Carnivale

4.5
6518 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 Ozzy Amelotti 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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with your sweetheart. Carnivale is turning up the heat to set the mood for an intimate date night ❤️

$85 Prix fixe menu will be available February 14-16. The regular menu will be available as well. Make your reservations now. Space will sell out!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 6518 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very nice , he explained the menu. After he did give us good tips on where the popular locations for pics were

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

The experience, service and food was amazing! Even though it was fine dining I felt the price was a bit high, but would still return because I loved it so much!

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GM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very cold with draft from front door. other than that i enjoyed every moment, the decor was whimsical & the food was superb

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always. We have never been disappointed here. I always look forward to coming here. Chef Carlos is amazing.

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NC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, very fun place to eat. Lively and loud but vibrant

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

This place has definitely changed! We chose Carnivale to celebrate my best friends 60th Birthday. Luckily she had never been there, she had nothing to compare it to. One other lady and I ordered the gnocchi, it was dry, hard and disgusting! I wanted to complain but it was impossible to get my servers attention before the plates were taken away! I’ve been to your restaurant was packed and had better service. We had to ask to have our water glasses filled several times. Our bill was almost $500.00 I didn’t want to complain then because it was such a special occasion, I didn’t want to ruin it for my friend. I gave the waiter $340.00 in cash and 2 credit cards. I explicitly told him $30.00 on the red card $116.00 on the blue card, not only did he reverse it he added more to the $116.00. He dropped it on the table and walked away. He came back finally I told him he reversed it and made it for more! By the way the tip was automatically included on our bill because we had a party of 6. He told me the cash was short, he pulled it out of his pocket. I counted $340.00 I said how is that short? I asked him to count it in front of me, he did and obviously counted correctly this time! He reversed and corrected the charge slips. I am a business owner and I’m in the service industry, I typically tip more than 20%, the service we received was definitely poor. Our gnocchi entrees, horrible! All this for $486.00!! Obviously never returning and also making sure I tell my friends not to spend a dollar there!

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S
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and fun dining experience. Great place for a special occasion.

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CB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went with a large group of friends. It was pretty quiet in the restaurant probably due to the cold. Food was timely and delicious as always. Service could have been a bit better. We went through our first round of drinks quickly and did not see our server until meal was being served. We would have spent another $100 on alcohol probably had he been back quicker. We will definitely return as it is one of our favorites.

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TW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun night! Food was delicious, our server was great! Fast and knowledgeable about menu! Would definitely dine here more often!

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DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always our time with you was superb!!!! Wonderful atmosphere and our waiter was top notch!!! And the food was super delish!

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

thoroughly enjoyed our visit once again. Try the skirt steak!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant, amazing decorations and even better food and drinks. I just don’t understand why they have reservations open for 9:30 when the kitchen closes at 10. But on the website It said it closed at 11. We felt very rushed and wasn’t able to look over everything thoroughly as It was our first time. Our server was nice enough tho to give us a gift card for next time since i did not get my birthday dessert.

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

We have been to Carnivale about 5 times over the last 3 years. This particular night, the entrée was very disappointing. The paella shrimp was mushy and the saffron rice undercooked. Husband's steak was tough. Appetizers and drinks were great and wait staff fabulous. I don't know if I would take a chance on dinner at Carnivale again.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carnival is fantastic. Top notch service, delicious food, and great atmosphere. Cotton candy/popcorn dessert so pretty. Drinks are also very good!!! Highly recommend.

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with family! Great service, delicious food, and birthday surprise was fun!! Would definitely recommend the Creekstone rib-eye with the plantains as a side.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time but sad that we didn’t get pictures took photo booth

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SC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for brunch. It was amazing! Creative food that tasted great! Cocktails were so unique as well.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time!

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all around. Incredible food, drinks, atmosphere, service, everything!

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PP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my Experience and so did my parents we celebrated there 50th Anniversary, just wish there would be Live entertainment, music and dancing . Beautiful place good food , great service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent! We had a wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is perfect, the food was great, drinks were even better.

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an Amazing time. Our service was great and the food was Outstanding

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good service, good food, good atmosphere... at times there were drafts of cold air, which the staff tried to address by keeping doors closed. The aerialist and the trumpeter added great energy to the environment. Overall I would recommend Carnivale and I’ll go back.

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YW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The purpose of this reservation was to celebrate a friends birthday with a surprise which I noted both when booking, upon arrival and to the server. The birthday guest was never acknowledged by staff... it ruin the dining experience and reason for celebrating

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, service was great, decor is fitting. Overall great experience. Will definately be back !

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JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was very fun and whimsical! Bright colorful and fun environment. The wait staff and manager were very friendly and helpful. We just went for lunch so the menu was small but the dinner menu looked amazing. Not too busy at all and we got right in. The bar drinks were fun and delicious. And the waiter was accommodating to our food allergies.

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JJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Carnivale many times over the last few years. We had not been there in a few months. This was mainly because we felt we had run out of new things to try. To our surprise on this visit we found the menu had had some significant changes. The food before was always very good. The new selections we had were all very good as well. Even the new desserts were very good. Carnivale will happily be back in our regular rotation of restaurants.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended the PJ Brunch at Carnivale on Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. We had a fabulous time. It was14 of us friends having brunch. The staff was attentive. The manager kept coming over to see how we were doing. We were talking_ and laughing so much. We did not realize the food was taking a long time. Lol We got complimentary mimosa and appetizers. Whie waiting.
Everything was very good!
I will definitely go back.
DJ on point

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been here several times and usually have good experience..we were celebrating my son's birthday...first he gets a cracked glass with water..then he finds a hair in his meal....manager didn't offer to discount his meal...needless to say...his birthday was ruined.

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BE
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avery nice experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have nothing but great things to say! The food and service was out of this world! The only thing I didnt like was the fact that I had reservations for a couple months and we were sat right in front of the kitchen doors.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Unfortunately this was the least positive food experience we’ve had at Carnivale. Great atmosphere, endlessly entertaining but a little dampened by the bad service

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good as always.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say about this Place....it was Wonderful. Service was Amazing. The Food was Delicious. The Ambiance was Outstanding. I have nothing Negative to say about this place. Truly enjoyed this Spot.

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Friday night when a DJ started playing after 7:30 pm (if I remember correctly). Was very surprised by the samba dancers and audience participation! Everything was outstanding: the food is delicious, different, eclectic Latin fusion; the service is extremely attentive; the cocktails are tasty and fun. If you’ve never gone... GO!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend for her birthday dinner, and she was very happy with my choice. The environment was not too loud, and amibiance was perfect for a couples night out. Food and drinks were great! Will definetly go back!

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AE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fast service.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Much too pricey for the food that you get. Drinks were boring and the food did not taste that great

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LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers. Ambiance is phenomenal!

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