Every Chicagoan must try this restaurant at least once. The catch is that you’ll be going back for more! The ambiance is incredible. I love the cuisine, which is a South American fusion with a Brazilian flare. Excellent venue for large parties, as well.
-Michael R. (Google+)
Was here for a Cinco de Mayo event….great appetizers and delicious cocktails. Have always seen this place from the freeway and wanted to try it out. Inside is very nice and glad that I had the opportunity to stop in. Next time will have to be for a full meal.
-Brian F. (Google+)
Went to Carnivale for the first time with my boyfriend as a surprise for his birthday and the whole experience was perfect! Made the reservation through OpenTable and even though we arrived a little late, we were seated right away. As many people have said, the main dining room where we sat is beautifully decorated…definitely the place you want to be seated if you can. It’s so bright and vibrant which makes the ambiance great! Our server Javier was amazing and great for recommendations but also good for letting you enjoy your time and meals.
-MB T. (Yelp)
Without exaggeration, picking Carnivale for our wedding (May 31) was one of the best decisions we ever made. For starters: the venue is beautiful. You can see how colorful it is in pictures, but unless you go there in person, you can’t get an appreciation for how vibrant the inside of the restaurant looks. It’s really stunning. I bought small centerpieces for each table, but other than that I didn’t have to worry about decorating anything at all. Already taken care of.
Second: the food. The food is amazing. Multiple people told us that it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had, and I agree with them. Portions are huge. No one will leave hungry. Great drinks, too (I believe that all of the drink packages come with sangria, mojitos and margaritas – really fun and festive drink options in addition to all of the “normal” stuff).
Lastly: the service. We worked with Ali and she took care of everything. She was on top of all the logistics, and there was never a moment when I worried that something would slip through the cracks. A lot of people get stressed out over wedding planning, but our planning process was a breeze and Ali was a huge reason why. The bartenders and wait staff were wonderful, too. During the cocktail reception, one of my guests asks the server if any of the appetizers contained dairy (she has a dairy allergy). The server brought my guest her own plate of non-dairy appetizers so she would have enough to eat (which means, unfortunately, that the server was more attentive to my guests’ needs than I was!!).
I can’t recommend Carnivale highly enough. We couldn’t be happier with our choice.