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Carnivale

4.7
7787 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 7787 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

JR
JRHEML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Sara
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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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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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!

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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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was very bad, and my stomach got very upset next day. I will never come back

Carnivale
Responded on September 2, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about your experience! If you wouldn't mind, please send an email to our operations manager Sam at srandazzo@carnivalechicagodotcom with any further details. We do hope you'll give us another chance in the future to exceed your expectations and serve you again. Warm regards, Carnivale Management

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience3

It took 20 minutes for a waiter to come to the table, drinks were awful but the food was good. Don’t think I’ll be back but the restaurant was cool on the inside.

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LukaszP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Southern American ambiance with spaceous dinning room and great service.

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vipbobk
Detroit
78 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and colorful surroundings. Very Loud and energetic vibe. Each dish had a unique Latin American twist on it. All great. Cotton candy martini was fun! Party atmosphere all around.

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vipMichaelD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Reservation time was 7 pm. Stayed on time

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JermicaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and service! It was also beautiful in there!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration -was great!! Loved the cotton candy surprise birthday treats.

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OmarT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance is the main selling point of this place. The food could be better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great vibe

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vipBeaB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Food is high end and tasty and the ambiance is next level. It feels like an event every time I’ve been. Highly recommend the coconut shrimp and plantains!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Anniversary. Waiter was phenomenal.

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vipDiner6
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very fun atmosphere and I was really surprised by how great the food was! Everything we ordered was excellent. We were there for a family dinner before my son went back to college and everyone loved it.

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

Love the food and atmosphere.

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7787 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.