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About Carnivale

Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining experiences in Chicago’s West Loop. Exotic, energetic, and global, the festive atmosphere of Carnivale is a singular experience. We invite you to dine on unique Latin-inspired dishes created by Chef Rodolfo Cuadros while sipping drinks that run the gamut from muddled cocktails to aged tequila to complex wine — and a variety of other libations!

In addition to delicious food and unique drinks, Carnivale also features seven private party rooms to accommodate wedding receptions, business meetings, and a variety of other occasions. Each room offers a unique environment, but they all reflect the energy and passion of Carnivale.

Serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, Carnivale is the destination for Chicagoans who wish to enjoy global cuisine with Latin-American flair in an environment that reflects the passion of the chef!

702 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday 5pm– 10 pm
Monday - Tuesday 11:30am – 11pm
Wednesday - Thursday 11:30am – 11pm
Friday 11:30am – 1am
Saturday 5pm – 1am

Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30am- 2:30PM
*Complimentary Valet Parking until 4:00PM

Brunch:
Sunday - 10:30am - 3:00pm
*Complimentary Valet Parking
*Live Latin Music starting at 11am

Bar:
Monday-Tuesday - 11:30am-11pm
Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
Friday 11:30am-1am
Saturday 5pm-1am
Sunday 10:30am-10pm

*$9 Valet Parking for Dinner

Cross Street:
Halsted

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 850-5005

Website:
http://www.carnivalechicago.com/

Entertainment:
Wednesday Nights: House Band in the Lounge at 7p
Sunday Brunch: Live Latin music 11a-2p
Fridays: Live Latin music or Samba dancers

For upcoming events and features, visit www.carnivalechicago.com/features

Parking Details:
Complimentary Lunch Valet, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

$7 Valet Parking for Dinner

Public Transit:
Bus:
The #8 Halsted at Fulton Market/Lake: 2 minute walk
The # 65 Grand Avenue at Desplaines:10 minute walk
The # 56 Milwaukee stops at Fulton/Desplaines: 2 minute walk

Train:
The Blue Line at Milwaukee/Grand: 10 minute walk
The Pink Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
The Green Line at Clinton: 5 min walk

Executive Chef:
Rodolfo Cuadros

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For corporate parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, wedding showers and any other celebration of 20-1000, please contact our sales department at sales@carnivalechicago.com

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Details
Sun 8:30PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:45PM - 10:30PM

Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

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Private Dining

Carnivale is the perfect setting for your next party or event! Whether you're planning a birthday, wedding, rehearsal dinner, mitzvah, business meeting, family gathering or any kind of special event, our seven unique party rooms are designed to create a lasting impression.

Carnivale Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (124)
Creative Cuisine (100)
Good for Birthdays (98)
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Good for a Date (96)
Fun (95)
Good for Groups (79)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
Handcrafted Cocktails (62)
Romantic (53)
Hot Spot (49)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Worth the Drive (46)
Authentic (42)
Casual (39)
People Watching (35)
Bar Seating (34)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Happy Hour (28)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Cozy (24)
Great for Brunch (21)
Comfort Food (18)
Spicy (18)
Late-night Find (17)
Live Music (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Tapas (16)
Scenic View (16)
Business Meals (15)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Seasonal (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Healthy (7)
Vegan (6)
Great Beer (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We have passed this restaurant numerous times when we're driving on the Dan Ryan. We have always wanted to try it. My daughter suggested that we try it for my Birthday dinner. We were not disappointed. The food, drinks and atmosphere were great. My only complaint was that twice the waiter had forgotten something (my drink and my son's leftovers). After we asked him about them, he quickly got them for us. we would definitely come back.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

The energy at Carnivale is awesome. Love the decor and ambiance. Burrito was dry and not flavorful. Other two guests enjoyed their entrees.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Great drinks. Great vide. Excellent service!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great experience , the drinks were amazing . The Coconut Shrimp here is the best I’ve ever had . Great time , definitely planning on coming back !

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·Dined 4 days ago

The atmosphere was awesome and we were seated quickly. I felt the food was over priced. I paid $27 for some cold rice and steak. My boyfriend’s food was amazing, it was hot and tasty. We informed the waiter that it was my boyfriend’s bday and we expected something like a song or a sparkle or something, we got nothing!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Carnivale was listed as kid friendly but there was absolutely NOTHING that was kid friendly !! First there was NO kid menu . And we could not substitute anything on the menu so my son could eat because it is not allowed on a Saturday !!! My son loves fish but the fish on the menu is heavy seasoned . Food was ok and the ambience was probably the best part . Good for a date but not for a family with young kids .

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was really good, and the service was pretty good also. The only down part was we asked specifically to be sat to see "the show" they have on Fridays, and we couldn't have been further away in another room.

Tags: Fun, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was awesome, but service was pretty slow. Sat there close to 15 minutes before even placing an order for drinks and another 15 before getting a drink.

Tags: Live Music, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great time had by all. Colorful, great service. The drinks were good and strong. The music kept you moving.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was good, but the service was not. The host could not find the table we were supposed to be at; each table he took us to already had someone in it. Then the waiter was very sparse. We maybe saw him 4 times in 2 hour.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Enjoyed the variety and quality of the food. Service was outstanding and very accommodating to our needs. Love the ambiance and festive mood of the decor of the interior. Great location and access to the city. Highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, People Watching, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was my first time visiting Carnivale for brunch and it was great! Upon arrival, I realized it was a theme brunch day (PJ's), but I never felt out of place in my regular clothing. Food was great, music was great, and service was outstanding! I look forward to coming back and participating in the next theme.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The atmosphere and service was A+ fantastic!!!! The DJ was on point, and it was just a fun place to be. I was disappointed by the brunch menu. It was very authentic and different. I was super excited to try it. I have been wanting to come here for about 5 years since I moved to Chicago. However, I was very disappointed by the food. It was fancy looking and fancy sounding, but SERIOUSLY lacked flavor. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good, it just didn’t wow me like I expected it to. I would only return for the good time, not specifically for the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our server Celene was amazing and helpful. A great atmosphere in the restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Carnivale is a fabulous restaurant . The food is top notch

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was one of the best restaurants I have been to in 2 years. The breakfast pajama brunch, who know it would be so creative and as many people would participate. It was great seeing the employees dressed too. My husband was kind of skeptical in going because he thought it was going to be a pajama party for mostly women so he didn't want to come. But when he got here he saw some men were here and it wasn't as bad as he thought. I am going to bring some more people with me this Sunday since there is another one then. I live out in Matteson Illinois but I will travel for great entertainment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great ambience, great food! Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Amazing food and tremendous service. I would recommend this restaurant hands-down To anyone I know

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

overall was good, the food was delightful, service or she forgot my drinks or the bar was very busy!!!!!!

but i had good time with my family.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Carnivale never disappoints!! Consistently spectacular!! Everything we had was delicious!! Love coming here. Started with the mixto ceviche. Delicious! Then a filet and shrimp special. And prime rib eye. Both amazing!! Also enjoyed the key lime pie and tres leches. You can't go wrong!!! Love!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We took my mom here for her birthday in early January. It was awesome! The server had great suggestions and was patient with our group. We never felt rushed and were able to enjoy each course. The surprise birthday treat was an added bonus! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Authentic, People Watching, Fun, Tapas, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our server wasn’t as attentive as she could have been. She wasn’t quite listening. She brought an incorrect drink for someone, then she offering the dessert menu but when she returned she brought the check. I also requested that my guacamole be wrapped to go so when the to go bag was brought to the table, I assumed it was mine but it was actually my friend’s chicken. The visit wasn’t all bad. My two friends enjoyed their meals very much and the waitress removed the calamari from the bill because I didn’t like it. That was very much appreciated.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Bad experience.. will not go back!
Food orders were served incorrect,
dis not take food allergies serious.
Would definitely not recommend to anyone,
has gone down hill since last visit 2 years ago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

All the food was flavorful and enjoyable. We ordered the coconut shrimp(perfect cook, not chewy) the grilled octopus ( never been a fan but it was amazing here) and the ropa Vieja (mini crunchy tacos... kinda) as apps. The aged ribeye was amazing. Our table ordered the churasco steak and the lamb. We also had the Cuban cigar for dessert... the presentation was great but it wasn’t my favorite. I would recommend the the tres leches cake.

We will be back soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food! I will definitely recommend to family and friends. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about menu. Food came quickly and wine was amazing

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We did not eat. Just had dessert and drinks for our anniversary. Carnivalesque is just so upbeat and a fun atmosphere for anyone!!! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Carnivale is a fun restaurant with good tasting South American fare. Drinks and desserts are fun and the space has a nice party feel to it. We had three teenagers with us (including a couple of somewhat picky eaters) who all enjoyed the menu and the ambiance. Highly recommend for a fun time and good food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food and service were outstanding! We were a party of 8. Each of us thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

BEST place in the city... Their menu is amazing and a variety, my spouse had the skirt steak, and you can't get it anywhere else, like this. The ROPA VIEJA are these small tacos, Braised veal cheek, sweet plantains, malanga, aji amarillo aioli, queso fresco... we make a special trip here just to order this appetizer! BEST Coconut Shrimp I've ever had, it's to die for. listed as Aji panca glaze, frisée, pineapple chutney...the pineapple chutney is simply perfect... Oh we rave on this place, if you can't tell... the atmosphere is colorful and cheerful, we requested the special table with the two high back upholstery chairs... all they offer is amazing... it was like -20 outside... and that was the only thing that was rough, it was chilly inside... like couldn't knock the cold... but the food really is amazing and cannot wait to go back. Dinner for two (one entree, one app as a meal), with (4) cocktails, two appetizers, and two desserts $150... Parking next door is $4, from 3:00 to midnight... total, not hourly... that's right... Valet is available for $9... if you haven't been there... go!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waiter service was horrible and for some reason the restaurant wouldn’t turn the heat on higher even though it was 3 degrees outside. My friends and I decided to stay and leave our coats on. I had made a reservation for 4 people on jan 1 and the place was completely empty but they refused to seat me until my whole party showed up. After a few of us waited at the bar we decided just to stay there. This is not the carnivale experience that I remember. I haven’t been in a few years since I moved from Chicago to LA but I must say things have gone downhill and I won’t be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a dinner reservation on Nye. Ambiance was great however our table appeared to be an "after thought table." There was no white linen, no candle, no ballons. Glassware was dirty. Our waiter came over three times to tell me they were out of the appetizer, entrees, and dessert we ordered. Food was not worth the pricey. I understand its NYE our bill was over $500 and expected better service and attention.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I had my family in town for the new year and thought Carnivale would be an amazing place to celebrate, they ran out of food, the services was horrible/ server was rude and zero compensation was made for the inconvenience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE Party at carnivale

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were seated in a room that had poor views of the performances. The food was good and the services was good, but I am disappointed with the lack of entertainment I was told about.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for NYE and it was amazing. They had a special menu for NYE which at first put me off because their regular menu is amazing but the food was delicious. 2 out of the 4 of us do not normally eat seafood and they both enjoyed the seafood that was ordered. I would recommend this place for any special occasion or if you're looking for something different/new. It is a bit pricey but definitely worth it and nothing too crazy compared to restaurants in the Loop/River North area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overpriced and food was not so good- no kids friendly meals. We paid $30 for some pasta - crazy!!!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I work in the industry and I think we judge places harder than others sometimes. But I have to give this place 5 stars, everything was well done from the service to the ambiance and especially the food. In addition, I received compliment after compliment for booking a great dinner spot for my friends... Gracias Carnival!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to Carnivale for my 40th birthday dinner, we had a fantastic dining experience! The food was delicious and fast to the table, our server was knowledgeable and attentive, and the cocktails were refreshing. My wife is a pescatarian and they were willing to accommodate to her dietary needs. We went early in the evening and had a great ambiance, but as the evening rolled on the noise of the patrons increased exponentially- but I will not flaw our dining experience for that- restaurants can be noisy that’s the nature of the industry! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Vegan, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was my daughter’s 16th birthday and the restaurant and personnel really went above and beyond to make it the most memorable experience ever for her. Needless to say we will be back!! Thank you!!

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