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GondorffG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Carnivale offers a unique atmosphere and menu. It's not the finest of fine dining, but the food is still very good, fully justifying four of five starts. The prices are well matched to what you get. You could easily spend much more for worse food in Chicago. We eat here several times per year and keep coming back for those reasons. There is a nice bar/lounge in front of the restaurant proper that often has live music, which is a nice place to go for an after dinner drink. The Fulton Market area has grown so much in the last several years. It's a short walk to a lot of other destinations, and a great way to start the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio. Mi esposo comió cordero y yo paella, sencillamente exquisito. Sin olvidar el postre que estuvo fenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was amazing. Started out a bit slow with the service but the outdoor dining turned out perfect. The manager understands hospitality and fixed the service by simply doing the right thing. Talking to us and making us feel comfortable and welcome. Some unusual menu items but they were all very good. Cuban and Jamaican influences for sure. We’ll be back.

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.6 stars by 7500 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.