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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.
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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Cotton Candy Martini
Carnivale Vodka, Lime, Grapefruit, House-Made Cotton Candy
Saffron Bomba Rice, Shrimp, Mussels, Scallops, Clams, Octopus, Tomato Sofrito
Aji Panca Glaze, Pineapple Chutney
Enjoyed our evening at Carnivale on Saturday. Food was very good and service was outstanding. I did find it a challenge hearing others across the table from me because the music was a bit loud.
Will definitely going back!
I’ve been to Carnivale multiple times and they always surprise me! The steaks were absolutely delicious! The flavor and consistency was perfect! The ambiance is gorgeous, fun, lively and exciting! From entrance to exit, Carnivale will definitely leave u with a fine overall experience!!! I will continue to return back!!!
After being seated at a table near the restroom, we were able to move to a better table. Our server was outstanding — very knowledgeable and friendly. We had the ceviche sampler, which was divine. The guacamole we were accidentally served - and invited to keep — was very good. The best was the steak. Cooked perfectly and super tasty. Love the ambiance and fun crowd, and the drinks are awesome, too.
Best food, drinks, service & atmosphere/ decor!
Waiter was top notch . Our experience was excellent , our waiter was very attentive , knowledgeable , and provided excellent service . Amazing!
I loved the decor and the intimate setting. Our waiter could have been better, he may have been overwhelmed but nonetheless he wasn't as attentive as I'd like.
The food was delish I wasn’t to happy with my drinks
However the customer service , food ambiance made up for that
Plates and forks were dirty. We had to ask them to bring other ones.
Great Service, great food and alcoholic drinks. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable regarding the food, beverages and desserts.
Lovely ambience with tasty food & a healthy bar that covers a variety adult beverages.
FYI it’s posted 20% service charge for groups of 6 or more, we had a group of 5, when we asked about why our group of 5 was charged this fee they told us service charge is for groups of 5 or more…. After we showed them THEIR WEBSITE that said groups of 6 or more we ended up getting it taken off the bill but were forced to give a $25 tip to our waiter who wasn’t super great. The restaurant is really vibrant and great setting but the service and food selection wasn’t up to par, especially for the cost!
Great experience, service, presentation. Everyone is on their game. You’re never unattended. The food and drinks are deliciously repeatable.
Amazing experience food is outstanding
As an industry member I feel like I’m a little more understanding with places being understaffed or a server being overwhelmed but last night our server was just bad. We waited about 10 minutes to be greeted and got drinks in. We waited about 10 minutes for a mojito and a n/a cocktail. The ice was melted when it arrived as if it had been sitting for a while. First disappointment of the night. We then waited a while for our main course and would’ve loved to have the server check in to see if we liked our drinks or if we needed anything else but he was busy with a table next to us who I think were friends of an employee. Our main course arrived and the chicken was bland. It was juicy and cooked well but lacked any sort of flavor. I would’ve loved to order a side of plantains or some of the rice to try to save the night but once again the server didn’t really come back until he saw a busser clear my plate. Definitely hoped to see a manager pop over just for a quick table touch as I’m sure my face portrayed my disappointment while I was sitting at the table but didn’t have that either. At the end he brought out a cotton candy as we were celebrating a birthday but I’m pretty sure he charged my card before they comped the cotton candy (which we didn’t order but we’re grateful for) and then modified the charge hopefully because my bank statement shows a higher charge than my signed receipt. Overall not a great night and definitely not looking to come back anytime soon.
The ropa vieja and empanadas were great appetizers. The paella was AWESOME. Great restaurant, I’ll definitely go back again soon!
Excellent service and ambiance! Great food! Thanks for my birthday acknowledgment!
Great Restaurant, Wait staff was awesome. We originally ordered an appetizer the consisted of raw tuna, which I didn’t know prior. Totally couldn’t eat it. The chef heard of this and came to our table and suggested coconut shrimp and calamari. Absolutely delicious. Loved the personal touch form everyone. They want you to have a great experience so they make sure you do.
we had a party of 7, 4 adults and 3 kids. We had a terrific time, celebrating an anniversary. Will definitely plan on returning.
Anniversary. Food was delicious. Cocktails were great. Enjoyed desserts too. Received free champagne, cotton candy and caramel popcorn.
We visited Chicago from NYC and loved this restaurant. The service and food is excellent. Great ambience and unique decor.
The Paella was fantastic and plantains tasty. Great anniversary dinner.
Food was excellent, the seafood in the paella was tender, cooked perfectly and the rice was seasoned expertly.
We had a wonderful time at this cool, funky restaurant. So many delicious things to try! I loved the coconut shrimp and the cotton candy martini.
It was very place
Everything was amazing! Our waitress was awesome! Had an overall great experience 💕
Fantastic food, ambiance, decor, presentation and service! The Ropa Vieja appetizer is AMAZING! The Mac & Cheese side in INCREDIBLE! I'll definitely go back the next time I'm in Chicago!
Not good not many options
$200 for 3 meals, nothing compared to what is advertised on line.
My first time at the restaurant- amazing staff, very efficient and polite. Cocktails were super tasty, food was even better. Overall, a really great experience!
We had a perfect evening celebrating our anniversary. Our server, Christian, was very attentive. He made helpful recommendations and explained the menu items very succinctly. Every detail was spot on with the service. The food was fantastic. The atmosphere is festive and special.
Wonderful dining experience! I look forward to returning in the near future!
First time having dinner there. Prefer the breakfast and brunch menu. Dinner options are heavy. Was hoping for something light like seafood or chicken. Appetizers were great!
The food was very bad, and my stomach got very upset next day. I will never come back
We are so sorry to hear about your experience! If you wouldn't mind, please send an email to our operations manager Sam at srandazzo@carnivalechicagodotcom with any further details. We do hope you'll give us another chance in the future to exceed your expectations and serve you again. Warm regards, Carnivale Management
It took 20 minutes for a waiter to come to the table, drinks were awful but the food was good. Don’t think I’ll be back but the restaurant was cool on the inside.
Great Southern American ambiance with spaceous dinning room and great service.
Unique and colorful surroundings. Very Loud and energetic vibe. Each dish had a unique Latin American twist on it. All great. Cotton candy martini was fun! Party atmosphere all around.
Great food and service. Reservation time was 7 pm. Stayed on time
Great food, drinks, and service! It was also beautiful in there!!
Birthday celebration -was great!! Loved the cotton candy surprise birthday treats.
The ambiance is the main selling point of this place. The food could be better.
Carnivale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 850-5005.
Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7788 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.