“It has at great downtown atmosphere.”
“Our server was not bad, he just seeemed more concerned with getting us out quickly and upseling us on appetizers, wine, dessert, etc.”
“One of the best shrimp cocktails I have ever had and I highly recommend any of the veal dishes.”
“The food is delicious.”
“My date and I had dinner (we're both mid-20s) and while I enjoyed my meal ( the stuffed mushrooms are wonderful) I had no idea that the menu was the exact same as Rosebud on Rush.”
“It was the best service I have ever received at a restaurant (and since I am a server, this is a top compliment!)”
“Unless they can turn things around, I will have to find a new place to go back to when visiting good old Chiicago!”
“The service is always superb, the atmosphere friendly & fun!”
“plus, the portions are huge so you can totally split and still take h.”
“After a long day and many miles of walking we found ourselves seeking a satisfying meal before we soaked in a few libations.”
Over priced, touristy.
The food was fair, drinks were watered..for the price..low value....but for some reason the place was packed. Maybe we just ordered the wrong food off the menu. The Pasta was average, have had as good in Olive Garden.
Long wait if you don't have reservations. One woman ate got up and walked out and proceeded to let go of her meal in the street in front of the place....nice atmosphere....made sure I didn't order the same thing. The front reservation cupie dolls were pretty stupid, could not figure out when we said three...we meant three not two....when it came time for our table, they seated us at a table for two...then to get one for three it was another 20 minutes after waiting 1 hour.....nice....there are better places....
30th Birthday Bash a Flop. What was supposed to be a special evening for my husband turned into a disaster at Carmines. Our waitress was overzealous with the olive oil on our bread plates. In addition, she read the daily specials with no enthusiasm. She carded us and then made a big scene in front of other patrons regarding the validity of our ids. The kicker...our drinks were incorrectly made. The food was cold and bland. The topping on the birthday cake was when the waitress forgot to put a candle in my husband's dessert, after I made arrangements for such a request...it was only his 30th birthday. Lastly, the Management refused to follow-up with my formal complainant...not even a letter back with an explaination or an apology. CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!!!!!
HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. I went to the restaurant not too long ago with a few friends. We were searching through the menu, and decided to order a bottle of wine. We showed our I.D.'s to the waiter, who then showed them to the manager, who told us all of our I.D.'s were fake. All of us were much older than 21, and we offered to show further verification of our age, but the manager refused, and so we left. DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTUARANT if you want to be treated fairly. By far the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant. I urge all to skip this restaurant for fair service.
User review by ktarkany. We waited a full hour even though we had reservations. No where to sit so we had to stand while waiting. Hostesses were beyond rude. Food was just OK.
Absolute Disappointment. What was supposed to be a special occasion turned out to be absolutely disappointing. Service was pretentious and food was barely edible. I was embarressed that I had brought my parents there. I don't know why so many people were there, but I will not be back!
Great Time, great service. Service was superb. Mushrooms to die for and recomended new york steak which I usally stick with filets and was blown away by the NY steak. Fun place and the next time I'm in town I will be back
Great location, Great service, Memorable food.. Living only couple of blocks away from Carmine's it is great to know that we can always count on their quality food and service. The Rush street's scene is only the frosting on the cake.
Always the BEST!!!!.
Carmine's in our eyes is really one of the greats!! We headed there for my husband's 30th and we were wined and dined like royalty!! The food is ALWAYS amazing with HUGE portions and the service was GREAT!!! The Caprese Salad and Stuffed Mushrooms are a MUST!!! Their pasta was fabulous and they will go out of their way to make your food made to order how you like it!!!!
The downstairs area is the place sit if you love to people watch - or sit outside if it is warm. Great location, great food and great service!!! THE place for anyone who wants to experience really great Italian food!! I give it a 10!!! This place never disappoints!!!
Big portions of big-shoulders Italian food in a comfortable Gold Coast setting..
The dining room is comfortable, attractive and bustling. With its Gold Coast/Rush Street location and upscale supper-club setting, Carmine's sets quite a stage. The clubby, dark bar/dining area attracts a sophisticated, thirty- and forty-something crowd. In keeping with the Rosebud family dynamic, the menu is Taylor Street Italian fare, from chunky minestrone and house specialty chicken Vesuvio to satisfying zuppe di mare overflowing with perfectly cooked seafood and linguine in a tomato white-wine broth.
service never disappoints. I recently hosted 10 of my friends at Carmine's for dinner. I chose this restaurant due to their detail-oriented staff and amazing service. The waitstaff continues to exceed my expectations each time I visit. It was if we were in a private dining room. The food is always great and offers something for everyone. Also, great outdoor dining in the summer. Great people watching in the summer.
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