Carmine's Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Carmine's Chicago invites you to experience an unforgettable meal with authentic Italian recipes passed down from generation to generation. A true cosmopolitan hangout located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, Carmine’s offers live entertainment, an extensive bar, and an outdoor café* that is the place to see and be seen from sun up to sun down.

Whether dining al fresco* or inside the elegant two level dining room, even the most demanding taste buds will be overjoyed by Carmine’s impressive menu selections. Signature dishes include clams and oysters on the half shell, steaks and chops grilled to perfection, melt-in-your-mouth veal and chicken dishes, and of course generous portions of award-winning pastas. From the moment you are seated and served, you’ll understand why Carmine’s is packed with food aficionados every night of the week. Open Saturday & Sunday for brunch.

*Unfortunately, we DO NOT accept reservations for the outdoor patio garden.
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OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Food was great, our server was great also and very attentive. The outside extension or overflow area was very cold.

BD
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with 11 friends to celebrate my birthday. Food was excellent as usual and the service was fantastic.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great. Everyone’s food was cold. Two people had the lobster special that was extremely cold and over cooked

M
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Piano player ridiculously loud ! Lose the amps!

Carmines is actually shabby!! The menus are literally falling apart and grubby. The walls snd woodwork are worn and chipped and overall crappy looking.

They really need to turn on the lights and get a good walk thru with an interior designer- or at the least a good paint and repair job

RR
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Carmine's for it's atmosphere, service and cuisine. Spacious rooms in rich earth tones feels inviting and comfortable. Homemade pastas and sauces are sure to delight. The freshest seafood prepared beautifully impresses me with every order. The kind hospitality keeps me returning time and time again!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a team or customer dinner.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Has a great time watching Sunday FB!

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Rosebud food can always be counted on! Service and attentiveness was outstanding. All around consistently good.

m
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious. We started with the burrata stack. It was fabulous. I had veal Marsala which the chef prepared gluten free. I loved it. Very flavorful. My husband had eggplant parm. He thought it was superb. I had spumoni for dessert. It was the best I’ve had anywhere. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the entertainment as well. We will be back! And with portions being so generous, we will enjoy our leftovers.

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food at fair prices. Very attentive services.

3
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Carmines for our annual “mom night out with our college boys”dinner. It was fabulous. They boys raves about the food, and we ladies enjoyed catching up. Also fabulous was their piano player - we all enjoyed the music and singing! Great and memorable evening.

R
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Waiter was excellent, let us take our time on ordering and just sitting after we were finished eating.

KH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the salmon piccata and the godiva chocolate cake. Both were amazingly good.

TT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food and service with great ambience. Always feel at home when dining at Carmine’s.

S
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for New Years brunch and sat in the Garden Room with a street level view of Rush st. The staff was attentive and welcoming. The Calamari was hot, tender and plentiful. That was followed by their chopped salad, which is large enough to be an entree, it was crisp and bright. The rest of the meal consisted of tender chicken Vesuvio, served with potatoes and sweet peas in a white wine, garlic and oregano sauce, Delish! That, coupled with Penne pasta in marinara with crumbled savory sausage, gooey cheese, firm pasta and rich sauce made for an outstanding meal.

D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a good New Years Eve dinner. Great servers and they provided the hats and celebration necessities

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

New Years Eve celebration. Food was excellent! Waiter very charming and helpful! But , with that kind of of location- this place is ready for some renovations.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very slow service. Waiter only cared about one person at our table. All of our drinks were emptied and he only serviced to the person. Not even refills of water until the end when we asked.

RB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful New Years' date spot!

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner on the uppermost floor. Food was fantastic and plentiful. Two servers worked our room that had about six occupied tables. Our table was highly ignored for additional drinks and plate removal. When the bill came and we asked it be split into two, the main waiter asked us to calculate the split ourselves and write the two amounts on the check. It was obvious neither waiter had time or perhaps the patience to service all tables properly.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve. Terrific Meal!

MK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always GREAT! never disappoint.
Will visit again & again

JH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner, another outstanding experience

RV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

We had reservations at 10:30 and we arrived at 10:25. We were told kitchen would be closing in 10 minutes and we had to hurry to put in our order. We were rushed throughout the whole dinner and felt like we were a nuisance. Never again.

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our waiter had very good suggestions about the menu and wine. Perfect anniversary dinner!

LW
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We were doubled charged. We notice the alert on our phone and notified the waitress. She proceeded to do nothing about it. This happened 12/28/19 and we’re still waiting on the correction 3 weeks later. We’ve called 6x and no fix.

DD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A bit crowded and very noisy. We’re were on the upper floor next to a ground of 20 something adults who’s parents would not be proud If their obnoxious behavior. The restaurant did nothing to discourage their rude behavior. Being from a predominantly old Italian area of the country I was expecting better food. However the huge meatball was pretty good

R
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Tables were crammed into the first floor dining area causing the main aisles to be very narrow. A steady stream of waiters, patrons, etc brushed by and over our table. When we complained the staff quickly moved us to another area.
My wife loved her clam dish but the special lobster ravioli was a lot of sauce overpowering the lobster, shrimp & scallops. I would have liked a steak but ten ounces was too large for me. A seven ounce or petite filet would have been a good option for me if were available.

JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great customer service!

CS
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always head over to Carmine’s when I’m in town! Great food always! Service is great and the ambiance cannot be beat!
Do yourself a favor and get the risotto

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, no issues or complaints

LT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Rachel and Kenny were great team.
They even got dessert for our 2 little ones.
Thank You

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for Christmas Dinner and It was delightful and so was our waiter. Delicious food too!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Christmas dinner with my son.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Nobody serve us for 25 mins then waited another 10 mins but after our food came very quickly and our first round of drinks was free also the host was jerk .

B
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good food. Noisy crowded

MC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I hadn’t been to this restaurant in 15 years and I guess I won’t be going back there in the next 25 years.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always loved Carmine’s. And will continue to enjoy your establishment for many years to come ( I hope)

DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were not seated in the main dining room which was disappointing as we are not from Chicago and were hoping fir the ambiance rather than what felt like a temporary structure. One person in my party did not get her food until the rest of us were half way done with our meals and then she felt like the pasta was overcooked. Our server never asked how the food was. The food was very good for the rest of us. Overall the entire experience was just Ok, was hoping for more for our Christmas dinner

AT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to enjoy our Christmas dinner...it was so warm and festive, the staff is so friendly and efficient. We will be back very soon.