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“Cute place” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carnivale

Carnivale
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Ranked #86 of 9,356 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Latin, South American, Central American, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: West 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
Level Contributor
27 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cute place”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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English first
Hinsdale, Illinois
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“High Energy Dining with Latin Flare”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Loved the ceviche”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Northbrook, Illinois, United States
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Business meeting”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pricey..”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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