About Carmine's On Penn
Denver, CO 80209
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: (303) 957-6503
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
We have gone to Carmine's two years in a ...
We have gone to Carmine's two years in a row for our anniversary. We are turning it into a tradition! We love everything about that place. My boyfriend has been going there since he was a child. There have been a few changes but nonetheless still great food, great wine list. Good service. We were just a little disappointed when the server came over with our check after boxing our food instead of offering us dessert, or at least asking if we wanted anything. It was our anniversary! Of course we're getting dessert! He did end up taking one off as a "Happy anniversary" thing, which redeemed a bit for us. Overall, we will be back!
I had been wanting to visit Carmine's fo ...
I had been wanting to visit Carmine's for quite a while and they did not disappoint. Our waiter was fantastic. I asked him for a wine recommendation and he suggested a very reasonably priced Barbera that was delicious. We mentioned that we wished to take our time and chat and he obliged to leave us chatting for the perfect amount of time. The bread was ridiculously good as were the suggestions of the veal dish and the pasta with meatballs and vodka sauce. Finished the meal with limoncello, cappuccino, and sea salt caramel gelato. A wonderful experience for $60/person. Thanks Carmine's
Very good service, average food, but qui ...
Very good service, average food, but quite pricey - Lemon Shrimp Calabrese for $53 ? My opinion - should be about $40. Visited on a Wednesday evening, parking very difficult to find. Overall, average experience, what made it worthwhile was a great waiter - Chaz.
My husband and I used to go here a lot, ...
My husband and I used to go here a lot, and hadn't been in a while, so we decided to take my mother-in-law while she was in town. The food was of low quality. We got the Veal Parmesan which was the worst I think I've ever had; the Bolognese pasta had no flavor; and my mother-in-law said the chicken was bland as well. The only good food we had were the mussels. My husband and I ordered Old Fashioned's and the bar tender had put them in a shaker (Old Fashioned's don't need to be shaken). They were so watered down we decided to switch to something the bar tender didn't have to make....wine.
This place is way over priced for what it is. It used to be some place the locals could go to and enjoy, but now there's too many Colorado implants that come here. Probably won't be returning any time soon.
We have been coming to Carmines for over ...
We have been coming to Carmines for over 15 years but our visit on December 9 will be our last. We were treated so badly that it was insulting. Having us stand outside in the cold (we were five minutes early) while the staff stood around inside looking out at us was ridiculous. Being seated on the patio alone with a party for 20 when the inside dining rooms were practically empty is just plain bad management. The group of 20 had every right to celebrate and be loud but we also should have been able to hear our group have a conversation. When we politely talked to the manager about this he was aggressive and defensive. Such a shame that a once great restaurant has fallen so far. Thankfully Denver has many amazing restaurants that treat their customers with respect.
I thoroughly enjoyed Carmine's! The ser ...
I thoroughly enjoyed Carmine's! The server was very helpful when explaining the menu. The chicken parmigiana was the best I have ever had! The cheesecake was also wonderful. Loved the ambiance, and they treated my daughter very well for her 17th birthday!
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.
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