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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

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (103)
Good for a Date (98)
Fun (94)
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Creative Cuisine (91)
Good for Birthdays (84)
Good for Groups (80)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Handcrafted Cocktails (65)
Hot Spot (60)
Romantic (53)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Authentic (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (45)
Worth the Drive (41)
Bar Seating (38)
Casual (37)
People Watching (33)
Happy Hour (31)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Comfort Food (24)
Business Meals (23)
Cozy (22)
Late-night Find (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Tapas (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Live Music (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Spicy (16)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Scenic View (14)
Kid-friendly (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Healthy (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (9)
Vegan (7)
Organic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Waterfront (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Very pricey, but worth it for a special dinner! We got the crab ceviche - served in an avocado bowl which was cool!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was so great except the waitress. It was my friend’s birthday party and I’ve never seen that kind of unkind waitress ever! 4 of my parties were just curious if she could smile or not, she was horrible. I’ll definitely try Carnivale again, tho.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic place with superior ambiance. Went for sunday brunch and was blown away by the food and service. Will be back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, People Watching, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined 4 days ago

Huge, colorful, establishment with fun decor reflecting the carnival theme. Rather loud. Great if taken as energetic or creating a party-like ambiance. Not so great for conversation or anybody who is hard of hearing. Delicious and interesting options for diverse diets/tastes, in our case ranging from vegan to steak-lover. Vegetarian/vegan options are not extensive but are delicious. We had a wonderful wine with dinner. Server was attentive without hovering.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined 4 days ago

We missed our reservation time but were accommodated so I am very appreciative.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and service was good but had to wait an additional 25 min from my reservation time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service great atmosphere great drinks

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I have been coming here for almost as long as it's been open. This last visit didn't start so well with our reservations being 45 min past time the of the requested. No one was really apologetic about it ( and there were so many people who had the same issue). Thankfully, it was made so much better with our server Omar. He made the experience the Carnivale experience that I have enjoyed over the years! If you can, try to ask for him! Hope the restaurant can not over book and or find a way to limit the time of those who are there for the special Friday shows.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

It was a fun dining experience with the Friday night show but we had an 8pm reservation and didn't get sat until after 9pm so you need to plan to expect a long wait, even with a reservation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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·Dined 5 days ago

We loved Carnivale! Only complaint was that our waiter seemed to rush us a bit but at least he was attentive. I ordered the yucca gnocchis (I'm vegetarian) and my boyfriend ordered the ribs and we both enjoyed our food very much. Great atmosphere, especially during the shows on Friday night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was horrible. Service was poor. Attempted to speak with the manager but the never came to the table. Carnivale should call it a wrap if they aren’t going to invest in themselves

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great time at Carnivale! Made a reservation for 8:30 but weren't seated until 9:15 so we got a free appetizer and wine. The tackle box was delicious as was the guacamole. Had the hazelnut cigar for desert and it was divine! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Reservations were made for Saturday the 11th at 8:30 pm we were seated at 9:25. The food was not what was expected. The staff is amazing they were all very friendly. We did enjoy our drinks and desserts. Most likely would not be coming back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Way, way too loud & noisy ... could not have any conversation due to piped in music and general crowd noise ... we left to go to quieter bar

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food great service and outstanding atmosphere .there were more flavors of this mealthan I have ever experienced anyway. We cannot wait to go back .

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Ecletic decor, trendy hot spot. Food is very good too. Worth trying!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I've seen the restaurant from the expressway for a few years now and decided to try it out. Made a reservation and was seated promptly. My server and support staff were attentive and very professional. The food was good, however the portions were small for the price. The food didn't WOW me, but wasn't dull either. I had the Black Cod and the portion size was really small for $32. As well, the compliments that came with it was sparse as well. Wasn't very filling. My other guest had similar experiences with portion size. One ordered the ARRACHERA which was tender but again small for a $27 skirt steak that only came with rice/beans. We also had the The Blue Crab Ceviche, which was probably the best thing we ate. Tried the House Ricotta and it was actually very tasty! The drinks were average, but they were out of the ingredients to do the "Mexican Standoff". Surprising for a Saturday night. So we had to order something else. Overall the experience was just okay. For the $$$'s we spent, I just didn't feel that we got our money's worth. I eat out several times a month. So it wasn't a budget issue, but with so many good places to eat in Chicago, they should work of the added value of their menu. Especially since the food was good and not GREAT! Probably won't be going back anytime soon. But if your adventurous, give it a try. A lot of eye candy in decor but lacking in "Bang For The Buck" and "Knock your socks off" Taste! Cheers!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

All great and usually service is good. On this night our waiter was rude. Still a favorite place to go.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Spicy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and awesome service! We went for "The Show", but it was a little disappointing. The food, however, did not disappoint.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I will definitely come back again and will love a tour of this colorful restaurant the food was excellent my cotton candy drink was awesome 👏🏼 😋my guests had a nice time we will celebrate another birthday 🎂 here again thank you my waiter was very friendly 👍🏼to .

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was excellent!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

FANTASTIC service from Vana! Knew the menu expertly. Did not pull punches on recommendations. Was very attentive and fun! Food was fantastic - perfectly seasoned, brought out hot, imaginative fusion. Great selection of craft cocktails and a no-miss wine list.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Atmosphere was great. Food was not all that and the waiter was no where to be found when we were ready to check out. It took us a hour to get out food and the waiter took about 30 min after we got sat down. Would not recommend it to anyone, overall very disappointing especially since it was a birthday dinner.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Service was slow, but the food and drinks were great

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything I expect from a nice restaurant. Good food and drinks, good service, etc. However I was there at 5:45 on a Monday night. I’d certainly try it again on the weekend!

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is my first time ever writing a review, I was so excited to go to the fun colored restaurant, but their host was so hostile and unpleasant because we were late for 26 minutes, they wait only 15. He said it in the way as if he wanted to get rid of us! Or as if he is my boss and i was late for my work! I understand i was late, but at least dont be so disrespectful and aggressive! I was so disappointed and so were my friends! With his attitude he ruined our night! The food and the server were excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food. Try the chicken waffles but be careful of the sauce. It's good, but spicey

Tags: Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went to Carnivale for my birthday this past Saturday night. I made reservations and we were seated right away. This was my first visit here after seeing the sign from the road several times. Upon entering, I was in love with the ambiance and overall style of Carnivale. It was vibrant and romantic! Entering the main dining room literally takes your breath away! Our server was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the menu. I can't remember the exact names of everything we had. We had two apps, smoked trout dip and some little tacos. For my entree I had something similar to paella, seafood rice (it was AMAZING!) my fiance had a pork shoulder dish and our friends had the baby back ribs and churrasco. Everything was SO good! They brought me a stick of their home made cotton candy for my birthday it was delicious! I can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Rude host employees, nice serving staff but not aware of their tables. Great food and ambience. Overall, did not fulfill as I had hoped. Had I known the level of service I would have passed on visit this evening.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Exceptional service, foodie worthy menu, it was like being in an adult fun house. I’ve already decided to come here twice a month.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, People Watching, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was great. Service was a little out of plce. As they brought us our appetizers before the bottle of wine we ordered. It was strange. Cool ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and drinks were great. Waiter was very rude and not friendly at all.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Murder mystery dinner was great. Costume actors did amazing performance interacting with guests. Food was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Dinner was exquisite! Loved everything about this restaurant

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Vegan, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Colorful fun atmosphere, great food. Salsa night was warming up when we left, looked very legit. We'll have to come back for that.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Went there gor anniversary dinner. Good was outstanding. Most notable the fried calamari appetizer. Unlike all others, the sauce made it special. My husband had the ribs which were wonderful but did not care for the slaw ( neither great nor awful) or the corn pudding (too sweet) but he is fussy.
We loved being there and will certainly return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

1/2 chicken and hangar steak should have more sides...especially the chicken would do well with vegetables

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

So I had a reunion with a friend who I hadn't seen in 32 years and wanted to make a good impression. I had previously brought my family for Mother's Day brunch and loved the atmoshere, et al. Unfortunately this time was not good at all. The food was all overdone, dry, burnt in some cases and luke warm. Severely disappointed.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place. Always a good time. Good idea to make reservations in advance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere, food, drinks and service. The entire experience was wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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