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“Cute place” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carnivale

Carnivale
702 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (The Loop)
(312) 850-5005
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Ranked #142 of 8,289 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban, Latin, Mexican, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: The Loop
Cross street: Halsted
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
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Cute place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Food is mostly a fusion, Not really authentic.
Decoration is really awesome. Not my favorite place, but it is good.
Best Day Saturday night

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“High Energy Dining with Latin Flare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Come to this place for "bread and circus" as the late ABC7 food critic James Ward used to say.
Lively atmosphere with colorful decor, latin music, and an upscale latin inspired menu. Large selection of mojitos; try the Coconut version. The main dining room is large with a staircase in the back leading to second floor seating. Attentive, friendly wait staff.
The Chicago Restaurant week menu offered a red pepper soup, branzino, and a steak each with lots of flavor. The dessert did not live up to the other courses.
Easily accessible from the expressway( 1block) with neighborhood street parking. Can be crowed on the weekend so be prepared to wait a bit even with a reservation.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Loved the ceviche”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I am always on the lookout for good ceviche and I have to say I really enjoyed the ceviche at Carnivale. I went there with 4 co-workers; we all enjoyed our meals although they weren't quite as lovely as the ceviche. The prices were kind of high, as others have mentioned, but I did leave with leftovers. The atmosphere is so unique that it definitely matches the name. Everyone should go there at least once just to experience the place--definitely one of a kind.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Business meeting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I recently visit with tow business associates. We started with a trio of ceviche which was tasty if a little small. We all ordered the streak and it was prepared to perfection. The service was very attentive and the the energy was lively. Although i enjoyed my meal very much Carnivale may be more a special occasion location than a business meal location. A bit noisy!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Pricey..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I went here for the first time and was blown away by the atmosphere with the samba music, food and how it looks like a rainbow blew up inside the restaurant! The second time we came, I was disappointed. The food is good, but not as good as how expensive it is. I was also disappointed with the place. They are supposed to have samba music playing and etc. and they had what you can hear on the radio playing in the restaurant. It wasn't what I remembered it being and I wished I went elsewhere for my birthday dinner. Probably wont be going back. It's a nice place to go "just to see what it's like" but thats about it.

Visited June 2012
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