Carnivale

4.5
6115 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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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
$7 Valet Service

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

Bar:
Monday-Tuesday - 11:30am-11pm
Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
Friday 11:30am-1am
Saturday 5pm-1am
Sunday 10:30am-10pm

*$11 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
$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
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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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

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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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 6115 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
service
4.6
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Drinks were good....not impressed with the food. Service was also very good.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very festive and fun

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food in a beautiful atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

There was no indication on the restaurant’s website before making a reservation or once inside the restaurant that there was a special brunch until we were seated. There was no indication of the price of the brunch buffet until we received our bill. We ended up with a much higher bill than anticipated when we made the reservation.

My suggestion; call before making a reservation to ensure that the situation will be what you’re expecting when you arrive.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Carnivale is one of my favorite restaurants in the city for several reasons. Not only is the food fantastic, the decor is so whimsical and vibrant, the staff is also incredibly accommodating and friendly. It's impossible to go here and not have fun. In addition, they have special events - I went to a cocktail mixing class that was really fun and got to see their roof garden. This was my first time going for brunch and boy was it good.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Took my father and boyfriend here for Father’s Day. Food was amazing! I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

WE LOVE THIS PLACE. BUT. WE WERE REALLY shocked that a 20% SERVICE CHARGE was automatically added to our bill due to the place having a buffet for Father's Day. There was only TWO of us eating. How can you even justify that? Perhaps charging a service charge is now common practice when a restaurant is doing a buffet...just ridiculous. Won't be doing their buffet anymore. (yes they did notate there would be a service charge in the mouse type on their signage...but dummy me didn't ask what that charge would be...lesson learned)

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fantastic seafood dinner! Oysters, ceviche, and halibut!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

first time! & definitely going back soon ! had a great timé catching up with friends, loved the red vibez!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This place has SOO much potential! Seemed empty bc it’s so large and they spread the customers out. If they kept everyone in the main dining room it would’ve been a better “lively” ambiance. The DJ left pretty early which was disappointing. We only saw one performer who played the clarinet and he was fantastic! They advertise that there is acrobats but we did not see them. All in all, a pretty cool experience but it could be 100 times better if they made a few small changes to the ambiance.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I have been many time...Greatest restaurant in the world. But this time the music volume was ridiculously loud for a restaurant. Specifically the base was so loud that it vibrated our seats. I won't go back.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The last time I dined at Carnivale was 11 years ago for my 30th birthday and the food, ambiance and drinks did not disappoint. Everything turned out great this past Friday. 3 of the 7 people had never dined there but LOVED it. We will be back VERY SOON!!!!

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We dined here on Friday night, the food was awful. The halibut was under seasoned, tasted so bland. The pork chop was tasteless as was the ceviche and guacamole. We had heard great things about this restaurant but the food was so bland and awful.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Stay for the show! Cool to see.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was outstanding! Love to come here when we are in Chicago!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The ambiance was exhilarating! The food was delicious! Ceviche was on point! Rudolpho was excellent as our waiter, very helpful and informative.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My party enjoyed the restaurant, food and decor combined.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Originally we were seated in the back...in a secluded area and I asked to be moved on the main floor because I love the festive atmosphere. I was placed in the very front where the waiters and guest were either leaving or coming bumped into me the whole meal. I would not mention this however I felt when I asked be place on the main floor because I had brought someone who had never been to the Carnivale I may have irritated someone and was placed in a area that is known to have a lot of traffic. I have been at Carnivale on many occasions...either I am making a reservation or my friend takes me out. It is one of my favorite restaurant however this time I really did not enjoy myself. It got so bad that the table next to me mentioned how I was getting beaten up and his wife pulled out a chair to block the traffic. I was really disappointed this time.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great customer service. Great ambiance. Great food. Great energy from employees. I've been there twice and only wish the bathrooms were kept clean more frequently throughout the evening.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

They were great at customizing our experience and recognizing the reason for us dining there (we told them it was a graduation well in advance). The food, drinks, and service has always been great, and this time was no exception.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Had an excellent dinner to celebrate our daughters college graduation.
Prices are a bit steep, however.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was excellent and service was outstanding. The only thing I didn't like was the seating. There was only 2 of us and they put us in this tiny table barely enough for 2 with a vent blowing cold air right on us. We asked for another table and they still t us at 1 of those tiny tables for 2 right next to a doorway when there were a number of tables that fit 4 open - they were open the whole time we were there. It would have been nice to have a little elbow room. Other than that I had a great time and plan on going back.

We had a serious allergy issue and they did everything they could to accommodate us.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Friday night is definitely the night to go to Carnivale! The performers are amazing and the atmosphere is a TON of fun. It is VERY loud, in case that's a concern of yours. The food is very good, I'm not sure if it's completely worth the price tag, but for the ambiance and decor it's not too bad. Some fun items are the cotton candy martini that is not too sweet and definitely delicious. The chocolate dome is also delicious and fun, make sure everyone is at the table when it's dropped off! People dress up and look nice but somewhat casual is ok too.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I made reservations for the show and when I got there they said the floor where the show was only for reservations. I told them I had reservations and the hostess just shrugged and said it would be over an hour to get to the floor where the show was at. She said if we wanted to see the show, we'd have to get up and go to the balcony. So we did that when the show start, and they cleared our table with all our drinks and everything! To be fair, when we came back and complained they did get us replacements and rushed our food, but was kind of disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Every staff member we engage was friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Good food, good atmosphere, attentive service.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The decor and the room really wows. The name Carnivale is totally appropriate. Excellent drinks: Caprihania and Sangria (both maybe a little small as they go heavy on the ice). Super interesting menu . I love pan-Latin food. Tried the trouble of Ceviche (interesting, portions a little small, would have liked something with more heat), Amazonian salad (generous portion, and liked it too), Ricotta with tomato jam and toast (very much enjoyed, very rich so best shared 2-4 people), Archetta (skirt steak) with Congri (nice size, we enjoyed it shared for 2, need to order more done, could use a marinade) and side of sweet plantains were great. Absolutely will return!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very festive. Good choice for our bridal getaway.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

It was my 20 year anniversary. Server was really great.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

One could never go wrong choosing this place for dinner and on special occasion.
Amazing Seafood bar, Cocktails, the entrees and finally dessert - Cuban Cigar to die for, Cotton candy, etc.,

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Very nice interiors and decor. Menu is very broad and has a lot of interesting possibilities. Good cocktail menu. Food was average - meat a bit chewy. Appetizers dull. Expensive side as well.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

They brought out a huge Cotten candy for my boyfriend on his birthday. It was great 😭❤️

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I ordered the al pastor pork chop and it was very fatty and will never order it again. My wife ordered the hanger steak and it was ok but, a little chewy. The prices are way over priced for the quality of food. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. We will not be back.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very disappointing! It’s a usual for us but would think twice about returning. Waited 30 mins for our first cocktails then had dinner with no drinks because second round took another 45 to be delivered. Martinis were warm and management kept averting their eyes because they new we were upset after asking for water 6 times and sitting with no drinks. Food was fair this time. My 42 filet tasted like it had soap on it. Very strange. My dinner was missing the potato altogether and we were less then impressed.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We celebrated Birthdays. The food, ambience, and our waiter Jason was superb. We will recommend and be back again. Thank You

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I went to celebrate my 35th birthday with my family and spouse. The atmosphere was so energetic and the food was pricey but worth the money. The only thing that was disappointing was the entertainment I was expecting more for two hours . The YouTube videos show a lot staff entertaining the customers. In addition, the waiter was nice but we felt rushed. At one point the boss boy demanded to finish our plate if not he was going to take our Appetizer away because our main course was coming . Towards the end we had a staff and and two customers making gay comments about my brother and his boyfriend. Not to say that I am lesbian and with my wife . I did say something and walk away . Overall, it was a 50/50 experience for us !

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Exciting dining experience! The decor is exciting and fun and the food was AMAZING!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

It was very lively. Great server. She was very attentive and nice. Went out of her way for us. Lots of good entertainment. The food was very good. Drinks are pricey.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I came here for my birthday. It was fantastic from food to service. I will definitely come back again.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The waiter was average, did not show much interest and seemed distracted. Prime rib was excellent, salmon was okay. Chips are stale but guacamole was good.

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