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702 West Fulton Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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(312) 850-5005


  • Sunday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Monday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Cuisine: American Restaurants, Cuban Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Most Romantic Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants

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4.7 of 5.0 from 135 reviews

price range:$26 to $50


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Carnivale Reviews

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  • Emily AGimmicky. Food is overpriced and not that great. They try to upsell you on apps, etc. good for accommodating large groups but generally not great.

    55555 by Emily A

  • Kristen SGreat atmosphere and food!

    55555 by Kristen S

  • EaterColorful décor, a festive atmosphere and live entertainment ensure there’s never a dull moment but chef Rodolfo Cuadros’ cooking is the real attraction.

    55555 by Eater

  • Wendy C.Happy Hour? It was ok the bartender could use tips on hospitality and the mojitos were definitely not their signature mojitos.

    55555 by Wendy C.

  • Emily NDrinks pretty good. We got an appetizer which tasted store bought. The music was loud we left early as we actually wanted to talk to each other. The manager came over but couldn't even hear us

    22222 by Emily N

  • Kevin D.The Bolivian Lamb Chops were to die for! Don't bother with the cotton candy it's a waste of money.

    33333 by Kevin D.

  • Manish RTry to save some space for their desserts. We made that mistake but next time we are going here just for dessert.

    55555 by Manish R

  • Bitches Who B.Voted Best International Brunch by Bitches Who Brunch in 2016!

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Raed M.Great vegetarian appetizers, dinners and desserts. Wonderful service and the space is a celebration of design worthy of any special occasion.

    55555 by Raed M.

  • Adam I.The food is average at best, for the price. You're paying for the kitsch decor. It's a novelty restaurant.

    33333 by Adam I.

  • Bitches Who B.CThis is the perfect place for a group brunch, a party brunch, or to take family visiting out of town.

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Amanda TFood is amazing, margaritas are amazing-- cocktail pictured doesn't compare to their margaritas though

    55555 by Amanda T

  • JahmelaSteak and the Ropa Vieja are to die for

    55555 by Jahmela

  • Ivan N.Great atmosphere and ambiance with amazing food to boot. Try any of the tapas - you won't go wrong. The ropa vieja is excellent

    55555 by Ivan N.

  • Amber Rose NRopa vieja appetizer FOR SURE. #Chicago #foodie

    55555 by Amber Rose N

  • Darina JFood, margarita, wine list, cheese plate.

    55555 by Darina J

  • Ana L.Everything we had was amazing! Drinks were a little strong but food was delicious

    55555 by Ana L.

  • Jennika MSteak, mojitos, pulled beef appetizer- everything!

    55555 by Jennika M

  • Xandrea R.Octopus and scallops are excellent! Wide variety of drinks. Tables are very close together, would not recommend for a romantic evening.

    55555 by Xandrea R.

  • kevin BEvery time I come here, I always love it. I got the Chicken Milanese and it was awesome. The arrachera is always a winner.

    55555 by kevin B

  • @scottkleinbergThe guacamole is top shelf here. There are two sizes, but you want the small. The large one is way too big to enjoy the rest of the menu.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • @scottkleinbergThe guacamole is terrific here. And the chips are too. That's just the beginning. I've been here at least 30 times and I've never been disappointed.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • Mike W.Service industry discount Sundays - 25% off entire check.

    33333 by Mike W.

  • Colin R.Probably the best all around Latin dining experience you can find in the city. Everything on the menu is delicious and the ambiance is first class.

    55555 by Colin R.

  • Alex FlisGreat food and drinks but we had absolutely terrible service. Our waiter was more than rude. However once we spoke with the manager she was extremely apologetic and very kind- she gave us coupons

    22222 by Alex Flis

  • Art'n PArrachera is pretty amazin one that you should definitely try out and can't find any compliment word for decoration.. Awesome!

    55555 by Art'n P

  • Nicole V.Love coming here. So romantic. .they play great music and food is amazing.

    55555 by Nicole V.

  • EpicuriousThe food, which borrows from all over South America, is as lively as the setting. Throw in a few caipirinhas, and it feels like a Brazilian Carnaval.

    55555 by Epicurious

  • Tatiana BuenaventuraIs a awesome place to celebrate special occasions. We went on a regular Sunday to have brunch and they had live music! The menu is interesting but the food is nothing special! You pay for the place

    55555 by Tatiana Buenaventura

  • Melissa A.Carnivale has delicious food and a great ambiance. I recommend the ropa vieja or empanadas for apps, New York strip steak for the entrée, and banana cream pie for dessert.

    55555 by Melissa A.

  • MissyGet the ropa vieja, tell them to make it the old way! 😉 Order the guacamole and the arrachera. Perfecto. 👌

    55555 by Missy

  • michelle jimenezYou have to eat ropa vieja. To die for appetizer. Love this place!! Such a fun atmosphere!

    55555 by michelle jimenez

  • Leila S.Hidden gem. So beautiful and vibrant inside matching the menu. The scallops were cooked to perfection!

    55555 by Leila S.

  • Tamara KI love the atmosphere and the cocktails are divine

    55555 by Tamara K

  • Matt S.Pulled pork taco appetizer.

    55555 by Matt S.

  • Richie C.everything.

    55555 by Richie C.

  • Cristina D.Ropa vieja is to die for! Highly recommended

    55555 by Cristina D.

  • Ju Hae L.Atmosphere was amazing and the food was legitt

    55555 by Ju Hae L.

  • Kat S.Fun atmosphere and great for groups! Try the octopus appetizer and ARRACHERA! Shout out to our server, Oscar, you da man!

    55555 by Kat S.

  • Katrina R.Festive Latin fusion

    55555 by Katrina R.

  • Adolfo R.Matt is the best server!!

    55555 by Adolfo R.

  • Noemi E.Calamari is awesome

    55555 by Noemi E.

  • Michelle T.Vieja Ropa appetizer and guacs are musts. As is the ice cream cake for dessert.

    55555 by Michelle T.

  • Patrice Y.You must get the ropa vieja appetizer. You must!

    55555 by Patrice Y.

  • Terence S.Every good review I've read about this place is true. This spot is outstanding! The lamb is probably the killer entreé to get, along with the Churrasco.

    55555 by Terence S.

  • Paul D.Michigan Ave events to be avoided in favor of Park Ave events.

    55555 by Paul D.

  • Sara S.Just left the restaurant because the wait staff is that bad.

    22222 by Sara S.

  • Nedish B.Really loved it !! Just had been there first time for my birthday it was awesome!!! Drinks and food are excellent ! Of course should make reservation before you go !!

    55555 by Nedish B.

  • Courtney Q.You can't come here without enjoying the ropa vieja appetizer!! Arrachera & market fish were excellent choices. Great drink menu - highly recommend the mojitos and red sangria. Loved it!

    55555 by Courtney Q.

  • Peter D.Another great Wine & Beer tasting event coming up on 11/6/13, to support local Chicago Special Olympics. Sign up here! on.fb.me/195bZR2

    55555 by Peter D.

  • Andrew M.No trip to Chicago is complete without dinner at Carnivale. Arrachera + sangria = ¡Que magnifico!

    55555 by Andrew M.

  • Charles D.Lunch takes forever! Do not eat here unless you have 2+ hours to spare

    22222 by Charles D.

  • Serious EatsCarnivale’s loud, colorful lounge vibe plays off of its busy location perched above the Kennedy Expressway, and the ceviche mixto has bombastic, bright flavors to match.

    55555 by Serious Eats

  • Jennie C.BEST MEAL EVER. Got lucky with a Travelzoo Deal for 4 people. 4 appetizers + 4 entrees + 4 drinks for $145. We enjoyed the appetizers the most, esp the squid and ceviche.

    55555 by Jennie C.

  • Tricia L.Best mojitos in town!

    55555 by Tricia L.

  • Shannon H.No miles on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday

    55555 by Shannon H.

  • Mark S.Ask for Andrea

    55555 by Mark S.

  • @scottkleinbergThe menu changes often enough. The steaks are usually terrific and come with great sides and sauces.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • Zakia C.They have free salsa lessons and Margie lessons during the mont of may.

    55555 by Zakia C.

  • Aimee O.Thoroughly enjoyed the Arrachera (skirt steak). Ropa Vieja is a MUST!

    55555 by Aimee O.

  • eulaliaveal empanadas for an appetizer and the chi-town peppermint for dessert. trust me.

    55555 by eulalia

  • Truth D.Found a new menu item that's excellent! The short ribs are so tender they fall off the fork! It's worth the trip!

    55555 by Truth D.

  • Alex G.There's naked chicks every where

    55555 by Alex G.

  • Alex G.Expensive, but really really good!

    55555 by Alex G.

  • CharminThe Arepas is amazing!!!

    55555 by Charmin

  • Iveliss G.Get a steak...any steak! Amazing!!!

    55555 by Iveliss G.

  • dana hotel and spathe Carnivale ice cream cake is colorful and delicious! We recommend sharing with the entire table!

    55555 by dana hotel and spa

  • Darrell N.The ice cream cake is great!! The guacamole was awesome as well

    55555 by Darrell N.

  • Verne P.Try the Beef Tenderlion With Sweet Potatoe Gratin (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Verne P.

  • Israel S.Everything is great but the guac is a MUST! The chips are amazing!

    55555 by Israel S.

  • Maria D.The "Pork Adobo" is my favorite!!

    55555 by Maria D.

  • Roosevelt CollectionThe Ropa vieja appetizer is fabulous! Also, try the Arrachera (skirt steak) as a main course! Finally... drink your dessert with the best Mojitos in Chicago!

    55555 by Roosevelt Collection

  • Jim W.Celebrating 19 years with my beautiful wife

    55555 by Jim W.

  • Chicago magazineColor and noise upstage the food, but cured meats and Spanish cheeses elevate the party. So do the many tequilas and Latin-inspired drinks.

    55555 by Chicago magazine

  • Robert W.I really like their Churrasco! Yum

    55555 by Robert W.

  • Robert W.Really like there Churrasco!

    55555 by Robert W.

  • @scottkleinbergReservations are interpreted in an interesting way here. 7:00 is more like 7:20. Something to keep in mind as you make your evening plans.

    33333 by @scottkleinberg

  • Motorola M.We'd love to go everywhere during Restaurant Week but can't. Show us what you think we should eat the next time we're at Carnivale with a picture of your dish. Tweet it to us @motorola. Happy eating!

    55555 by Motorola M.

  • Time Out ChicagoNothing like stilt walkers to remind you how batshit crazy Bourbon Street is. Live music, samba dancing and a Mardi Gras–inspired menu complete the celebration

    55555 by Time Out Chicago

  • Feb R.The place is great. So colorful. The food is nice as well. Try the Skirt Steak.

    55555 by Feb R.

  • Madison L.very fun place and great food!

    55555 by Madison L.

  • Annie M.Come have a Hum Bug!

    33333 by Annie M.

  • David W.Try the plantains and braised beef app. Amazing!

    55555 by David W.

  • Pradeep N.Definitely try and reserve in advance to get seated fast....also..do defintely try the coconut mojito!

    55555 by Pradeep N.

  • Donny W.If they have it on menu, try the ox tail.

    55555 by Donny W.

  • Sidnee L.Excellent Sangria!

    55555 by Sidnee L.

  • B W.Great service. Food, not worth the price. Don't get the short rib!

    55555 by B W.

  • Sergio T.Be sure to wash your hands after using the bathroom.

    22222 by Sergio T.

  • ~ebI LOVE this place! It never disappoints!

    55555 by ~eb

  • Nicole V.Order the Victoria secret...won't be disapointed!

    55555 by Nicole V.

  • Nicole V.Every drink we ordered was delish and was strong! Gotta try the Victoria secret!

    55555 by Nicole V.

  • Jonathan E.Yum! Yum! And more Yum! A great, colorful dining room with EXCELLENT food and service. Sit in the balcony if you can for a great view.

    55555 by Jonathan E.

  • TammyBistek Palomillo is one of my faves. If you want a cheaper option while dining here, go for their lunch menu. Just as delish!

    55555 by Tammy

  • InterContinental ChicagoRobust Latin flavors from around the world served in a trendy vibrant atmosphere. If you're in a small group, ask to be seated in one of their private dining areas.

    55555 by InterContinental Chicago

  • Tammylunch specials are the best. if you go often enough, they will also provide you with coupons or special promotions! my favorite is definitely bistek palomillo. to die for!

    55555 by Tammy

  • @scottkleinbergBONUS: 2 tips for the price of one. First, the coconut mojito is very creamy and tasty. Second, don't be fooled - a small order of guacamole is plenty if you plan to eat anything else.

    55555 by @scottkleinberg

  • Chicago ReaderKey Ingredient: Milkweed; see how Carnivale's David Dworshak tackled butterfly food. http://chicagoreader.com/x/4378257

    55555 by Chicago Reader

  • Rochelle L.The sangria is really strong.

    55555 by Rochelle L.

  • TamaraCream Corn is delicious, but if waiter asks if you want guacamole beware it's $15.

    55555 by Tamara

  • Heather V.Pork with mashed plantain & bacon was awesome.

    55555 by Heather V.

  • Lauren BDo not go here... Horrible valet service put dents in my car- tried to talk to the management of the restaurant and was very rude and NOT helpful- plus bland chicken and pork-NEVER AGAIN - try cafe28

    22222 by Lauren B

  • Jill K.Get the skirt steak

    33333 by Jill K.

  • Deborah P.Great guacamole but greasy greasy chips.....

    55555 by Deborah P.

  • Shannon B.Atmosphere can't be beat: Lively, flirty & fun!

    55555 by Shannon B.

  • Kelly F.The halibut is phenomenal!!

    55555 by Kelly F.

  • Brandon T.New York Strip = Amazing

    55555 by Brandon T.

  • Robert M.For dessert, the ice cream cake is a must!

    55555 by Robert M.

  • Crain's Chicago BusinessCarnivale isn't known for its "hamburguesa," but maybe it should be. The Dietzler beef stands out with assertive meaty flavor.

    55555 by Crain's Chicago Business

  • Jamie G.Don't plan on ever using coupon off cell phone they will only accept paper copies

    22222 by Jamie G.

  • Angie E.Escolar ceviche is out of this world fresh! Must try!!

    55555 by Angie E.

  • Brett R.Try the Mac and Cheese

    55555 by Brett R.

  • Emily AThe Arrachera (skirt steak) is amazing! Very tender and flavorful!

    55555 by Emily A

  • Damon T.sangria made me forget how much I loved this place...where am I?

    55555 by Damon T.

  • The VyneThe ropa vieja is amazing. Definitely get it as an appetizer.

    55555 by The Vyne

  • Angie E.The CHURRASCO hands down- best thing on the menu.

    55555 by Angie E.

  • Angie E.Mojito smoothie is YUM!

    55555 by Angie E.

  • Gabriela M.Best fish tacos! overall good ambiance

    55555 by Gabriela M.

  • Patrice W.Excellent food and service. Quite crowded hard to hear one another and two of the 4 entrees were Luke warm.

    33333 by Patrice W.

  • Brennan T.Tuna ceviche correct.

    55555 by Brennan T.

  • Ling L.Not a single bad menu item.

    55555 by Ling L.

  • Bijal S.Check out Tara and David...Chicago's hottest couple! They're much cooler than you.

    55555 by Bijal S.

  • EpicuriousSouth American cuisine and brightly colored decor will transport you to, well, Carnivale! Try the rum-glazed roast pork or pupusas stuffed with oxtail, cheese, and refried beans.

    55555 by Epicurious

  • Rachel MeteaAtun entree is delicious

    55555 by Rachel Metea

  • Bloomingdale'sSalsa singing in your ears, salsa tingling your taste buds. A crazy-quilt of colors dazzling your eyes. Go fo Latino dishes like your abuelita used to make and tequila flights to wash them down with.

    55555 by Bloomingdale's

  • Mad H.Food is great mojitos too. Bathrooms are unique.

    55555 by Mad H.

  • Martin K.Best Guacamole in the area.

    55555 by Martin K.

  • Bethany M.Go and have a mojito

    55555 by Bethany M.

  • Dan G.Staff is fantastically helpful. Empanada Gallega is awesome.

    55555 by Dan G.

  • Joe R.The chicken skewers for an appitizer are AMAZING!

    55555 by Joe R.

  • Andy P.Was a bit overrated.. but the food was good. Too much like a circus for me.

    33333 by Andy P.

  • Joe A.Scallop ceviche is a surprise for you...sweetness from pineapple and yuzu orange, before you get a strong zing from habanero. Don't let that scare you away from it though, very good.

    55555 by Joe A.

  • Matt P.Having a great time w MSIers!

    55555 by Matt P.

  • Carol Ann BHad another amazing meal at Carnivale this past weekend! Of course we started our feast with the Ropa Viejo appetizer! Chef Mendez and his team are incredible.

    55555 by Carol Ann B

  • Rachel C.Guacamole is great! I've had multiple dishes and all were good, however the skirt steak is absolutely delicious.

    55555 by Rachel C.

  • tom g.great atmosphere and great food

    55555 by tom g.

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