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
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.
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.
We had a fabulous meal here. Everything ...
We had a fabulous meal here. Everything is served family-style, but fortunately for us (just two), they have two different sizes of family style. The pear salad was fresh and delicious. The veal and mushroom ragu was excellent. Our server was great and knew the menu very well. We loved everything about this restaurant except the dessert. We ordered Tiramisu, but got what tasted like stale cake drowning in icing. Would go again, but would skip dessert!
I use to frequent Carmine's often over t ...
I use to frequent Carmine's often over the years but a few years ago had a mediocre experience so hadnt been back. Decided to give it another try and it was just so so again. Portions are much smaller, service was decent but not great and the main dish had little flavor. However the house salad and garlic knots were really tasty. With all the other restaurant choices in Denver, don't think we will go back anytime soon.
The food was pretty good. It is family s ...
The food was pretty good. It is family style dining with very large portions, which was fun. The pasta itself was not of the quality most of us have come to expect at nice Italian restaurants. Of the two sauces we tried, one was quite good, the other just so-so. Meatballs were quite tasty! The service is friendly and efficient. Good place for a group gathering.
After reading reviews about how the port ...
After reading reviews about how the portions were huge I had to come try it out.. The menu is very vague and leaves it all up to the waiter for explanation. We order a ceased salad for two it was a very small portion for two but it was fresh and tasty.. We order the ravioli for two and got 6 peices for $17 then ordered the$30+ Montana for two and got a couple decent portions out of that. I mainly just kept eating the free bread to fill up on. I do realize that running a restaraunt can be taxing but with out any note of organic or free range meats. None of the pasta is made in house.. Except the radvoli which I think it's just stuffed in house and premade pasta sheets. This place is just another overpriced Denver eatery....
We chose Carmine's on Penn to celebrate ...
We chose Carmine's on Penn to celebrate our anniversary on a Tuesday night because it was well reviewed and close to home. We were NOT disappointed! Our server, Chaz, was warm and friendly without losing his professionalism. The food was delicious - especially the garlic rolls and spinach salad. We ordered two entrees because we wanted to try two different dishes and of course, ended up taking a full entree home in a box (great leftovers a few days later!) The only criticism we had was the chicken in the Strozzapreti was a bit overcooked and dry, and the bowl of chocolate gelato was large enough to serve 4 people, not two! (It's difficult to take gelato home in a box...)
I have been wanting the Shrimp Diavlo fo ...
I have been wanting the Shrimp Diavlo for a year because last time I went I couldn't order that because we were doing all family style and no one else wanted it. I had read reviews that it was really good, but it wasn't that great. The sauce and mussels, clams & shrimp were good, but the pasta tasted like it was from Safeway- nothing special. Oh- and the mussels were TINY in size. My date had some pasta dish with sausage and fresh red peppers and yellow peppers; his was really good. We got the tiramisu dessert and it was delicious. However, although Maggiano's is a chain, I think all their food is better. I should point out that Italian isn't my favorite food either.
The food and service are always consiste ...
The food and service are always consistently good. Love eating out on the patio. Happy that they now offer 1/2 order portions of most all of the menu items. Makes it easier for a small groups to still order several different entrees to try and share.
We had a group of 6 for a birthday dinne ...
We had a group of 6 for a birthday dinner. The food is served family style and we chose 3 entrees recommended by our waiter and they were all excellent. We ate outside and it was very enjoyable. We probably could have ordered 2 entrees with the salad and been fine. We all took food home.
Disappointing experience. Went for my bd ...
Disappointing experience. Went for my bday because it came highly recommended. Noted on reservation thru Open Table and others in our party let them know it was a birthday celebration. That was not recognized in any way. Waiter did not ask one person in our party for her drink order, forgot to bring mine and her second. Food was ok, not as great as anticipated and servings were small, also not what we expected. Checked the box, will go elsewhere next time.
Carmine's on Penn has had consistently g ...
Carmine's on Penn has had consistently great food for decades!! The pear salad and the montana chicken are unique and the cheesecake and the tiramasu are probably the best desserts I have had in a long time!! Service is friendly and awesome. Enjoy!!!
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