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Carmine's NYC Legendary Family Style Italian Restaurants

Carmine's

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
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  • Marion T.
    "Carmine's spicy scarpariello wings are an amazing happy hour snack."(2 Tips)
    Leonard T.
    "Meatball sliders are huge for 4 bucks"(2 Tips)
    Laura
    "salad and chicken parm..."(3 Tips)
    Roly T.
    "Get the mixed seafood pasta!"(7 Tips)
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  • Marion T.
    Marion T.February 21, 2013
    Carmine's spicy scarpariello wings are an amazing happy hour snack. If the full order is too much you can always ask for a half order. If you're at the bar, Andy and Dan are the best.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KimDecember 27, 2014
    Even though it's a tourist trap, the food and service are great. Portions are designed to be enormous so it's the perfect spot for large families to feel at home.
  • Mary D.
    Mary DalnekoffNovember 18, 2014
    The eggplant parmesan serves 5 and is both absolutely delicious and tender and light. All the dishes serve 4 - 6 so go with a group of at least 4 if you're all gonna share one main dish.
  • Tierra M.
    Tierra MMay 29, 2011
    Having lived in Italy, I can say Carmine's is pretty damn good. It has an American twist but living in Italy, made me miss the twist. Plus the portions are ginormous.
  • Katherine K.
    One of the best lunch specials in DC- can feed 2 people for $11! Grab one of the heroes (chicken Parma is my fav!) it comes w a side salad! Yum!
  • bruce h.
    bruce hoffmanAugust 10, 2013
    Unbelievably good. Mussels delicious. Incredibly flavorful fra Diavlo sauce.service good. Don't eat for days before coming. The portions are HuGE!!!
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 9, 2010
    DELICIOUS! Move over, Buca di Beppo. Had the salad and chicken parm... the best I've had in DC in five years. Keep it up, Carmine's!
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 6, 2010
    The D.C. iteration promises nearly 700 seats, a private entrance, & the same massive platters of red-sauce grub. Do not come here alone; each dish aims to serve 4-6. Read more
  • mister ockelfarber
    mister ockelfarberJanuary 23, 2015
    Prosciutto & Mozzarella lunch sandwich is delicious, and the portion is huge - definitely enough to serve two.
  • Gianluca G.
    Gianluca GiustiSeptember 14, 2010
    Good food. Good kitchen. One pasta is enough for 3 or 4 people. Too much garlic!!! Ask for pasta without garlic!!! Real italian kitchen
  • Donna Mc
    Donna McFebruary 16, 2011
    Tourist tip: Enormous portions! A great deal for lunch... split hero/sub + it comes w/side salad, substantial enough for two.
  • RaShonda (.
    RaShonda (shessavvy)August 21, 2010
    The food is delicious from the bread to the heros. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Go for lunch for the best deal.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Fried Calamari - Excellent light batter, low on oil and very tasty! 2nd Fav place for best calamari.
  • Roly T.
    Roly TorresNovember 16, 2015
    Be prepared for family sized portions! Get the mixed seafood pasta! Also open in NYC!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KourakisSeptember 25, 2010
    Secret menu item: The tug boat (small version of the Titanic). This place is great for parties of four or more.
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BetitMarch 20, 2015
    Family style, very accommodating service. Delicious food. Carmine's salad is a recommendation.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SimmonsOctober 22, 2013
    Come with a big group and an appetite. The portions are huge and the food is fantastic!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HeatleyAugust 24, 2010
    Great Food!!! And Maisha is the BEST SERVER EVER. PS. Don't forget to try the Berry Bubbly Basil XoXo
  • Letícia F.
    Letícia FerreiraDecember 22, 2012
    Delicious food to share with the family. The shrimps are HUGE and the service is amazing!
  • Annie
    AnnieMarch 15, 2014
    Most entrees can be split between 3-4 people. Be sure to make reservations beforehand!
  • Carly
    CarlyMay 14
    The food was excellent. Come with an empty stomach though.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GeiszlerMay 30, 2013
    Sit at the bar for normal size portions (still huge!). Split a single sandwich with a friend.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Carmines Salad - Great basic salad to start the Italian meal. Loved the dressing.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WhiteNovember 3, 2011
    Found the food to be over-salted - sophomoric chef error - and marginal in quality. Portion sizes are borderline offensive in the midst of a dark recession, with people starving on the streets.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Tiramisu - OMG! A must for tiramisu lovers! My birthday dessert shared with friends.
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CraigAugust 16, 2011
    Food is great. Portions are huge. Service is good and friendly. This place is a must try!!
  • Chas S.
    Chas StevensOctober 28, 2012
    They have a separate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu (you have to ask for it)
  • Jelena B.
    Jelena BoldtJuly 10, 2012
    The chocolate torte is one of the best desserts I have ever had! A MUST!
  • Scott I.
    Scott IrvingAugust 8, 2014
    In a family of 4, I reccomend getting only 2 dishes, as they are FAMILY sized!
  • Tiana P.
    Tiana Prima DonnaApril 11, 2012
    Good Drinks. Good place for after work wind down for all you hardworking professionals.
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.July 21, 2011
    Sit at the bar and ask for Jen...she's AMAZE! Get a frozen Cosmojito...yummo!
  • Brad M.
    Brad MoodyApril 5, 2012
    The TITANIC dessert is HUGE. I bet your table can't eat the whole thing... Yes that's a challenge.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BurrowJune 3, 2014
    Good food but don't go unless you have at least four people. Servings are about $30 per item but each will feed 4-5. There are no smaller portions.
  • Ken L.
    Ken LeekNovember 27, 2011
    This place is the bomb!! The executive chef came and chatted with us for 10 min, very cool.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JacobsJuly 19, 2010
    Family style food for a good value with the prices. Come. Eat. Enjoy!
  • Loreal M.
    Loreal MonroeJune 21, 2014
    Delicious Delicious Delicious my new favorite place to dine Italian !
  • Christian L.
    Christian LetiziaAugust 30, 2013
    Do not come here with just 2 if you are from out of town! Wish I new portions were this big! Have a group of at least 4!
  • Paul V.
    Paul VannDecember 12, 2010
    I recommend Carmine's, good food, excellent atmosphere and exceptional service.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle ClarkOctober 6, 2011
    Very large portions. Excellent food! A must see if you're visiting d.c.
  • John P.
    John PorterNovember 18, 2010
    Best ever. Huge restaurant serving family style everything!
  • Shelly B.
    Shelly BarcaJanuary 9, 2013
    Portions are huge don't go with less than 3 people us less you want a lot of leftovers!
  • Yolanda H.
    Yolanda HawkinsMay 10, 2012
    The manager (Ousmane Fall) was very helpful when there was screwup with my takeout order.
  • Jelena B.
    Jelena BoldtJuly 10, 2012
    Lasagna was fantastic...and a LOT of it! Now that's Italian;)
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonSeptember 2, 2010
    $4 Peronis, $5 Frozen Cosmos, $4 Meatball Sliders, Zucchini Straws
  • Collin C.
    Collin ChartierDecember 7, 2015
    If you are paying for dinner, don't chose Carmine's. Lack luster cuisine. Shoddy cocktails.
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.July 25, 2011
    They allow children to sit at the bar and they shouldn't. The last thing I want to deal w/ at the end of a hard day is a rambunctious child.
  • Israel K.
    Chicken parm sandwich for lunch. Enough for 2.
  • Omar A.
    Omar AndradeJuly 25, 2014
    Las porciones son enormes! Los platillos sin duda son para compartir. El de New York se atasca por lo que se requiere reservación. El de Washington muy agradable y sin tanta gente.
  • Luis A.
    Luis ArmandoMay 25, 2013
    Platos para compartir como mínimo ente 2 o más personas, deliciosos y baratos. Recomendable para familias
  • Lili R.
    Lili RuedaMarch 20, 2015
    Un buen lugar tradicional. Los chicos de la barra son muy amables
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