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Carnivale

4.7
7666 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 7666 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks and good service combined with an awesome menu and a very cool and inviting setting. Definitely the move for the special night out

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KevinOG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - everything was fantastic from the empanadas, Mexican-style street corn, Brazilian Churrasco, Fideos, and for desert, the Banana pecan toffee cake! The desert was literally amazing - unique, great flavor, presentation was 🔥 🔥! The sangria is always my go-to. The only do-over I would do - is order the steak medium. We ordered it medium-rare, it was a little less than medium-rare, but was still very good. Staff is attentive, apps & food came out very quick, and overall a great dining experience! Wish there was still entertainment & live music, but covid kinda put the kibosh on that. Highly recommend this place, so happy they survived/surviving through the tough times! We’ll be back soon! Thank you! - Kevin O.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noel Sr. and Noel Jr. are amazing and they treat everyone amazing.

KJ
KalaJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best Mother’s Day dinner! I really enjoyed it! Thanks Carnivale for the great food and service!

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vipAmaliaP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for mother's day brunch. menu was delicious. Service was good. Ambiance was beautiful. Complimentary dessert/flowers for the mothers was a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mother’s Day brunch was amazing. Food and service were top notch.

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ChristineS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. The portions were large. Excellent.

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Brie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the empanadas for appetizer, and the arrachera for my main course paired with the cotton candy martini. For dessert had the coconut cake. Everything was absolutely delicious! Tasted some of my husband's steak and it was definitely worth the price paid. Our waiter was super nice and loved the ambience of the restaurant.

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vipJessicaM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lamb chops are my favorite. I love this place, but don't fall in love too quickly with a particular food because they change their menu often. I miss the Cuban Dessert and the Grits for my entree, and the flaming margarita. Even though they change the menu often there will always be something you like!

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vipTaylorL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom and grandma out for Mother’s Day and we enjoyed our time! Paella was delicious

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CamB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fun environment and so friendly!!! Truly great service; loved the drinks!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! We really enjoyed ourselves. Also the drinks were amazing. Our server Christian was super nice and friendly, really made our experience special.

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TW40
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience!!! Me and hubby!

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LoriH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my first time at Carnivale. The service was absolutely amazing, the décor and ambiance were really fun as well. My table indulged family style with all appetizers but they were mostly good. The coconut shrimp was amazing, the brisket and plantain dish, also amazing. I tried the cherry rice with bacon, not sure what I expected but it was really good. The mac and cheese was decent as well. I had the cotton candy martini and it was delish, and not too sweet like one would think. I will definitely be back to indulge in the entrées that also looked amazing. Also the presentation of everything was great.

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Oneyatta
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good but the service was okay. The waiter could have been a little more attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a graduation and they really treated us with respect and helped accommodate us with our little baby. Great customer service and will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time our waiter was amazing

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Justie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food overall was not worth the price. However the chicken was good and the drinks were good as well but I will not return.

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vipdavids
Tahoe
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails, wonderful ambiance and excellent service

TK
vipTanyaK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Not sure if they were understaffed, but our server didn’t check back with us in a timely fashion. We didn’t even have QR codes to order, we had to ask after flagging him down. He seemed very overwhelmed & not very friendly or apologetic. Luckily other servers & bussers would come by & bring hot sauce, etc. We ordered 2 of the same Maracuya drinks, 1 came darker colored, without salt & without alcohol. The manager was nice though & comped drinks for us. They forgot to comp them initially, so we had to tell the server, who proceeded to somehow run the wrong tabs on different cards. If the management & ancillary staff weren’t as accommodating, i would’ve given this place 2 stars.

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vipSamB1
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun ambience, terrific food , great service. Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent and the atmosphere is beautiful! We loved the empanadas and the churrasco

PG
vipPriscillaG
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Table service was good and I loved that they adhered to social distancing guidelines.

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NanetteL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall great experience. The only suggestion I would make is regarding waiting to be seated. It seemed a bit unorganized. We were moved from one spot several times in order to accommodate people passing through based on the space as we waited to be seated.

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SimeonW
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, and food was delicious

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vipCoffee
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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Cece
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience here. We made reservations and they seated us at a table that was in a dark spot, so we asked if we could move to a table with more light and they approved after checking with the hostess.

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Michelew
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with a couple from Brazil. Thought the food was amazing and authentic. Great atmosphere as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my birthday and had an amazing time!

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Gigi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband here for the first time. We enjoyed the entire dining experience. Ou server, Valentino, made the evening one that we will cherish.

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BiancaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was Amazing as usual the waiter was Great. We will be back

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EdgarV
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience once again.

MN
MikeN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. Great taste and perfect ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday with a nice romantic dinner. I chose Carnivale because neither one of us has gone there and we both have been wanting to go and what better way then to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday there. Everything was amazing.

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chifood87
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is a fun spot and beautiful environment, but the quality and value of the food has slipped throughout the years. I would recommend for drinks and appetizers, but you have a plethora of much better dining options the Fulton Market area.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here to celebrate a friend's Bachelorette party. The staff gave us a complimentary champagne toast and our waiter was very attentive and informative. Dinner was amazing! I am so glad we took a chance as first time guests and look forward to future visits.

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EdgarV
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent ambient and decoration.

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vipLissyT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait to sit in the nicer area, but it was worth it! Food and drinks were great.

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Ryan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Highly recommend the cotton candy cocktail. This place was a bit pricey for the food, but the atmosphere is wonderful

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DeniseA
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a colorful experience! We loved celebrating my daughter's 19th birthday there!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7666 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.