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“Still great, with maybe one less table”
Review of Carnivale

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Ranked #100 of 9,525 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, 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
Naperville, Illinois
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102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Still great, with maybe one less table”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

I dined at Carnivale for the second time, and enjoyed it again. The music, décor and general ambience are irresistible. The food is excellent and imaginative. The service wasn't quite as good as it was the first time; our server could have been more attentive, and the bus staff could have been more prompt with water, and with removing plates (so the manager removed our plates at one point), and less eager to take my food before I'd finished. In general, though, service was good.

One recommendation to the restaurant--remove the two-person table to the left of the entrance as you enter the dining area. That's where my husband and I sat. People inadvertently hit my chair about ten times--no exaggeration--during the meal. Either a purse hit it, or someone turned the corner too sharply. It would be worth the cost of eliminating one table to treat your diners with this consideration.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank MD060703
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English first
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135 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“The perfect Latin atmosphere”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

This restaurant is very nice. It has happy colors and for sure you feel as if you are in Miami or a tropical island. There are so many pictures of pretty, seductive woman. Where are the men, we would love to have a look every now and then. The food was really good. I ordered the Arrachera and the meat was very tender and well seasoned. Try the rasberry mojito, one of the best I had in a while. The only bad thing was the seating arrangements. But this was typical of all places in Chicago. There is not enough space and you sit very close to the couple next to you.
A little note to the restaurant - If you have plenty of nice tables that you can have your customers sit in - why place them at a bad one. Someone tried to sit us at the table that is right as we walk in where there is heavy traffic from everyone. Not a good move because if I see better tables that are empty, be sure that I will ask for a different table.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank roxy12c
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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere,food overpriced”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Carnivale had a very bright, ecclectic atomsphere, but the food was way overpriced for the quality and the service was poor. It was a birthday gathering with friends and none of us had been to this restaurant before and we were all disappointed. The food presentation was nice, but the food lacked taste and again was very overpriced for the quality.
Would definitely not return.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank mfsrn
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St. Louis, MO
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115 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A home run”
Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

We tried their new Sunday Brunch last week. Bingo, a new must stop! Service was excellent, food outstanding and ambiance (including live music) A+. I love the attention of their managers who discretely stop by to make sure you are enjoying your experience. The deco is eye candy, colors galore to brighten even the greyest of Chicago days.

Visited April 2014
Thank SilverfoxStLouis
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fond du lac, wis
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Birthday Dinner”
Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Party of 8 was handled well, food was excellent as well as the drinks. Generally had a great time nice party atmosphere!

Thank dwatanab
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