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About Carmine's On Penn
Carmine's on Penn was established in 1994 as a neighborhood, family-style Italian restaurant. Our atmosphere is casual, festive, and friendly. Our servers bring the chalkboard menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage.
Denver, CO 80209
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our respected, and consistently delicious food to you. By providing off-site service for corporate, business and private events, Carmine's offers a personal approach for clients and customers to enjoy and appreciate simple, yet satisfying, menu options at their place of work or in the privacy of their own backyard.
Street parking in our neighborhood. The parking lot we used to lease has been sold for development so we are no longer able to offer valet parking. There is a school between Cedar to the south, Bayaud to the west, Washington to the east, and Pearl to the west. It is a short block from us and since no one lives there, it is a reliable place to find a parking spot.
Closest is Alameda Station
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carmine's On Penn Ratings and Reviews
Typically, there is nothing to complain about, however at this particular visit, the risotto was undercooked (crunchy uncooked rice in some portions of it) and the Tiramisu (a favorite of ours) was terribly executed. The lady fingers were beyond soaked (soggy to the consistency of baby food). Additionally, we ordered dessert to go and had left overs. Our waitress packed them all in one bag and stated she put the dessert in the middle, I asked her if that was OK or if it would overheat the dessert and she stated it would be find. Needless to say, in addition to oversoaking the lady fingers, the cream/custard were melted, so we had a soupy mess that was inedible. Also, we were informed that the menu had changed due to a change in chefs, so one of our favorites was no longer offered, but we were treated like we were crazy for remembering the dish.
The risotto was really salty and had more mushrooms than risotto. It was exactly this same way the time before, but unfortunately they didn't modify it. The good part, however, was they took it off our bill. We have been coming to Carmines for more than 20 years, through numerous ownership changes. In the past, we have always come here because it felt very family friendly, and like the owners and staff would do anything to accommodate their guests. I'm sad to say, we don't get this feeling anymore.
We decided to try Carmines for Restaurant Week. Everything was excellent. They serve family-style, so the portions were large, and we took home leftovers of our chicken parmigiana (which was delicious even after reheating).
Our server was Arthur and he was very knowledgeable about the menu and he was attetentive the entire time.
Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable night. It was very relaxing and we were able to take our time with every dish, plus the wine.
Went for Denver Restaurant Week which was a mistake. The website for that event showed the menu and it appeared that it was lots of courses. Instead, arriving and finding out you choose any 3 from the 5 courses, not one from all 5 as indicated. Putting things together saved only $1 or $2 and actually, probably cost more as the entrees were their large version. While delicious as always, normally order the smaller size good for 2 people and no leftovers. That smaller size along with the other 2 courses, both smaller/regular size, would have actually cost LESS than we paid. I do blame the restaurant to a degree and tossing in a dessert, even one to share, would, at least make it balance. That aside, the food is wonderful, the service always very good. Just never a reason to come back during restaurant week as it currently stands.
The food and service were awesome. The only problem was we went for restraint week and it was $70 for two people. We made our choices from the limited menu. Then realized it would have be $22 cheaper just to order of the regular menu. So that was kind of disappointing
I think it's best for people that are into family dinning style, as in sharing food, from first course to the last. Food tasted great but there will be a lot of it even between two people. If you do restaurant week be prepared to be told there are rules to how you dine there. Our waiter told us either we are all in on restaurant week or all out, half the table couldn't order off reg menu and half order restaurant week menu. They ended up making changes anyway so not sure why the rules speech...
The portions are HUGE and are a very good value; along with being tasty! They have a very extensive wine list but not many by the glass so expect to spend more on the bottle than you did on your meal. Our waiter recommended a bottle and we went with his suggestion - so glad we did! It WAS outstanding, but pretty pricey. The waitstaff could NOT have been more friendly or attentive. Overall everything was excellent and we'll definitely be back.
Checking in was hectic with no place to wait while they cleaned our table. Bus girl took a plate away from the table as I still had food on my fork....she just took the plate out from under me. I have never had this happen in my life before. It was not the server, he was actually great, but the person clearing tables. I expect more from this nice of a place.
Food was still great and will give it another chance probably.
We had a wonderful meal at Carmine's on Penn for Denver Restaurant Week! This neighborhood gem should not be forgotten -- authentic, DELICIOUS Italian food!! So much fun to go with a group and get the chance to try even more wonderful dishes!!! We are planning our next night at Carmine's with family.
The food was great and the staff was very friendly. I just wish my friends were more adventurous and we could have tried something fun. There were so many options and since it's family style I had to settle for what the group wanted instead of what i really wanted. I plan to go back with a different dinner companion next time!
First time at Carmine's for the four of us, during Restaurant Week. Fortunately, we chose Carmine's because we now have a new favorite family-style restaurant for special occasions. The Restaurant Week menu was fantastic (delicious garlic rolls and cheesecake!), and we will return as soon as possible.
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