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Carnivale

4.7
7610 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 7610 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulissaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! The waiters came by to always ask if we needed anything or doing good.

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JBChicago
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really yummy. Drinks were excellent. Service was also perfect. Downgrades are Noise and prices--definitely an increase from the "old days".

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect start to finish! The waiter gave great recommendations on drinks and starters. My husband and I both had their mojitos which were delicious! Started off with the Ropa Vieja which I could not get over how delicious the taste was! My husband ordered the Brazilian Churrasco and I had the Gaucho Steak and WOW! Can’t wait to go back! Highly recommend!

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LizH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a great experience when I go to Carnivale. Their food is amazing, they have great cocktails, and I love the ambiance.

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Didi
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there (been meaning to go since I moved to Chicago)
The place looks amazing! Awesome concept decoration overall. Food was amazing too! Server was super polite. The only thing I would "tweak" a little bit, is the volume of the music (kinda loud) for people to be able to talk and listen to each other better.

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CourtneyFiscal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The food, the service, the atmosphere was unique and delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, and our waiter, Rick was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is a great place to go celebrate something special,to for date night, or celebrate a birthday!
My partner and I went to celebrate a special event and it was wonderful! The staff were super friendly and attentive and the food and drinks are phenom!
Can't wait to be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my mom’s 65th birthday, and we enjoyed everything! She was even pleasantly surprised with chocolate cake, cotton candy, and caramel for her birthday.

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vipNicolinaF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow absolutely blown away! the duck, octopus and empanadas appetizers were absolutely delicious and great portions. The steak was tasty, the carrot cake melted in your mouth and I am not a big dessert person. You have to have the cotton candy martini of course. Bussers were very attentive and our waitress notified us bar was backed up. And of course you can not get the ambience anywhere else. LOVE CARNIVALE, have to get back soon!

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Angela
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, food and ambiance. The coconut shrimp appetizer is amazing! And so was the garlic mashed potatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was amazing - Lucy was a great hostess and the hosts also. Great food and drinks and music, must visit in Chicago!

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LuzMery
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and service was real goo. Our waiter Omar was amazing. Told the hostess it was my son's 21 first birthday since I could not make reference of it during my reservation (no option for comments or special requests??). By time we got check, I had to ask for the cotton candy for my son as it was never acknowledge. I did not want him to be left out because just about every group in the dining area this night was given one.
Very few choices on menu, I went specifically for my favorite salad which I had a few times before this year and Omar apologized for only having Cesar due to covid.

Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, from the service, to the drinks, to the food. First restaurant I’ve been to since the pandemic started and it was worth it and i felt safe.

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SonyaA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our server was so rude! We witnessed her talking negatively about her customers in her section to the other servers. I’m almost 50 years old and there with my adult daughter and she’s carding me. She never once smiled. She looked completely miserable. I did complain to her manager and still tipped her. I don’t plan on ever going there again. So many businesses are suffering at this point in time. Rather than being bitter, be greatful we are supporting our local restaurants. Maybe this isn’t the job for her.

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viprombo
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun place to go. Great vibe and cool decor throughout. Service was attentive but not rushed. Their cocktail offerings were a bright spot. Try the caipirinha, cotton candy martini or Mai Tai. Excellent! We enjoyed the lamb chops and skirt steak. Delicious

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GondorffG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Carnivale is a unique Chicago dining experience. The ambiance is different from anything else in the city. The food is Central and South American inspired. The service is consistently good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great fun place!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We did the restaurant week menu. The food was not very good at all and to top it off it was lukewarm. The drinks also tasted watered down and weren’t anything I’d write home about. The waiter was pleasant but either had too many tables or was not very tentative. Overall a huge let down.

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Cardivale with friends during the restaurant week and tried the restaurant week menu. The food is decent. What I really liked about is the interior design and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends came in town and I HAD to take them to my absolute favorite restaurant!
The service was amazing (as always), food was AMAZING (as always) and I’m so glad they enjoyed their meals.
They loved the decor and vibe. I was so happy.
Thank you Danny for serving us. Everything was perfect.

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AdibR
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, food, service and quality were excellent. Strongly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was very delicious and fast serving.
However, We got the impression of being rushed throughout in order to finish the meal and leave the premisses

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TheodoreG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server , great experience

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Jazzie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to try out for restaurant week! The restaurant week menu was superb!

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vipMariaCas
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at Carnivale is always consistent, fresh, tasty, hot, good portions, and leaves you wanting more. Ozzie and his team are amazing! You always feel welcomed and safe due to the COVID restrictions. If you haven't tried this place, it's a must to put at the top of your list. Buen Provecho!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Was okay kinda pricey for the food otherwise was good

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vipArturoB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong at Carnivale, The ambiance is unparalleled. Also in this covid era their safety protocols are really good and it still doesn’t take away from the experience. Love this place, service, food and especially the VIBE!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall, it was ok. Not bad but unfortunately not necessarily good. I don’t think the service was as good as I had hoped and the flavors of most of our dishes were mediocre. The value of dishes were disappointing. To summarize, our party of 5 cost me over $300 and didn’t feel as though I got my money’s worth.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun unique experience

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Rebeccaf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place we loved it and have family wanting to go. The people where so great and kind

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vipKathleenF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner - excellent service, great ambience. Appreciated all aspects of the social distancing and compliance enforced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks/dessert and even better service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was perfect, our server was perfect our overall experience was perfect. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined for my birthday and the service was spectacular! The food was amazing , the ambiance made the restaurant.
We tried the chicken, salmon, and lamb chops and everything was full of flavor and homemade.

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CocktailFan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place. Always enjoy coming back.

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KristinaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and ambiance. Such a fun place for a girl’s night.

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PatrickR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and great atmosphere. Celebrating my sister and her husband’s 50th wedding anniversary.

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vipramin
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our second visit since last October, and that is saying a lot considering the shutdowns of the last 12 months.
A very lively, festive and colorful place with an upbeat vibe.
The food is very good, I had the 45 day dry aged ribeye with chimichurri sauce and silky smooth mashed potatoes. My bride had the filet mignon special, she gave it the thumbs up.
The drinks on the other hand, well not so much.
The mojito with the seasonal fruit for an extra $1.50 was a letdown. Not a fruit at all rather a syrup of some kind and not a good one at that. Stick to the regular mojito, my bride enjoyed it as well as the cotton candy martini.
The service was excellent, friendly and prompt, thank you Dylan for a job well done.
See you all soon

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TriciaA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Please try this restaurant out as they have a really really good Ribeye!!! The cotton candy martini is also delicious!!!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7610 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.