Carnivale

4.6
6415 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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 Ozzy Amelotti 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:
Monday - Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Friday 5pm – 11pm
Saturday 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 5pm – 9 pm

Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30am- 2:30PM
$7 Valet Service

Brunch:
Sunday - 10:30am - 3:00pm
*$7 Valet Parking

Bar:
Monday-Thursday - 11:30am-11pm
Friday 11:30am-1am
Saturday 5pm-1am
Sunday 10:30am-9pm

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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
Ozzie Amelotti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted
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Parking details
$7 Valet Parking for Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

$11 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
Fridays: Pop-up Entertainment every Friday for Vivir

For upcoming events and features, visit https://www.carnivalechicago.com/calendar/
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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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What 6415 People Are Saying
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TN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was amazing it was me and my Husband Anniversary we Enjoyed The meal Our Waiter Was Fantastic It Felt Like A Movie

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and the atmosphere was amazing. I took my family for Brunch with Santa and my family absolutely loved it. There was so much different and tasty food to choose from.

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AH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fun experience for sure! Went with a group of friends for Sunday brunch with Santa which was a Christmas experience in an eclectic, colorful, and fun carnivale themed atmosphere. The buffet was delicious with both traditional and nontraditional brunch items. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

A little disappointed that when I booked the reservation they failed to tell me is was a Santa’s brunch. Not only was it $45, but the food was mediocre at best. Now, this was buffet food, so I can’t speak to the items on their actual menu. We were also disappointed with the service we received. Our server barely came to the table and we had to flag him down multiple times.

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EK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore Carnivale. The Santa Brunch was reasonably priced, and it was incredibly festive and fun. Carnivale is just a happy place to be, no matter what the occasion. I am always looking for excuses to go back!

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TW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My third time eating at Carnivale, the food is always great. The prices can be a little high but that's expected with a downtown restaurant. The service was good all three times I have been, but there was a strand of hair in one of my friends food for our most recent visit. The chief and waiter came and apologize and cooked another meal for him. I recommend this place for anyone for a date or good night out with friends.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great visual standards as soon as you walk in the dining room. Ambiance and food were very enjoyable and the service was outstanding. Worth while dining experience!

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had brought my boyfriend here to introduce him to one of my favorite spots. We had reservations for 8:00 and sat right when we got there. At first It was a little disappointing with what table we had, tucked away with a table for two against the wall.(a little cramped). But we stayed
Positive and had a wonderful experience with our wait staff. The food was amazing and we even were gifted a dessert at the end in celebration of our anniversary. We had a wonderful evening and hope to come back for one of the events, in which case I will request a table in the main dining room.

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

This was my first visit to Carnivale though friends I was with had been previously and highly recommended. We had various appetizers and entrees and all were fantastic. Large bar area with fabulous cocktails. I'll definitely be back!

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The people working there were in no mood to work. None of them checked if we were good. It was bad service! On top of that food was not tasty and food is too expensive for the amount of food you get. They need better workers and a better menu!

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

Carnivale offers a unique and fun atmosphere with funky decor and a great mix of latin american food. We arrived early, but by 9PM the place was buzzing! We started with an oyster platter to share, and although I do not consider myself an afficionada (my husband usually eats my share), I happily devoured mine and they were divine! The RUM CURED SALMON was cooked to perfection as was the LECHÓN ASADO, and our friend said the the ARRACHERA was also excellent. The side dishes were also excellent: CARAMELIZED PLANTAINS and SMASHED POTATO were perfect and the ROASTED CAULIFLOWER had an exquisite sauce that had just the right kick to make it interesting but not too spicy. We finished the evening with a CHOCOLATE TRES LECHES that provided the perfect surprise ending to our wonderful dinner.
Highly recommend this restaurant!

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a great dinner. I loved the shrimp ceviche, he loved the coconut shrimp. I loved the oyster and we both loved the 45 days old steak. So okay we’re giving this restaurant 10 stars; 5 stars from me and 5 stars from my boyfriend. The server, he’s not only cute, he’s also very friendly. We will definitely come back and tag along some friends and family.

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

We came to Carnivale to celebrate my mother’s birthday and it was simply amazing! I hadn’t been to Carnivale in a while and I can’t remember why! The place is amazing, our server Rick was fantastic, the ambiance was lovely. Both my mother and my grandmother loved it and it really made my mom’s birthday and remission celebration extra wonderful. Thank you Carnivale, Rick, and Maxx!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale continues to be my favorite restaurant in the city. Great food. Fun atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. I was with my fiance who is one of the pickiest people I know and he even loved it. He also wrote a review right after we dined because he loved it so much. Carnivale is a must! It does not disappoint.

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SJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food that literally had my tastebuds dancing; the atmosphere was alive inside; the bar area was vibrant and the entertainment on the silks was dynamic. Brought a friend all the way from St Louis just for the “vibe”. Once again Carbivale did not disappoint!

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DJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Joshua was great, very busy that Sunday night and apologized for our wait. Recommended drinks and did an amazing job! Sangria was awesome!

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TG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always very good. Consistant food and something unique without being bizarre

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return to Carivale at least once a quarter. It's a great place for us to bring our kids and while getting to dine like an adult. The food is fantastic and the service is always great.

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ZL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time there and this time for brunch with Santa. Never disappoints. Food was great even for my little one. Thank you!!!

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w
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my 65th birthday and retirement. Had a super time. The decor is A+. Energy is vibrant. We'll be back.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Horrible service

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GJ
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service. Great food. Scallops and beef entrees were terrific. Don't miss the octopus appetizer! Servers everywhere but somehow not intrusive. Imaginative decor. Coctails are serious.

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AW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place. It has convenient affordable valet. The service was terrific. We had the guacamole which was great. Everyone enjoyed their entrees - flat steak, scallops and scallop special. The proportions were just right, leaving room for dessert.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating! The ambience and food were excellent. The design of the place is very colorful and inviting.

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RK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was phenomenal!

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and the food was delicious

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DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! The Ropa Vieja, Lechon Asado and Lamb Rack were all very well prepared! We came in early in the evening and service was quick and very thorough. Will definitely go back!

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the first time back in ages, truly amazing food and atmosphere.

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BC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere. Unfortunately, the service was less than stellar. We didn't get our wine until after our meal was finished and cleared. They "gave" us dessert to make up for it, however none of us were hungry anymore.

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b
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is the place to enjoy a colorful experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so awesome. Max is as cool as always!

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NS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I've been looking forward to coming here for a long time. This place gets a lot of hype but unfortunately, I didn't see why. The decor was nice, the service was friendly, but I was disappointed with their tiny menu. The food was not bad but I was really expecting an explosion of flavor. As far as the entertainment, I don't want to take anything from the performers, but I was expecting a more festive feel. I chose to come here on a Friday to see the performances but it wasn't the party feel everyone talks about. I didn't have a terrible time, but it did not meet expectations and I'm sorry to say I will probably never choose to come here again.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere!!
We reccomend this place to all of our friends!!

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Hate to leave a bad review but this place was AWFUL. I’ve been before a year ago and it was enjoyable. Took family there tonight as they’re visiting from Ireland for a celebratory dinner, and I don’t know where to start with how bad it was. I could tell my guests were trying to be nice about it but there was no atmosphere, our waiter was horrible (so fast, pushy with trying to make us buy more without even trying to cover it up - even though we purchased cocktails for everyone, multiple starters, steaks and other expensive mains and dessert). It was clear they were also so dead that they wanted us to get out ASAP, even though we had a 830pm table so not exactly late, so they could close. The staff cleared our plates before we were finished eating and we had to ask for them to stop taking away our food with both starters and mains. It was just so bad. I really was hoping for a great experience but it just was a total waste of money, a lot of money, to be treated so horribly in a place that had zero atmosphere, rude staff and was also freezing cold. Will never return and hope this review helps others not waste so much money on a tourist trap. It looks cool inside but everything else will make you so disappointed.

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Ive been coming to Carnivale for years. This was the first time that I was Not pleased with the service. Our waiter was not very friendly.

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LO
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend went here on many occasions ( vday, bday, just for a night out with the girls). Food is really, but drinks r incredible awesome ( carnival martini 😜). If you're looking for a fun-good energy spot , Carnivale is the place to go :)

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Love everything about the Carnivale restaurant from the scenery, the music, food and drink menu. I will dining again soon. My husband found a Gem❤

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TJ
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance are amazing. I have not been disappointed by anything on the menu, drinks included.

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o
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale never disappoints! We love the food, the cocktails, and the beautiful restaurant. Most of all we love the service...the wait staff is fantastic, fun, efficient, knowledgable, and perfect in every way.

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GA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I made a reservation a week ahead to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were traveling from Texas to Chicago to celebrate. When we got to Carnivale we were led by hostess to the very back of the restaurant to a back room. I told the hostess we preferred to dine in the main dining room. She accommodated my request but sat us in a tiny two seater table. We were bundled up with heavy coats,scarfs so we needed a bigger table. We asked the waiter if we could be moved to a larger table as there were many empty tables as our reservation was at 5:15 pm. We were told the hostess said no. For the next 30min to an hour we watched as couples with two people were sat in four seater tables. Another complaint was the table we were seated at was in a main artery of traffic of people on night long as they made their way up stairs to a party room. The food was mediocre, drinks were fine. The waiter was fine as he tried to make up for the terrible table and situation. So I would never recommend nor ever visit Carnivale again.

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