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#86 of 7,676 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
West Loop
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702 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60661-1002 (Halsted)
+1 312-850-5005
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 17:00 - 01:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter's bridal shower was held there. We rented The Samba Room. All of our guests (mostly ages 25-35) raved about it. It actually is comprised of three areas, one of which has a large-screen television. There is also a bar, a coat rack and a restroom that are part of the rental space. The menu choices were eclectic, sophisticated... More 

Thank lauralei99
Level Contributor
62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time to Carnivale-- the atmosphere is so festive. The colors are beautiful and the food is outstanding. Would highly recommend and would definitely like to go back.

Thank Queenbee4067
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
89 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here this past Saturday with a group of friends celebrating my best friends birthday. The atmosphere in the restaraunt is so vivid and so fun. The food was good. They have some of the best guacamole that Ive ever had. Service was good as well. The only negative was that they will not seat your party until all your... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Shared an appetizer, main entree, and dessert with a friend here as well as a few beverages. She ordered a mojito which was fantastic. I tried the cotton candy martini and it was extremely good! Scallops were so very good as our main dish. For an appetizer we had the ropa vieja, lots of flavor! For dessert we tried the... More 

Thank Badgergirl85
Robinson, Illinois
Level Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Carnivale's New Year's eve extravaganza was by far the best "first meal" of 2017. And If the rest of the year is anything like that meal, 2017 will be amazing. The wait staff went above and beyond to accommodate our every need and we would definitely drive the 3 1/2 hours again just for the lobster!!

Thank Biggal91
Boston, MA
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome for a group! I held a work dinner here. The food was incredible and eclectic. The decorations are over the top and really interesting. The service was good (bar a little slow). Everyone had an amazing time and loved every single thing they ate (family style dinner so everyone could try everything). I highly recommend! I will entertain there... More 

Thank Wellington24
Alexandria, Virginia
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We ate at Carnivale on Christmas Day and had an excellent time - thanks for being open in the evening! The high ceilings and regular colorful decorations were enhanced by nice holiday decorations, festive music, and a tall Christmas tree in the middle of the spacious room. Our two servers, Rick and Xiomara, were very friendly, attentive and professional, and... More 

Thank steve o
Los Angeles, California
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205 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to celebrate. What a festive and colorful place. Service and food were great. We all had a great time and experience at this restaurant.

Thank William C
Chicago, Illinois
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Went for Christmas dinner. Loved the decorations, totally festive. For atmosphere this place is it. Service was ok. Food was nothing to write home about. We ordered some tapas to try a variety, a lot of spicy foods. Told our server after all the apps we would split an entrée. Other places I have been, they split it for you.... More 

Thank jaackerberg
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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285 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I now understand why the word "fun" was used in others' reviews. This establishment is much fun and the food and service are excellent. The ambiance is festive and colorful. There is so much to see, including the clientele, which adds to the dining experience. My only criticism is that even though we had reservations, we were made to wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$40
Latin, South American, Central American, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 702 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60661-1002
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighbourhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-850-5005

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighbourhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.
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