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Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Caribbean Restaurants, Cuban Restaurants, Bars, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Cuban, Mexican, Caribbean, Latin American


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Not for Family

Me, my wife and our 7-year old daughter had a terrible experience! The server was snotty. She gave my wife an attitude when she told her that my daughter has food allergies. She didn't even give suggestions on good alternatives.

The food was okay, but the service is the worst I've experienced. I don't think we'll go back there again!


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GREAT!!! FOOD Me and my Girlfriends loved it, LADIES NIGHT OUT


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Reservations: Carnivale 's definition means 45minutes at least from your reserved time

I was very excited to go to Carnivale but turns out it was a huge dissapointment. My fiance and I had made a reservation for 10:00p.m. and didn't get seated until 10:45p.m. on Valentine's day. By the time we ordered, the specials were gone and the waitress was not very friendly..... she looked bothered that she had to wait on our table. The food was ok but for the price it is not worth it. I had the short rib which had alot of fat on it and the seviche was pretty good however. The decor is the best part of Carnivale. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone and considering that I saw it on Check Please which I love , the number thing that a customer wants is good service and this place needs a course on great customer service!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Not so Great

I went in for Fathers day with my hubby and son! I wanted to show him a good time since we hardly ever go out. My friends had told me about this place and I thought ""hey why not"" Well the entire time I was there I was bothered. The music was much to loud to have conversation and I was bothered by my server during the entire meal. I understand you want to check on us but ever few seconds is just ridiculous. Also, there was this manager that kept yelling at the servers (or maybe she talks too loud) I dont know but it was horrible. The food was decent but nothing spectacular. I can make better rice and steak. There are much better places here in Chicago that are worth the money! Never Again


Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious and beautiful

I went to Carnivale for my birthday with 3 of my friends, and I am so happy we did! The space is gorgeous, with a lot of interesting photography all over, including in the bathroom. Service was great, from the moment we walked in, and our waiter was very helpful in explaining the menu. I especially liked that they buy from local farmers. Their signature raspberry mojito is worth the hype, and the caipairinhas and margaritas are very good as well. We had the guacamole to start, which was a very generous serving, with a really nice amount of spice, and it was very fresh. I had the pernil for my main course, which is shredded pork with a rum glaze, and it was fantastic! It was served with rice and beans and fried plantains, which were also excellent. It can be VERY difficult to find well-made plantains in Chicago, but Carnivale does it. The portions were very generous, as well, which is often not the case in some upscale restaurants. They even brought out a birthday dessert for me, which was tasty, but not as tasty as everything else. I didn't really care at that point, though, since I was stuffed already. I would definitely recommend making reservations here, though, because it was pretty busy, even on a rainy Thursday night.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food and Atmosphere!!!

I have been to Carnivale several times and loved it each time!!! The food is great - it is a bit pricey - but they also only use produce from local farmers and fish in sustainable ways - The slightly higher prices are justified. I would highly suggest making reservations - I made the mistake of not making reservations and had to wait. I totally disagree with the other posters - i thought the service was great. My waiter was attentive and very nice


Provided by Citysearch - 
Food Not So Special!

I went here for a friend's birthday. The decoration, color and overall presentation of the place is great but not the service nor the food. Overly priced menu with nothing special. The food selection is something I can make at home and somewhere I can find cheaper. I love the space but the service sucked! The servers were rude and the bartender more rude but I did go back for the Mardi Gras event just recently, it was great!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Get ready for the longest wait of your life

If I could give this place negative stars, I would give this place -10 stars. Here is my experience at Carnivale....

Me and my Fiance had made reservations for Carnivale for 9:30pm for a party of 2 for Friday January 18. I got there at 9:25 all excited because I have heard so many good things about Carnivale. On arrival me and my fiance checked in with the hostess. She looked on her screen for Smith. She said all that she had was Smith party for 7. The hostess handed us the pager anyway and asked us to wait by the bar. After 30 minutes my fiance went to the counter and asked the host if she was going to page us anytime soon. She said that she is just waiting for a couple of tables to clear. Another 15 minutes and still nothing! We patiently waited and waited and waited for a total of 45 minutes. Our reservation was at 9:30 not 10:15! After having enough, I returned the pager to the host. I told him that the wait time was RIDICULOUS. 45 Minutes?!?! He took the pager and said, ""What do you think that you are doing? I was just about to page you."" Page me???? ""My reservation was at 9:30!!!!"" I said to him. He replies, ""No I see here that your reservation is at 10PM for Smith.""

I can't believe that they changed my reservation without even telling me. They could have at least notified me that there was a mistake or apologize. I threatened to leave and it didn't even phase the host. He just shrugged and turned the other way. If that's the host's attitude can you imagine what the upper management's attitude is like?

Carivale's wait time and the snobby hosts and hostesses is absolutely ridiculous. If you like snobby hosts and having them mess up your reservations then Carnivale is the place to be!!!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great, but noisy

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Carnivale. The ONLY complaint I had, TOO noisy and therefore, I had a hard time hearing the waiter. Otherwise, MUCHO fun, food was great, waiter was Superub and even the bathroom ladies, no WAITING in line. Need I say more.


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Great for groups

We took my friend to Carnivale for her bachelorette party. It was perfect for the occasion--big, loud and festive. The food was great too; everyone was able to find something they liked. I had the tuna and was very impressed. The drinks were fun too and the service was attentive without being obnoxious. Carnivale is a great place for groups.

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