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Latin American Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant · Fulton River District
702 W Fulton Market (at Union Ave), Chicago, IL 60661, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Tue
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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Based on 386 votes

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    Roosevelt Collection
    "Also, try the Arrachera (skirt steak) as a main course!"(8 Tips)
    Courtney Q.
    "... without enjoying the ropa vieja appetizer!! Arrachera & market fish were excellent..."(3 Tips)
    dana hotel and spa
    "the Carnivale ice cream cake is colorful and delicious!"(4 Tips)
    Scott Kleinberg
    "First, the coconut mojito is very creamy and tasty."(8 Tips)
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  • steak
  • mojitos
  • seafood
  • good for dates
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • sangria
  • ice cream cakes
  • empanadas
  • live music
  • trendy
  • dinner
  • good for a late night
  • wine
  • potatoes au gratin
  • arepas
  • creamed corn
  • authentic
  • churrasco
  • hidden gem
  • Mike W.

    Service industry discount Sundays - 25% off entire check.

    Mike Wilder · October 23
  • Colin R.

    Probably the best all around Latin dining experience you can find in the city. Everything on the menu is delicious and the ambiance is first class.

    Colin Reynolds · September 21
  • Alex F.

    Great food and drinks but we had absolutely terrible service. Our waiter was more than rude. However once we spoke with the manager she was extremely apologetic and very kind- she gave us coupons

    Alex Flis · August 27
  • Mustafa Ö.

    Arrachera is pretty amazin one that you should definitely try out and can't find any compliment word for decoration.. Awesome!

    Mustafa Özkök · July 16
  • Nicole V.

    Love coming here. So romantic. .they play great music and food is amazing.

    Nicole Velazquez · February 27
  • Epicurious

    The food, which borrows from all over South America, is as lively as the setting. Throw in a few caipirinhas, and it feels like a Brazilian Carnaval. Read more

    Epicurious · January 22
  • Tatiana B.

    Is a awesome place to celebrate special occasions. We went on a regular Sunday to have brunch and they had live music! The menu is interesting but the food is nothing special! You pay for the place

    Tatiana Buenaventura · January 12
  • Melissa A.

    Carnivale has delicious food and a great ambiance. I recommend the ropa vieja or empanadas for apps, New York strip steak for the entrée, and banana cream pie for dessert.

    Melissa Au · January 8
  • Missy

    Get the ropa vieja, tell them to make it the old way! 😉 Order the guacamole and the arrachera. Perfecto. 👌

    Missy · December 27, 2014
  • michelle j.

    You have to eat ropa vieja. To die for appetizer. Love this place!! Such a fun atmosphere!

    michelle jimenez · December 23, 2014
  • Leila S.

    Hidden gem. So beautiful and vibrant inside matching the menu. The scallops were cooked to perfection!

    Leila Samii · November 9, 2014
  • Tamara K.

    I love the atmosphere and the cocktails are divine

    Tamara K · October 27, 2014
  • Matt S.

    Pulled pork taco appetizer.

    Matt Silverman · October 26, 2014
  • Richie C.


    Richie Cruz · August 28, 2014
  • Cristina D.

    Ropa vieja is to die for! Highly recommended

    Cristina Dordas · August 23, 2014
  • Ju Hae L.

    Atmosphere was amazing and the food was legitt

    Ju Hae Lee · August 6, 2014
  • Kat S.

    Fun atmosphere and great for groups! Try the octopus appetizer and ARRACHERA! Shout out to our server, Oscar, you da man!

    Kat S. · July 22, 2014
  • Katrina R.

    Festive Latin fusion

    Katrina Ramos · May 14, 2014
  • Adolfo R.

    Matt is the best server!!

    Adolfo Rodriguez · May 2, 2014
  • Noemi E.

    Calamari is awesome

    Noemi Escutia · March 30, 2014
  • Michelle T.

    Vieja Ropa appetizer and guacs are musts. As is the ice cream cake for dessert.

    Michelle Truong · March 27, 2014
  • Patrice Y.

    You must get the ropa vieja appetizer. You must!

    Patrice Yursik · March 9, 2014
  • Terence S.

    Every good review I've read about this place is true. This spot is outstanding! The lamb is probably the killer entreé to get, along with the Churrasco.

    Terence Steward II · February 23, 2014
  • Paul D.

    Michigan Ave events to be avoided in favor of Park Ave events.

    Paul Dobransky · November 13, 2013
  • Sara S.

    Just left the restaurant because the wait staff is that bad.

    Sara Sims · November 2, 2013
  • Nedish B.

    Really loved it !! Just had been there first time for my birthday it was awesome!!! Drinks and food are excellent ! Of course should make reservation before you go !!

    Nedish B · October 26, 2013
  • Courtney Q.

    You can't come here without enjoying the ropa vieja appetizer!! Arrachera & market fish were excellent choices. Great drink menu - highly recommend the mojitos and red sangria. Loved it!

    Courtney Quigley · October 25, 2013
  • Peter D.

    Another great Wine & Beer tasting event coming up on 11/6/13, to support local Chicago Special Olympics. Sign up here! Read more

    Peter Dykstra · October 15, 2013
  • Andrew

    No trip to Chicago is complete without dinner at Carnivale. Arrachera + sangria = ¡Que magnifico!

    Andrew · September 16, 2013
  • Charles D.

    Lunch takes forever! Do not eat here unless you have 2+ hours to spare

    Charles Drozd · September 4, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Carnivale’s loud, colorful lounge vibe plays off of its busy location perched above the Kennedy Expressway, and the ceviche mixto has bombastic, bright flavors to match.

    Serious Eats · September 2, 2013
  • Jennie

    BEST MEAL EVER. Got lucky with a Travelzoo Deal for 4 people. 4 appetizers + 4 entrees + 4 drinks for $145. We enjoyed the appetizers the most, esp the squid and ceviche.

    Jennie · August 28, 2013
  • Tricia L.

    Best mojitos in town!

    Tricia Lee · August 10, 2013
  • Shannon H.

    No miles on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday

    Shannon Heath · July 15, 2013
  • Mark S.

    Ask for Andrea

    Mark Sr · July 6, 2013
  • Scott Kleinberg

    The menu changes often enough. The steaks are usually terrific and come with great sides and sauces.

    Scott Kleinberg · July 4, 2013
  • Zakia C.

    They have free salsa lessons and Margie lessons during the mont of may.

    Zakia C · May 29, 2013
  • Aimee O.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Arrachera (skirt steak). Ropa Vieja is a MUST!

    Aimee Oh · May 18, 2013
  • eulalia

    veal empanadas for an appetizer and the chi-town peppermint for dessert. trust me.

    eulalia · April 18, 2013
  • Truth D.

    Found a new menu item that's excellent! The short ribs are so tender they fall off the fork! It's worth the trip!

    Truth Doctor · March 3, 2013
  • Alex G.

    There's naked chicks every where

    Alex Gasca · February 16, 2013
  • Alex G.

    Expensive, but really really good!

    Alex Gasca · February 16, 2013
  • Charmin

    The Arepas is amazing!!!

    Charmin · January 19, 2013
  • Iveliss G.

    Get a steak...any steak! Amazing!!!

    Iveliss Gonzalez · September 12, 2012
  • dana hotel and spa

    the Carnivale ice cream cake is colorful and delicious! We recommend sharing with the entire table!

    dana hotel and spa · September 1, 2012
  • Darrell N.

    The ice cream cake is great!! The guacamole was awesome as well

    Darrell Nakagawa · July 21, 2012
  • Verne P.

    Try the Beef Tenderlion With Sweet Potatoe Gratin

    Verne P · July 2, 2012
  • Israel S.

    Everything is great but the guac is a MUST! The chips are amazing!

    Israel Smith · May 28, 2012
  • Maria D.

    The "Pork Adobo" is my favorite!!

    Maria Diaz-Camarena · May 5, 2012
  • Roosevelt Collection

    The Ropa vieja appetizer is fabulous! Also, try the Arrachera (skirt steak) as a main course! Finally... drink your dessert with the best Mojitos in Chicago!

    Roosevelt Collection · May 4, 2012

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