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Carmine's On Penn

4.5
4.5
2458 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 menu to life, describing dishes and offering advice on selecting just the right combination of food and beverage. We are currently accepting reservations for up to 14 people. Please include persons of any age in the reservation. Carmine's on Penn is currently offering takeout and dining Tues-Sun 5-8pm Fri/Sat 5-9 303-777-6443

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 777-6443

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nate Hohm

  • Catering

    Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our delicious food to you. We can cater business, personal, or off site events. For pricing, availability, or just to learn more about how Carmine's delivers exceptional catering; simply email: Catering@CarminesonPenn.net

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private Room accommodates parties ranging in size from 18 to 32. We offer inclusive pricing with food and wine selected for your party. If you are interested in hosting a private event, please give us a call at 303-777-6443 and ask for John or Jess.

  • Private party contact

    Brad Ritter: (303) 777-6443

  • Neighborhood

    Washington Park

  • Cross street

    Bayaud and Pennsylvania

  • Parking details

    Street parking in our neighborhood. 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. Currently streets in the area are closed off or restricted for Covid-19 street dining.

  • Public transit

    Closest is Alameda Station

  • Entertainment

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good service, food ok but other Italian restaurants have upped their game, serving lighter more innovative fare.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Good food; a bit pricey. Casual dining…I think I was expecting it to be a little more upscale at that price point. Good service. Overall a lovely casual dining experience.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 28, 2023Thank you for letting us know your comments when dining with us recently. We look forward to your return.

  3. PE

    PETERF

    Denver

    73 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    We once visited Carmine's regularly but hadn't there in two years. Sadly, we will never come back. Our family favorite for many years has been the spinach salad, which was described as "Spinach leaf tossed with carrots, red onions, red cabbage, cucumbers, sweet grape tomatoes, roasted red peppers, gorgonzola cheese, croutons, olive oil and balsamic vinegar." The salad we were served bore no resemblance to what we once enjoyed. The only ingredients included were the spinach, red onions, the dressing, and strawberries! Strawberries? Luckily, the pear salad we ordered was as advertised. When the family came here in years past we each ordered an entree and were advised that the portions were so large, we should not do that. Each entree was either for 2 people or 4. We chuckled at the servers, explaining we wanted to take home a lot of leftovers, which we always did. NO MORE THE CASE! Portion control has come to Carmine's. The two ravioli dishes we ordered were barely enough to feed one person; the Bolognese the same. Only my entree (meatballs in vodka sauce) merited a take-home box. On the plus side, the service was friendly and attentive, as always, but our evening was made even more disappointing by the fact we were seated in a small room along with a party of twelve, who created so much noise we couldn't hear one another speaking. To say we were dissatisfied is an understatement. If you remember the "old" Carmine's on Penn, you will likely be as disappointed as we were when you return.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 28, 2023Dear Peter, Please accept our sincere apologies for your disappointing dining experience you had recently. The spinach salad has changed over the past year which needs to be updated on our website. There should have been 12 pieces of ravioli in one family size order. Large parties can be tricky with the noise levels they emit. We certainly do appreciate you letting us know how much you were let down. We continue to strive through the many challenges we continue to face.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is fantastic! The best Italian in the Denver area
  5. KC

    KarenC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with quality food and wonderful staff and owner. We really enjoyed our evening.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 28, 2023Thank you for your kind words, Karen.

  6. AB

    AlanB

    Denver

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    another wonderful dinner at Carmines, what more can you say?!?!?!?!

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 28, 2023We are happy your joined us for dinner, Alan. Thank you.

  7. LM

    LMTCO

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service, very friendly staff, really good food, dinner was a little pricy, and parking is really difficult in this area on busy nights, but definitely a restaurant worth checking out in Denver for good Italian. Would recommend and will be back!

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 28, 2023We look forward to having you join us for dinner again...Thank you!

  8. DL

    DanL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good, reliable Italian restaurant with slightly above average food, nice ambiance, and great for large parties where family style dishes are desired. Very overpriced for what you get but such is life these days. Overall worth a try but nothing extraordinary.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 28, 2023We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments with us, Dan.

  9. J

    Jant

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service at Carmine's is always excellent! Never disappoints.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 12, 2023Thank you Jant!

  10. D

    Dcp1968

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very intimate and comfortable
  11. JS

    JoeS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We had a reservation at 5:00pm, and we were immediately seated when we arrived. We ordered 2 appetizers, as well as our entire Salad, Pasta, and Main. While waiting for our appetizers, we noticed the waiter walking around casually, with his hands in this pockets, as if he was just hanging out. Others tables were beginning to receive the appetizers. Caught up in conversation, we waited 45 minutes before asking the wait staff about our Bruschetta and Antipasti Misti appetizers. We were informed that the computer had issues, and they were working on it. We were also told the waiter had entered the dinner as a 4 course meal, not sure that should have caused a 45 minute delay. After asking, the food began to arrive at a steady pace, up until the Pasta and Mains. We ordered Pasta Carbonara, Sausage and Peppers, and Chicken Parmesan. The Pasta and Sausage arrived, but we had to wait for the Chicken to arrive 10 minutes later. This made it difficult to enjoy the main meal when only the sides had arrived. The final issue we had was when the waiter decided to run our card for +$104.00 more than the bill he dropped off. We immediately contacted the manager. She was very receptive and apologized for the service and overcharge. She corrected the overcharge and compensated us accordingly. The food was delicious, the manager was on point, but the wait staff will need to change before I go back.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 12, 2023Joe: We sincerely regret the service you experienced when dining with us recently. Although we have kitchen staff newly hired and the computer in the kitchen which prints the orders had, in fact, malfunctioned, you should have been properly communicated with by your server. We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments with us. These have been appropriately forwarded to Carmine's management team.

  12. AC

    AC77

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wow, what a great meal! We had the Veal Shank on Saturday. The Polenta and Pesto with the combination of the Veal where amazing...

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 12, 2023We are delighted you enjoyed that special menu item, AC.

  13. K

    Kate

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always a home run! The waitstaff team is super nice and always happy to make recommendations and explain the menu items in detail. The eggplant parm is so good. I would also highly recommend the pear salad.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 12, 2023We appreciate your kind comments, Kate.

  14. DF

    DebraF

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy coming to Carmine's! The staff is delightful and the food is excellent. It's a nice night out!
  15. ER

    EllaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our server was so kind and gave us a free dessert. 10/10
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and the waiter gave us a beautiful desert for free on the house since it was our first time and NYE! Great experience
  17. JC

    JessCox

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great night, food was good, service was great. Super attentive staff made sure we had fresh garlic bread right out of the oven. Nice family style makes for a fun experience. Lots of food to take home!

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 12, 2023Thank you for joining us on NYE, Jess.

  18. t

    tryn2slp

    Denver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I love the Chicken Parmigian here! I was there on NYE and it was very busy and loud. No fault of this restaurant though. Will be back many times.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was not good. Room was cold.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on January 12, 2023Thank you for informing us of your experience when dining with us. We have since had our HVAC tended to. We trust you let a manager know of your dissatisfaction of what you ordered. We are always willing to make things right for our customers. We sincerely regret that we disappointed you.

  20. SG

    SeafoodGeek1

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carmine’s on Penn serves up everything you want in quality Italian cuisine. An amazingly tiny kitchen produces bountiful amounts of delicious food that is served with a smile. Our server made suggestions that were spot on and no one in my party was left unsatisfied. I recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 28, 2022Thank you for your kind comments SeafoodGeek1!

  21. LB

    LauraB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Big portion sizes and the best garlic rolls

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 28, 2022Thanks Laura!

  22. HH

    HankH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Seemed like a nice clean place, very busy, we had to wait awhile for everything except to be seated. We had reservations. In my opinion, having to order the same thing for everyone at the table was unusual and I thought that the menu was very limited. Yes, your options were order for 2 or for a family. Period..

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 28, 2022Dear Hank, Family-style with food meant to share has been our concept for 28 years. Having over 40 items on our menu excluding dessert, we trust you found some dishes that your table enjoyed. Thank you for dining with us.

  23. HK

    HKBa

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, really good food. Have been there several times over the years and the quality is great always. Good neighborhood restaurant. If you love dessert the gelato here is one of the best is Denver
  24. C

    Cate

    Pittsburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were initially seated in the front enclosed area. It was simply too cold out there and we asked to be moved inside.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Salad was over dressed, clams were pungent (old?)- rolls great as usual. Tiramisu different but not great. Kind of disappointed. Service was great.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 28, 2022We apologize for the experience you had recently. We trust a manager and/or the server were made aware of your opinions around the food. An attempt would have been made to correct these issues for you if so. Thank you taking the time to comment.

  26. PM

    PatriciaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We didn’t care for the table that they sat us at in a completely empty resturant, guess if we were men they would hav scored a much better table, it felt disrespectful

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 22, 2022Hello Patricia: We appreciate your comments. We certainly strive to accommodate guests. If your disappointment in where you were seated was made known to the server and/or manager, a change would have been made. Apologies that you felt disrespected.

  27. EL

    ElizabethL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family has a long-standing tradition of going to the Nutcracker in Denver the Saturday before Christmas and about 6 years ago we added Carmine’s on Penn to that tradition. Fantastic food and exceptional service every time!

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 22, 2022Thank you Elizabeth!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was great
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Hadn't been there for a while. Much better than I had remembered. Hope to return soon. Delish and well worth it. Huge portions.
  30. n

    none

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    The food was great !! Felt the lights were too bright. There were 4 of us- we tried to order 2 meals for 2 which =4. But were told that wouldn't be enough; and to order family style which was much pricier. So maybe don't say on menu the dish serves 2ppl.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 22, 2022We appreciate taking the time to share your experience with us. Apologies for the lighting and your disappointment in the explanation of our portions.

  31. D

    Disappointed

    Denver

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was excellent except the service. I assumed they were short staffed on waiters/waitresses because our waiter seemed to be the only waiter for several rooms. But every time I went to look for him to take our order, get water or get the check, he was standing and chatting with other servers.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 22, 2022We are embarrassed that our service was not up to both of our expectations. Yes, there have been evenings when illness is unforeseen with our staff. We apologize that you dined with us on such an occasion.

  32. TA

    TyroneA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is delicious. Hats off to the kitchen team. Small antipasto plate is excellent with a variety of textures and flavors. Shared ceased salad is expensive for what you get, but the dressing is house made and the greens are fresh. Entrees were cooked flawlessly, served temperature perfect, on-time, and tasted authentic. Service was relaxed and welcoming if not a tad underperformed and too familiar.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 22, 2022Thank you for sharing your comments with us Tyrone!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve heard about Carmines for years but had never been. Celebrated my friend’s birthday there last night. I can see why there is so much buzz. Food was outstanding, service was exceptional and great value for the amount I’d quality and good you get. Will definitely be back with my family!

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 22, 2022We look forward to having you!

  34. K

    Karen

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I had not been to Carmine's for about twenty years, and decided to bless my youngest child with a special birthday celebration at a place where his late father and I had many happy memories. Pasta is his favorite food, so Carmine's seemed the obvious choice. My elderly folks, my brother, and another one of my five children joined us for dinner. The ambience and service were excellent, and the salad was cold and crisp. However, the 5 different pasta dishes we ordered were lackluster at best and overpriced for the volume of food we received. The two GF dishes we ordered were obviously not 100% GF (and the noodles were some sort of cheap, chewy brand), as both my son and I were sick all last night and this morning. I'm so deeply disappointed and a bit embarrassed, as it was a big sacrifice for me as a single mother to bless my youngest son in this way. We also drove 40 min each way, too, and he had been looking forward to it for a month. Such a frustrating evening, and I'm just sick about the $275 I spent on such a bad experience.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on December 6, 2022Karen, Our sincere apologies for such a frustrating experience you had when recently dining with us. We too are embarrassed. We certainly do strive to avoid cross contamination when preparing GF pasta. The product we use is imported from Italy and is priced considerably higher than our regular pasta. Our servers are knowledgeable when it comes to the sauce preparation (GF or not) but it appears that communication was lacking that evening. Your message has been forwarded to our management team.

  35. J

    Jean

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great waiter. Need music!!!!!
  36. W

    Wagon

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food as always. Always a family favorite for Birthday celebrations. Thank you.
  37. v

    valster

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carmine's has been a favorite for many years. the wait staff is always extremely knowledgeable and the food is consistently exceptional
  38. RY

    RobinY

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our “go to” Italian place for years. Food
  39. F

    Foodie1955

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is consistently good. Go with at least four people to try different things. We had the Caesar Salad ,seafood fradiavlo, eggplant parmigiana and chicken parmigiana.

    Carmine's On PennResponded on November 26, 2022What a great recommendation to dine with at least four people, Foodie 1955! Family-style, food to share does make all the difference. We appreciate you joining us for dinner and look forward to your return.

  40. b

    bobindenver

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant and delightful evening. Quiet enough for conversation without distraction. Food was delicious and I recommend the Ceasar salad!

    Carmine's On PennResponded on November 26, 2022BobinDenver: Thank you for dining with us and enjoying our food. We look forward to your return. Always are grateful for a 5-star review!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Carmine's On Penn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 777-6443.

Carmine's On Penn is rated 4.5 stars by 2458 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Carmine's On Penn

92 S. Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80209

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bayaud and Pennsylvania

  • Neighborhood

    Washington Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking in our neighborhood. 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. Currently streets in the area are closed off or restricted for Covid-19 street dining.

  • Public transit

    Closest is Alameda Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nate Hohm

  • Entertainment

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 777-6443

  • Catering

    Catering is an added feature of the restaurant with the goal of bringing our delicious food to you. We can cater business, personal, or off site events. For pricing, availability, or just to learn more about how Carmine's delivers exceptional catering; simply email: Catering@CarminesonPenn.net

  • Private party facilities

    Our Private Room accommodates parties ranging in size from 18 to 32. We offer inclusive pricing with food and wine selected for your party. If you are interested in hosting a private event, please give us a call at 303-777-6443 and ask for John or Jess.

  • Private party contact

    Brad Ritter: (303) 777-6443

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