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Carnivale

4.6
7721 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 7721 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friends birthday and everything about the service, ambiance, and food was excellent.

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CherieM
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time, great mix of people. Service was phenomenal (Angel) our server was awesome. Food was good. Drinks were fabulous, could have ordered those cotton candy martinis all night. Carnivale is a must Do!!!!

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SSAris
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We came on a Sunday night, and it was moderately busy. We ordered the dry aged steak and the paella. The steak was a bit undercooked and the paella was less than average. We never received new plates after we requested them and was not provided steak knives or a serving spoon for the paella initially with our food. It was very odd. We had to also ask for dessert. Definitely not what I expected from a staple restaurant in Chicago. The server was nice, but we did not feel like we were taken care of like other restaurants. Will not be coming back.

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JohnV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the service. And the music playing in the background. The food was on point aswell.

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MajorAdam
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Upon arrival the host sat us and reminded us we had a "time limit" of 2 hours. Not a great welcome to the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friend visiting from texas

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was incredible. The atmosphere was awesome. The service was impeccable.

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AliciaH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at Carnivale. Angel was our waiter and he was wonderful. And the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I visited Carnivale about 4years ago and had a way better experience. Then, I ate red meat and pork, so the options were plentiful. This time, I felt I didn’t have many options. I chose the Lamb Chop and it was just okay. I’ll probably wait until the menu changes before I go back.

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ShaunC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is my go-to for entertaining guests that visit Chicago. It remains my favorite restaurant in my city and I'm so happy to see it survive the pandemic. Great service. Incredible menu. And a bright and bold aesthetic that raises the excitement level each time I walk through the doors.

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bredflame
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious meal and lovely celebration at Carnivale for my husband's birthday. All that we ordered was very tasty, and portions were large. Our food, once ordered, was very quick to arrive.
The service varied. At first, the process of seating us was not well handled, even though we had a reservation. We ate upstairs in the less celebratory space, but seats were very comfy, and tables spaced well apart.
Once we began to order, the service was excellent.

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vipRaeP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Carnivale and I was already impressed by the interior decor as I walked in. The service is excellent and very attentive. Last-minute changes had me change my reservation twice but the host was so accommodating. The cocktails are seriously amazing and the food, stellar! We will definitely be back again.

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MattA
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

menu was very restricted (5 main (non-steak) entrees, one of which was a salad), not sure if that is a COVID thing or something.
seemed overpriced for the value, large guacamole and chips ($17) came with barely enough chips

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Falala
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. I had the paella. I share dit with a friend; I recommend their mango mojito, it wa so good. There was no noise because we went early in the day. Our waiter wa amazing. It is a great restaurant overall!

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BradW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Worth the time. A staple for date night

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RAUL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a graduation celebration. Service was amazing from Ricardo, food was delicious, drinks were strong and tasty. A great experience over all.

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ChristinaL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place overall! I loved the food and music. Will definitely return.

AM
AudreyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my husband’s, brother’s and cousin’s birthdays. Awesome food, ambiance and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We were put in a corner and I think that changed my whole experience. We weren’t in the main room. It wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped because of it. The drinks were amazing, though. The food was unique.

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vipcardmd
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was attentive. Celebrated a birthday and was a nice place for it

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Food was good! Staff was very friendly and attentive.

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vipLovetoeat
Detroit
52 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale was recommended to me by a friend and they did not disappoint. The food, the ambiance and the service was exceptional. Although we were not immediately greeted upon entry, once we were acknowledged, the service good and staff was friendly. The maitre d was very accommodating as we requested to be seated at a different table in the main dining area.
Noah, our waiter, was friendly, attentive, and patient. He was very knowledgeable of the menu and answered all of our questions regarding the food and drinks. He checked in on us several times throughout our meal to ensure we were satisfied.
Two of us ordered the Paella, which was seasoned to perfection, full of flavor and a bounty of fresh seafood. The others in my party ordered the lamb chop and steaks. The temperature for both- medium well, was cooked to perfection. Dessert was good, but the best was the Banana Pecan Toffee Cake with ice cream. The mixed drinks were good, I ordered the margarita, which was refreshing.
The only con I can think of would be the drinks... they were chuck full of ice and very little alcohol. Other than that, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipCarolynS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking family from out of town somewhere super fun and unique!

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AnaR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! The food and service was amazing!

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SandraR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here & I can honestly say that e exceeded my expectations. From the food to the service. Great restaurant definitely will be returning in the future. Definitely recommended it to family & friends.

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Cevichefan
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Will definitely return. Precautions during Covid are excellent.

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RalphO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

despite reservations was placed in a secondary room that felt like not being part of the restaurant and not in the main hall where there was life and color. Drinks were poorly done and one with cucumber tasted freezer burned. Couple dining next to us left because of concerns of seeing potential bugs. Wait staff was not attentive and we felt like second class diners. Food was good but experience was lacking

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food is great. Our waiter seemed rushed and did not enhance the dining experience, even though he did everything we asked.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing

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EuniceG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was EXTRAORDINARY! I went for my birthday and they made it so special:). Food was perfect and everything is COVID safe!!!

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FirasK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is a staple we go to for special occasions. The ambiance and food is above all. The only issue we had this time was the fact that we were able to book a reservation 30 minutes before closing which did not give us enough time to enjoy as much since we were rushed to order and cut off from the bar.

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JoslinG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Carnivale. And my friend and I had a blast. Our waiter was very attentive, the ambiance was truly a sight to see. The price is a bit high, but it is worth it. I had the cotton candy martini and I thought it would be very sweet but it was very balanced. I have no words for the food because it was so good, it melted in my mouth. They do offer valet, but I parked at the public parking right behind the restaurant, so that was convenient.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambience , great food !

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GynaM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Clean and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was very beautiful and calm

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters birthday

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I expected. Great service, beautiful setting, excellent menu!

EK
EKOL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful decor and lively atmosphere. Pretty noisy but we were able to chat still. Drinks were good, food was good, service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and great service. Definitely a perfect place to take a date.

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sallys
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, and ambiance! Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.6 stars by 7721 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.