Carmine's Chicago

4.6
4426 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
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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MJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carmine's is another favorite. Great food. Great value. The lunches in particular are delicious and generous. We sat outside and enjoyed the people walking by our table.

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s
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good Italian restaurant ! Love it! I’ll be back when I’m back in Chicago.

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Chicago
109 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Kind of surprised nothing comes with the chicken parm. Prices went up brick chicken $33 that’s very high not worth it. Very sad that rosebud df is less for the same meal..,

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WW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Brought 8 people for dinner. I have been here many times. Restaurant half empty inside and they seat us in from of the restrooms. Waiter was nice but nothing exceptional.

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GG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Everything was great except the language coming from the upstairs kitchen which we were sitting outside of
with young children

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G
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Requested patio as we were celebrating a birthday. They were not able to seat us there. Sat us upstairs in a very noisy congested room with no atmosphere. Never acknowledged the birthday and I told them three times while making and confirming the reservation.

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JN
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good, but the wine was pretty warm. Really loud so it is not the place if you want to have a conversation

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DH
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go to Carmine's every time we're in Chicago. We've never been disappointed.

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t
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding all around. Our server Danny was excellent and made our evening

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

If you can’t eat outside this place just absolutely sucks. The host thought he was funny when he said I have a great table for you in the garden. Tourist trap anyways, last time I come here. Place lost its Italian vibe too. Sad!

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A
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience as always. We travel from CLEVELAND several times a view and make sure to stop for dinner at least once. Food and service is excellent!

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful evening. Our server, Daniel, was knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food.

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

Very pleasant dining outside. Attentive service, good menu choices.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Abraham was an incredible server. Excellent service. Thank you

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Rushed and very racially profiled

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, nice ambiance, amazing service. All the staff coordinated really well.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Am improved wine list would be highly recommended

Lovely patio, good service and food.

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AA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Outside is quite muggy and hot- t

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

They promised that they will not over cook the steak, but they brought over cooked well done steak completely ruining the experience.

I complained with the manger and only option they gave me was either free drink or desert, neither one that I was interested in. They could have compensated on the bill which most places would have done but not this one.

We brought the steak with and tossed it in the garbage. I would not recommend this place if steak is what you are looking for. They don’t know how to cook it properly.

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great but noise level was annoying.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great! Very attentive staff. The food was mediocre at best. The risotto was great, but everything else was nothing special. Don’t order the meat lasagna.

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b
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Just a fantastic place to people watch and enjoy a good evening and yes of course enjoy a good meal

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JC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great— soft shell crab good

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CF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chicago staple! The very best in service and quality of the food. This is a Chicago gem that we return to often.

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lively atmosphere. Excellent piano player, courteous and efficient staff and great italian food. Great tomato sauce!

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M
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service is always excellent

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

My sister and I had lunch at Carmine's. For once, there was no rain and the weather was beautiful. We had lunch on the patio. The food was excellent, the service attentive without being annoying, and the whole experience delightful!

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GH
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food,service and atmosphere was wonderful. Was seated quickly and food came extremely fast.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ate from the lunch menu on the patio everything was outstanding.

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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great pizza and salad! Also, amazing cocktails. Highly recommend.

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D
New England
27 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome dinner & experience. Our server was outstanding!!! Cannot wait to be back!!

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S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Great location and good food. Largely indifferent that we had a reservation and complete chaos at the front of the house.

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

We had a reservation for 7:15. Upon arrival we asked for a table outside which are first come first serve. We were tons the wait would be over an hour. We got in the list and notified the inside hostess that we would wait a few minutes. We received a table within 5 minutes with was a surprise and dined outside. We did not miss our reservation. We dine several times a year at Carmine’s and always enjoy the experience.

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d
Miami
56 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner with family

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They did a great job with our large group. We were in the half patio area which was sunny and friendly without having the noise of the street. Great time!

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NW
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We each had a different entre all very good. Service very timely without being pressured even though they were busy. We were on the patio and with the heaters it was fine even though a chilly night. Look forward to returning.

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ID
Indiana
49 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

We came here with some friends last weekend, and it had been several years since the last visit here. We were seated in the lower level which felt like a dark basement. The server was very nice and engaging and did a very nice job. When we ordered salads he nicely suggested we share those. However, we wished he had suggested the same for the entrees. Two people ordered the veal Parmesan - it was beyond a gigantic serving and could have been shared with 3 people. I had the special of linguine with shrimp in vodka sauce. It was good but could have used some spice. The house salad was very good with a variety of veggies and a very good house dressing. And we al shared the shrimp scampi appetizer which was fantastic! Overall our dinner was good - not great and not memorable so it won’t be on our list when we return to Chicago - just so many better options to choose from. And the restaurant really needs a makeover.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful. Huge portions. Great service

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S
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our service was fabulous and the dinner delicious.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service!

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