Carnivale

4.6
6317 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
Since opening in 2005, Carnivale has established itself as one of the premier dining experiences in Chicago’s West Loop. Exotic, energetic, and global, the festive atmosphere of Carnivale is a singular experience. We invite you to dine on unique Latin-inspired dishes created by Chef Rodolfo Cuadros while sipping drinks that run the gamut from muddled cocktails to aged tequila to complex wine — and a variety of other libations!

In addition to delicious food and unique drinks, Carnivale also features seven private party rooms to accommodate wedding receptions, business meetings, and a variety of other occasions. Each room offers a unique environment, but they all reflect the energy and passion of Carnivale.

Serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, Carnivale is the destination for Chicagoans who wish to enjoy global cuisine with Latin-American flair in an environment that reflects the passion of the chef!

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday 5pm– 9 pm
Monday - Tuesday 11:30am – 11pm
Wednesday - Thursday 11:30am – 11pm
Friday 11:30am – 1am
Saturday 5pm – 1am

Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30am- 2:30PM
$7 Valet Service

Brunch:
Sunday - 10:30am - 3:00pm
*$7 Valet Parking

Bar:
Monday-Tuesday - 11:30am-11pm
Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-12am
Friday 11:30am-1am
Saturday 5pm-1am
Sunday 10:30am-10pm

*$11 Valet Parking for Dinner
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Phone number
(312) 850-5005
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rodolfo Cuadros
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halsted
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Parking details
$7 Valet Parking for Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

$11 Valet Parking for Dinner
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Public transit
Bus:
The # 8 Halsted at Fulton Market/Lake: 2 minute walk
The # 65 Grand Avenue at Desplaines: 10 minute walk
The # 56 Milwaukee stops at Fulton/Desplaines: 2 minute walk

Train:
The Blue Line at Milwaukee/Grand: 10 minute walk
The Pink Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
The Green Line at Clinton: 5 min walk
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Entertainment
Sunday Brunch: Live Latin music 11a-2p
Fridays: Pop-up Entertainment every Friday

For upcoming events and features, visit www.carnivalechicago.com/features
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Special events & promotions
For corporate parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, wedding showers and any other celebration of 20-1000, please contact our sales department at sales@carnivalechicago.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6317 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun atmosphere!

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

I really enjoyed Carnivale!! Very colorful and a exciting feel. DJ played good Latin music and the other entertainment was good also. The food is very flavorful and delicious as were the drinks. I can't wait to return,but this time with more people.

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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Loud house trans music was over the top. Couldn’t really talk or enjoy my company. Much different than the last time. Would not return.

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S
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnivale always delivers! It is a great visual experience and the food is always delicious! This cigar dessert is always a fun way to end the night!

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KH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Carnivale is a very pretty and nice restaurant. The food and drinks are amazing. The entertainment was nice as well. We will go back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and tasty food.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

A little disappointed to have a reservation and be seated late on a Monday of all nights. We sat there for about 15 minutes before a server came over and complained how busy they were with not enough servers. Then he took our drink order.

When I asked if the seafood sampler was portioned for two as a appetizer or entre I was told “whatever you want it to be.” I proceeded to ask about the seafood bar and most of the items on the board were out.

Our entre came out with almost all scallops and two small tortellini. The proportion was off- at the end of our meal our waiter told us they substituted in more scallops because they had run out of tortellini. Although I appreciate the value of extra scallops, it wasn’t as much an entre as a pile of scallops and two tortellini. Although the flavor was good, it should have been taken off the menu.

It was expressed that they were having a busy night, but unfortunately that doesn’t change the experience. We probably won’t return anytime soon, but maybe at some point we will give it another try.

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary, enjoyed it very much. Food was delicious!! We will return.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Supposed to be carnival atmosphere with performers but nothing was happening. Disappointed Food wasn’t the best either.

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RW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! It was my first time and I was not disappointed. The service was excellent. Our server, Ramon, was very professional and personable. Even the bus-person was very personable. The food was excellent. Mimosas all around! We tried the Salmon Toast, the Bacon-wrapped dates, and the Ropa Vieja. All were delicious. Everyone loved their entres. I had the Carnitas Omelette. The egg was perfectly cooked! Just as fluffy as it could be. The Brunch Bowl, Chicken and Waffles, and the Wagyu Burger were enjoyed by my friends. The Chicken and Waffles comes out in an unexpected arrangement, but you get the hang of it! My friend who had it all but licked the plate! The music playing in the background was the sound track of my childhood and was a healthy mix of 70s and 80s music. I will gladly return.

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AK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Loved the decor. Service was great. Our party of 4 was from Texas, Boston, and the middle east. We all would go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent - however, even though we’d had a reservation in place for over a week, they placed us in a med-large side room by ourselves. Eventually one other table filled, but we felt very disconnected from the restaurant’s otherwise amazing “experience” in the main room.

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SN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for making my birthday very special, great food and pleasant atmosphere.

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Place was Amazing... The food, the drinks and the atmosphere alone.. I will definitely be back

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WC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to come here since they opened and finally made it. We all loved it. The decor was great, service perfect. But most important, the food was amazing.

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be a great experience to have an authentic South American entertainment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience!!! The Food Was Great!!! The Dinks Were Also Awesome!!!

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LK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for my husband's birthday we just got married in July and I was excited to spend the evening with him. We came in 5-10 minutes early and I told the hostess we will be at the bar waiting and asked if she had my note she replied, "yes a birthday". As I'm waiting I get an email from open table saying you missed my reservation. I go to the front desk and she says, "I called you, you didn't answer." I replied, "No you didn't call me and I was at the bar." She tells me that there is a table ready now and she can seat me (with an attitude). Then the hostess next to her says, "that high top was for them." We go inside and I see the table I asked for big seats and right by the action. I was upset but tried not to ruin my husband birthday. I asked for great seating and did not get it. I expected to be spoke with politeness and did not get it. We did enjoy our meal, but I'm not sure if I'll return back. I really didn't appreciate being spoke to that way. I did not get loud with her and I know that work can be tough, but not to a customer. She knew it was my husband birthday ( I confirmed before going to the bar) and a little consideration would have been great for me. I just hope you do better for the next person, cause when you spend over $200 in a facility you expect good service from the front of the house to the back.

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Would have been a great time except it was SO LOUD. You have to scream at each other from across a small table. Definitely detracted from the experience. The music is up full blast and it feels somewhat like a club. Not a good place for conversation

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Carnivale for my birthday. The food was outstanding; the service very good. The atmosphere like the food was bright and festive.

If you are looking for a quiet intimate dinner, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Carnivale.
But for a fun splashy evening, definitely check it out.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Decor: A+
Ambiance: A+
Food: B
Attention to Detail: C-

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and wanted something different. The ambiance was excellent and the decor was breathtaking. Check-in waa a breeze and we were seated promptly. However the hostess could have selected a much better seating choice since our reservation stated “Anniversary.” We were placed near a busy walk area at a table for four. It was only the two of us and very UnRomantic. I would have much rather preferred a table for two since it was our wedding anniversary. Also, our waiter’s facial expression was unnecessarily disappointed when I declined his recommendation from the menu. I sort of felt uneaay after that. Overall, great food and great decor. Attention to detail could have been better especially for the cost.

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JC
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!! It was our first time at Carnivale and we were so pleased with everything. Our waiter took the time to explain everything on the menu!! The drinks and food are amazing!! I will be back!!

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V
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was big, loud, and bustling, even at 5:30 midweek. That said, the food was good, somewhat creative and there seemed to be options for most types. You could eat on appetizers alone since they are generous portions. The tres leches cake was really tasty-that was what I came for and I wasn’t disappointed. I would recommend to others.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, delicious food and beautiful ambiance!

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t
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is very spacious. Main dining room has a ceiling at least 20' high. VERY decorated! The food is outstanding - however portion sizes are so large that sharing is a must! This means you and your partner have to agree on what you want. This could be a problem. Enabling "half orders" for some items could help to bring me back.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Chicago Marathon finishes for both my daughters and a birthday just on Sunday. Best advice I took from friends to visit this restaurant - vibrant, hip restaurant - attentive service. Food was outstanding and yes, the hostess, gave us an "appetizer on the house" for my daughters' accomplishments! By the way, the cotton candy martini is a must to order!!

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JO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Came to celebrate the wife's birthday. I let them know ahead of time about her allergies to fish and shellfish and they were very mindful of the fact. They also asked about the occasion and seated us at a special table with plush high back chairs, very nice. Our server named Ramon was very attentive to our needs and provided excellent service throughout the meal, not to mention that he also arranged a very nice birthday surprise of cotton candy and an ice cream/gelato chocolate dome. The combination of excellent service and great food is what keeps us coming back.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

This used to be a great place to have dinner but how times have changed. I had the worst waiter in the restaurant I saw him 5 times, he come to my table 20 min after we were seated. The cotton candy martini tasted like diluted rubbing alcohol not worth it at all. I got the wrong dish at first which I just should have kept because it looked better than what I got. I had the churrasco which was an overpriced piece of meat it had no seasoning and it was undercooked, it was almost raw most like because they were just trying to get it out since they made a mistake in my order. I rarely do this but I had to send it back because the bloody taste was too much for me. Then they charged me a 20% service tax? I don't think that is even legal. I should have said something but it was my husband's birthday and I just wanted him to have a "good" dinner. However, I know why my waiter did not care to give me a better service he would get a tip no matter what. I think that something has got to change otherwise people will stop going, it was a Saturday night and the place was not as full as it used to be. Needless to say you won't see us there again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Carnivale! New favorite restaurant in Chi-town. Great food, great atmosphere, loved the colors, art and interior decorating!

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C
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks
The waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask the waiter for suggestions. They know the best options!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it!

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EJ
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful way to spend a night out. We got there early and enjoyed happy hour at the bar. They kept trying to push a certain drink, and ended up bringing one over. We did not like it though. Luckily they followed up with us in it instead of just charging us. Overall, great experience and we will be back!

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Ramon Martinez, and he was literally the best server I have ever had. As a D of O. Of a restaurant group, I appreciate his professionalism and attentiveness. He sets the standard for service. The owner was in that night showcasing what seemed like some new entrees to his friends. He also came over and introduced himself and thanked us for coming out. Top notch guys!

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h
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great business dinner with clients. But we ended the meal with an off the menu desert that was amazing. Chocolate Cigar with Rum Ice Cream.

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always amazing. Can’t go wrong. I dream about their guacamole

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lot of fun from start to finish. I love the 80's Brunch was worth the trip. Waffles and chicken, bacon wrapped dates, and a chocolate dome to cap it off. Our server was great. Friendly and informative. His tip on the drinks made me a repeat customer. The decor is great. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restuarant was awesome! Cheap valet parking. Will be back again soon.

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WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

colorful and inviting. ropa vieja and grilled octopus = delicious. main course scallops, arroz mariscos and sea bass special = excellent. desserts - coconut cake and Javi's tres leches = oh yeah. plus, floor show!

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