Carnivale

4.6
6305 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 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
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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What 6305 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and tasty food.

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AK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Loved the decor. Service was great. Our party of 4 was from Texas, Boston, and the middle east. We all would go back.

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

Thank you for making my birthday very special, great food and pleasant atmosphere.

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Place was Amazing... The food, the drinks and the atmosphere alone.. I will definitely be back

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WC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to come here since they opened and finally made it. We all loved it. The decor was great, service perfect. But most important, the food was amazing.

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JL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be a great experience to have an authentic South American entertainment.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience!!! The Food Was Great!!! The Dinks Were Also Awesome!!!

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Would have been a great time except it was SO LOUD. You have to scream at each other from across a small table. Definitely detracted from the experience. The music is up full blast and it feels somewhat like a club. Not a good place for conversation

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MG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Decor: A+
Ambiance: A+
Food: B
Attention to Detail: C-

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and wanted something different. The ambiance was excellent and the decor was breathtaking. Check-in waa a breeze and we were seated promptly. However the hostess could have selected a much better seating choice since our reservation stated “Anniversary.” We were placed near a busy walk area at a table for four. It was only the two of us and very UnRomantic. I would have much rather preferred a table for two since it was our wedding anniversary. Also, our waiter’s facial expression was unnecessarily disappointed when I declined his recommendation from the menu. I sort of felt uneaay after that. Overall, great food and great decor. Attention to detail could have been better especially for the cost.

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JC
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!! It was our first time at Carnivale and we were so pleased with everything. Our waiter took the time to explain everything on the menu!! The drinks and food are amazing!! I will be back!!

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V
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was big, loud, and bustling, even at 5:30 midweek. That said, the food was good, somewhat creative and there seemed to be options for most types. You could eat on appetizers alone since they are generous portions. The tres leches cake was really tasty-that was what I came for and I wasn’t disappointed. I would recommend to others.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, delicious food and beautiful ambiance!

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t
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is very spacious. Main dining room has a ceiling at least 20' high. VERY decorated! The food is outstanding - however portion sizes are so large that sharing is a must! This means you and your partner have to agree on what you want. This could be a problem. Enabling "half orders" for some items could help to bring me back.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Chicago Marathon finishes for both my daughters and a birthday just on Sunday. Best advice I took from friends to visit this restaurant - vibrant, hip restaurant - attentive service. Food was outstanding and yes, the hostess, gave us an "appetizer on the house" for my daughters' accomplishments! By the way, the cotton candy martini is a must to order!!

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JO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Came to celebrate the wife's birthday. I let them know ahead of time about her allergies to fish and shellfish and they were very mindful of the fact. They also asked about the occasion and seated us at a special table with plush high back chairs, very nice. Our server named Ramon was very attentive to our needs and provided excellent service throughout the meal, not to mention that he also arranged a very nice birthday surprise of cotton candy and an ice cream/gelato chocolate dome. The combination of excellent service and great food is what keeps us coming back.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

This used to be a great place to have dinner but how times have changed. I had the worst waiter in the restaurant I saw him 5 times, he come to my table 20 min after we were seated. The cotton candy martini tasted like diluted rubbing alcohol not worth it at all. I got the wrong dish at first which I just should have kept because it looked better than what I got. I had the churrasco which was an overpriced piece of meat it had no seasoning and it was undercooked, it was almost raw most like because they were just trying to get it out since they made a mistake in my order. I rarely do this but I had to send it back because the bloody taste was too much for me. Then they charged me a 20% service tax? I don't think that is even legal. I should have said something but it was my husband's birthday and I just wanted him to have a "good" dinner. However, I know why my waiter did not care to give me a better service he would get a tip no matter what. I think that something has got to change otherwise people will stop going, it was a Saturday night and the place was not as full as it used to be. Needless to say you won't see us there again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Carnivale! New favorite restaurant in Chi-town. Great food, great atmosphere, loved the colors, art and interior decorating!

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C
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks
The waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask the waiter for suggestions. They know the best options!

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

I love it!

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EJ
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful way to spend a night out. We got there early and enjoyed happy hour at the bar. They kept trying to push a certain drink, and ended up bringing one over. We did not like it though. Luckily they followed up with us in it instead of just charging us. Overall, great experience and we will be back!

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Ramon Martinez, and he was literally the best server I have ever had. As a D of O. Of a restaurant group, I appreciate his professionalism and attentiveness. He sets the standard for service. The owner was in that night showcasing what seemed like some new entrees to his friends. He also came over and introduced himself and thanked us for coming out. Top notch guys!

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h
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great business dinner with clients. But we ended the meal with an off the menu desert that was amazing. Chocolate Cigar with Rum Ice Cream.

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always amazing. Can’t go wrong. I dream about their guacamole

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lot of fun from start to finish. I love the 80's Brunch was worth the trip. Waffles and chicken, bacon wrapped dates, and a chocolate dome to cap it off. Our server was great. Friendly and informative. His tip on the drinks made me a repeat customer. The decor is great. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restuarant was awesome! Cheap valet parking. Will be back again soon.

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WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

colorful and inviting. ropa vieja and grilled octopus = delicious. main course scallops, arroz mariscos and sea bass special = excellent. desserts - coconut cake and Javi's tres leches = oh yeah. plus, floor show!

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B
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been in a while but it's still a great place. We were there for lunch and it was delicious. The only thing I missed was the Serrano martini. They brought in a drink line up that's not as adventurous as the old one. Still though.. it was the best..

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food and Atmosphere is great but the Menu Prices have Skyrocketed the last few years.
An $18 Dinner is now $29. I had to ask the hostess to reseat us twice because I didn't want to sit near the bar area or kitchen entrance. We had to wait for some friends which they said was ok and then they treated us like we didnt deserve to sit somewhere nice because we had to wait for our friends. A piece of advice. Get your table and wait for your friends there or they will treat you like step children who are being punished.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service. Only problem is we made an OpenTable reservation and checked in upon arrival but during our meal I received an email from OpenTable saying we didn’t show up for our reservation. I could have easily taken it up with management at that moment while dining but I didn’t want to deal with it during that time. Carnivale, if you read this please train your staff who takes the reservations on how to use OpenTable and also fix my wrong so we get credit for being there. We might want to return again however this mistake if not corrected might just keep us away.

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VK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale has been a favorite restaurant for many years. The ever changing menu & unique cocktails keep us coming back!

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PG
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love Carnivale! They have a new menu, just started the day we dined. We started with the Seafood Tower to share. Very good with fresh lobster, oysters, shrimp, and king crab. The food runner set it on our table without much description, so someone asked. He basically pointed out each item. We wanted to know what the sauces were and which oysters were east coast vs west coast. The entrees we tried were the Lechon, which was fabulous! Tender and so flavorful! We also had the scallops with short rib ravioli, very good. But the parsnip purée under it was overly sweet. My hubby had the arrachara (sp?) aka flank steak and he said it was best he ever had! The service was a bit sluggish. We waited quite a while for drinks. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded but the bar was, so maybe that was the delay. The space is huge and beautiful! Go, you’ll love it!

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j
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luis and Jacky head up a 4 star service staff to meet one's every whim.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The experience was amazing the food was not flavorful at all

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from out of town

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor, great service and best of all, great food!

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MG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love visiting Carnivale when we're in Chicago! It's such a unique atmosphere with really delicious drinks. We always get the tackle box or some sort of seafood as they have a "Seafood bar" which is clearly fresh. It's very different than most Chicago Restaurants so I would highly recommend trying it!

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasher was a fantastic & fun server. Great place for ladies night out!

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was blown away by this place , food was amazing , so tasty, staff were fantastic and provided the best service , Atmosphere was superb , one of the best in Chicago for sure

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