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Carnivale

4.4
4.4
7472 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, South American, Contemporary Latin

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 850-5005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Garza

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Halsted

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is available or public parking facilities which are located within walking distance from our restaurant.

  • 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

  • Entertainment

    Fridays: Pop-up Entertainment every Friday for Vivir For upcoming events and features, visit https://www.carnivalechicago.com/calendar/

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. BB

    BobB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Other than the wobbly table we were seated at, everything was very good. Our waiter was very attentive, he explained things on the menu, since this was our first time visiting. Un fortunately we came on valentines day weekend, and they were only serving from a pre-fixed menu, no problem, we enjoyed our meal just as well, and we plan to return to try the other menu items. The entertainment was Okay, nothing too exciting. But the ambiance and food was very good, worth returning.
  2. Y

    Yessica

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he absolutely loved it! The food was very flavorful, presentation looked great and overall just a great experience. I highly recommend the arracherra plate and rompope tres leches for desert!
  3. AV

    AnjelicaV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, it was our first time! It was absolutely awesome, Andrew, the operations manager was amazing! He made us feel welcomed and even took beautiful pictures of us when we asked. Unfortunately, our waitress wasn’t able to get the sparkler candle in the dessert my boyfriend ordered which was something I specifically asked for when we got there. Although we couldn’t experience the cool birthday candles and cotton candy, we were able admire others around us.
  4. RJ

    RaineyJ

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Dinning experiences in a long time. Our waiter Valentino was excellent. I highly recommend you check this place out!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff was amazing. We love it here.
  6. F

    Fonduelover

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Carnivale. All around a perfect evening. Our cocktails and coconut shrimp appetizer were delicious. We all chose steak as our main course. All cooked to perfection. Finished the evening with a chocolate raspberry globe which was pretty amazing. Oh…and the cotton candy is a nice touch. I can’t believe it took us so long to dine here. Thanks for the great dining experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Early New Years celebration… service was outstanding!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday dinner was great .
  9. AA

    AmandaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an amazing experience. This was our first time at Carnivale and we were celebrating a sweet 16th birthday. The food was amazing and our waiter was a perfect! He took the time to explain the menu and gave recommendations. He also brought us paper menus for those who wanted them. They brought a special birthday dessert for the birthday girl. We definitely will be back!
  10. GG

    GiovanniG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was a dinner in one of those cold nights of Chicago. Reception was impeccable. This restaurant has a nice Carnivalesce decoration inside and beautiful bar. Seafood and chicken-oven dishes were timely and nicely presented in our table. Guidance from our garçon was clear and accurate. Dessert was perhaps the highest note of this dinner. Must mention the staff were kind enough to relocate us to a better front table that had a better ambience/view. The missing star comes from food seems pre-set and warned on an oven/micro-wave. Flavors were balanced but not outstanding.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and Ambience with Latin American flavor
  12. JL

    JoyceL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding servive and delicious food in one of the most beautiful restaurants in Chicago. A few more vegetarian options would be nice
  13. ER

    EdithR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio y la comida deliciosa altamente recomendado
  14. E

    Eric

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought 2 guests who thoroughly enjoyed it
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends first Carnivale experience and they love it! Christian the server explained everything throughly and was always there when we needed him. We will be back!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Was REALLY excited to be going here. Had a friend in town and wanted to let her have the experience and great food they are known for. Requested a table in the main room but was put in an out of the way side room. The Cotton Candy martini and Northeastern oysters were amazing and that’s where it ended. The Ropa Vieja app was soggy, the paella rice was- and how this happened not sure- burnt AND undercooked. The Mixto Ceviche was awful... Much of the seafood wasn’t edible as it hadn’t been fully “cooked” in the process of making ceviche. I ended up getting sick within an hour of leaving and had to cut our night out short. The single best part of the evening was that our server Joanna was attentive and pleasant. Would NOT go there again. Pretty much ruined what should have been an amazing weekend.
  17. KA

    KAWL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place to celebrate the holidays - fun and festive.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing!
  19. K

    Kathy

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the combination platter for two. Everything was delicious.
  20. GD

    GevianD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is great. Atmosphere is fun. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Decor is fantastic. If you go on the nights when they have activities, like Copa, you will not be disappointed. I hope they bring the buffet meal back, once the pandemic is under control, that menu was great!
  21. TA

    TAMATHAW

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time @ Carnivale. Same as always. Great service. Great food.
  22. ER

    ErnestoR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Santa was great. Food was good. Service was good. Let’s face it, no Santa, I would not have spent my money. Buffet was missed. I would definitely go back for brunch.
  23. SB

    SymphonyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The customer service was friendly walking in, and the establishment was clean. I enjoyed my lamb chops and drink, but the macaroni and cheese was horrible. I told the waiter and manager about it and they didn’t offer to compensate me for it, or offer me another side dish.
  24. s

    suec

    Detroit

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food and surroundings! Fun place to dine.
  25. L

    Linda

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, friendly, attentive service and a great atmosphere. Best dinner I've had in a VERY long time. The service is outstanding!
  26. SC

    StephanieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. Andrew did great in helping me making my boyfriend’s birthday an unforgettable one. One of the best nights of our lives with great food, delicious drinks and such fun vibes. 10/10!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful experience every time we go.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved it, this was part of our Christmas gift. Well worth it.
  29. MK

    MaijaK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place for a girls night out. Gorgeous, fun decor. Great service, good food. fun drinks and people watching. We had a blast. Loud for sure but good with a group.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Carnivale. While the food an drinks were outstanding the service and the attentive staff were the true standouts. The mention of a cold Cod fritter to our server merited a visit from the restaurant’s Operations Manager and the Executive Chef. Having been in the hospitality industry for years neither my wife or I had experienced such a display of concern for a customers satisfaction. Thank you for a great experience!
  31. JL

    JanaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dining experience, from appetizers to deserts. Had the best cotton candy there.
  32. B

    Benz

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was once a regular guest at Carnivale, had been a while since I last dined here. Must tell you the food and service are better than ever before. Fish was outstanding!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great experience
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was fantastic
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    12/05/2021 Visit was for my daughter’s birthday, the atmosphere was great and the waitstaff went above and beyond to help make her experience special. The two issues that stood out for me were the supply chain issues, which was beyond the restaurant’s control but required modifications be made for certain orders and the paella that was my order had an overwhelming salty taste. Would like to visit again as things return to more normality. Overall I had an good experience.
  36. RR

    RachelR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    When I made my reservation, I specified that we needed wheelchair accessible seating. We arrived at the restaurant and my husband, who uses a wheelchair, dropped us off and went to park. When he arrived at the restaurant, the doors were all locked except for the revolving door, which he obviously can’t use. No one was around to help him inside, despite the staff’s awareness of our needs. He had to wait outside in the rain and cold until another patron came along and found someone to help him inside. When we complained, the manager just brushed it off. The meal was lovely and our server, Omar, was spectacular, but the lack of accessibility was frustrating. Chairs were stacked in the aisle on the way to the accessible bathroom, making it too narrow for my husband to fit through. The experience was definitely marred by the staff’s obliviousness.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and the server was great !
  38. MV

    MariaV

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Buen ambiente...
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Wonderful waiter, very attentive. Poor quality meat, could not chew, had an overwhelming amount of fat left on it. Too much unnecessary sauce poored over food and all food items were over salted as well.
  40. L

    Loveu2

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun date night ! Great food- great service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.4 stars by 7472 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Halsted

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, South American, Contemporary Latin

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is available or public parking facilities which are located within walking distance from our restaurant.

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Garza

  • Entertainment

    Fridays: Pop-up Entertainment every Friday for Vivir For upcoming events and features, visit https://www.carnivalechicago.com/calendar/

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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