Carmine's Chicago

4.6
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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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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Nick, was the most amazing hospitality professional; he was attentive, engaging and knowledgable. A most enjoyable evening!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent as it has been in the past. Extremely large portions. Quality of food excellent. Because of the size of portions this is not the average cost Italian cuisine. If you know who you are with well enough, sharing plates should be a consideration.

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

SB
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for sunday brunch , everything was awesome. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Fernando, was phenomenal and the food exceeded my expectations.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best places that I have ever had dinner at in Chicago! The service was spot on and the food was fantastic. The Burrata Tower was a nice sized app and my dad had the veal parmigiana and he said the only thing better was the veal his mother used to make him.

JG
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem in the Gold Coast, solid food and service. We brought our kids and they are always accommodating. We will be back!

SH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was very poor. We each had one drink and it 25 minutes before a waiter came back...food was like warm

BV
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great but we were not in the main building and the heat lamps were very hot!

JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best, classiest, most accommodating service of any fine dining restaurant I've ever been to. I asked for a table that would accommodate my 88 year old grandparents and their difficulty with hearing and walking, and I also requested a table by the window in honor of their anniversary. I didn't expect them to be able to accommodate all of these requests on a busy Friday night, yet upon arriving and checking in they remembered (and wished) my grandparents a happy anniversary, immediately escorted us to the elevator, and took us right to the most ideal table away from the majority of the noise and right next to the window with the best view in the entire restaurant. Every time we've been here, the willingness and readiness to accommodate my grandparents has been top notch. Oh, and by far the best Italian food in all of Chicago...incredible variety of truly authentic dishes and great waitstaff ready to help you figure out what you would like most. My favorite restaurant in the city and always worth the trip in from the suburbs.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food!!

TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was very confusing. We had two waiters who weren’t really communicating- they would come to the table and convey the same information. One was pushy for us to order and other was fine. When we ordered which wasn’t long the food came in less than five minutes. My lasagna was squishy and overcooked. I think the other meals were average.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was wonderful

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OT
Chicago
225 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They sat us by the front window which was very cold and did not make for a pleasant experience. The table rocked and we had to ask twice to have someone fix it. We ordered appetizers and they brought out our salads and appetizers together. Felt very rushed. Nice place and decent food but the service needs a lot of help.

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner

GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was good side dish of meat balls they were hard vesiovio potatoes also were hard. Pasta was excellent service was great.

b
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, service, heavenly shrimp and other terrific food!! Like area where restaurant is downtown and valet park great even with price!! ENJOYED!!

L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Win!
Our holiday was fantastic. Service was great and the food was exceptional.

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so nice. The past was perfectly perfect - al dente to another power

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's is a family favorite and we are extremely loyal to this restaurant. The Chicken Vesuvio is mouth-watering and the Steak Velasco is a flavorful stand-out! Service is consistently fantastic. Throughout the entire dining experience my party and I feel like royalty. The location is 2nd to none in Chicago. As a native Chicagoan transplanted to Southern California over 21 years ago, Carmine's is and will always be my "Go-To" when I'm in town.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and atmosphere. Food was fresh and delicious.

JK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservation for 7:30p. We checked in and waited 30 mins. We had not been notified of a table so we checked in again. We were told we were sent a text message. We never heard it because of all the noise and we were standing 3-4 ft. from the receptionist. We finally were offered a table at the entrance which had 4-5 people standing around waiting for tables. We declined on that table. The next table was at the kitchen area and was so small that we would be lucky if you could fit 2 plates of food. They said they were sorry but never corrected the problem. We walked out and will never come back! They did not care.

MH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food.
Awesome service
Charming Ambiance
Noise level way to loud for conversation of table of seven people. Maybe OK with smaller group. Piano/performer just added more noise than needed. High quality music performance but just added to noise level which did not help. Will definitely come again but will ask for quieter part of restaurant if available.

J
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really great dinner this past weekend! Everything was delicious. I loved that there were so many traditional dishes on the menu. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend.

t
Toronto
62 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Danny our server was excellent as always! Outstanding that live music has returned to Carmine’s.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the waiter was very nice to give us his recommendations and be patient with us.

IP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Salvatore, our server, did a great job. He made our experience everything we wanted!

CW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner with colleagues

LL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It seemed as though the waitstaff couldn’t wait to take our order and move us along. Fortunately we had drinks and enjoyed our conversation before placing our order for our dinner came out within about 10 minutes. We ate and couldn’t help but feel rushed by the waitress. And then as we lingered after paying our check, the managerOr maître d’ was hovering to the point where it was uncomfortable and so we left. This is not a place where you will be able to linger comfortably over drinks and conversation

OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing - I wish I had gotten her name! She really made our evening special (we were celebrating both of our birthdays) and was so sweet!

k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always, Calamari was exceptionally tender.
Have enjoyed this restaurant for 25 years - one of Chicago’s consistently best for great service and greatvfood

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We arrived on time for our reservation and we were told it was a 30 minute wait. We were told everyone coming in had a reservation. We love Carmine’s and always eat there when we come to Chicago. It would have been nice if they apologized but the host was a bit snippy with us. As always the food live music and waitstaff were wonderful.

TJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and the best part of it...they give such large portions that you have food for the next day.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to get together.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

My family drove into town and we only had one evening to chat, dine and catch up with what’s going on with our lives.

The piano man was so loud we were not able to enjoy the conversation.

t
Toronto
62 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danny our server was fantastic! Great food, great restaurant. One of our Chicago favorites.

MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great and I couldn’t have asked for better service. However the food was good although I have had better from Rosebud.

MF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was very good. The only complaint we really had was where they sat us. It was their patio that they had converted for winter use. The heaters on the ceiling were on and it was extremely hot in there. We asked if they could turn them down and they acted like they were going to but never did. But other tables were complaining that they were too cold. So I’m not sure what’s going on out there. But the next time we will request to be seated in a different dining room.

RH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant. Consistently great food, service.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was great and the restaurant gives each table enough space it doesn't feel crowded even when busy.