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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- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Fried or Grilled Calamari*
Parmesan breaded, marinara, baked mozzarella, side of pasta
We had Pretty good over all experience
Great food and wine
Do not let them sit you inside the restaurant. We go to Carmine's regularly and usually eat outside where the service is fabulous. The last two visits we have been seated inside. Horrible service. They made our drinks wrong and the Server just shrugged and walked off, not to be seen for over 30 min. It took over an hour to get the bottle of wine we ordered - after our dinner arrived. My husband mentioned it to the Manager but he wasn't much help either. It's too bad because the food is amazing.
Service was exceptional food was so so.
My neighborhood Go-To.... Ive been going here for years. When visitors come in, I always bring them at least once to Carmines. The food is exceptional and with a good variety so there's something for everyone at Carmines Chicago.
Service is fast, courteous and helpful. A 5-star treasure in the Gold Coast.
Loved the outdoor ambience…..food was deeelicious…..
Could not have been better! Our server was absolutely fantastic, the food was amazing, and the environment was very enjoyable. The best service I have had, and most definitely the best Italian restaurant in Chicago!!
My husband is NOT about Italian food from a restaurant because he thinks we can make good Italian at home for a fraction of the price.
We had dinner here last night for a date night and even he was blown away. The dishes taste like your Italian grandma is back in the kitchen simmering sauce all day. And the portions are huge. Service was outstanding.
My only issue is the lighting is a little too dim. We had a hard time even reading the menu. I’m all about ambiance but I need to see! :) definitely recommend if you love authentic Italian food.
Good great, atmosphere fun, service extra speciat
Carmines is now better than ever. The food and service are impeccable. The seafood, pasta and meat dishes are uniquely tasty. We also appreciate the innovation, such as the new coconut shrimp. The outdoor set up is very comfortable. We’ve already booked our next visit.
Good service and good food
This was our time here and enjoyed everything!! The food , the ambiance and staff was amazing! You have to go anytime your in Chicago!!
Waiter was just Ok, slow and not very helpful on the menu questions.
Seafood salad was terrible. calimari and shrimp were rubbery, it is served cold, which I knew, but all and without flavor. The Margaritas were good and strong. The pasta that was served to others at the table was enjoyable but not anything exceptional.
The best part was the patio seating in the wonderful weather that night.
Hostess was friendly.
Was told there would be a ten minute wait for an outside table. Fifty minutes later with some badgering we were finally seated. Twenty minutes later a waitress shows up, only because the guy at the adjacent table was standing up and waving his arms for his check. Ordered veal parmigiana and forty minutes later received chicken parmigiana. Didn’t want the nightmare to continue, so just ate that.
Service was decent, but my meal was not worth $30. The chicken was over cooked, tough, and I did not receive an even proportion of chicken and pasta.
Food is spectacular. Our assistant behind the bar was excellent!!
Excellent as always
I’ve been dining here for 24 years.. and the food has been consistent since the very first day I dined.
I was disappointed to ask our server to refill our drinks - and bring the condiments that we needed.
Thank you to the floor manager for assisting our server.
Wonderful experience, seated outside, friendly staff. Good selection of all Italian favorites. Although steak selections were limited. 3 of us opted for salads and Pasta dishes. Friends had Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tortellini Carbonara sans prosciutto. For me Linguini in White Clam sauce was fresh and excellent. Spumoni Gelato for desert with an array of espresso, cappuccino around the table. Clientele were Chicago style set at it’s best.
My boyfriend and I found this restaurant after we stayed in a hotel nearby and now it’s our new favorite spot for dates. Whether you go for brunch or dinner, you’ll be taken care of by an amazing staff of servers, hosts, and bussers. The food is phenomenal and does an incredible job of capturing authentic Italian dishes. Perfectly al dente pasta every single time. I wish I could’ve gotten the chance to take my nana here because she would’ve loved it!
wonderful outdoor atmosphere. Perfect for Covid times.
Great food, ambiance and location
Lovely evening at outside table and outstanding server...Joe T
Carmines could not have been more perfect! Seated immediately at reservation time at nice inside table. Delicious bread basket arrived right away. The Chicken Francese was perfectly cooked. Tender, light sauce, enormous portion. Pasta side delicious. Caesar salad delightful. Fantastic server Danny whom we will ask for again!
GREAT DEFINITELY HAVE A NEW REGULAR CUSTOMER
This is an Italian-American red sauce joint -- a good one. So don't come expecting a trip-to-Italy experience, and you'll have a good meal. The grigliato misto was hit or miss: octopus and shrimp tasty, calamari overcooked and bitter. Salad and bolognese delicious. The ambiance on the expanded patio is so lovely, with flowers, people-watching, etc.
I had not been to Carmine's in quite some time....and I've been missing out. Had Business Associates in from out of town and needed a last minute reservation. Carmine's was able to accommodate....this in itself was noteworthy as it's next o impossible to get reservations in the Gold Coast Area. We were seated at a great table (6 people). Service was great. Drinks were good and the selection was great. The food was over the top Good. Portion sizes were large. We had a great meal, and a great time. I would not hesitate to go back to Carmines and will recommend it. Ambiance and Service were MUCH better than competing restaurants a few doors down on the other side of the street.
Perfect food, service.
Celebrated my husband’s birthday. Danny was our server and was very knowledgeable with the specials and recommended delicious meals.
We had a wonderful time. Sat at a table outside and enjoyed a bottle of wine and delicious food.
Great outdoor dining section. Plus they had a little covered section. Plus the inside. They were extremely busy which made the service slow. Had trouble even getting water is refilled. But the food was outstanding. So is the atmosphere.
No staff to attend a full restaurant. Felt ignored/rushed. Beer was warm, food was good.
Great outdoor seating
Love this place!
Great time as usual.
Food delicious! Manager saved the meal after we waited more than 20min for our 2 glasses of wine. Our original terrible waiter was replaced by Elmer, who was an amazing waiter. Thanks for great service!
Friends visiting from out of town.
I had read some not-so-great reviews of this restaurant prior to making the reservation. Because of the location, I went ahead and booked a reservation. We dined inside the restaurant for dinner. It's a very nice atmosphere, but it's loud. I do not mind the noise or having to speak louder. But if you want a quiet, romantic dinner, this may not be the place. Noise aside, the food was good! Was it the best Italian meal I've ever had? No. But it was definitely good and we enjoyed ourselves. The prices are reasonable, the portions are huge, and our server was excellent! It was a very busy night but the host staff were pleasant and got to us quickly despite how busy they were. Overall, we enjoyed the dinner.
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 5264 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.