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Carnivale

4.6
7799 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 7799 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelM
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best meal we have had in ages. The paella was awesome and crammed with seafood. Our server, Omar, was suave and attentive. The venue was eclectic and magical. This venue is a must do when you visit Chicago!

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vipbtff
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first visit. Loved the atmosphere and the variety of rooms and decorations. Food quality was excellent and the service was top notch.

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Robain
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Other than the 20 minute wait for our server to come and check in on us (he was apologetic when he finally got time to get our order), the whole experience was outstanding, lively ambience, colorful venue, good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo was the best! He made sure we were taken care of the entire time. Service was amazing, food was even better! We will be back very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The decor was amazing and let me tell you the meats were freaking flavorful! Had some issues with some things but overall the experience of it with great company definitely pulled through the night. Side note was we celebrated a birthday!

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Wamecca
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The price tag was a bit high, but expected in Chicago. The music was a little loud for conversation, but it was good music.

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LarryM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pete did a great job explaining the dishes, making suggestions and serving us.

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Arpz
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service is simply amazing...makes the eating experience very pleasant and enjoyable.

Foood was OKayish...grilled octopus was great but ceviches were not really ceviche like...more like eating poke than a tru ceviche

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TatiGoin
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was welcoming and fun, service was great, and food was impeccable.

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CocktailFan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether for a special occasion, or just because you want a great mojito, I try to make it to Carnivale any chance I can. I love the food and the drinks! The service is also always top-notch.

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LivingLaVidaLoca
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Maybe it was an off night but the food was not up to par from my previous visits. My server was fine. She was personable but the flavor of the food wasn’t on point like I have experienced in the past. I enjoyed the 16 layer chocolate cake with the raspberries a lot. Ambience was perfect!

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Kenya
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday dinner for my boyfriend here and everything went so smoothly. The waitresses recommendations were great! From ambiance, service, drinks, and food was all great. Will be visiting again !

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anthonyJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for some different flavors and flair this is the place to go. We have been to Chicago many times and we were looking at places for something different and out of the ordinary other than the normal that we can get anywhere. This place topped that chart. The Staff was friendly and attentive all the way from valet to paying the bill. The decor was great from the paintings to the neon lights everything just fit. The food was phenomenal we ordered the coconut shrimp for an appetizer, Charcoal Roasted Chicken and Lamb chops for dinner. The chicken was juicy and flavorful and the lamb chops were cooked to perfection. The drinks were spot on perfect and the wait staff didn’t miss a beat with the recommendations. This is definitely going to be our go to every time we’re in Chicago.

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Chrissy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food. Has some good vegan and vegetarian options

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NelsonR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy an evening with friends. Fantastic atmosphere

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chicagoweekend
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our service was great. We enjoyed our appetizer and dinner slections. The cotton candy martini was fun and the cigar cake presentation was great. I would visit again next time I am Chicago. Everyone in our party of 6 was pleased, especially our gluten free groupee. What a great was to end our trip and celebrate a birthday.

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JeffreyB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant interior was surprisingly much more appealing than the exterior. Staff was warm, attentive and helpful. Food was very good. Music and ambiance was lively, but not too loud. Would definitely dine here again.

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DaisyC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! My boyfriend and I had the paella and island salmon, it was delicious. Also, I loved their coconut shrimp. The restaurant is colorful and beautiful. Our server Jehovanna delievered outstanding service.

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

One of the best dining experiences. Food was delicious, service excellent and restaurant is beautiful, colorful, perfectly decorated. Love! Love! Love!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. It was very busy but our server was very friendly, attentive and caring, the food was fast and the drinks were superb. Food presentation was great and bursting with flavor. Dessert (Chocolate cigar )was gorgeous and delicious. I will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

I don't like being tucked away in a back room. No ambiance, all you hear is bass. Food was average compared to usual but ambiance was bad.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved EVERYTHING about this place! The food, the drinks, the amazing service—Rick is awesome—was all phenomenal! I’ll definitely be back and will continue to forever recommend this place to others! Bravo, Carnivale!

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Sammy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails, skirt steak and seafood paella are really good. Perfect to share multiple dishes with a large group

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LisandraP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ricardo was amazing great service and great food thank you Ricardo giving my husband an amazing birthday

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AmyK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food. So glad to be back!

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JulietteB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow! Carnivale is so fun. We had the best server and support staff. We loved the cotton candy martini. Plenty of options for vegetarians. Beautiful art, fun carnival vibes, fun experience!

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Carm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The ambiance and food were amazing! The server was good but she could have been a little more attentive. We had finished eating and were trying to see her for a while before she finally showed up at the table so we could get to-go boxes and the check. The bussers were very attentive.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place with delicious food. Wonderful service!!

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DavidB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is fully re-opened and a wonderful experience. the ambiance is deligghtful and colorful with many dining options. We ended up inside because of threatening weather. Food was really good and the service everything you would want.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was wonderful as always

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff was very friendly and helpful.

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KaeKay
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food & atmosphere! The drinks were real good and had nice aesthetic as well. Would definitely recommend

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PamelaB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We will be back food fabulous. Service needs to get back to where is should be but it will

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RRust
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant welcome at the door with a mesmerizing and delectable dining experience.

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Clare
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was awful. was seated 45 minutes after my reservation time. Hostess stand was extremely disrespectful. I will never be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our server. Forgot his name but he had a comb over. Definitely an experience that’s worth the money. Can’t wait for the live music

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LisaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful as always. Creative offerings and gorgeous colorful surroundings.

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vipHYPnotiK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Omar was very attentive, cheerful, and polite. Gave us the best recommendations to try. My first time having octopus and it turned out to be my favorite of the night.

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Taya
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance that makes for a nice date or great first stop for a night on the town. Highly recommend the paella!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.6 stars by 7799 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.