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Carnivale

4.6
7737 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 7737 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance and service was great but the food missed the mark for me. I understand some of the old menu items were not available due to covid but I think another vegetarian dish would be awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was wonderful, the food was wonderful and the server was attentive but a little awkward. Nothing too bad, overall it was a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Father's Day. My Dad loved every bit of the restaurant . From the music, the atmosphere to the great servers. It was a memorable experience for my Dad. Will gladly come back again :)

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jose was the best! He came and checked on us quite frequently and was a pleasure

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The restaurant itself is beautiful and a very lively atmosphere. Drinks and food were good. For the price of everything I expected better service. Our server was very friendly but my party and I felt rushed during our time there. The wait staff came very quickly to try and remove/clean items off of our table that we weren’t even done with. This happened multiple of times. We sat through the entire meal without any water refills. Finally getting the attention of our waiter we asked for more water. Overall the experience was not bad but not the greatest.

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vipHoosierDaddy
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, the food and drinks were very good. Craft cocktails were unique and refreshing. I did feel at times that I was dining at a Disney World park. This restaurant is HUGE. Would definitely come back for the food, but it’s size is a little disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love our experience last night at Carnivale, the food, service, ambiance and the decor is spot on. From the second you walk in your are immersed in the world make believe. The bright colors and beautiful artworks and the presentation of the dishes, makes your experience much more appealing. If you are looking to experiences something out of the world of make believe, then Carnivale is will worth the price of admission.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was really good. The vibe, design and atmosphere was phenomenal!!
I loved it!!

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ST12
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service was a bit spotty but generally no complaints. It is expensive.

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iwonaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time, excellent service and food music 🎶 little bit too loud
Definitely will come back

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vipIndustryVet
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere matches great food and presentations. Carnivale is definitely back!

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Mathkat
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post pandemic Carnivale is every bit as wonderful as it was before!

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vipRamSFO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Horrible food quality. Worst then fast food.

JD
JamD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came in early and was able to be seated right away but the staff checking us in was not friendly and felt uncomfortable with the way she was looking at us.

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AmaniP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was amazing really made it feel like Carnivale. The service was great and quick. Definitely recommend.

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StevenG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Festive and colorful ambiance, nice menu selections, delicious food, and attenuative and friendly service.

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PaigeA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance were phenomenal. It was quite pricey post-pandemic. Great place for a celebration!

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Omar was absolutely awesome and the experience there was just amazing

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vipChicagoguy
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Carnivale is on its way back post pandemic. Limited menu and I'm not a fan of using my phone to bar code read the menu, but I enjoyed the experience.

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JoyL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, we do wish that there were more menu options and choices. Servers were very nice and attentive.

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LudyA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coconut shrimps were delicious. Excellent place . I’ll repeat it again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friends birthday and everything about the service, ambiance, and food was excellent.

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CherieM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time, great mix of people. Service was phenomenal (Angel) our server was awesome. Food was good. Drinks were fabulous, could have ordered those cotton candy martinis all night. Carnivale is a must Do!!!!

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SSAris
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We came on a Sunday night, and it was moderately busy. We ordered the dry aged steak and the paella. The steak was a bit undercooked and the paella was less than average. We never received new plates after we requested them and was not provided steak knives or a serving spoon for the paella initially with our food. It was very odd. We had to also ask for dessert. Definitely not what I expected from a staple restaurant in Chicago. The server was nice, but we did not feel like we were taken care of like other restaurants. Will not be coming back.

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JohnV
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the service. And the music playing in the background. The food was on point aswell.

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MajorAdam
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Upon arrival the host sat us and reminded us we had a "time limit" of 2 hours. Not a great welcome to the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friend visiting from texas

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was incredible. The atmosphere was awesome. The service was impeccable.

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AliciaH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at Carnivale. Angel was our waiter and he was wonderful. And the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I visited Carnivale about 4years ago and had a way better experience. Then, I ate red meat and pork, so the options were plentiful. This time, I felt I didn’t have many options. I chose the Lamb Chop and it was just okay. I’ll probably wait until the menu changes before I go back.

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ShaunC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carnivale is my go-to for entertaining guests that visit Chicago. It remains my favorite restaurant in my city and I'm so happy to see it survive the pandemic. Great service. Incredible menu. And a bright and bold aesthetic that raises the excitement level each time I walk through the doors.

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bredflame
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious meal and lovely celebration at Carnivale for my husband's birthday. All that we ordered was very tasty, and portions were large. Our food, once ordered, was very quick to arrive.
The service varied. At first, the process of seating us was not well handled, even though we had a reservation. We ate upstairs in the less celebratory space, but seats were very comfy, and tables spaced well apart.
Once we began to order, the service was excellent.

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vipRaeP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Carnivale and I was already impressed by the interior decor as I walked in. The service is excellent and very attentive. Last-minute changes had me change my reservation twice but the host was so accommodating. The cocktails are seriously amazing and the food, stellar! We will definitely be back again.

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MattA
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

menu was very restricted (5 main (non-steak) entrees, one of which was a salad), not sure if that is a COVID thing or something.
seemed overpriced for the value, large guacamole and chips ($17) came with barely enough chips

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Falala
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. I had the paella. I share dit with a friend; I recommend their mango mojito, it wa so good. There was no noise because we went early in the day. Our waiter wa amazing. It is a great restaurant overall!

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BradW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food. Worth the time. A staple for date night

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RAUL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a graduation celebration. Service was amazing from Ricardo, food was delicious, drinks were strong and tasty. A great experience over all.

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ChristinaL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place overall! I loved the food and music. Will definitely return.

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AudreyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my husband’s, brother’s and cousin’s birthdays. Awesome food, ambiance and service!!

FAQs

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

Carnivale is rated 4.6 stars by 7737 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.