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Carmine's NYC Legendary Family Style Italian Restaurants


Italian Restaurant · Penn Quarter
425 7th St NW (at E St. NW), Washington, D.C. 20004, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
Lunch, Dinner
Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

NYC's Legendary Family Style Restaurant- 7th St NW 2 Blocks away from the National Mall and Verizon Center


Based on 262 votes

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  • What you need to know
    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)
    Roly T.
    "Get the mixed seafood pasta!"(7 Tips)
    Donna Mc
    "Tourist tip: Enormous portions!"(3 Tips)
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  • scarpariello
  • Italian food
  • desserts
  • happy hour
  • calamari
  • big portions
  • cosmopolitans
  • wine
  • dinner
  • salads
  • great value
  • sandwiches
  • family-friendly
  • mussels
  • pasta
  • cheesecake
  • chicken
  • lively
  • lasagna
  • spicy food
  • Marion T.

    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.

    Marion T. · February 21, 2013
  • Lindsey K.

    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.

    Lindsey Kim · December 27, 2014
  • Mary D.

    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.

    Mary Dalnekoff · November 18, 2014
  • Andy W.

    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.

    Andy White · November 3, 2011
  • Tierra M.

    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.

    Tierra M · May 29, 2011
  • AskMen

    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

    AskMen · August 6, 2010
  • 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!

    Katherine Kennedy Allen · March 28, 2011
  • bruce h.

    Unbelievably good. Mussels delicious. Incredibly flavorful fra Diavlo sauce.service good. Don't eat for days before coming. The portions are HuGE!!!

    bruce hoffman · August 10, 2013
  • Brian B.

    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.

    Brian Burrow · June 3, 2014
  • Gianluca G.

    Good food. Good kitchen. One pasta is enough for 3 or 4 people. Too much garlic!!! Ask for pasta without garlic!!! Real italian kitchen

    Gianluca Giusti · September 14, 2010
  • Donna Mc

    Tourist tip: Enormous portions! A great deal for lunch... split hero/sub + it comes w/side salad, substantial enough for two.

    Donna Mc · February 16, 2011
  • Christian L.

    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!

    Christian Letizia · August 30, 2013
  • Katie K.

    Secret menu item: The tug boat (small version of the Titanic). This place is great for parties of four or more.

    Katie Kourakis · September 25, 2010
  • RaShonda (.

    The food is delicious from the bread to the heros. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Go for lunch for the best deal.

    RaShonda (shessavvy) · August 21, 2010
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Try the Fried Calamari - Excellent light batter, low on oil and very tasty! 2nd Fav place for best calamari.

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · January 15, 2012
  • mister ockelfarber

    Prosciutto & Mozzarella lunch sandwich is delicious, and the portion is huge - definitely enough to serve two.

    mister ockelfarber · January 23, 2015
  • Roly T.

    Be prepared for family sized portions! Get the mixed seafood pasta! Also open in NYC!

    Roly Torres · November 16, 2015
  • Annie

    Most entrees can be split between 3-4 people. Be sure to make reservations beforehand!

    Annie · March 15, 2014
  • Jessica G.

    Sit at the bar for normal size portions (still huge!). Split a single sandwich with a friend.

    Jessica Geiszler · May 30, 2013
  • Michelle H.

    Great Food!!! And Maisha is the BEST SERVER EVER. PS. Don't forget to try the Berry Bubbly Basil XoXo

    Michelle Heatley · August 24, 2010
  • Vanessa S.

    Come with a big group and an appetite. The portions are huge and the food is fantastic!

    Vanessa Simmons · October 22, 2013
  • Gabriel B.

    Family style, very accommodating service. Delicious food. Carmine's salad is a recommendation.

    Gabriel Betit · March 20, 2015
  • Letícia F.

    Delicious food to share with the family. The shrimps are HUGE and the service is amazing!

    Letícia Ferreira · December 22, 2012
  • Chas S.

    They have a separate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu (you have to ask for it)

    Chas Stevens · October 28, 2012
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Try the Carmines Salad - Great basic salad to start the Italian meal. Loved the dressing.

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · January 15, 2012
  • Xina ‎ E.

    Food was average. Didn't particularly care for how the manager treated us when we asked to be moved to another table.

    Xina ‎ Eiland · January 30, 2012
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Try the Tiramisu - OMG! A must for tiramisu lovers! My birthday dessert shared with friends.

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · January 15, 2012
  • Glenn C.

    Food is great. Portions are huge. Service is good and friendly. This place is a must try!!

    Glenn Craig · August 16, 2011
  • Shelly B.

    Portions are huge don't go with less than 3 people us less you want a lot of leftovers!

    Shelly Barca · January 9, 2013
  • Collin C.

    If you are paying for dinner, don't chose Carmine's. Lack luster cuisine. Shoddy cocktails.

    Collin Chartier · December 7, 2015
  • Laura

    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!

    Laura · August 9, 2010
  • Jelena B.

    The chocolate torte is one of the best desserts I have ever had! A MUST!

    Jelena Boldt · July 10, 2012
  • Brad M.

    The TITANIC dessert is HUGE. I bet your table can't eat the whole thing... Yes that's a challenge.

    Brad Moody · April 5, 2012
  • Chickie M.

    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.

    Chickie M. · July 25, 2011
  • Scott I.

    In a family of 4, I reccomend getting only 2 dishes, as they are FAMILY sized!

    Scott Irving · August 8, 2014
  • Anthony J.

    Went to lunch and the food was excellent, though poor service left a sour taste in my mouth.

    Anthony Junk · April 29, 2011
  • Chickie M.

    Sit at the bar and ask for Jen...she's AMAZE! Get a frozen Cosmojito...yummo!

    Chickie M. · July 21, 2011
  • Ken L.

    This place is the bomb!! The executive chef came and chatted with us for 10 min, very cool.

    Ken Leek · November 27, 2011
  • Lisa J.

    Family style food for a good value with the prices. Come. Eat. Enjoy!

    Lisa Jacobs · July 19, 2010
  • Paul V.

    I recommend Carmine's, good food, excellent atmosphere and exceptional service.

    Paul Vann · December 12, 2010
  • Tiana P.

    Good Drinks. Good place for after work wind down for all you hardworking professionals.

    Tiana Prima Donna · April 11, 2012
  • Karl W.

    They may have a reputation, but if they keep serving food like what I had last night, they will not be there much longer

    Karl Warren · January 21, 2015
  • Yolanda H.

    The manager (Ousmane Fall) was very helpful when there was screwup with my takeout order.

    Yolanda Hawkins · May 10, 2012
  • John P.

    Best ever. Huge restaurant serving family style everything!

    John Porter · November 18, 2010
  • Karla D.

    This is not an italian restaurant, if you really want an authentic one go to La Perla.

    Karla De Vita · March 21, 2015
  • Kyle C.

    Very large portions. Excellent food! A must see if you're visiting d.c.

    Kyle Clark · October 6, 2011
  • Tammy G.

    $4 Peronis, $5 Frozen Cosmos, $4 Meatball Sliders, Zucchini Straws

    Tammy Gordon · September 2, 2010
  • Chickie M.

    I was disappointed by the Chicken Parmagiano...not well all.

    Chickie M. · August 5, 2010
  • Justin T.

    Try the fried zucchini. It's fried crack. Plus the plate is MONSTEROUS.

    Justin Thorp · October 10, 2011
  • Lisa S.

    Sit in one of the 3 booths at the new Carmine's DC. Out of 300 seats, there are only 3! Read more

    Lisa Shapiro · August 3, 2010
  • Loreal M.

    Delicious Delicious Delicious my new favorite place to dine Italian !

    Loreal Monroe · June 21, 2014
  • Jelena B.

    Lasagna was fantastic...and a LOT of it! Now that's Italian;)

    Jelena Boldt · July 10, 2012
  • Washington Capitals

    At Gallery Place for Caps game? Stop by Carmine’s for a great Italian meal.

    Washington Capitals · February 13, 2013
  • currently exploring

    So many televisions here. Same Carmine's menu, more sports-bar feel. Read more

    currently exploring · October 15, 2014
  • Paparazzi P.

    The food is the worst. The only thing good was the soda.

    Paparazzi Pictures · November 18, 2010
  • christina leigh m.

    So many televisions here. Same Carmine's menu, more sports-bar feel.

    christina leigh morgan · April 27, 2013
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.

    Delicious family style Italian dining. My 3rd trip in 3 weeks...

  • Tom J.

    world's slowest most disinterested bartenders.

    Tom Jennings · December 1, 2010
  • Katie G.

    Ask for stemware if you want a wine glass over a cup.

    Katie Gommel · October 8, 2011
  • Liz L.

    Great service!!! Drew Schneider was a phenomenal waiter

    Liz Lighthall · February 18, 2012
  • @seoulfully

    Bring your appetite or a lot of people.

    @seoulfully · May 1, 2013
  • M. G. S.

    What we learned today is: tiramisu is your friend!

    M. G. Stella · July 7, 2012
  • Brian C.

    The chicken parmesiana is a must!

    Brian Carr · November 16, 2010
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Try the Chicken Scarpariello - The flavor is amazing!

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · January 15, 2012
  • Steve H.

    Try the stuffed mushrooms. Delicious!

    Steve Heintz · February 19, 2011
  • Chickie M.

    Order the Ventiani Margarita! It's ridiculously good...yum!

    Chickie M. · August 4, 2010
  • Leonard T.

    Meatball sliders are huge for 4 bucks

    Leonard Tyson · September 1, 2010
  • Kelly C.

    Berry Basil Bubbly is delicious.

    Kelly Collis · March 2, 2011
  • Marlon N.

    Try the calamari. Its the best!!

    Marlon Norman · October 13, 2011
  • James M.

    One of the better happy hours in Chinatown

    James Malone · November 29, 2011
  • Zach H.

    There's not a bad thing on the menu

    Zach Hartley · April 21, 2013
  • Michael M.

    The Cheesecake gotta have it, awesome!!!!

    Michael McCollough · April 6, 2011
  • David B.

    Great food service tonight. We'll be back

    David Beveridge · October 30, 2010
  • Phil B.

    Try the Titanic for dessert if you dare..

    Phil Beshara · April 8, 2011
  • Kirt F.

    Meatballs & Heartburn..but soooo WORTH IT!!!

    Kirt Floyd · November 9, 2011
  • George W.

    Tremendous portions!!

    George Wonica · May 23, 2014
  • Hazel

    Eggplant parmigianna is amazing!

    Hazel · September 30, 2012
  • Drea B.

    Frozen cosmo's are to die for

    Drea Benjamin · May 29, 2011
  • Jengirlie

    Try the cucumber cooler! It's awesome.

    Jengirlie · September 28, 2011
  • Cassy

    Calamari was good.

    Cassy · February 28, 2013
  • Michael S.

    More food than you can eat

    Michael Stoller · September 14, 2011
  • Erika C.

    Please get the frozen cosmos

    Erika Coble · April 29, 2012
  • Alejandra I.

    Great Ceasar Salad!!

    Alejandra Irazoque · March 25, 2013
  • Rodney H.

    Alright Rockko! ! Alright Sly!

    Rodney H · March 7, 2013
  • Shawn D.

    Huge portions

    Shawn Di · September 28, 2011
  • Eileen M.

    The food here is so awesome

    Eileen Murphy · June 22, 2013
  • missp

    Happy Bday ARO!! XOXO

    missp · April 30, 2011
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.

    No more Manggianos for me!

  • Cesar P.

    Fucking amazing

    Cesar Pazinatto · August 9, 2014
  • Lisa J.


    Lisa Jacobs · August 8, 2010
  • Omar A.

    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.

    Omar Andrade · July 25, 2014
  • Luis A.

    Platos para compartir como mínimo ente 2 o más personas, deliciosos y baratos. Recomendable para familias

    Luis Armando · May 25, 2013
  • Lili R.

    Un buen lugar tradicional. Los chicos de la barra son muy amables

    Lili Rueda · March 20, 2015
  • Michel F.

    Procure pelo Javier. Melhor garçon :)

    Michel Farias · January 6, 2015
  • Zé Renato C.

    Para matar a fome.

    Zé Renato Cella · August 23, 2015

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