Carmine's Chicago

4.6
5269 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Proper Attire Required
We are business casual. Thank you for not wearing tank tops, sleeveless shirts, flip-flops, gym wear, or short shorts. Dress shorts are acceptable. Please remove your hat when entering.

Thank you so much for making a reservation. INSIDE and OUTSIDE seating are available. We do have some special procedures that we must follow to ensure the safety of all customers and staff
- Masks must be worn at all times, except those who are fully vaccinated. Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.
- OUTDOOR PATIO SEATING WILL BE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. We will do our best to accommodate all seating requests but please understand these tables can not be guaranteed because of such limited availability.
- All visits will be limited to two hours.
- If you need to make any changes to your reservation, please let us know prior to arriving at the restaurant.
- Due to very limited table availability all reservations are for full dinner service only.


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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5269 people are saying
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SaraR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite of food was wonderful! Loved sitting outside too!

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Simony
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

lately I it's hit or miss
3 out of 10 visites the food will be consistent
pasta never had a problem but chiken steak or fish you take ur chance had chiken parmesan was so rubbery like it was under heat lamp for a wile

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s is the best!! A true Chicago landmark! It is a must for any occasion!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time!

CK
vipCaseyK
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Unique restaurant, good food. Service was ok - not what I would expect from a historic Chicago staple of a restaurant. The house music was way too loud. Felt like we were dining in a club atmosphere. It was hard to talk across the table.

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Aartika
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was great but the food taste was just ok. We were a party of 5 and none of us were wowed by any of the dishes we ordered. I don't think we will be returning.

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ChristinaC
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Food was delicious, wine was yummy, service was friendly and timely. We come here every time we are in Chicago and it never disappoints.

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Schnazzy
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, go here you will not be disappointed! The lasagna was fantastic, the chicken Milanese was terrific. Warning, the portions are HUGE, you will have leftovers, but they’re worth it.

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vipRachel
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere great food and excellent service!

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vipHothow1
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eggplant stack was a great appetizer as well as the caprese salad. The lasagna and the salmon were great choices. The chocolate cake was indeed large and delicious.

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vipHarriet
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful spot in our hood! Food is good and plentiful.

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LeslieC
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside in Chicago is one of my favorite things to do. Carmine’s was a wonderful experience - the waiter was so entertaining and just a joy to be around! Great way to celebrate my birthday!

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vipazsue
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is delicious & portions are huge. We loved the Sausage Baked Ziti, Chicken Parmesan, Caprese Salad, and the coconut cake!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here cannot be beat. The staff are so nice, attentive, and professional. The food is amazing as well. Perfect place to carb up before the Chicago Marathon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s birthday. Overall, great food, service, and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmines was great! Juan and Fernando showed the best customer service. Thank you so much to the excellent staff! I’ll definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Springfield
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and cocktails were as per expectation, the server may have been a little too attentive. It did not subtract from the quality of his service.

Will be back

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vipRandy
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Carmine's. The service is fast and friendly, and the food is delicious. On this occasion, we had eggplant parmesan and green beans, and they were both excellent!

DH
DanielH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - food and staff are 5-stars! Cant wait until next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal, experience was A+

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ChicagoDiner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had Sunday lunch with a couple friends at the outdoor patio which was covered perfectly with an awning considering there was 70% chance of rain. Our service was outstanding— The hostess, the bus staff, the manager, and especially our waitress. I loved the lasagna. Being raised Italian, I am picky. This was an A+. My friend ordered the meatballs and polenta which was delicious. My other friend had the pasta Primavera which was top notch. We brought half of our meals home because of the portion size. The tiramisu and pistachio gelato were the icing on the cake!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I reserved to go here because I had been to the one near Rosemont and they exceeded my expectations. I was really disappointed at the Chicago location. You think for the price they charge the noodles would be hand made. The noodles were undercooked and chewy. We ordered the salad for $15 and there was hardly any dressing just lettuce croutons and Parmesan. Overall disappointing experience and way over priced for what you get.

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LisaA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! The food was outstanding. I had the lasagna and the portion was huge! We ate outside and the ambiance was perfect for dining. Will dine again when in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sitting outside was a great experience. Food was delicious and generous portions. Next time we will split a salad and split an entree.

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Charles
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Daniel was great, attentive without being overbearing.

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AlanG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Venue is always packed so despite mediocre on line reviews we tried it. Had lasagna and it reminded me of frozen grocery store quality or chain restaurant. Not at all the quality of food in Italy. Also had salad which was very good.

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Megg
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Really enjoyed the outside dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic!

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vipWillieG
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem... Izzy is the best what a great hostess!

Thanks
Willie Green

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vipAttyCGA
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Carmine’s is a Chicago icon. The food is great and you get a lot (too much!) it’s a good idea to think about sharing. Service is prompt, friendly and helpful. We had the best Caesar salad with freshly sliced Parmesan. I had delicious eggplant Parmesan. It is not cheap, but this is Chicago and frankly,two could eat happily one entree. Love it.

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FrankM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Visit to Chicago

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JamesP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome meal once again at Carmines!! One of our favorited restaurants in Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

6:30 reservation food brought at 8:00 Dover sole 45.00 not boned not one person enjoyed food waiter bought us dessert but had forgotten side dishes that were ordered.

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Tony
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

They were busy. Waiter was enthusiastic but we waited far too long between course and drinks and my med rare tomahawk veal chop was almost well done.

normally would have sent it back but we had already waited far too long to get any food.

a $ 78.00 veal chop needs to be cooked right. It wasn't......

would have added dessert but already too tired of waiting and not that much of a sucker for pain after poor service, long wait and overdone meat.

AND we had a birthday noted and not a word.......

probably should have done pasta at an italian place but we had a vegan and pasta was for here.

Take it from a food critic....... never try to order a good steak from a pasta house....

won't go back, too many places that dont overload their staff and remember what great service is. For their prices rosebud should but they do not......

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WayneB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and outdoor dining area. Service was prompt and attentive. Food was tasty and the presentation was great.

JB
JamesBudenholzer
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The ambience and setup was nice. There were a lot of bees around the table which made it hard to enjoy the meal (not necessarily the restaurant's fault but something to note). We were eating indoors technically, but the doors/windows were open to the outside. Also, the wait staff was very slow in taking and executing orders. Our drink orders were forgotten at one point, and no one came around to take a food order for at least an hour.

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Eddy35
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, seafood salad was super. Server Rudy was fantastic, attentive and pleasant. Will come back.

MB
MarybethB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average dining experience. Very loud and we could barely hear our waiter. We started with mussels that were very small indeed. then the Caprese Salad- the tomatoes were green and tough to cut. The entrees with veal were prepared well and tasty. The Seabass was just a little above average on a horribly salty bed of spinach. With so many choices to dine in Chicago I will go somewhere else next time.

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vipTDCinc
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Extremely disappointing. First our waiter was kind but clearly waiting tables is not his calling. He was scattered and simply not capable of evening hearing what people were ordering. He messed up our orders as well as the tables around us. We were all talking to each other about how horrible the service was. Forgotten cocktails, cocktails that came wrong. The chicken on one of our salads was rubber and smelled strange. Even the waiter thought it might be spoiled (obviously quality control in the kitchen is non existent). I had the stuffed pepper special. It was special all right. Two long peppers that were half stuffed, under cooked and smothered in sauce. The tomato under the caprese was not even ripe and they included the end which was so under ripe it was green. I’ve eaten here for years. I live in the neighborhood. I’m done. The last three times have been fair at best and this dinner was down right inedible. So disappointing.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was incredibly disappointed by my experience at Carmine's. I have been there numerous times before and enjoyed my visit, but this last time was AWFUL. First, the host staff didn't follow mask mandates while walking around the restaurant, causing exposure to patrons who were dining maskless because of eating/drinking. Second, while enjoying a multicourse meal, the next course came out before being able to finish the first course. Finally, there tables were shoved in so much, it was as if we were dining with another table plus the serving staff was practically on top of us while serving another table.

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You can order delivery directly from Carmine's Chicago using the Order Online button. Carmine's Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 988-7676.

Carmine's Chicago is rated 4.6 stars by 5269 OpenTable diners.

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.