Carnivale

4.5
6226 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
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 6226 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

It was our first time at Carnivale... The service and food was outstanding. We went early and were seated upstairs away from the action, but Angel (our waiter) and Maria (asst gm) ensured that our experience was amazing. We are looking forward to returning and either sitting outside or in the main room where all of the action happens!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing dining experience! The Samba dancers were fantastic!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We love the food, the vibrant ccolors and Samba night. We had a great time!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We went to Carnivale based off of recommendations from others to celebrate a birthday and graduation. The decoration is very fun, unique drinks and desserts, and the food was fantastic. Definitely plan to return for other special occasions in the future.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great, our server was attentive and friendly, we were there before the dinner rush, so it wasn’t as busy yet! Great experience overall!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our first wedding anniversary. We chose to celebrate at Carnivale because it was the place of our first date and where we got married. We were looking forward to a memorable celebration with our family at the place where magic happened for us. I am sad to say it was a very unpleasant experience. The service was abysmal. I did later inform the manager Brett, who was very apologetic and kind, but it was too late. We informed the server that it was our first anniversary and that we got married at the restaurant and wanted to make this an annual event. The server was oblivious and unresponsive to simple requests for wine glasses and salt. Just slow and absent overall. I told the manager Brett that I felt that we would have had a better celebration at a Chili’s than the one we had at Carnivale. So sad.

I lost my love of Carnivale this visit and know that I will probably never go there again for any reason. I wish to keep my memory of the beautiful and wonderful wedding Carnivale had for us intact.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Three of us went here for a Monday lunch. The service was great, the food was wonderful, and the decor of the restaurant was incredible. I truly wish that we were there on a Friday or Saturday night when the restaurant was crowded so we could have experienced the venue more fully. Having said that, I am looking forward to going back for the raw bar and music and dancing.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our waiter, Omar, made us feel so good. He was very courteous and made our night very special. The food was exquisite. The drinks were great. Thanks..Carnival... for making our anniversary a night to remember.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I love this restaurant because of the ambience. The name of the restaurant fits the theme with its vibrant colors. The food is absolutely amazing and it’s fun to go with friends for a special occasion or a night out.

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1.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Extra loud music. Food came out exceedingly fast with a busy restaurant. Definitely not made to order at all.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Very unimpressed! It was my boyfriend’s birthday, and he’s been dying to eat here for years. My mojito was banal, as was my salad, and my flank steak was rubbery.
The musical shows were fun, but overall not worth the weighty price!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Went there to celebrate our anniversary and had an amazing time!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Food was fantastic! I jad the aracherro and it was sooo flavorful, tender and juicy. Can't wait to dine there again

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Met my adult children there on my birthday after work. Had happy hour drink specials, fun waiter, great appetizers and dinner. Cotton candy birthday dessert was so much fun!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

I went here with my wife on a week day evening. We were seated immediately and brought waters, but waited for longer than I would expect to see our waitress. Everything else with the meal was outstanding. They had great gluten free options for my wife and the foods was really good.
Overall it was a nice place for a night out.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had an absolutely great experience at Carnivale this evening. Our server was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations, the ambiance was great, and the food was excellent. Perfect venue to celebrate a birthday, host a girls night or have a date!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Excellent; one of our favorite places to eat and drink in Chicago; always great food and great service.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Not such a great brunch option. Some food was served cold, other undercooked and drinks were distasteful.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Random date night. Food was amazing

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Good food. Great for vegetarians as well. Uplifting atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Birthday - sparkler cake was amazing! Atmosphere was one of the most fun I’ve ever experienced.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Such a cool restaurant. Beautiful ambiance, great music and best of all, great food.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The menu is great and the food is delicious! The decor is so colorful and you will enjoy the experience.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great service and amazing food! They even had a show in the middle of dinner with a cirque du soleil act that was a nice surprise. Highly recommend!!!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great time! We went with our two daughters for a birthday celebration. Amazing night!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Overall excellent experience. The food was fantastic, the service was incredible and the atmosphere was so much fun!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

My son loved it, said it was a 10! We always loved the food and drinks but we were pleasantly surprised with a DJ and aerial artist that night!

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Go for happy hour at the bar. Service was terrible at bar and dining room as well.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great food and huge portion! Service is kind of slow but I do notice there are birthday party going on at that time.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We came for a birthday celebration. Underwhelming food with a high price tag, we were packed into the restaurant like sardines and our waiter disappeared often and for long durations. First time here but I wouldn’t return. Lots of theatric decor but the food or price doesn’t support it. Much better Chicago restaurant options.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Service very slow especially when we were trying to pay

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I have been to Carnivale several times and love it. The food was as colorful and tasty as always, however, the service was really lacking. It took 10+ minutes to get a cocktail refill. Our chips and guacamole took 10-15 minutes to receive as well. We weren't checked on very often by our server. Luckily, we were catching up and having a good time, but I do expect better service than what we received this time around.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Not a stranger to this restaurant, but haven’t visited in a while. Just as delightful and pleasant as always. I’m looking forward to my next visit and very soon! Omar was our waiter..he was great!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Have been here before but it was better the last few times. The food wasn’t to par like before. The taste was good but the waiter we had pointed us in the wrong direction. He also forgot two of our food items and waited so long for him to check on us that we didn’t even bother asking for it. He hardly checked in on us which is unusual for the staff. When we needed the check, we asked someone else and they said they couldn’t help us because they didn’t know who was serving our table. One of the waiters also took our plate away before we were done with our food. I’ve had better experiences here.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

It was fantastic! Loved the ambiance the colors the music all of it !
The appetizers where delicious we had the guacamole and the ropa vieja tacos
Drinks we kept it what we new instead of the super sugary ones (not our thing)
Meal was amazing I had arrachera and my husband steak( can’t remember) both super flavorful ! Desert I had the Cuban Cigar -fantastic!!!
He had the carnival cake not only pretty but he loved the cream cheese used!
Definitely will go back !!!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Fun, vibrant, excellent food and service. We were there celebrating a retirement. Love the appetizers. Love the atmosphere. Colorful, cheerful place

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Carnivale is a lively fun spot. High energy, live DJ wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The only gripe i have is that my reservation was at 8 and my party wasn’t seated until 8:30. Everything was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great food, great service. The whole place is just amazing including the decoration all those cool pictures. I would definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We brought our FOODIE relatives and they just loved it..Out- of -town-ers wanting something different and the meal did not disappoint...Hard to impress New Yorkers..Service was great and also the chef and manager stopped by our table to say "hello"..We will return!...(We did find it be very expensive.)..

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