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Carmine's - Washington DC, Washington, DC

Carmine's - Washington DC

4.4
4.4
5459 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Carmine's is a family style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. Restaurateur Artie Cutler crafted Carmine's with a singular vision; bringing his guests abundant portions and making any meal feel like an Italian American wedding feast. Platters of made to order pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees, and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine's, meant for sharing among friends and family. When great food and wine are supported by friendly and knowledgeable service, the results are magic - we want every day to feel like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma's!

We are open for Indoor & Outdoor Dining, Pick-up, Delivery, Catering and Private Parties. Your safety is our priority. DC no longer requires proof of vaccination to dine indoors. Indoor & Outdoor dining are available.

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Booked 62 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Sicilian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    (202) 737-7770

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Isidro Ruiz

  • Catering

    Enjoy Carmine"s classics catered to the venue of your choice. From a small drop-off and set up for 20 to a full-scale, off-premises event for 2000. Carmine's Catering offers one-stop shopping. Professional staff, complete set-up and service, rentals, linens, décor, and venue selection. Catering packages or customized menus are available.

  • Private party facilities

    9 private dining rooms with 700 seats including a fireside dining room and state of the art technology in our boardrooms, Carmine’s specializes in catering, banquet, and special events. With an elevator from the garage, and other VIP amenities, Carmine's is the place for your next event in NW DC.

  • Private party contact

    Hanane Nafidi: (202) 552-4000 ext. 480

  • Area

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross Street

    between E and D street on 7th street

  • Parking Details

    Entrance to parking garage is on E street. Address to parking garage is 616 E Street NW Washington 20004. The parking garage has an elevator entrance into Carmine's above. Valet parking is available nightly after 5pm.

  • Public Transit

    Metro: Carmine’s is 2 blocks north of the Archives-Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow/Green line; Carmine’s is 3 blocks south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on the Red line.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Child Friendly

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Betty was the best server! Food was really great too!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Calamari and veal.

  3. BM

    BeachMom23

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Food is always excellent at Carmines! we love the shrimp Fra Diavlo and tried the garlic little neck clams this time as well. bath were excellent. My ONLY complaint, the girl took our order, and DISAPPEARED! ...like left the restaurant! we were almost done w out meal, and had a plates filled w sauces we wanted to drip, but STILL never raced our bread,...since the server girl DISSAPERED! the young man wanted to clear out plates when we told him we were till waiting for breaks, when a very nice older server came and brought us our bread...at the END of the meal! then asked for the check and a NEW server came! crazy! we enjoyed our bread, sauces and food in the end. left a tip for the server that brought us the bread!

  4. JF

    JackF

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Need to come to Carmine’s with a party of 3 or more. Too much food for 2 people (and I can eat!). Meatballs and Manicotti were fantastic.

  5. C

    Carrie

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food was delicious but it is definitely for family/large parties. The portion sizes are HUGE! The fried zucchini strings is large enough to feed six. We were just a party of 2 and wasted so much food!

  6. G

    Geno

    New Mexico

    179 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    179 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    The food and service were both good, but be aware that Carmine's serves only family style meals at dinner. If you are not all wanting to eat the same thing, this could be a problem.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed time with family members who we haven’t seen in years. The meal was awesome!! We love this restaurant!! In addition, Francis is one of the best employees ever. She typically works takeaway. We always order those orders from her. When our family dines in the restaurant, Francis always pops over to say hello.😊

  8. P

    Pepsilover202

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my son for Fathers Day we had an absolute great time. As always we were stuffed when we left. When you all closed during the height of Covid I was heartbroken I thought the DC location was gone forever but when I received the email that you all had reopened my heart was happy.

  9. TM

    TheresaM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fathers Day

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We took our good friends there to celebrate their 27th Wedding Anniversary. The food was amazing and abundant. Our waiter, Calvin, was attentive but not intrusive. A memorable evening.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    The restaurant was nice and the service was ok. I do not think that the overall experience based on the level of service and the quality and quantity of food was worth the cost. I have eaten at restaurants with much more attentive and friendly servers and better food for less money.

  12. YR

    YolandaR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Carmine’s is one of my husbands top places of fine dining. The food is always great and the service as well. Never had a bad experience here and the staff is always professional, friendly and inviting.

  13. CR

    ConRB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Do not come here as a dinner date or if you’re a couple. The portions are enough to feed 4 hungry people. Best value and ambiance for families and groups!

  14. D

    Dani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I enjoyed every bit of this place. The noise was fine everyone was having a good time.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Our party of eleven was celebrating my dad's 70h birthday and it couldn't have been any less underwhelming. When I made my reservation several weeks ago I noted how we wanted to make it special. It was anything but special. Our waiter had a personality of a door knob. He barely spoke to us, and when he did it was very hard to hear him. The food was below average. For having a $500 bill, it was a big regret we decided to celebrate here. Unfortunately won't ever return to Carmine's based off of this experience. Please step up your game as you used to be a family favorite.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    This is a family style restaurant with no flexibility for couples. They have 2 seat tables but the portions are for 4 people to share.

  17. AH

    AprilH

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Pat was great, food was amazing! Great suggestions!

  18. CB

    CourtneyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Dinner! We had the Rigatoni & broccoli with sausage, chicken parm, shrimp scampi, and garlic bread. All fantastic!

  19. AS

    AmberS

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved Carmine’s so much we went twice during our trip. From the minute we hit the door both times everyone we encountered was so friendly and absolutely precious. There were so many great looking cocktails on the menu and everyone that I tried was AMAZING!!! My husband and I had 4 children with using ranging in age from 7-17. They all loved it and everyone was so friendly to them!!! The food!!! OMG!!! THE BEST!!!!! This place is a MUST for families for sure! And applause to management and staff for topping it all off with the BEST SERVICE!!!

  20. S

    Stretch

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Seated promptly. Great service. Good meal. Promptly served. Family style nice for larger groups, but only two of us, so too much food.

  21. AS

    AmandaS

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Friendly staff and good food. We went with a work group and the family style worked well!

  22. JS

    JaniceS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The meal was served family-style. Far more food than the two of us could eat. Excellent service from a very knowledgeable waiter. I will take a third person with us next time, but this visit we will just enjoy the “leftovers” packed by our wonderful server! Loved my window seat!

  23. r

    rolanderc

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience I would truly recommend it to any and all who visit the city

  24. AS

    AmberS

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food! Amazing drinks! Amazing service! Such a great experience we will definitely be back!!!

  25. PS

    PatriciaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was fantastic as always. Service could have been better it was slow.

  26. W

    Woody

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Ah Carmine's - you get what you came for, if you haven't been before, you'll get what you expect. Carmine's Washington DC is the quintessential NYC/NJ version of the generalized Italian family style experience. Classic fare, huge portions, casual friendly service, and a Disney World interpretation of Little Italy décor. That's not to say it isn't an enjoyable meal if you know what you want going in. Caesar Salad - fresh, chilled and crisp on arrival, good dressing - well done. Table bread basket nice - add some butter, not all use olive oil. Rigatoni Sausage and Broccoli - very nice, well done - favorite of the night. Chicken Parmesan - very nice - classic. Spaghetti and Meatballs - sauce too sweet, under seasoned (maybe it came out of a can), noodles bland overcooked, meatballs tough and dense - not good. Shrimp Scampi over linguini, white sauce - very nice, good seasoning, pasta nice, our second best plate - needs fresh lemon wedges to squeeze on to brighten it up at the table. Cocktails good and wine okay. Service - generally friendly, but these are not higher level trained professional wait-staff, felt like we had to coach our waiter through dinner. We had to retrieve our own plates and condiments from other tables. The bus people were more efficient. Carmine's - give it a go for family events and large party celebrations - you will leave content, they deliver on their promise and premise - If you want finer dining go elsewhere.

  27. M

    Mimi18

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was delicious. I went with a friend and our two young daughters and it was fine but if I go back will definitely go with all adults because I think you get a better value with more adults.

  28. E

    Edward

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Charles was amazing. Made the wife's birthday a time to remember.

  29. T

    Travelerdee

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Wonderful- loved our side window table ; perfect for the intimate conversation needed. Family style! Wow - 1 dish could serve 4 people. Great service - Left my blazer behind and restaurant has called several times to ensure I get it back. A lovely evening!

  30. N

    Noel

    Caribbean

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Always a great value anywhere we visit Carmine's....

  31. F

    Foodforfun

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    The ambiance is great with photos along the wall and warm lighting. The staff is also accommodating, however, the food is just okay.

  32. CG

    ClaroG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Haven't been in over 2 years due to COVID but food was generally the same as I remembered it. The wings weren't the dark color they used to be but tasted good, nonetheless. Overall, will continue to go when craving pasta.

  33. MK

    MichaelK

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The service was actually too good. We felt very rushed. The noise level was quite high and it was hard to have a conversation.

  34. L

    Lynn

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last night in DC - special honeymoon dinner

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Appetizers took longer than necessary.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Better come starving and ready to consume a LARGE quantity of food. Family style limits the choices you can sample. The say each dish feeds 2-3 people but more like 4-5 which is great if you are four football players! Despite specific instructions, not all items came out at same time as requested which ended up being an issue for us Be prepared to take stuff home or throw away a lot of uneaten food.

  37. C

    Claudia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    The service and ambiance is great, it gave us high hopes for the place. However, the food lacked flavor. We ordered the hot antipasti and would definitely not order again. Out of the 7 items in the dish, only one tasted good.

  38. V

    Valrat

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible, non-existent service. We’ve been here before when coming into town with a big group, and this place has gone completely downhill. Food was terrible. Waiter? What waiter? Dirty dishes left on the table. And to top off our evening, it was a special treat on our way out to hear a scream when the bartender saw a mouse ( rat?) behind the bar.

  39. MS

    MarcosS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite dish, lasagna, was perfect as always.

  40. MH

    MonicaH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My son’s high school graduation

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carmine's - Washington DC using the Order Online button. Carmine's - Washington DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 737-7770.

Carmine's - Washington DC is rated 4.4 stars by 5459 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 62 times today
Google Map for Carmine's - Washington DC

425 7th Street NW Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    between E and D street on 7th street

  • Area

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Sicilian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Entrance to parking garage is on E street. Address to parking garage is 616 E Street NW Washington 20004. The parking garage has an elevator entrance into Carmine's above. Valet parking is available nightly after 5pm.

  • Public Transit

    Metro: Carmine’s is 2 blocks north of the Archives-Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow/Green line; Carmine’s is 3 blocks south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on the Red line.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Isidro Ruiz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 737-7770

  • Catering

    Enjoy Carmine"s classics catered to the venue of your choice. From a small drop-off and set up for 20 to a full-scale, off-premises event for 2000. Carmine's Catering offers one-stop shopping. Professional staff, complete set-up and service, rentals, linens, décor, and venue selection. Catering packages or customized menus are available.

  • Private party facilities

    9 private dining rooms with 700 seats including a fireside dining room and state of the art technology in our boardrooms, Carmine’s specializes in catering, banquet, and special events. With an elevator from the garage, and other VIP amenities, Carmine's is the place for your next event in NW DC.

  • Private party contact

    Hanane Nafidi: (202) 552-4000 ext. 480

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