Carnivale

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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining destinations in Chicago’s West Loop. 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. Serving dinner and Sunday brunch, Carnivale is the destination for Chicagoans who wish to enjoy global cuisine with Latin-American flair.
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnival is amazing. It’s pricey but it’s largely worth it!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent everything.
Waitstaff made the entire experience wonderful. Excellent food. Only negative was the recommended wine paring was a bit off.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The weekends sound like they would be more fun for the $$

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food very mediocre for price. Great atmosphere. Our waiter was friendly but didn’t know answers to simple questions (portion sizes, what is in the Cuban cigar dessert, if things are shareable, etc)

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Carnivale does not disappoint. We had the seafood tower, ropa viejo, steaks, pork and salmon- all cooked to perfection. Multiple drinks and various deserts as well. The vibe of this place is just the best.

PP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our Anniversary dinner at Carnivale exactly 1 year after getting married there. Dinner did not disappoint. We had the famous "Ropa Vieja", Peruvian Chicken, and Arrachera Skirt steak. Everything was delicious and Ramon was an attentive and very helpful server. He suggested the Prisoner Red wine which is a favorite of ours and the Sangria is so good if you like a sweet drink that packs a punch! We also witnessed a marriage proposal and many birthdays. Its just a great place to celebrate. Cheers!

JE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my husband has an amazing experience. Food and drinks where excellent.

FT
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a pretty funky place but super fun. Love all the art, and the food is great. They have all the traditional South American cocktails & dishes.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love Carnivale, I have been here a handful of times. the food and drinks are amazing. So I was surprised when our food was cold when we received it.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so much fun once again! The music was bumpin, performers were on point, food was delicious, and the energy was intense. My one issue was I couldn't enjoy my food too much because I was too busy dancing in my seat. 😂 Loved it!

JG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Carnivale was wonderful. The service was exceptional (although we were a party of black people seated in the back, where eventually other black people were seated in the back). I enjoyed the ambiance and atmosphere but felt slightly isolated. The food was good and my waiter had an incredible experience, which he shared. That said, there is one element I can't get over. The flight of rums in the dessert menu is labeled "Plantation rum." I'm not sure if this is the brand or the "type" of rum, but seeing the word "plantation" on a menu in 2019 and then the islands of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados listed underneath them was off-putting to me. I wanted to sample all of those alcohols, but I was simply unable to. It might make sense to think of language that's slightly more inclusive and/or thoughtful in the menu. I can't imagine that calling it an "island flight" or "Caribbean Adventure" is more difficult than including the word "plantation" multiple times on a menu. It hinders my ability to recommend this restaurant to a friend given my personal values.

r
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was perfect, food was amazing and company was the best! What an incredible night! Thank you.

JB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for food and atmosphere - great service

PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Carnivale many times now, always great food and service.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. My family and I had a great time.

LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

My guest had the pork chop and it was extremely hard to cut and chew. They asked for a medium and they gave us well done. The food was not tasteful or flavorful.

K
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. Food was awesome and our Witress was really friendly and very helpful. She was great.

JV
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience I loved the flavors. The service was excellent

D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale was recommended to us by a co-worker. We are 4 friends who used to work together on a girls trip to Chicago and our first night (Friday night) we had dinner at Carnivale and it was fantastic. The restaurant is very colorful, cool art and they had entertainment. There was a violinist playing as she walked around the room and then in the center an aerialist! Sometimes a themed restaurant has unimpressive food but not Carnivale. Carnivales latin cuisine was fantastic. I had the porterhouse pork and it was delicious. Someone else had the Tacu Tacu and another friend had the salmon. We all enjoyed our meals
We had an 8pm reservation but we had a bit of a wait but no matter as we had fun taking selfies in a room that had a painted Zoltar. It did take a long time for food to come out but honestly when you are with friends enjoying their company and watching the interesting entertainment it didn't bother us in the least. We didn't leave the restaurant until around 11pm.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale was amazing! My boyfriend and I went on Friday night and went first to the bar. Carlos made us some amazing drinks after we described what we like. He was so great and made the best drinks we’ve had! We then ate dinner in the main dining area where we got to enjoy a couple of cool performances (a violinist and aerialist) who made dinner that much more fun! The food was amazing - ropa vieja, al pastor, and the nightly special of a filet mignon. All amazing! Our server was Ricardo who was wonderful; he was knowledgeable, fun, and attentive! It couldn’t have been a better night! Can’t wait to return.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great dining experience. Superb food. Great entertainment. Thank you for that.

D
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday with friends and it was amazing. The food and drinks were delicious! Would definitely recommend and return!

j
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luis---a world class server in a wonderful restaurant

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

From the moment we felt welcome. We were promptly taken to our table. Our waiter was very welcoming and helpful. The only reason I’m giving them 4 stars is because it feels like they give the waiters too many tables. Our waiter was phenomenal but I could see he was rushing to get to all his tables. The food is very good. We had the Hispanic heritage month menu and it was great. The drinks were also very good.

SM
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s a fun place dinners are more fun.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun! Great date spot

TR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RICARDO is an excellent waiter. Attentive, informative, professional and friendly. I was pleasantly surprised that the sound level was not as loud as I expected for such a large space and festive atmosphere. I appreciated a prix fixed offering which was ample and provided us variety at a reasonable price. The food was delicious, cooked to order and the desserts are OVER THE TOP in uniqueness and taste. It was a fun experience and I will definitely return with more people next time!

s
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything but the entertainment was excellent. I finally saw the entertainment I missed each time I was there. The entertainment was just okay, nothing superb. Next time we’ll be okay sitting elsewhere than the main dining room.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Steps MUST be taken to reduce chemically bile smelling smell of the SLAGEL FARMS PORK PORTERHOUSE “AL PASTOR” entrée. The pork itself is fine but when cooking pineapple be careful of the smell produced.

LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The meal, service and ambiance were all fabulous! Prices were high, but we would definitely go back and recommend the experience to our friends. Thank you :-)

JT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy our time when we come here. Food and service always great!

LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was overpriced for what I ordered. I had the chicken and waffles and it was not worth $16. The ambiance was great. So many places to take pictures. Love the selfie room. The waiter was attentive. My friends said their meals were ok but wouldn't order them again. One had the burrito meal and the other a sandwich meal forgot the name. It really didn't have a lot of options to choose from. Its also not disability friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoy a great brunch every now and then. One of our top choices for our family is Carnivale. The ambiance, service, and food is spectacular, and a place you should insert on your bucket list.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Angel, our server was incredible. Best server in Chicago. The man. Great food. Everything was great. Great music. Great mezcal.

W
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Disappointing — great atmosphere, but our entrees (salmon and paella) lacked any real flavor. The guacamole was ordinary and bland as well.

SL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Took an hour for the food to reach our table of 6, Dessert came out wrong. Entrees were just ok some very dry. Did not enjoy.

IG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The food wasn't great at all. I would recommend going there just for the drinks at the bar, the ambiance, and or the appetizers. Other than that, a bit overpriced for the quality.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Table seemed crammed in. Server was slow and brought out wrong food.

S
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people who work there are just awesome the dancers the waiters eveyone!

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