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Carmine's on Penn

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92 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209-1916 (Bayaud)
+1 303-777-6443
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wanted to get away from downtown Denver and took a local's suggestion. A quick Uber ride and we landed at Carmine's. Don't bother with a menu- tell your server what you like and you'll get great suggestions. I'm a vegetarian so always ask lots of questions. Servings designed to share are fresh and full of flavor. Their home-made bread is... More 

Thank CURoadWarrior
Denver, CO
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

I'm the guy who always asks "what do you have that I can't get anywhere else?". In this case it paid off big time! I love Carmine's on Penn, their spaghetti, their meatballs, their ambience. But they're only open for dinner. Not anymore! They opened Little Carmine's right next door. I had a wonderful spaghetti and meatballs SANDWICH! They have... More 

Thank cymichael
Ken Caryl, Colorado
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118 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

This was a big family dinner, and the large family-style portions at Carmines were great for that. The staff was friendly and service was very good. The pasta itself was OK, but just not the quality you expect today in a nice Italian restaurant. The meatballs were very good, but the vodka sauce was kind of gloppy and dull, missing... More 

Thank Eugene S
Plum Island, Massachusetts, United States
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

I struggle to find good dependable food in Denver at a reasonable price. Too many let-downs at expensive restaurants. After one meal at Carmine's my confidence has been restored! The pasta sauces were extremely tasty and everything was cooked well. The pear salad was dressed well and delicious too. This is one of those places where my glass of wine... More 

Thank JaredLaing
Aurora, CO
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We have been here several times and it is always amazing. No clue how this place isn't ranked way higher. Should definitely appear in every list of top Italian restaurants!

Thank lanalynn22
Denver, Colorado
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140 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

How Carmine's is not rated higher is absolutely baffling to me as in my opinion this is one of the absolute best restaurants in Denver! I honestly feel like I am in Italy whenever I eat here. They have a great wine selection and I have tried many, everything is really good and the staff is knowledgable about helping you... More 

Thank zoe6282
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

For dinner on our first night in Denver my daughter suggested Carmines on Penn. It is an Italian family style restaurant where everyone has his/her share served by a waiter after it is delivered to the table. Generous portions and very tasty. We ordered a few dishes as we were six people. They had sat us inside where the A/C... More 

Thank endoman
Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

Carmine's on Penn is a neighborhood Italian eatery that is worth the trip. Whenever I'm going downtown for an event, I always eat at Carmine's first. It is family style Italian with an outside patio. They take reservations. It's not too pricey either. They will accommodate large parties too. Nice wine list and good cocktails.

Thank jamminmom
Rapid City, South Dakota
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

excellent food and service! Do make a reservation - even though we aren't local it seems like a popular place. We started with the bruschetta, delicious - then ordered two different entrées that I had never tasted before and they were amazing - the same with the bread they brought -- This place was a real find - but you... More 

Thank Janice C
Fort Collins, Colorado
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110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

We returned to Carmine's on Penn many years following our first visit. It was as delicious as we remembered. We had the chicken parm and spaghetti with bolognese sauce. The garlic knots were buttery and to die for! The service was outstanding - with many gentlemen making sure our water glasses were full and our needs met. We made reservations... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 92 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209-1916
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: +1 303-777-6443
Carmine's was opened in 1994. Shannon purchased Carmine's in August of 2005 and was joined by operating partner Brad in 2006. Together, they have given Carmine's a facelift featuring artwork by local artist Kerry Kice who adorned our old building's interior with murals and artistic paint touches. We have both been fans of Carmine's since the beginning so our changes are modest as we seek to keep the real flavor that has been so popular. Thank you for your support today and through our history.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?