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Carmine's McGregor Square, Denver, CO

Carmine's McGregor Square

4.4
4.4
328 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Carmine's on McGregor Square is a family-style Italian restaurant located in the ballpark neighborhood. We take pride in making our dishes with the freshest ingredients, sourced locally when we can. Our atmosphere is casual, festive, and friendly. Our servers bring the menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage. Reservations for dining preferred, bar seating available for walk ins.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 459-8952

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ben Landreth

  • Private party facilities

    Call for availability.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    20th and Wazee

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 328 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Maybe - with full disclosure that you have to really be prepared to find something on the menu to share with the others
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating a birthday and the wait staff was so lovely. We had the best time! And the god was excellent!!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 23, 2022We are so happy you chose us to come in for a birthday celebration. Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to your return.

  3. HN

    HaysN

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service I have had in a long time! I highly recommend the pasta ALLA Carmines.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 23, 2022Thanks so much for being us recently, Hays. We are humbled by your comments and review. Looking forward to having you back to dine again soon.

  4. G

    Gcampbell

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Love the family style meals!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 23, 2022We agree about family style dining, Gcampbell! Thank you for sharing your comments and dining with us.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for your kind comments!

  6. RF

    RobertF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was totally AMAZING!!!!! Great SERVICE!!!!!!! Perfect Meal for 2 size portions. Great family style restaurant.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 8, 2022Robert, Thank you for your kind and generous comments. Do join us again for dinner!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Food was not good

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 12, 2022We apologize for your disappointing experience with us. Having not been able to address your specific needs, we do invite you to contact the restaurant directly and ask to speak to the owner or a manager.

  8. KH

    KeithH

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is outstanding. The traditional Italian cuisine is on point.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 8, 2022We are so appreciative of your comments when dining with us recently, Keith. We look forward to your return.

  9. MM

    MiriamM

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    1- It’s pretty loud. Hard to carry on a conversation with a party of 5. Someone was always missing part of the conversation because it was loud. 2- family style portion of pasta for 5 was pretty skimpy. No pasta left over and one person had a serving like fore a small child. I did not feel it was appropriate amount for a family of 5. 3. The server brought check before asking if we were interested in dessert. We had to ask what did they have for dessert.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 4, 2022Thank you for your candid comments, Miriam. It is always helpful knowing of guests experiences and how we can improve. Your thoughts will be shared with management and staff.

  10. a

    ashleym

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was slow to start but come together for the remainder of the meal. The pear salad was delicious! We also got the bruschetta however it was really salty, and the Butternut squash ravioli. The ravioli wasn’t bad but could have used a touch more flavor. Over all I would come back.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on November 4, 2022We do look forward to your return, Ashley. Thank you for sharing your helpful comments with us.

  11. CM

    ColleenMM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food in Denver, hands down. Thank you!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on October 26, 2022Thanks so much for your kind comments, Colleen!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Genuinely the most garlic-y meal I have ever had. Staff was not very friendly and the food is expensive for what it is. Olive Garden would have been a better meal and I can’t say I ever frequent there.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on October 23, 2022We always appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us. Our house made garlic knots are garlic-y we have to admit. Family style/size dining is what we are known for as sharing is where you receive the bests value. We apologize that we did not meet your expectations. Thank you for sharing your comments with us.

  13. AV

    AmyV

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal pasta! Many flavour options and pasta choices. A great spot for a dinner before an event or an elongated date night. Will most definitely be back!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on October 11, 2022We look forward to your return, Amy. Thank you for your kind comments.

  14. HP

    HungryPlaygoer

    Denver

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family style service was great, allowing dishes to be shared amongst the party. For a smaller group, even the smaller size portions are large enough to share with two. Of course, what you don't finish, you can take home. A good variety of traditional Italian dishes and some you won't find elsewhere, all delicious. Vegetarian/artichoke fans, try the Pasta Carcio. The cannolis were obviously stuffed fresh, since the shells were perfectly crisp.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you, HungreyPlaygoer: Thank you for your generous and kind comments when dining with us recently. We welcome your return.

  15. A

    Aneesah

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Went here for a birthday celebration. Seafood dishes were good, portions good even though expensive. Service was slow. After we had finished eating no one came to check on us or bring us our check for about 20 minutes despite it not being very busy. Non of the staff seemed very happy either.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 26, 2022We apologize for disappointing you with the service you experienced when dining with us, Aneesah. Thank you for letting us know. Our menu prices reflect the current cost of doing business. Since family-size portions of each item is prepared for four people, dining does become cost effective when shared.

  16. RA

    RichardA

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, great service, affordable and great location near Coors Field.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 23, 2022We appreciate you taking the time to share your dining experience with us, Richard. Do join us back again soon.

  17. SH

    SkipH

    Denver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Pasta with clam sauce, 6 tiny clams, pasta undercooked, sauce lacking in volume and taste. Veal a la Carmine, sauce was listed wrong, poor, veal tough, sparse, and unrecognizable. The food was overall far inedible. We will not be eating there again. There are many other Italian eateries in Denver which serve really good food.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 19, 2022We sincerely apologize that our food did not meet your expectations, Skip. Trusting you were able to discuss your displeasure with one of our managers that evening. We are embarrassed and disappointed as well. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us.

  18. C

    Cynied

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Carmines. It was close to our hotel. We were very pleased the with the waitstaff and the food was outstanding.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 18, 2022It was a pleasure having you dine with us Cynied. Thank you for thinking of us while you were in town. We trust you will join us again the next time you visit Denver.

  19. MW

    MarkW

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town and took out my college age son and some of his friends. We sat outside at a table for seven and really enjoy the fact they have family size servings on every entrée. That really allowed us to mix everything up and let everyone try a number of different entrées. The service was outstanding as was the food. We got outdoor seating so it was not loud at all.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 17, 2022We are so delighted that you enjoyed dining with us Mark. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience in our family-style restaurant. We look forward to your return in the future.

  20. CL

    CharL

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came into Carmines for the first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Lovely restaurant in a great location downtown, and way to kick off the night with those insane garlic bread rolls!! I could have easily eaten ten of those, by far the best bread I've ever had at a restaurant. Our server was so fun and friendly and upbeat, she treated us like friends and made great menu recommendations. We ordered the Artichoke Alla Fontina to start which was so delicious! We didn't want to fill up before dinner so we only had a few bites and took the rest home. For dinner we shared the Ragu Con Funghi and the Veal Parmesan. The Ragu Con Funghi is some of the best pasta I've ever had. The pasta noodles were made in-house and perfectly cooked, the shredded veal was so tender, and the mushroom sauce with caramelized onions was insane!! The Veal Parmesan was delicious but a lot of the breading separated from the veal cutlet which made it difficult to eat. But the red sauce, veal, and mozzarella were fresh and very flavorful! My only complaint is that the menu did not have descriptions for any of the items so we had to look up the menu on our phones to see what each item was or ask our server to explain to us. Otherwise, a wonderful dining experience and look forward to coming back!
  21. K

    Kiane33

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was tasty. Two Thumbs up!!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 13, 2022Good to know you enjoyed dining with us recently Kiane! Thank you for your positive comments.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Food was extremely salty. Too noisy outside. Felt like we were in the park.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 5, 2022We sincerely apologize that your recent dining experience did not meet your expectations. The courtyard of McGregor Square is quite energetic and filled with activity, especially on a busy, holiday weekend.

  23. NJ

    NJoW

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    This was my first visit to Carmines downtown. I have been to the restaurant on Pennsylvania. Our server and all the staff seem to be in a big hurry although the restaurant was very quiet. They hurried us through ordering and eating. It was the first time I’ve ever been in a restaurant where the waiter stood next to the table while I finished my food so he could grab my plate. The food was not very good which was surprising to me. The salad with the candied walnuts was so sweet and coated with sugar. The Bolognese sauce tasted like it came from a can of tomato paste. It is a nice space but I know I won’t go back as there are much nicer restaurants downtown.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 30, 2022NJoW: We sincerely apologize that we did not meet your expectations when recenlyt dining with us. We have shared your comments with our management team and staff and will strive to do better.

  24. s

    steved

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not as good as our first time here. The portions were smaller and who ever heard of an Italian restaurant that doesn't serve cappuccino, seriously! We were hoping for a neighborhood Italian go-to place but I'm not sure this is it.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on September 5, 2022Hello Steve: We appreciate you letting us know of your recent dining experience with us. Our portion sizes have not been altered in the year of being open so we apologize for this disappointment. We recently changed our coffee vendor, including equipment. We will be sure to pass on your cappuccino comment to management.

  25. JB

    JamesB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Went for our anniversary, give us complimentary dessert with a sip of champagne. All of our servers, including the owner Brad, were extremely friendly

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 28, 2022Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing it with us, James!

  26. HS

    HannahS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant we went to on our trip denver! Food was great and the perfect spot for dinner downtown.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 20, 2022We are so happy you chose us on your recent visit to Denver, Hannah. Do think of us again on your next trip to the Mile High City!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and cocktails was amazing! The restaurant is a little loud. Overall a great experience!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 15, 2022We are happy you were satisfied with your recent dining experience with us. Hard surfaces throughout the restaurant (even with acoustic ceiling panels) make sound levels tricky. Thank you for joining us and do dine with us again.

  28. m

    michellej

    Denver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was one of the worst meals I have had in awhile. I’d go to Olive Garden over this place.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 15, 2022Michelle-We apologize for not meeting your expectations. Should there had been something we could have done to make your dining experience better, we trust a manager was notified.

  29. AH

    AndrewHudson

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to enjoy a fine meal prior to a baseball game. Expensive for the amount of food you get, but was sooo good.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you for joining us for dinner before the game recently, Andrew. Food to share is what we specialize in. We are challenged by the soaring cost of food items from our vendors. We appreciate for your understanding just the same.

  30. JG

    JeremyG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Great location and setting. Unfortunately the food was very overpriced and wasn’t that good. Our server was also not good. Felt like we were inconveniencing her when asking for plates and to go boxes. Definitely not going back.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 6, 2022We sincerely apologize that your experience dining with us did not meet your expectations, Jeremy. It is never our intention to make guests feel inconvenienced. Please know how much we regret how dissatisfied you felt your evening was.

  31. L

    Luv2travel

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat outside and enjoyed the evening as the sun went down and the square cooled off. Great service. Delicious food! Osso Bucco special was tender and delicious. Reasonably priced. Thanks for a great evening!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 6, 2022We appreciate the time you spent in sharing your experience with us. We look forward to your return.

  32. AB

    AlanB

    Denver

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At some point, you just run out of words...Simply another fabulous dinner at Carmines at McGregor Square. Thanks to Brad and the Crew

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 9, 2022Wow...Thank you so much Alan! We are humbled by your kind words and in sharing your recent dining experience with us. We always look forward to having you and your guests/family members join us.

  33. DG

    DaveG

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just out to dinner.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 5, 2022Thank you for dining with us Dave!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great and our server was amazing. We will definitely be back! Thanks for the great food and experience!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you for dining with us. We will look forward to having you back!

  35. MD

    MeghanD

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love Carmine's new spot! The lemon shrimp spaghetti was recommended by my valet, and it was perfect for me and my friend. The ceaser salad is to die for as always. And they make the best martini's. It was after a Rockies game so there was still some music and activity to enjoy in the square. Love, love.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022We are delighted that you had the experience you did after the game recently. Thank you for your kind review. Do come back again soon!

  36. AH

    AndreaH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Not very family friendly. We waited for food bill and payment and exceedingly amount of time. Not authentic

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022We offer our sincere apologies for the time you had to wait for your check and payment. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  37. AW

    AnnW

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Nice dinner with friends before the ballgame. We will be back soon.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you for joining us before the Rockies game recently Ann. We appreciate your comments and look forward to your return again.

  38. A

    Alice

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic! Carbonara, Bolognese and Caesar Salad. We split this between three of us and had plenty to eat. Our server was exceptional!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you Alice. We will share your comments with our staff. We are grateful you joined us and took the time to share your experience.

  39. SC

    SteveC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very nice. Modern (new) but with a retro vibe. Food was very good. My 4 rating on the food is because I expect food from a restaurant to arrive at the table at proper eating temperature or a little warm. This food, for all 4 of us, was barely warm. I'll give them a second try sometime hoping that this was a one-time thing. It wasn't due to being swamped as we were the first reservations for the evening. Either way, there's little excuse for food to arrive at the table too cool to eat.

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022Steve: We TOTALLY agree with you re: food arriving at the appropriate temperature. Thank you for letting us know of your experience. Please do give us another chance. We are happy you joined us and look forward to having you dine with us again.

  40. s

    steved

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been looking for a good Italian restaurant in downtown Denver and we may have just found it. The Bruschetta was amazing and we had "PASTA ALLA CARMINE’S" that was very good. We are definitely going back!

    Carmine's McGregor SquareResponded on August 2, 2022We welcome you back again, Steve! Thank you for your comments and kindness.

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Carmine's McGregor Square is rated 4.4 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Carmine's McGregor Square

1951 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th and Wazee

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Executive chef

    Ben Landreth

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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