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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vipJIlly
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch

JM
JennyM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Carmine’s and it was fabulous! Will definitely be back!

MS
MarianneS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Carmine’s a few times and it is always lovely.

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happy
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great place to eat when in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Carmine's is an old school Italian restaurant with really good food, friendly and attentive service, and it's cozy. Food always is a headliner, but the ambiance is pretty cramped. That's not such a bad thing if you like Jersey Shore extras including you in their conversation (no, thanks) and it's frenetic if not chaotic in movement of wait staff. Our server, Abraham, was excellent. He was friendly, really knew the menu and the specials, and generally welcoming. He did forget about us for a brief time, mostly because he had tables of 8+ to handle, but he was accommodating. Prices are fairly standard for Gold Coast dining, and the specials ranged from veal to octopus without seeming to be trying too hard. But it's wayyyyy too noisy for my taste.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We ordered the seafood tower and it was just ok. He seafood was not flavorful, it tasted did not smell or taste like the ocean, you could just tell it wasnt fresh. For 80$ I was hoping for more. However, the rigatoni vodka was amazing and our server was super sweet and treated us to dessert.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waiter was not happy with his $25 tip because it wasn’t 18%. He actually stopped us at the door demanding his 18%. Long time customer but never again will I bring my family or clients to this establishment. Rude and arrogant staff and not worth the money.

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SHEL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Home style. Everyone enjoyed the experience.

PP
PeggyP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Carmine's red sauce is the best I have ever tasted! The restaurant is undergoing remodeling so the ambiance was somewhat lacking but the food was wonderful. I had the square noodles with the awesome red sauce and a really tasty meatball. My sister had the baked rigatoni and loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service good atmosphere

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KrisC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We never were seated. We waited an hour for our reservation. We left out of frustration. it seemed chaotic, the hostess was flustered, they were overbooked. Open table should of never booked the reservation when the restaurant was that booked. Basically ruined our evening. They are remodeling, very messy.

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KayE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This has been a tradition for the last few years... our family participates in Hustle up the Hancock and we enjoy an Italian dinner the night before...

This past Saturday the outside temperature was not a typical February day in Chicago, it was above average. Unfortunately, the temperature upstairs was very warm and I was sweating throughout my meal. I could not finish my meal as I was uncomfortable. I had to pass on desert as I could not stay longer to eat a nice sweet treat.

The table next to us complained about the temperature, and it appears they did something about it. But it was too late.....

Our dinner was not as good as it should have been which I think correlate to the overall temperature experience...

The service was excellent as usual we sat promptly based on our reservation time...

Just wish the circumstances where better....

ML
vipMathewL
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Seated upstairs. The room was like an oven. Beautiful 50 degree day but the upstairs had to be 85-90 degrees. We hurried and left before dessert due to the heat. Waiter was very good and personable but extremely busy and over tasked. Attending to our table was a fly by event.

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BrigidH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ambiance was beautiful, the service was attention to detail , prompt yet genuine and sincere with a dash of humor. Scott was our server and was amazing with explanation of menu specs and knowing we were from Wisconsin based off the old Fashions we ordered. This is our go-to place when we're in Chicago in February every year. Why go somewhere else when everything is here at Carmines.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
31 reviews