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Carnivale

4.7
7642 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining destinations in Chicago. 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.

We are a Tripadvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner. This award celebrates travelers’ favorite restaurants, hotels, and airlines around the world. Thank you everyone for your support and reviews, and for helping us rank within the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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Sun 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Sat 4:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 7642 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent and the atmosphere is beautiful! We loved the empanadas and the churrasco

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vipPriscillaG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Table service was good and I loved that they adhered to social distancing guidelines.

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NanetteL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall great experience. The only suggestion I would make is regarding waiting to be seated. It seemed a bit unorganized. We were moved from one spot several times in order to accommodate people passing through based on the space as we waited to be seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my birthday and had an amazing time!

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Gigi
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband here for the first time. We enjoyed the entire dining experience. Ou server, Valentino, made the evening one that we will cherish.

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SimeonW
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, and food was delicious

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vipCoffee
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

BM
BiancaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was Amazing as usual the waiter was Great. We will be back

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EdgarV
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience once again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday with a nice romantic dinner. I chose Carnivale because neither one of us has gone there and we both have been wanting to go and what better way then to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday there. Everything was amazing.

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MikeN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. Great taste and perfect ambiance.

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chifood87
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is a fun spot and beautiful environment, but the quality and value of the food has slipped throughout the years. I would recommend for drinks and appetizers, but you have a plethora of much better dining options the Fulton Market area.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here to celebrate a friend's Bachelorette party. The staff gave us a complimentary champagne toast and our waiter was very attentive and informative. Dinner was amazing! I am so glad we took a chance as first time guests and look forward to future visits.

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EdgarV
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent ambient and decoration.

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vipLissyT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to wait to sit in the nicer area, but it was worth it! Food and drinks were great.

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Ryan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Highly recommend the cotton candy cocktail. This place was a bit pricey for the food, but the atmosphere is wonderful

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DeniseA
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a colorful experience! We loved celebrating my daughter's 19th birthday there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible!! Love the atmosphere and the food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A vibrant atmosphere of pan Latin experience. The ambience celebrates color and envelops the experience beautifully with music delicious food. It can be a bit pricey though so definitely a place for special occasions

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ChristineM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Carnivale in a long time and was so glad we made it back! I forgot how much I love this place. Food and drinks were excellent. Ambiance was fun and lively - a much appreciated respite from the pandemic. Made me feel like we were in a different place. Overall - loved everything.

JR
JulissaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! The waiters came by to always ask if we needed anything or doing good.

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JBChicago
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really yummy. Drinks were excellent. Service was also perfect. Downgrades are Noise and prices--definitely an increase from the "old days".

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect start to finish! The waiter gave great recommendations on drinks and starters. My husband and I both had their mojitos which were delicious! Started off with the Ropa Vieja which I could not get over how delicious the taste was! My husband ordered the Brazilian Churrasco and I had the Gaucho Steak and WOW! Can’t wait to go back! Highly recommend!

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LizH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a great experience when I go to Carnivale. Their food is amazing, they have great cocktails, and I love the ambiance.

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vipChadU
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiance is the best part. The food was good but more on the pricey side for what we got. Although my martini was very good, I recommend getting one of the Carnival Cocktails to maximize your Latin-fusion experience

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CourtneyFiscal
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The food, the service, the atmosphere was unique and delicious!

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Didi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there (been meaning to go since I moved to Chicago)
The place looks amazing! Awesome concept decoration overall. Food was amazing too! Server was super polite. The only thing I would "tweak" a little bit, is the volume of the music (kinda loud) for people to be able to talk and listen to each other better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, and our waiter, Rick was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is a great place to go celebrate something special,to for date night, or celebrate a birthday!
My partner and I went to celebrate a special event and it was wonderful! The staff were super friendly and attentive and the food and drinks are phenom!
Can't wait to be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my mom’s 65th birthday, and we enjoyed everything! She was even pleasantly surprised with chocolate cake, cotton candy, and caramel for her birthday.

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vipNicolinaF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow absolutely blown away! the duck, octopus and empanadas appetizers were absolutely delicious and great portions. The steak was tasty, the carrot cake melted in your mouth and I am not a big dessert person. You have to have the cotton candy martini of course. Bussers were very attentive and our waitress notified us bar was backed up. And of course you can not get the ambience anywhere else. LOVE CARNIVALE, have to get back soon!

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Angela
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, food and ambiance. The coconut shrimp appetizer is amazing! And so was the garlic mashed potatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was amazing - Lucy was a great hostess and the hosts also. Great food and drinks and music, must visit in Chicago!

LM
LuzMery
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and service was real goo. Our waiter Omar was amazing. Told the hostess it was my son's 21 first birthday since I could not make reference of it during my reservation (no option for comments or special requests??). By time we got check, I had to ask for the cotton candy for my son as it was never acknowledge. I did not want him to be left out because just about every group in the dining area this night was given one.
Very few choices on menu, I went specifically for my favorite salad which I had a few times before this year and Omar apologized for only having Cesar due to covid.

Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, from the service, to the drinks, to the food. First restaurant I’ve been to since the pandemic started and it was worth it and i felt safe.

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SonyaA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our server was so rude! We witnessed her talking negatively about her customers in her section to the other servers. I’m almost 50 years old and there with my adult daughter and she’s carding me. She never once smiled. She looked completely miserable. I did complain to her manager and still tipped her. I don’t plan on ever going there again. So many businesses are suffering at this point in time. Rather than being bitter, be greatful we are supporting our local restaurants. Maybe this isn’t the job for her.

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viprombo
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun place to go. Great vibe and cool decor throughout. Service was attentive but not rushed. Their cocktail offerings were a bright spot. Try the caipirinha, cotton candy martini or Mai Tai. Excellent! We enjoyed the lamb chops and skirt steak. Delicious

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GondorffG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Carnivale is a unique Chicago dining experience. The ambiance is different from anything else in the city. The food is Central and South American inspired. The service is consistently good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great fun place!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We did the restaurant week menu. The food was not very good at all and to top it off it was lukewarm. The drinks also tasted watered down and weren’t anything I’d write home about. The waiter was pleasant but either had too many tables or was not very tentative. Overall a huge let down.

FAQs

Carnivale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 850-5005.

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7642 OpenTable diners.

Carnivale does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://carnivalechicago.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.