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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)
    Tammy G.
    "$4 Peronis, $5 Frozen Cosmos, $4 Meatball Sliders, Zucchini Straws"(2 Tips)
    Nakeva (Photography) C.
    "2nd Fav place for best calamari."(5 Tips)
    Leonard T.
    "Meatball sliders are huge for 4 bucks"(2 Tips)
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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!! 😉
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SimmonsOctober 22, 2013
    Come with a big group and an appetite. The portions are huge and the food is fantastic!
  • 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.
  • Carly
    CarlyMay 14, 2016
    The food was excellent. Come with an empty stomach though.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Carmines Salad - Great basic salad to start the Italian meal. Loved the dressing.
  • Chas S.
    Chas StevensOctober 28, 2012
    They have a separate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu (you have to ask for it)
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Tiramisu - OMG! A must for tiramisu lovers! My birthday dessert shared with friends.
  • 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!
  • Jelena B.
    Jelena BoldtJuly 10, 2012
    The chocolate torte is one of the best desserts I have ever had! A MUST!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Tiana P.
    Tiana Prima DonnaApril 11, 2012
    Good Drinks. Good place for after work wind down for all you hardworking professionals.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Loreal M.
    Loreal MonroeJune 21, 2014
    Delicious Delicious Delicious my new favorite place to dine Italian !
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • M. G. S.
    M. G. StellaJuly 7, 2012
    What we learned today is: tiramisu is your friend!
  • Paul V.
    Paul VannDecember 12, 2010
    I recommend Carmine's, good food, excellent atmosphere and exceptional service.
  • Washington Capitals
    Washington CapitalsFebruary 13, 2013
    At Gallery Place for Caps game? Stop by Carmine’s for a great Italian meal.
  • 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.
  • John P.
    John PorterNovember 18, 2010
    Best ever. Huge restaurant serving family style everything!
  • IS K.
    IS KLEMay 8, 2016
    Chicken parm sandwich for lunch. Enough for 2.
  • Collin C.
    Collin ChartierDecember 7, 2015
    If you are paying for dinner, don't chose Carmine's. Lack luster cuisine. Shoddy cocktails.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JacobsJuly 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Family style food for a good value with the prices. Come. Eat. Enjoy!
  • christina leigh m.
    So many televisions here. Same Carmine's menu, more sports-bar feel.
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpOctober 10, 2011
    Try the fried zucchini. It's fried crack. Plus the plate is MONSTEROUS.
  • Karla D.
    Karla De VitaMarch 21, 2015
    This is not an italian restaurant, if you really want an authentic one go to La Perla.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LighthallFebruary 18, 2012
    Great service!!! Drew Schneider was a phenomenal waiter
  • Leonard T.
    Leonard TysonSeptember 1, 2010
    Meatball sliders are huge for 4 bucks
  • @seoulfully
    @seoulfullyMay 1, 2013
    Bring your appetite or a lot of people.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HartleyApril 21, 2013
    There's not a bad thing on the menu
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.July 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Try the Chicken Scarpariello - The flavor is amazing!
  • Keith M.
    Keith MastersonSeptember 13, 2016
    Everything we ordered was good.
  • Hazel
    HazelSeptember 30, 2012
    Eggplant parmigianna is amazing!
  • James M.
    James MaloneNovember 29, 2011
    One of the better happy hours in Chinatown
  • Katie G.
    Katie GommelOctober 8, 2011
    Ask for stemware if you want a wine glass over a cup.
  • Marlon N.
    Marlon NormanOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the calamari. Its the best!!
  • George W.
    George WonicaMay 23, 2014
    Tremendous portions!!
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CollisMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Berry Basil Bubbly is delicious.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenJanuary 21, 2015
    They may have a reputation, but if they keep serving food like what I had last night, they will not be there much longer
  • Jengirlie
    JengirlieSeptember 28, 2011
    Try the cucumber cooler! It's awesome.
  • Alejandra I.
    Alejandra IrazoqueMarch 25, 2013
    Great Ceasar Salad!!
  • Anthony J.
    Anthony JunkApril 29, 2011
    Went to lunch and the food was excellent, though poor service left a sour taste in my mouth.
  • Steve H.
    Steve HeintzFebruary 19, 2011
    Try the stuffed mushrooms. Delicious!
  • Michael M.
    Michael McColloughApril 6, 2011
    The Cheesecake gotta have it, awesome!!!!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarrNovember 16, 2010
    The chicken parmesiana is a must!
  • Drea B.
    Drea BenjaminMay 29, 2011
    Frozen cosmo's are to die for
  • Phil B.
    Phil BesharaApril 8, 2011
    Try the Titanic for dessert if you dare..
  • Kirt F.
    Kirt FloydNovember 9, 2011
    Meatballs & Heartburn..but soooo WORTH IT!!!
  • Xina ‎ E.
    Xina ‎ EilandJanuary 30, 2012
    Food was average. Didn't particularly care for how the manager treated us when we asked to be moved to another table.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa ShapiroAugust 3, 2010
    Sit in one of the 3 booths at the new Carmine's DC. Out of 300 seats, there are only 3! Read more
  • Cassy
    CassyFebruary 28, 2013
    Calamari was good.
  • Coble G.
    Coble GirlsApril 29, 2012
    Please get the frozen cosmos
  • Michael S.
    Michael StollerSeptember 14, 2011
    More food than you can eat
  • Eileen M.
    Eileen MurphyJune 22, 2013
    The food here is so awesome
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.August 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the Ventiani Margarita! It's ridiculously good...yum!
  • David B.
    David BeveridgeOctober 30, 2010
    Great food service tonight. We'll be back
  • Tom J.
    Tom JenningsDecember 1, 2010
    world's slowest most disinterested bartenders.
  • Shawn D.
    Shawn DiSeptember 28, 2011
    Huge portions
  • Chickie M.
    Chickie M.August 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I was disappointed by the Chicken Parmagiano...not well seasoned...at all.
  • missp
    misspApril 30, 2011
    Happy Bday ARO!! XOXO
  • Rodney H.
    Rodney HMarch 7, 2013
    Alright Rockko! ! Alright Sly!
  • Cesar P.
    Cesar PazinattoAugust 9, 2014
    Fucking amazing
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Josei ==> @ShoesNFood www.JetSetDC.comSeptember 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    No more Manggianos for me!
  • Paparazzi P.
    Paparazzi PicturesNovember 18, 2010
    The food is the worst. The only thing good was the soda.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JacobsAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    DUPLICATE
  • 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
  • Michel F.
    Michel FariasJanuary 6, 2015
    Procure pelo Javier. Melhor garçon :)
  • Zé Renato C.
    Zé Renato CellaAugust 23, 2015
    Para matar a fome.
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