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Carnivale

4.7
7767 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
What 7767 people are saying
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Rasheed
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food and ambiance were amazing but service was horrible. I’m assuming it was just an off night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was outstanding. I would definitively return.

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CVoIN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy a nice evening. It was our first time eating there. The staff were very courteous, the food was delicious and the drinks as well. Made reservations ahead of time and were seated as soon as we got there. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and were surprised with a complimentary glass of Champaign which was not expected but a truly sweet gesture from Carnivale. Will definitely be going back and would recommend to everyone.

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KelsieS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with incredible ambiance and vast food selection! Their cocktails alone are worth the trip!

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Brad
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a very unique atmosphere

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JaeC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The esthetic of Carnivale is beautiful. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was ok, in my opinion, there isn't much that sets their food apart from other local eateries with more authentic tasting food for a better price. Overall it was nice to experience it but its definitely a one and done kind of place, its not a place i would revisit.

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Southside
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, Ricardo took his time and explained everything in great detail. The food was delicious and the expresso martini was out of this world.

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Trishvmr
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere. Perfect for out of town or birthday dinners.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Omar was awesome.It was our first time but my friend’s 3rd time.Overall very satisfied with the food, drinks & desserts.
Definitely going back !

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

One of the worst service experiences I've had in a long time. Was there for two hours and the waitress was over to our table 4 times total. Even took her 30 minutes to pick up my card for the check. Pathetic. So many better options for the money

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IsmaelA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It would nice to update the ambiance in restaurant. Last time I was there was about 12yrs ago and all the same including music. Needs change.

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vipelizabethp
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and over all service. I would reccommend it.

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MMBUI
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visiting in town and wanted to check it out!

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Traveler
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service always consistent. It’s in my must do list for every trip to Chicago

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Ameyls
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The cotton candy martini was great—good flavor, fun presentation. The food, however, was just so-so. Basic guacamole, bland vegetarian dishes, and bizarre deserts that are a feast for the eyes but lack coherent execution. Carnivale is focused on ambiance and presentation, which is fine—just know what you’re getting into. The experience will be memorable, except for the food.

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vipLisa
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun and really wonderful flavors! Really enjoyed the experience!

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YolandaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

I haven’t been to Carnivale since 2015 and I missed it! Food, still amazing, this is the first time the service was AWFUL.

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Mally
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from start to finish. Waiter, Angel, had great recommendations. Management and host great. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fast service. Food was amazing. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

The ambience was beautiful but the food was just okay. My lamb was a little burnt.

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mamajaybird
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian our server was amazing and most attentive, very knowledgeable about the menu and great personality to compliment our evening.
The temp in the area we were sitting in was cold but we made the best of it.
It was myself and husbands 3rd visit but our guests 1st visit all were impressed with the decor & cooking quality.
We’ll be looking forward to our next experience there,
honestly I order the lamb every visit, I always can rely on it being prepared just like I like it.
But what I had for the first time was the show stopping smoking cigar dessert which was better than amazing,
myself being allergic and unable to eat the rum ice cream but it was so fun and creative coming to the table !

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Alphonse
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My wife and I had our wedding at Carnivale a few years ago. Our guests still talk about how amazing the food, drinks and atmosphere were.

So it was disappointing when, dining there recently, the dip in quality was very noticeable. Right off the bat, I was disappointed that there were absolutely no new food or drink menu items in the last several years and worried (rightly so, it turns out) that it was a sign that any creative spark had left the building. Our appetizer (the ropa vieja - an old favorite) came out cold to the touch and had to be sent back. Our entrees (the Paella for her, the Arrachera for me) were bland and reminded us more of Applebee's than of the Carnivale we remembered.

Our desserts (the Chocolate Cigar and the Chocolate Globe) were tasty enough but presented without the fanfare and enthusiasm they once were. They used to make a big production out of melting the globe at your table, but this time the desserty sauce wasn't quite hot enough to do the melting. Whomp whomp.

The atmosphere is still colorful and fun, but the experience overall was stale and a let-down. Sadly, I can't recommend it, especially not for the price.

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TracyC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to come to. I flew in from San Diego for the weekend and saw this restaurant on yelp. It far excecated my expectations and I told all my family about it. We will def be back.

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ChristineF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great time. Ropa vieja and coconut shrimp are outstanding. Just a fun and different restaurant.

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vipcamp
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best! He was very attentive even though it was a busy night and he had many tables. He recommended the cigar cake and it did not disappoint. The (cigar) cake is served smoking in a cigar box, then placed on a wooden pallet with ice cream. Delightful!

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Juju
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

So the food was super good and great presentation the place was beautiful the server just clearly had an irritable attitude and that plays a huge role into the experience and it was my first time there for my birthday so if she didn’t do that and wasn’t faking being nice then it would’ve been a 10/10

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RebeccaJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we went to Carnivale to celebrate completion of the Marathon. Highly recommend.

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and kind staff! Would definitely come back again!

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vipDWill
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! It was such a great experience.

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RadhikaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had an amazing experience at Carnivale. The food, music and ambiance were fabulous. We ordered the guacamole with chips, calamari, charcoal roasted chicken, Faroe Islands Salmon and the vegetable paella for appetizers and entrees. All of the dishes were delicious. For
drinks, we ordered the Chicago Breeze, Maracuya and Tommy’s margaritas. It was amazing.

My husband and I took our out of town guest friends here for dinner and we wanted to celebrate their engagement. We specifically requested that the dessert plate have a congratulatory message for the couple. Carnivale said they don’t normally do that but made it special and went above and beyond with the message, sparkler on top of the cake with cotton candy. It was the best! Thank you so much for the special and exceptional service. We loved and appreciated the experience!!

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JacquettaA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food2service3ambience5

To the Manager Andrew who made my birthday dinner that much morr special you are a gem. Thank you all for the wonderful atmosphere. The food is only so so I sent the mashed potatoes and the mac and cheese back. No flavor and the cheese is not good however the Elotes is amazing. This establishment is worth seeing, and please Give Andrew a raise he deserves it 🥰

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leslief
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made my birthday celebration very special!! It was amazing!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

At first the service was slow but after a little complaining the actual owner of the place came over and assured my group that everything will be taken care of properly. Once we spoke to him everything was great. The atmosphere in the place was great drinks were really good. The sister had the pernil and she said it was sooo good. I had the salmon which was a little bland but once I put some hot sauce it was okay. The coconut shrimp was really good too. The dessert was great. It was a chocolate cigar with ice cream. Will definitely eat here again the next time I’m in Chicago

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LoriH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to Carnivale. We we're celebrating a birthday and Carnivale definitely was the perfect choice. From ambiance to food to service, top notch!

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ForkrulAssail
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time! The environment is amazing and the food was delicious! The fusion menu was unique and we wanted to try everything. Service was top notch. We will definitely go back!

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CaitC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service! Would definitely recommend

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MitziB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Drinks were very good. Good value.

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AiryannaK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So beautiful on the inside, staff was friendly wish there was a show or something!

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GlendaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great time catching up with my friends. The wait staff was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for my birthday and the food was amazing and the servers are very sweet we loved it here!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.7 stars by 7767 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.