Carmine's - Washington DC

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Carmine’s is a family style, value-driven restaurant concept with locations in NYC, NJ, Nassau Bahamas, and Washington DC. Restaurateur Artie Cutler created Carmine’s with one goal in mind: to open a restaurant that would serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast, featuring extra large portions of home-style antipasto, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on extra large platters designed for sharing. Carmine’s is the perfect place to casually enjoy friends and family over great food and wine, with excellent service, the way it used to be at grandma’s house.
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FH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was very good and the portions are enough for four. This was our first time there and will definitely have to make it back.

D
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a friends and family get together.

The service is fast, friendly and efficient.

We had 7 in our group inclusive of a 10, 8 and 7 year old, two grumpy old seniors and daughter and son-in-law and we all left full and happy!

MJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always: food, service, everything! Would recommend

C
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. We enjoyed all aspects of the dining experience. Next time we are in DC we will visit again Excellent food!

TJ
London
140 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Good food but very slow service. Our server was very nice but overworked. Other servers seemed not as busy so why couldn’t they help our server? Seems like a coordination issue.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Carmine’s numerous times, never disappoints.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner. Perfect place for it

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and service were good once we sat down at our second table. But we were originally sat at a nice table for two people and as soon as we were settled a hostess somewhat rudely told us we needed to move to another table right now, making it clear she was not asking. She then moved the two of us to a huge booth meant for six people. Even our waiter was confused, asking if we had other people joining. I got up to go to the bathroom five minutes later and another couple was in our previous seats. Was a weird experience that we didn’t really appreciate.

GP
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was very excited to visit this restaurant after many great experiences in NY. We left disappointed. We ordered the penne with vodka sauce. The sauce was runny and had small pieces of chicken in it even though we ordered it with no meat. The waitress apologized over and over and said the manager would be over. The manager never came but removed this item from our bill. Overall not the experience I was used to in NYC.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Birthday party - food amazing but service poor

GS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It took an hour and a half to get Shrimp Marinara over pasta. The manager was brought over and simply stated that they were busy and couldn’t help it. Disappointing that they didn’t try to do anything to make up for the long experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Fault was in town visiting. Reservation was for 530 dinner was not served till after 9.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family gathering

PF
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time eating at Carmine’s in DC. We frequent the NYC locations often and felt quite at home. Our kids attend AU, so we will be seeing you soon!

CB
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter was rude and not interested. We had a table for 8. He didn't have suggestions, seemed annoyed to have to work. He forgot to put in one of the entrees so we got it 20 minutes after everything else, even with that he didn't have an apology. Another waiter finally came over and asked what was wrong and put in the order did apologize. At dessert we ordered 7 cups of coffee and he bought one little container of milk... when we asked for more he responded "I'll see what I can do and walked away, coffee was cold by the time he came back with a container half filled. Unfortunate, but won't be coming back or recommending this location.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful. Not as good as the one in nyc but still great. Awesome frozen drink and pasta!

PS
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great for group lunch. Mixed salad was the biggest hit--it's that good. Fried calamari was a close second. Chicken scallopini was made better by the generous bed of sauteed spinach it sat on. Penne with sausage was a challenge to serve because the sausages were left whole. Had leftovers at just $25 pp, tip and tax included. Service was attentive, quick , helpful and friendly--couldn't ask for better.

AC
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been fans of the original Carmine's in NYC for many years and are always exciting to find one in a city we are visiting. We have been to this location twice now & have not been disappointed either time. It is similar to the original in every way - décor, food, service - and we feel right at home.

Special shout out this trip to our server Courtney who was professional yet warm and welcoming and worked to our pace. She gave us precisely the right amount of attention for the kind of evening we were looking for, giving us time to linger over our meal & visit with our guest. Thank you Courtney!

We recommend Carmine's (any location) regularly and have taken guests to many of their locations.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 3

The server was just okay. It was a large party so perhaps too much for him.
I will come back but will certainly call management before I visit. The food is always good.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I haven’t been to this restaurant in years. I decided to make this my girl night out restaurant. Everything was good until my waiter came to the table bad service. He wasn’t the one bringing the food . He never came to the table to check on us he made sure he check the other two table often when he did come to check. We had to stop him for him to come our table. I spend $65 was going to order something else but i just wanted the bill. I had to ask for bread. When get the water those come out together. It was so bad another waiter came to our table a d ask do you need anything a d yes we needed plates and straws. He miss out on a good TIP the restaurant we went to got that TIP.

w
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding server.
We had the meatballs which were significantly smaller than in the past. Why the change?

J
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent, but some can be a bit pricey. Pasta should be offered with certain dishes, which it is not. Service is very good. The place can tend to be noisy, depending on where you sit.

GJ
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, nice location, good food, massive portions (family style). A very good value especially for a group of 4+. Spaghetti vongole and classic lasagna were wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for a large group.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The hostesses were unfriendly and the service was not good. Food was alright. Not as good as the Carmine’s in Manhattan.

T
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very noisy and HUGE portions!! You must share! But delicious!! Just like being in a big, noisy, chaotic Italian family’s home for dinner. Loved it!!

PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality was very good, the portions were huge! Definite recommend! Forgetaboutit

KT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my first visit to Carmine’s and may be my last. The food was over and overpriced, even by DC standards. Several of us in our group ordered hoagies only to find out they did not have the bread AFTER we placed our orders. We stuck with our original orders and adjusted with fork and knife. While they were busy, they were not busy enough to justify an hour wait time just to place our orders. A first impression is a lasting one.

CL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great authentic Italian food that you would have at your Grandma's house!!!
The portions are huge so order accordingly... GREAT FOR LARGE GROUPS AND SHARING!!

GB
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

some of the best Italian we ever had and huge proportions of everything well worth it

PR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Carmine's with a capital L. It is not for the faint of heart. The family-style service and family-style presentation of the meals can be intimidating if you don't know what to expect. Once you're seated, look around at what's on the other tables before you order. Whatever you choose, you're getting a lot of it. This is the perfect place for groups and friends and double-dates. Don't go here if you're looking for a quiet, intimate candlelight supper with your lover. Go here if you want to eat really good Italian food and are hungry. You won't be disappointed. They might have to wheel you out on a hand truck afterward but you won't be disappointed.

BS
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food- service lacked a whole lot

AB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely come back

c
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always look forward to our staff dinner after our workshops. Been coming for years and will continue to do so.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday cvrkebration

JL
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, the food was delicious it a great ambience.

MC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best tasting food I've ever experienced! Great for large groups

PT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I wasn’t really impressed. The service was spotty and not terribly helpful as we had 2 members with dietary needs. We ordered garlic bread which was delicious but the fried zucchini was greasy. The chicken contadina was very generous with sausage, peppers and onions as well as roast chicken. Unfortunately the chicken was too salty. Something/s gave several of us gas. The bill for 6 people was over $250, with not a lot from the bar. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there again.

O
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It's time for Carmine's to invest in some customer service for its staff!!! We had a party of 7, celebrating 3 Virgo birthdays of family members. We knew we were off to a RIP-roaring start when, arriving just a few minutes early for an 11:30 a m. brunch, we were met with attitude from the glued-to-her-phone hostess, who rudely informed us that we would have to wait because the restaurant opens at 11:30, then promptly turned around and seated 2 other separate parties full of lighter-skinned cousins. It just continued on a downward spiral from there. From our waiter who insisted that a cranberry mimosa had to contain orange juice as well, then seemed to derive great pleasure in telling us no when we told him that all we wanted was cranberry juice and champagne. Said that they couldn't and wouldn't make it that way. To learning that their fryer was once again broken, effectively eliminating almost all the items that we could order off their appetizer menu. To the rudeness of the assisting servers who brought out dishes for the table, practically throwing them down. There are just far too many really amazing fine dining food options in the city for Carmine's to serve up this lacklustre and quite mediocre experience. They need to step their game up, or people will simply move the game to some other arena. I know that I, for one, have no plans to return to Carmine's anytime in the near future!

WP
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Tiffney was outstanding! She was so friendly and attentive. We’ll definitely be back! Food was exceptional as always!

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