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.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:0pm
$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
Private Party Facilities:
Our Blue Room accommodates parties ranging in size from 15 to 32. We offer inclusive pricing with food and wine selected for your party.
Private Party Contact:
Stephen Kozicki: 3039576503x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Carmine's On Penn Ratings and Reviews
I saw this restaurant almost 2 years ago ...
I saw this restaurant almost 2 years ago and decided to take my girlfriend here for our anniversary. I like that they have for 2 options. The food is amazing and the wait staff is like no other. I went here again with my girlfriend for no special reason on Friday night all the way from Fort collins. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
This place was generally fine, nothing s ...
This place was generally fine, nothing special, except for one annoying thing...
There are no menus! They post a list of the food on the wall, so you have to crane your neck and hope you remembered your glasses to see. The wall list also has no food descriptions, and you are encouraged to ask a waiter to describe the items--over the sound of waiters describing different items all over the restaurant.
I guess they think it's a cute gimmick? Most of the dishes are in Italian, and we didn't feel up to someone standing over us reciting a whole menu like we couldn't read. So we found their menu with descriptions online, and huddled over our phones to order. So weird. Try almost any other pasta place for similar food with less of a hassle.
Carmine's is our neighborhood treasure. ...
Carmine's is our neighborhood treasure. They have a warm and welcoming staff. I love that they deliver their warm, fresh made garlic rolls as soon as you sit down. They have such creative and tasty salads. The gnocchi is so savory. Great atmosphere for families and groups.
Carmine's on Penn is the perfect restaur ...
Carmine's on Penn is the perfect restaurant if you want to go on a date and enjoy the company you keep. It's not the overblown, overpriced place you take a date when you're young and trying to impress, it's the kind of place you take someone who appreciates simple and refined dining experiences. The service is great, but the food is incredible. It's one of those place that makes you feel better for having eaten there. To call it a 'no frills' place seems to take away from how calculated but relaxed the experience was. I can't recommend it enough.
We've been coming here for years but our ...
We've been coming here for years but our last experience was awful. The food was just ok but the service was the worst I've had there. The server never asked our table if folks had been there or gave suggestions on our order to make sure we had enough. Then once the food was delivered it's like the entire staff was in the kitchen for a long time. We truly looked around and there wasn't a staff person to be seen for over 10min. The server never checked on us during the meal and at the end when we asked for a bday dessert for our friend she brought us this old dried out version of tiramisu that was awful. Then announced to the whole table that they would comp it and we wouldn't have to pay for it. Ok thanks we appreciate it but really not necessary to announce. This place has always been a favorite but we walked away saying this may be our last time eating there.
Having never been there before, we did n ...
Having never been there before, we did not like having a menu to check out ingredients. We had to keep asking the waitress and probably missed out on what we might really have liked because we didn't want to keep asking what all an entry had for ingredients. Plus, there were four of us at the table, and two of us had to turn completely around or kink our necks to see the listed "name-only" items that were on chalk board on wall.
Used to be a favorite. Sadly, new manag ...
Used to be a favorite. Sadly, new management has made this feel like a canned franchise and stripped it of all personality. Our server, who must be a recent transplant from the Jersey shore, couldn't be bothered to explain the none-too-clear menu to us or make a recommendation. A disappointment over the formerly cool neighborhood bistro.
We came here for a birthday dinner and w ...
We came here for a birthday dinner and were seated on the enclosed patio next to a blasting radiator. It became so uncomfortably hot that we had to turn off the radiator and then were freezing. The wine list for wines by the glass was tiny and with little variety...for an Italian restaurant this was very disappointing. The ravioli special was floating in oil. I would not return.
Food was excellent; wine complemented t ...
Food was excellent; wine complemented the dishes; Bobby, our server, could not have been better!!!! Took family from Minnesota here, who could not stop complementing whether it was the rolls, the appetizer, the main course or the cheese cake 🎂 or the Spinoni, not to mention the ambience.
Food was good, but turned out not to be ...
Food was good, but turned out not to be gluten free -Caesar Salad, Sausage and Peppers and Chicken Montana with gluten free noodles??? Wine choices fine, but waiter didn't know much about them or else just wanted to sell the expensive ones. Didn't have a recommendation for one under $85. Had a good one for $48/bottle. Dessert plate looked like it had been in the freezer for a couple of days, and was too cold.
Dined here Friday, Sept 30, 6pm. Had ...
Dined here Friday, Sept 30, 6pm.
Had a reservation for 4, arrived on time, were seated in the (noisier) bar area instead of the restaurant. Ordered from the blackboard on the wall rather than a menu, but the server had a complete grasp of the items (eg pasta alla Carmine) and explained everything.
The Negroni ($14) was excellent, but drink service was a bit slow since the bar was having trouble keeping up with volume of orders.
For entrees, the eggplant parm ($14) was delightful with a crisp parm crust. The kids ate pasta bolognese, which was fine. The veal piccata ($23) was without question the toughest piece of veal I have ever seen. It required a steak knife to cut through, instead of just a fork or a butterknife. The (cut of the meat + the preparation) = I can't recommend this dish at Carmine's.
If you stick to the basic dishes, you should be fine here.
It was our first time at Carmine's and w ...
It was our first time at Carmine's and we really enjoyed it. The Chicken Montana was outstanding as was the service. Our only negative is the noise level but then that just means a lot of people were having a great time. BTW, their Cheesecake is the best we've ever had.
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