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Carnivale

4.4
5996 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
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!

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday 5pm– 9 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
$5 valet service

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
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Phone number
(312) 850-5005
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rodolfo Cuadros
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted
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Parking details
$5 Valet Parking for Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

$9 Valet Parking for Dinner
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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
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Entertainment
Sunday Brunch: Live Latin music 11a-2p
Fridays: Pop-up Entertainment every Friday

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

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.

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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Carnivale Style. Taco Specials. Casamigos Cocktails. Live Mariachi Band. The Celebration Starts at 5pm on May 5.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day Carnivale Style. Brunch - 9am-3pm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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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

What 5996 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

While the ambiance of Carnivale is truly unique with its beautiful bursts of color, our dining experience unfortunately left areas of opportunity. It look over 25 minutes for our server to acknowledge us after being seated and to take our cocktail orders. He did not take the time to review the menu with us nor did he make any recommendations, which was difficult for our out of town guests. Once we finally did receive our cocktails, we were then rushed the entire rest of the meal by multiple server assistances trying to take our cocktails/plates before we were anywhere near finished. This was extremely frustrating as we were interrupted upwards of 10 times, during a meal meant to catch up with out of town friends. Overall, Carnivale is a beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous ambiance, but based on the service we had, I would not recommend.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was good but the services was really poor. Our server was barely around and if we wanted to order anything we pretty much needed to hunt him down. Once we received the bill we noticed that he automatically received 20% service fee since we were a group of 6 (5 adults and 1 child). He provided us with poor service because he knew that he didn't have to bother with our table since he was getting an automatic tip.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Brunch menu limited from 10:00am-5:00pm. We were interested in the normal menu for our guests who never have been there.

Took several times to bring our correct order out. Didn’t even offer to compensate or take off bill.
Service was nice but the kitchen kept messing up 3 our of 7 people.

$10 for cotton candy is crazy especially when orders were messed up.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was good, the service was slow that day because they were very crowded due to all of the parties (bridal, birthday, etc). Other than that would recommend for the food and experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The lamb rack was absolutely delicious! Service was great as super recommendations came from him!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It's the whole whole experience from food to atmosphere.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was bad that night. The server made so many mistakes....first, two people from our party ordered the tequila flight and only 1 received it. So that had to be fixed. Then, my husband ordered a dessert port wine, which the amount was very scarce. So he inquired if the pour was correct. After waiting for a while after we were told he was going to speak to the manager, my husband was given another pour and was told it was on the house. When we got the bill, we were charged for both. Lastly, when we asked to have our bill split into the 2 couples, the items were mixed up. After all the mistakes, we figured it wasn't worth the hassle anymore and just paid and left.

My husband and I came here with our couple friends to reenact a couples date night we had about 6 years ago (the first time I met his friends). This was a special night because we will be moving out of state and just wanted to do what we did when we first became friends. The service made it a bad experience that muffled the great experience we had 6 years ago.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent and out servers was very informative and polite. The service was also very fast which was awesome.

If I had any complaint it would be the background music being so loud that it’s hard to hear the person sitting next to you speak.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for my birthday. The atmosphere was perfect for a birthday. Very colorful, live music, good drinks. The service was great and I like the cotton candy martini :-)

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Overpriced for what we got. We weren’t seated in the main dining area with the entertainment so we couldn’t see a thing. I would have understood the overpriced apps and entrees if we had been in there, but since we weren’t I didn’t think it was worth it.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As always fabulous!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was friendly and the sggestions were spot on. Food was delicious, and the drinks were just as amazing. Try the steak, you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous! The menu could be better with more options. For special occasions you can order the candy cotton. It’s very delicious and fun.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Absolutely loved this place. Fun environment, very friendly staff and all the food was delicious. My husband had been once before and wanted to take me and it did not disappoint!

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I must say the waiter was very kind and helpful in choosing our meals. The wait was not long at all but I have never had such salty food before in my life. Iit was so salty that it ruined everything for me. I do not have hypertension or any health problems but it was rediculous how much salt was in the food.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We went there for lunch not realizing that we would sit in the front area instead of the dining area. Also the manager walked around asking others how was everything but never came by our table. It's just a different dynamic from the lunch to dinner experience.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Was a wonderful experience shared with the whole family. Drinks and dishes were unique and full of flavor. Service was fantastic. Absolutely recommend to everyone.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The waiter was great but none of the food was hot all lukewarm

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was my second visit for brunch and just like my first time, it was FANTASTIC! I can't wait until my next visit..... always enjoyable and the food is out of this world good

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fun date night out! Loved the ambiance and atmosphere ! Two thumbs up

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our server was wonderful, food was fantastic and we just had a great time for a birthday. Drinks were on point and prices were reasonable for the area.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Let me tell you, visiting Carnivale was truly an exceptional experience! We were visiting from Colorado and let one of the managers, Maria, know that we had a bit of trouble getting to the restaurant and that alone was enough for her to do everything she could to make sure we had a fabulous experience! And we truly did! From our server, to the food, to the ambiance - it was all well worth the money spent. I will most definitely be back here again and again every time I'm in Chicago!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was excellent, atmosphere perfect and a great birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a great experience. We were there celebrating our friends bachelorette. From the moment we walked in the atmosphere felt welcoming and fun. Dim lights and colorful paintings. Our waiter was great and attentive but the most impressive was that the manager came over to say hi to us. Congratulated our bachelorette and had a 5 minute conversation with us girls. Our waiter later came with a round of shots for all of us compliments from the manager. They also treated us with dessert. We felt so welcomed and well appreciated. We loved our night at Carnivale!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My family really enjoyed this before a show at the United Center. The food was fantastic and the drinks were so good!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful experience here and will definitely be back. Loved the colorful decor, and quick and friendly service. Drinks, appetizers and entrees were all really good.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

CARNIVAL Restaurant April 14, 2018
Music and food- food and Music combine with Roc, a wonderful early evening of dining.

We started with the photo booth and then finding a table. From a wall for two, to a balcony for two, we are ready leave, and Roc point to a table on the main floor. Away we went.

The appetizers were very good although the calamari was very good, not hot. The guacamole was very good
GUACAMOLE Chunky avocados, cilantro, chilies, onion, garlic, lime, fresh corn chips


also without the tomato cumin,and onion that graces our guacamole at home.

The conversation with Maria was over the top.
We talk about Red Light, Vivo(17 years) and Marché former restaurants on west Randolph.
She worked at all of them.

Then we speak Tim Griffin the general manager about the decor that reflected Red Light. The ceiling in the main area is 25-30 feet.

The main course was a real dining with
Baby kale, house-made caesar dressing, gochujang paint, sourdough croutons, shaved parmesan cheese kale Cesar salad


Leonard had rack of lamb (Wood-grilled lamb rack, pastel de yucca, lamb ragout, butternut squash, Closed Loop Farm greens).....


Now to the end the meal was the key lime pie.

To top off the night Brandon Ramsey knows my neighbor for high school .....
Brandon worked with use to find the table ..

We will reruns with the posse .....
The music really move the event.... the music was high energy.....

This was a wonderful, uplifting , and great time..
Woooooooow...💎💎💎💎💎
Shalom

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Really had high expectations for tonight. Seems like our reservation wasn’t made or not quite sure because we were sat in a corner next to the bar where the bar keep kept bumping into our chair. We went for the live entertainment but since we were sat away from the main floor in the corner we did not get to see any of it. The manager did “allow” us to walk up and view it if we wished to but she said it was a two minute dance no big deal. So don’t be fooled this entertainment is only to get you in the door according to the manager. The food was good and the server was nice when we were able to wave him down.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was excellent and came to our table very quickly. Unfortunately, it took us forever to get our drinks. Once we received our first set of drinks, it took 30mn to get our second set. Even though, we asked a hostess who came by asking if we needed anything. We told her we were waiting for our drinks for quite a bit and she said she would get them. She never came by.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and drinks! Great ambiance! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Celebrated birthdays with friends. Our server was amazing and helpful. Seemed super concerned about our needs and wanting us to have a good experience. The Friday night pop-up show was fun and entertaining. The food is slightly pricey but top notch. Would definitely recommend and go again myself.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I absolutely love Carnivale. The food and the staff are simply amazing!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We absolutely LOVED this restaurant! The female manager was excellent and stopped at our table twice to see how we were doing. Our food was served pipping hot and the oooohhhh the flavors. We had the salmon with black pearl rice and the pork shoulder with plantains and grits. Cannot wait to take my family back for a special event.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I hadn’t been there in years. Not for any reason and was reminded why I liked it.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was our first visit and our friends' first visit for the dining room, as they had been to the bar lounge numberous times before our dinner. The food was delicious and the ambiance is great. The wine list could use some work, as we tasted four wines before we found one that was really good without having to go to the "special" wine list [as in significantly higher prices]. We would definitely like to return to the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Came for a business meal, and it was a beautiful setting, relaxing for all, excellent attentive service, unique and dramatic food. Bathrooms were a little dingy.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always an enjoyable meal with excellent service. The consistency in quality of service and the great food makes Carnivale one of my favorite casual dining choices in the Chicago area.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had an afternoon lunch. They close at 3. We were there before two. Food was good. Service was only so-so. They were more focused on cleaning to get ready to close than serving us. It was quite disappointing, actually.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service was friendly but very slow. All make servers not a great idea!!!! Had to ask several times for things like lemons for water. Portion sizes small not worth money.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Brought out-of-town guest. Good food. Music too loud to carry on a decent conversation.

OUR SERVER WAS AWFUL ~ we were seated for 1/2 hour before he appeared; then basically rattled off the menu (which we already read); walked away without taking our beverage orders ~ when he took our drink orders, we all got them at various times ~ not all together! It was about 10 minutes later he returned to inform my husband they were out of the beer he ordered. He waited on other tables and took their orders before returning to us (all 3 tables arrived after us; 1 couple ate and left before we got our orders) and mine needed to be sent back.
It was a bad experience which I hadn’t expected. We might NEVER return to Carnivale!!!

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