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Carmine's NYC Legendary Family Style Italian Restaurants


Italian Restaurant$$$$
Penn Quarter, Washington
  • Marion T.
    "Carmine's spicy scarpariello wings are an amazing happy hour snack."(2 Tips)
    Nakeva (Photography) C.
    "2nd Fav place for best calamari."(5 Tips)
    Tammy G.
    "$4 Peronis, $5 Frozen Cosmos, $4 Meatball Sliders, Zucchini Straws"(2 Tips)
    Jen M.
    "Belly up to the bar during Happy Hour"(3 Tips)
95 Tips and reviews
  • scarpariello
  • Italian food
  • happy hour
  • desserts
  • calamari
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  • Marion T.
    Marion T.February 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MareckFebruary 27
    Been here 10+ times
    Belly up to the bar during Happy Hour & get delicious food (I highly recommend the fried ravioli) for a bargain!! 😉
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
    Katherine Kennedy AllenMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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!
  • Ed D.
    Ed DennisDecember 2, 2016
    Family style meal for the whole team of six was good. We had a meat dish, a seafood dish a very good salad and great calamari.
  • mister ockelfarber
    mister ockelfarberJanuary 23, 2015
    Prosciutto & Mozzarella lunch sandwich is delicious, and the portion is huge - definitely enough to serve two.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Fried Calamari - Excellent light batter, low on oil and very tasty! 2nd Fav place for best calamari.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SimmonsOctober 22, 2013
    Come with a big group and an appetite. The portions are huge and the food is fantastic!
  • Roly T.
    Roly TorresNovember 16, 2015
    Be prepared for family sized portions! Get the mixed seafood pasta! Also open in NYC!
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BetitMarch 20, 2015
    Family style, very accommodating service. Delicious food. Carmine's salad is a recommendation.
  • 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!
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GeiszlerMay 30, 2013
    Sit at the bar for normal size portions (still huge!). Split a single sandwich with a friend.
  • 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.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Carmines Salad - Great basic salad to start the Italian meal. Loved the dressing.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Tiramisu - OMG! A must for tiramisu lovers! My birthday dessert shared with friends.
  • Chas S.
    Chas StevensOctober 28, 2012
    They have a separate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu (you have to ask for it)
  • Carly
    CarlyMay 14, 2016
    The food was excellent. Come with an empty stomach though.
  • 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
  • Jelena B.
    Jelena BoldtJuly 10, 2012
    The chocolate torte is one of the best desserts I have ever had! A MUST!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew 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.
  • Scott I.
    Scott IrvingAugust 8, 2014
    In a family of 4, I reccomend getting only 2 dishes, as they are FAMILY sized!
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CraigAugust 16, 2011
    Food is great. Portions are huge. Service is good and friendly. This place is a must try!!
  • Tiana P.
    Tiana Prima DonnaApril 11, 2012
    Good Drinks. Good place for after work wind down for all you hardworking professionals.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Loreal M.
    Loreal MonroeJune 21, 2014
    Delicious Delicious Delicious my new favorite place to dine Italian !
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ken L.
    Ken LeekNovember 27, 2011
    This place is the bomb!! The executive chef came and chatted with us for 10 min, very cool.
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.July 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit at the bar and ask for Jen...she's AMAZE! Get a frozen Cosmojito...yummo!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MortonAugust 24, 2010
    Great Food!!! And Maisha is the BEST SERVER EVER. PS. Don't forget to try the Berry Bubbly Basil XoXo
  • 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!
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle ClarkOctober 6, 2011
    Very large portions. Excellent food! A must see if you're visiting d.c.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonSeptember 2, 2010
    $4 Peronis, $5 Frozen Cosmos, $4 Meatball Sliders, Zucchini Straws
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Jelena B.
    Jelena BoldtJuly 10, 2012
    Lasagna was fantastic...and a LOT of it! Now that's Italian;)
  • Paul V.
    Paul VannDecember 12, 2010
    I recommend Carmine's, good food, excellent atmosphere and exceptional service.
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Josei ==> @ShoesNFood www.JetSetDC.comAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious family style Italian dining. My 3rd trip in 3 weeks...
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Yolanda H.
    Yolanda HawkinsMay 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The manager (Ousmane Fall) was very helpful when there was screwup with my takeout order.
  • Washington Capitals
    Washington CapitalsFebruary 13, 2013
    At Gallery Place for Caps game? Stop by Carmine’s for a great Italian meal.
  • John P.
    John PorterNovember 18, 2010
    Best ever. Huge restaurant serving family style everything!
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinMay 8, 2016
    Chicken parm sandwich for lunch. Enough for 2.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JacobsJuly 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Family style food for a good value with the prices. Come. Eat. Enjoy!
  • Collin C.
    Collin ChartierDecember 7, 2015
    If you are paying for dinner, don't chose Carmine's. Lack luster cuisine. Shoddy cocktails.
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