Carmine's Chicago

4.6
5236 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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 5236 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB29627
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No waiter after 15 minutes, chair was not wiped and ruined my dress shirt.

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vipSilvas
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kenny was an excellent server. So was the other gentleman server but we didn’t get his name. Very lively atmosphere.

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Euromac
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Little more expensive then we expected…

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and our server, Jesse, did a great job. Very attentive.

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vipdatenight
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal in a perfect night.

AC
vipACT1
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was good. We felt the food was fair, it all seemed really bland. The inside area was very noisy. Wouldn't recommend the restaurant.

BJ
BrendanJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food were phenomenal. Would go again for brunch or dinner

JV
JoceanV
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded my expectations. Really good pasta. Planning on going back

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vipspingirl
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Baked Ziti signature dish was uneventful - lacked real flavor. My son's flat noodle bolognese was fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was average. Service was great. Location is outstanding

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vipMoniqueS
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location food and service. The spaghetti and meatballs were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall great brunch! Cocktails were on point! I highly recommend the aperol sunrise!

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MissP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed my visit to Carmine's; had not been there in YEARS and was quite happy with my choice for dining. Staff was very friendly - from hostess stand to wait staff. Waiter (Castiano I think, sorry, can't remember) was fabulous. Other restaurants should take note from Carmine's -- the waiter and server were very attentive but not overbearing. I felt like I was the only table in the restaurant -- they were there for our every need -- whereas in some restaurants it's clear you are one of several tables to which a waiter is attending and you often have to wait several minutes to get their attention. :-/ Only recos I would suggest are: 1) perhaps increase the lighting just a wee bit -- customers should not have to turn on their cell phone flashlight to read the menu LOL and b) reconsider your leftover containers -- I ordered a seafood "stew"...the container I was given was not designed to hold liquid and the bag provided to carry the container in was so flimsy that my container turned over, leaking most of my broth into the bag. VERY disappointing that now my dinner tonight will just be comprised of dry seafood since most of the broth leaked out. :(

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LizP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked to sit on the street patio at a pub table and it was perfect! The spaghetti and meatballs were served hot and very tasty. It was great until the rain chased us away.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, the service was slow and it took awhile to place our order for drinks and dinner. With that being said, they were busy so it is somewhat understandable.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The bread is not fresh and it is tasteless. Otherwise a good experience. Server was fake- friendly.

JS
JeffS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service.

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vipnotimpressed
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good, location is amazing and the food as always was outstanding. A must stop for any Chicago visit.

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GaryC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Carmine's on Saturday night 7/10 at 6:45 pm. Busy and raining out, but we ate on the front patio and from the minute we stepped onto the property we were taken care of like we were their only patrons that night. Excellent food (as always), fantastic environment, and our service was as good as we've ever had. My favorite restaurant in Chicago never disappoints!

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vipRobertoE
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Always fun and excellent service, but please do something about your thin and watery vodka sauce. That’s all, thanks!

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KaylaS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I would not recommend going here if you want quality food that’s worth the price. About $20 an entree gets you a subpar plate of pasta—no salad, soup or side served with that. Bland sauce and extremely light portions. Not worth the price at all. Also we had a reservation and ended up having to wait an additional 15 minutes for our table. Then we get seated right next to the kitchen, right under the speaker. My mother was sitting right across from me and I couldn’t hear anything she said. Service was good on the other hand.

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Elle
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Pigeons. Pigeons. Pigeons. Pigeon tried to take my food. Food is overpriced. Food is salty.

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Yogamia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were stuck in a tiny table right near the service bar. Our waitress was swamped so another waiter took over, but he wasn’t quite attentive. The food was good, but not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The ambiance is excellent. Sitting outside and people watching was the best part. It’s located in a great area.

The food was very good, but overpriced for what you get. The bread basket that was brought to us in the beginning was a bit dry and no dipping sauce was provided.

The waiter did the very best he could but we could tell that he had way too many tables to be able to give excellent service so the service was a bit slow.

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vipJudy
Miami
93 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Will not return. Menu does not indicate appetizers are to be shared. I ordered fried calamari and the amount would have served 4. Very disappointed to leave half the order on plate. Waiter never asked if I wanted another wine even though my glass was empty. Also did not offer to box the remaining fried calamari.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was not only professional, but also pleasant and accommodating. His name was Joe. The food was fantastic! We were able to be seated outside and the experience was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

honestly not worth the hype the food was average the service was kind of inattentive for the price of the wine and food

SP
vipSelamiP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and Good food.

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debs
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I go to carmines about once a month and always enjoy it. However, I've not loved the food I've had the last few times. I think there are restaurants in the neighborhood with much better tasting food. I like sitting outside at carmines but when I got there, WITH a reservation, there were two tables outside in really bad places, one felt in the middle of the walkway and the other was in a corner near the serving station. Neither looked good and I'd wished for making a reservation, a better table could have been saved because they likely went to walk-ins instead. I'll still go there occasionally because my friends choose it, but I'm not going for the food. The handful of dishes I've had recently were all mediocre...and very salty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere. Never disappoints when we come into town and the quality has remained excellent for several years running.

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vipRandy
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmine's! For this meal we had fettuccine alfredo and the white fish piccata style. Both were excellent. The alfredo sauce is extremely creamy, and the white fish was superbly prepared. The service was also very efficient and friendly. This is the best Italian restaurant in Chicago!

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AnneC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from the moment I checked in with the hostess. Our server was outstanding. The food incredible and the ambiance beautiful. We sat outside and felt like we were in Roma! Bravo Carmines, once again you blew us away!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Braden was a great server!

BG
BrandonG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best!!!
ALWAYS FIRE!!!
100% recommend as always place is delicious and never fails. Well done

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! We went for my bfs birthday. Our food was great and Jay provided the BEST service! 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fernando was an amazing server! Thank you for an incredible experience and definitely would recommend !

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ScottK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. Service was Devine. Food was plentiful and delicious. Excellent overall dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous Fish salad and Brussels!

CT
vipChicagoTim
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe our waiter was perfect and the food is always great!

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Foodie989
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmines is one of my favourite places to go downtown Chicago.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carmine's Chicago using the Order Online button. Carmine's Chicago also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. 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 5236 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.