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Carnivale

4.7
7790 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
What 7790 people are saying
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Soumyap
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience going there. We couldn’t stop taking pictures every corner we went. Don’t forget to visit ladies restroom. Awesome ambiance. Great food. Lovely people. Loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best friends from out of town - amazing evening!!

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Mumoftwo222
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went to Carnivale for my daughter’s 13th birthday. Food, drinks and ambience were all fantastic. Such a fun place to go! We had a server who was very nice but I’d say needs a bit more experience & polish for a restaurant this nice. Just needs work on his timing and confidence. Definitely recommended!

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ChristinaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I loved the experience. We were celebrating his birthday. The vibes were right! Food was on point! Loved it!

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TinaP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great ambiance was fantastic and our server Noel was superb

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing but super busy

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KyleA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything our server(Christian) recommended was amazing. Would come back again

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MikeG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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AndreaC
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JayR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Ambiance was fun. Server was very knowledgeable and professional.
And the food was excellent. The Cuban Cigar dessert is a must try.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, drinks, service & atmosphere/ decor!

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MsRae
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Birthday came from Baltimore, the food was not the best , the service was great the chef was very accommodating but I wouldn’t return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was top notch . Our experience was excellent , our waiter was very attentive , knowledgeable , and provided excellent service . Amazing!

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MissToiya422
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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JayC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delish I wasn’t to happy with my drinks
However the customer service , food ambiance made up for that

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AdelineG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Plates and forks were dirty. We had to ask them to bring other ones.

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JRHEML
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, great food and alcoholic drinks. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable regarding the food, beverages and desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambience with tasty food & a healthy bar that covers a variety adult beverages.

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Sara
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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!

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Yurek
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, service, presentation. Everyone is on their game. You’re never unattended. The food and drinks are deliciously repeatable.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing experience food is outstanding

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Starfish
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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.

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Vickyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ropa vieja and empanadas were great appetizers. The paella was AWESOME. Great restaurant, I’ll definitely go back again soon!

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lawrencen
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance! Great food! Thanks for my birthday acknowledgment!

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TashaG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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JohnS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a party of 7, 4 adults and 3 kids. We had a terrific time, celebrating an anniversary. Will definitely plan on returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Food was delicious. Cocktails were great. Enjoyed desserts too. Received free champagne, cotton candy and caramel popcorn.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Chicago from NYC and loved this restaurant. The service and food is excellent. Great ambience and unique decor.

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Yoxjeep
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Paella was fantastic and plantains tasty. Great anniversary dinner.

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EmilyH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, the seafood in the paella was tender, cooked perfectly and the rice was seasoned expertly.

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Mishie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was very place

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Ameera
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Our waitress was awesome! Had an overall great experience 💕

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Alexander
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SallyM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good not many options
$200 for 3 meals, nothing compared to what is advertised on line.

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yumi1545
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JB
vipJaneB
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Raedyance
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! I look forward to returning in the near future!

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Jojo
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7790 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.