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“Celebrated my 25th Birthday”
Review of Carnivale

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Ranked #93 of 9,765 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban, Latin, Mexican, Puerto Rican
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I was here with 3 friends on March 13th, 2013 for my 25th birthday. We had reservations for 7:00pm and upon arrival we were told it would be a few minutes. We order drinks at the bar while we waited which was all of less than 5 minutes. We all ordered the Victoria's Secret specialty drink which was excellent, very pink and very sweet! When we were seated we ordered the guacamole which was the best I've ever had. It is a loud dining room, but I didn't mind because you are free to talk loudly and have a good time which was very appropriate for my party. The decorations were amazing and I especially liked the wine racks built into the walls. All of our food was out of this world! I ordered the new york strip steak and a side of fried plantains to share since I've always wanted to try them. They were worth it! So tasty! For dessert the staff brought out a small slice of cinnamon flan with a candle which was very good, also my first time with flan. Then we also ordered The Big Top dessert which comes with a slice of red velvet cake, flan, caramel corn, vanilla ice cream and plantains and a huge over sized bouquet of cotton candy on a carnival stick and sitting in a high class stuffed with more candy corn. It was very pricey but everyone around us was getting it so we of course had to try it too! Such a great birthday. The service was a little slow on our drink requests and it did take a while to get dessert, but nothing overly long. Great place and will for sure go back!

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Thank Laurierenee
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a great restaurant. Where do I start, we had a sampler of the home made ceviche that was excellent and beautifully prepared. There were four of us for dinner and we all tried something different and shared. I think the braised pork shoulder was my favorite. Don’t forget dessert! We went over board and bought the desert sampler, way too much food even for 4 people but the presentation was fun.

Thank ChicagoStolarski
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

I loved this place for our conference party. The mulit-level, multi room gave you plenty of options to find places to talk, observe, and hang out. The food was decent, a little odd how they slopped the rice dish onto this big slab, I felt like I was feeding at a trough. Overall, it was a cool place to spend a few hours, and the dance floor is in decent shape.

Thank Joyce M
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I haven 't really been all that impressed with the food. But, I would recommend it for meeting friends for drinks and appetizers.

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Thank ChiGirl1977
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We came for a family celebration. The food was high quality, but not well-seasoned. The colorful decor was very pleasing until I turned around and noticed I was standing in front of a bondage picture--a woman with ropes encircling her naked butt. So... not so good for families, with very little to recommend it except for the wonderful colors.

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Thank leslielynn1341
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