Carnivale

4.6
6906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining destinations in Chicago’s West Loop. Immerse yourself in the festive, eclectic, and global atmosphere of Carnivale. Each dish offers an exotic fusion of flavors from Central and South American countries. Enjoy Latin fusion cuisine, exotic cocktails and one of a kind desserts. With a lush interior and original artwork, the Carnivale experience makes every meal a celebration. Carnivale’s unparalleled festive atmosphere is perfect for hosting corporate events, social events, and weddings. Our event specialists will customize and create a memorable experience for you and your guests from start to finish in one of our seven unique event spaces. Serving dinner and Sunday brunch, Carnivale is the destination for Chicagoans who wish to enjoy global cuisine with Latin-American flair.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I wish the performers were there on weekdays

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Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my family from Texas here for a unique dining experience. Not only did it deliver, but it over shot our expectations with phenomenal appetizers, desserts, drinks, and entrees.

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CW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experiences every single time we visit are nothing short of amazing and perfect. I’d recommend Carnivale to anybody. Best dining spot in Chicago by far.

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FV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Impressive decor and ambiance, everything is gorgeous, the attention to detail from the food and service to the decor, great! My dishes and silverware were consistently being replaced with new ones, thank you! Oh yes, food was just exquisite, so good! Our server was attentive and really made us feel special on our wedding anniversary.

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AV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great place to do food and meet friends and of course eating

Carnivale
Responded a day ago

Arturo, We are so happy that you had a great time here at Carnivale. We look forward to hosting and serving you and your guests again in the near future. Have a great day and weekend. Ozzie Godoy General Manager - Carnivale

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MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Omar was one of the best we have ever had.
unbeliveable service and attiude was exeptional.

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TJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have gone to Carnivale several times, though the food is good, they are always changing the menu. So something you may have enjoyed last month may not be on the menu the next month. But overall a good place.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

expensive, like the bill was an ugly amount of money, but it was 100% worth it. We occasionally eat at high-end restaurants so we have a few options to compare it to, but this was the best dining experience we had so far. the food, service, and ambiance all work in great harmony. we will definitely be coming back

Carnivale
Responded 3 hours ago

Kitty, Thank you for such kind words on your experience here at Carnivale. We hope to serve you and your guests soon. Have a great weekend. Ozzie Godoy Gerneral Manager - Carnivale

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AD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was wonderful. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent! By far one of my favorite restaurants now.

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EM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our service was amazing! We came to celebrate my parent’s 45th anniversary and Angel made it so special. Everything was wonderful. Thank you!!

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Great atmosphere, our food came out in steps and it was average. The apps were great. I'd stick with those.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Had a great meal. Service was top-notch. They comp’d us a champagne toast and dessert, which was nice. Had a great experience.

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LA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ropa vieja is my favorite as always! The service was great!

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LD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Works for all of the group categories. Spacious and not too loud. Fun atmosphere and very interesting food nicely done!!

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KG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner or outing with friends. The only bad part is the parking lot is behind the build and the area looks and smells kinda funky. Other then that great place

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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was about my fourth time to dine at Carnivale. I like to take guests there and every time, it is their favorite meal of our trips. Always delicious food and drinks, fantastic service and this time there was some extra entertainment. It is a beautiful and festive restaurant and perfect for a celebration or special meal.

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F
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with a big group for a birthday dinner.
I have celiac disease and have to follow a strict gluten free diet and they were very accommodating!
A lot of people in my group had never been here before and they all enjoyed their meals!
Great date spot or out with a big group.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Our waiter Omar was so kind and understanding when our cranky kids had just woken up from a nap. He recommended some the ropa vieja to start off with and it was by far one of the best. The drinks were on point and the atmosphere was friendly and energetic. I definitely will be coming back for a date night with the hubby.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

The food was excellent but the service was terrible. The waiter took our order and then never came back. Had to ask other waiters for refills on drinks. It is a shame the service was not better since the atmosphere was great.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

This was about our 20th time dining at Carnivale over the past 12 years and it just has gotten so limited in choices on the menu. It feels like a chain restaurant - the new ChiChi’s. It used to be so inventive and the food was so flavorful and changing. Now, it was pretty basic, seems like the chef is just phoning it in and pumping dishes out rather than trying to create a unique finishing experience anymore. The cocktail menu has been dumbed down as far as it can and holds no competition to restaurants in the immediate area; and the drinks they do have taste like premixed bottle from the local grocery store. It’s so sad to see this restaurant slip into mediocrity to the point where we were scrambling to find a reservation somewhere else while sitting at the table.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The decor is lovely and colorful. It was like entering Alice’s wonderland. All negative emotions immediacy went away once I entered in.

The food is delicious! We ordered the braised beef taco as the appetizer, and seafood platter and lamb rack as entrees. All are very tasty! I also ordered the cotton candy cocktail. It was fun but too sweet. So I added ice in it and it was much better.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

We had brunch at Carnivale this past Sunday. We really enjoyed our food (as always) and the outdoor seating, however, we were not really happy with the service. I feel like the server should have been more attentive; he also took forever to bring the check (i ran out of time on the meter but luckily no ticket!).

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l
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious. Drinks were ok and quite pricey. Staff was lovely.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall experience was amazing. Food, live music and amazing dancing.

Ribeye steak was cooked to perfection

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful place to go for a special occasion or for a celebration. We were there for my partner's birthday and had a wonderful meal with amazing food, drinks, and impeccable service. Will be recommending to others and coming back ourselves.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a destination restaurant. The show doesn’t start until Ayer in the evening. Food is outstanding and service is top notch. It’s expensive but the portions are large enough. Get the Cuban cigar for dessert.

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is amazing! The food service and attention to detail is top-notch. Do yourself a favor and visit this place it's an experience worth having Chris the manager Gustavo our waiter we're both brilliant!

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KB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a nice time at Carnivale for a special occasion meal. Nice touch that they added a Selfie/Boomerang machine that can be used for free. The whole family had fun with it.

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SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time! Food and service were excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and helped steer us toward the best entrees for our tastes. Will be going again!

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AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I took my date there hoping for a great experience and didn’t get That. We arrived about 10 minutes early for my reservation but we’re seated immediately which was nice. As he sat down we noticed there is only about eight tables that were being occupied so the restaurant was not super busy it was a Monday night after all. We waited about 12 minutes before we had to flag someone down to help us luckily the person we flag was the operations manager and was very very very nice and helped us throughout the evening. She was quite apologetic for us having to wait. Recommendations on a food were amazing experience overall was great I just wish that with all the people that were working there they were more busy wanting to bus tables and turn tables around other than helping rather than helping the people that were waiting to get serviced

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ST
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Octopus & beef arrachera was excellent coupled with great personal service. Sommelier Maria presented my girlfriend with a their house blend of decaf coffee to take back to Canada . Best restaurant in Chicago!

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great. The service was great. Music may have been louder than I would have liked but it was not an issue.

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DB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All good. Perfect pre-concert dinner.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Highly recommended .

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D
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Chicago (and we have been to many); great food, great service and great scenery.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing time, food was the best and would definitely recommend people

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Came in for our company anniversary and we were seated next to the kitchen. A guest was served moldy berries. Food and service is average. This restaurant has seen its day and needs to close.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere was fun and enjoyable. Service was the best I think I’ve ever had! The food was incredible. Jason was our server and was absolutely amazing. We had the best time and will most definitely be back!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this restaurant has great ambiance, food and service!!!

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AD
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was tasty and the flavors were deep. The ambiance was colorful and musically delightful. It left me wanting to explore....

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