Carmine's Chicago

4.6
4330 reviews
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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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been to Carmine’s dozens of times...this time, unfortunately, they were not in their A-game. Subpar food, and service.

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SS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Would recommend it to anyone.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was a huge disappointment. The amount of actual lobster roughly the size of a half of an egg in total had to ask for it. No olive oil for the bread. Expected way more from a Rosebud place. Stay away from this one.

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JL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Carmines for a casual dinner in the neighborhood. The food is great and the service was excellent. The noise was loud. There was one large and loud table, and they made it hard for everyone else to talk comfortably. I think they should have been asked to tone it down. Otherwise, it was great.

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DD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Calamari was tough and chewy. Lobster ravioli was good and sea bass was good.

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MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always excellent! great food and great service! we make it a point to go to Carmines on Mother's Day and Easter - they never disappoint.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day Brunch was outstanding. We made a last minute change to our reservation and they were very accommodating. I highly recommend.

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HH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good. Quick turn around on orders without rushing you. Be sure to make reservations!

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KF
Boise
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious but we sat upstairs and it felt like we were away from the restaurant energy.

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RD
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Food! The chicken parmesan was HUGE!

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TC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Amazing venue and customer service! Entrees can easily be split between 2 people. Much too much sauce on pasta dishes, average food at best

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed with my experience at Carmine's on Sunday. One of the servers spilled a plate of food on my friend, my steak was way overcooked, the table we were seated at was right next to the door to the kitchen so it was very loud and distracting from our meal. Considering the prices, I would have expected much much more from Carmine's.

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K
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We had a very nice table outside and the food was very good. My issue is with the service. The server was very rushed and disconnected. The apps took extremely long and came out 15 minutes apart ( we had a pizza and grilled veggies, pizza came first).

I believe the server also had tables in another area as we never saw her! Had to ask other staff members to find her when we needed something.

We will return but hopefully to better service

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Took over an hour to get food served.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was efficient & friendly, but the food was very average, and way over-priced (double that of competing restaurants in the downtown area).
However, reserving a table for 3 at 8pm, on a Saturday night with 15minute notice should’ve been a premonition of what was to come, and I have no real regrets.
Dining room was comfortable, but extremely loud. It’s a place for tourists & those wanting to be seen in the Gold Coast.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing start to finish.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My food was OK it was nothing special. I had a small pizza, seemed pricey for what it was. I was expecting more. My friend had the lobster ravioli and said it was very good.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were given the run around when it came to being seated at our table. I wish there was better communication at the front area. The hostess lied about someone in my “party” having checked in already. I would have preferred if they had said that I needed to wait until the rest of my party arrived to be seated. Instead of the run around I was given.

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ZM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service outstanding. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Nice variety and selection.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lekker eten, gezellig tent maar wel heel grote porties.

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L
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Lobster ravioli, and it was excellent. My husband had the spaghetti and meatballs, and thought the meatballs were too large. They tasted very good though. Salads were very fresh, bread was OK. Dessert portions are ridiculously large. One piece of cake could feed 4 people! Service was excellent.

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B
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday great night great food - if splitting check do make sure you tell waiter at beginning

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RJ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! B

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside ~ food excellent ~ service excellent!

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went for Easter dinner. Sat upstairs in a corner. Really loud and boisterous parties surrounded us. Not the fault of the restaurant, just loud up there. Food was OK, price was high. Service was good. More of an area to see and be seen. Focus on food can suffer because of it. Don't get me wrong, nothing was really amiss with the meal, but for that price point, always expect dishes and a quality that can't be replicated at home. This whole meal could have been replicated at home. Go there if you find yourself in the neighborhood, are hungry, and don't have reservations elsewhere.

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n
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good! Back-up servers were great! Main server didn’t come back to check-in until we were almost finished.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good service my waiter was outstanding see you soon.........Thank's jim echols

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch and service were great!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The atmostphere is lively and our waitress Angela is our favorite. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to visit soon

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AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spread for brunch on Easter. Delicious sausage and peppers and excellent penne a la vodka. Lovely outdoor patio seating. Some of the best Italian in town for standard dishes.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch was amazing !! 3rd year in a row. Attentive staff, delicious food and family friendly environment.

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MF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, authentic atmosphere. Servers were great right up until it was time to get a check and that took longer than expected. Not a fancy look you definitely knew you were at a higher end establishment. Portions were huge and well worth the money. Would recommend!

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J
Milwaukee
84 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we soon learned why Carmine's is a Chicago institution. From the cocktails to the caesar salad to the cheese ravioli and baked ziti everything was outstanding. The portions were huge and the Italian specialities were so delicious. Can hardly wait to go back!

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CW
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Food was DELICIOUS!!! We had great service. We sat in the bar area with the piano player ~ very good

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JS
Chicago
194 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Piano player in bar area is very good

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food but share the portions! They are huge!

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was fantastic. Can't wait to go back for brunch again!

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife had the bananas foster French toast which was incredible and could have fed a family of 4. Our guest had a omelet, also great and I am trying to be good and had the oatmeal. Great food and service and will definitely be back.

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