Cafe Carlo
Cafe Carlo

Cafe Carlo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecarlo.com/
  • Phone: 204-477-5544
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Unspecified, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Dave Hyde
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 30-45... Some restrictions apply
  • Private Party Contact: Joel Boulet 204-477-5544

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corydon
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Lilac and surrounding streets as well as the lot across the street
A word from Cafe Carlo
Cafe Carlo is a friendly, unpretentious Canadian bistro located in Winnipeg’s Little Italy neighborhood. Cafe Carlo’s warm, comfortable atmosphere has been a staple in Winnipeg’s dining scene and continues to be considered among the city’s best restaurants since it was established in 1989. The atmosphere and the décor have evolved from the restaurant’s humble “rummage sale” chic beginnings. The owners and employees believed that a great restaurant simply was meant to be “about the food”. The passion of the very first employees and their love of food & drink remain intact to this day. We want to share the foods and beverages we love, that the world loves, with each of our guests.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Carlo reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (69)fit for foodies (57)special occasion (46)romantic (34)great for lunch (26)good for groups (19)notable wine list (19)hot spot (15)late-night find (13)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Knowledgable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our server Bonnie was very knowledgable with the wines. She knew how to describe each one well. The food was superb!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    TeenagedFoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As a teenager, I clearly see things differently than adults, but not entirely. Me and my girlfriend went out for dinner to cafe Carlos a few nights ago and u was satisfied. Now it wasn't flawless, but overall, a decent meal. We started off with the calamari, which was nice. The calamari itself wasn't special but the garlic aoli was delicious. I had the chef special (seared yellow fin tuna with a Asian coleslaw and a wild rice pilaf) and my girlfriend had the gnocchi. I really loved my fish and the rice was nice, but the slaw was slightly boring. I also tried the gnocchi (which had the creamy pesto sauce) which was really good! The meal was a bit pricey but the ambiance of the place is great and location is really great too. Keep it up guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was very friendly and professional, but receiving our food was extremely slow. I found the lunch menu to be more of an appetizer selection than full meals. This could drive up the price point if you want to taste more than one item. Perhaps going in knowing you should share plates will be beneficial to a more positive experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must place to go
    alpat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was outstanding, the food was excellent. Good specials, the waitress was knowledgeable and very attentive. We definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Westwood foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was excellent and the service good as well. Our daughter recommended some food choices and we were not disappointed. We will be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Carlo continues to impress
    FoodieFromTheNorth
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Out of towners really appreciate the non-chain menu & local neighbourhood feel of this place. Anyone I've brought here has been impressed and left town knowing there's more to Winnipeg dining than Earl's, Joey's & The Keg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has Potential
    sfandrf
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were not greeted at the door, our service was sub par and we didn't feel like anyone would even notice if we left. The drinks we ordered were 3 oz and it would have been nice to have been given an option or at least made aware since we were driving. Soup was fantastic, salad was bland. The entrees were delicious though so if I were rating solely on that it was really good. Overall experience, unfortunately, was disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will return, but wasn't the best
    Pegger
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cafe Carlo is one of our favorite Winnipeg restaurants but the food on Saturday was underwhelming. Perhaps it was because our reservation was for 8:45 and the kitchen was too busy and tired (we normally go earlier in the evening) or perhaps it was just an off night, but my husband always gets the same dish - his favorite - and this time he didn't even finish it. Our guest raved about the lamb, however. The service was still great, I love the new art on the walls (jazz greats), and the wine list was still impressive. We will try it again, with fingers crossed that the food returns to the excellence we have come to expect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great local restaurant
    asgreview
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    excellent local restaurant with charm and great neighborhood feel.Beef tenderloin made 529 wellington look bad. It was excellent
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food needs better presentation
    GaryCoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I like Café Carlo but I'd like to see an upgrade to the menu and to the food presentation. A higher end approach would draw me back on a regular basis. The crispy shrimp appetizer was very good. The chicken and pasta and the pickerel with mac and cheese entrees were both good but could be improved. Our server was delightful and provided great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great execution
    Worldsmostinterestingman
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Kitchen performs very well. Very delicious, well prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service simply outstanding
    completegame
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had dinner on August 16/14 and enjoyed it immensely. My girlfriend has many serious food allergies and thus had to be very cautious as to what she eats. Our waitress Tara, was simply outstanding ensuring the food did not contain anything which would create problems. In addition she was very, very warm and professional. The food was excellent and the evening was a complete success. This was probably my 10th time at Cafe Carlos but was my girlfriends first and she was very impressed with the whole package including the ambience. We definitely would recommend to others and come again ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Nice evening we all enjoyed the food. Had no trouble having a conversation, my kids meeting my boyfriend so stressful nite, but all went well thankyou!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gently satisfying
    artie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food quality, quantity and presentation were all superb. I thoroughly enjoyed the mango chicken curry, and my wife equally enjoyed a delicious salmon dish. For lunchtime, the restaurant was quiet, easy to hold a pleasant conversation. Our foursome remarked that our host was always readily available and friendly, yet never intrusive with her presence. Somehow we've missed this little gem within 2 blocks of our home, but that's about to change. I'm booking a luncheon for this coming week, and will definitely frequent it more often in future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Food and Experience!
    achilles
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Terrific Food and Experience! I love cafe carlo, and never miss a chance to dine here. Food is outstanding and the service is quick and accurate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hidden pasta gem - for sure!
    Apples
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had heard about this restaurant years ago, but "Cafe" in the name kinda threw me off. When in search of great pasta, CC was recommended to us by a friend. What a find (so we thought)!! Positives: Scallops with the Bacon Jam is incredible; our entrees were fantastic. Less than positive: Sangria wasn't bad; not a big fan of the Creme Caramel. But definitely returning to CC in the near future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go again
    MBChowhounds
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent. Had fish tacos and scallops as appetizers. The scallops had a bacon jam topping and awhite bean and leek sauce. You get a generous 6 fish tacos. The shells were homemade (in a good way). My wife is in love with the Fett Chile and I really enjoyed the salmon. If you don't like chorizo in your pasta, just ask to sub for more chicken. It seems we ordered some of the popular dishes as others had it arriving too. The sangria was excellent but at $9 a glass, I'd suggest buying the litre. The features list was a bit cryptic for the pricing of this. We didn't get to desserts as we were quite sated already. I'd suggest only ordering one appetizer to save room for dessert. The restaurant fills up quickly after 6:00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad smell/good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Service and food were terrific for our lunch meeting. Couldn't help but notice an off-putting musty smell when entering.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fett Chile is Amazing
    HeatherR
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is our "go to" restaurant for birthdays or just an evening out. Great food, great wine, great ambiance, and great staff. My personal favourite is the Fett Chile or I like ordering the Fantasy and sharing with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too overpriced
    Hjhh136
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    When you add up all the tacky add on's for a half salad to come with your entree, it's way overpriced. The quality of food is ok, not great, but you're paying for great food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, ambience and food
    nicL
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Overall a great first experience with the restaurant. Our party will absolutely recommend it to friends and family. The food specials were superb and unique and I was particularly impressed by the service. The server was very attentive, friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem!!
    luvthisgem
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wow, Cafe Carlo is definitely a place to go. I had both the seafood chowder and seafood pasta. Both were outstanding. The taste was perfect and they definitely did not shy away from the different kinds of seafood. All in all, this is a perfect getaway if you really want to enjoy and experience true great food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will return
    gr8lunch
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Enjoyed our evening out and will definitely go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    rlsreview
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our dinner at Café Carlo was delicious, and the service was fast and friendly. Someone was there to fill our water glasses before they were empty and our server came to check on us often enough but not too often!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wilbeback
    Wilbeback
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Once again the food and service were excellent. Had a good evening at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An all-around fantastic evening!
    Riverview1960
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I generally find something I don't like about a restaurant. It never has everything. Either the food is good and the decor barely tolerable; or the ambience is fantastic but as a non-meat eater I resort to a grilled cheese sandwhich on each visit (i.e. Rae & Jerry's). But absolutely everything at Cafe Carlo was fantastic! Food, decor, service, noise level, even the other patrons! (No one was closing a real estate deal so loudly he could be heard by everyone at my first and last visit to Gusto Pizzeria). Special mention must be made to our server. Actually both servers! They we attentive and discreet. A perfect combination! I'll be back within the week!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MTCladies
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Excellent food, service and personal attention by the owner. Thanks again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch or dinner!
    Hungry4SomethingNew
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It was my first visit for dinner - amazing from start to finish - and I hear nothing but good things about lunch so that's next! :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back
    Food4u
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed food from every section of the menu. The waitress's suggestions were appreciated. The spring rolls, fish taco appetizers and fresh Caesar salad set the bar for good flavour. Portions were generous, so much so that two of us left with food and never before have I not finished a delicious creme brûlée. We would recommend making reservations for a weekend evening meal especially as the place was very busy then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing the mark
    allynne
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Café is usually excellent with very good service and marvellous food at a very good price point. Unsure why both food and service were sub-standard on this occasion. True enough, we were slow to order as we caught up with our cousins. This was particularly unfortunate timing, as we were hosted by cousins from out of town. Where service is usually right on, this time an order was lost, food poorly prepared and overall quality of the evening less than usual. Given how atypical this was, we will return. The Café definitely warrants another chance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favourite places.
    Janandfriends
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had not been to Cafe Carlo for some time, after being a weekly regular, and was very pleased to see new items in the menu. The food was wonderful and, even though it was new, it still said "Cafe Carlo". The server was very pleasant, friendly and efficient. The art on the wall is always a great comment on "neighborhood" restaurant here! The noise level is still too high for me. The circular sound baffles look great but I am not sure how well they work. The room divider adds a nice decorative touch. But.....it's all about the food.......and I give you 5 out of 5 stars there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Our first visit to Cafe Carlo was exceptional. The service was superb and the food - the best. Will be revisiting this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot!
    Smk250
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Yummy food and attentive service. They allowed us to meet uninterrupted, gave us plenty of time. The food was ready quickly once we put our orders in. It tasted great! Nice kick of heat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    APea
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our dinner was fantastic! I had the "fantasy" and was pleased with my choice. The Spring Rolls were delicious, I liked the Ceasar Salad (it has panko bread crumbs instead croutons) and the Fete Chile was amazing, sweet and spicy! The dessert was the icing on the cake, the Creme Brulee was so yummy, creamy on the inside and the thick caramel topping was perfectly crispy. Our waitress was a delight and the ambiance was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch for four ladies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We all chose a different menu item and were delighted with our lunches! Kudos to the chef!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great restaurant with friendly efficient service. Appetizers, meal and dessert were very tasty and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistenlty delivers
    happyandfull
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    once again, joel boulet served up a wonderful dining experience in the warm environment of his neighborhood restaurant. all four of us were exceedingly satisfied with our starters and the generous main courses. for dessert, joel surprised us with the addition of a special dessert made with cavena nuda, an item that had appeared a couple of months ago as a special on his menu. as we were raving about the dessert upon our arrival, joel secretly began to cook up this very nutritious and unique dessert; what attentive and thoughtful service. thank you joel for a 5 star experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 439 reviews are from the Cafe Carlo reviews archive.
  • Seafood Chowder!
    driverlady
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The best seafood chowder we have ever tasted...and we have travelled extensively along both North American Coasts. Who knew a mid-continent restaurant would do this? Just a wonderful place---ambiance, service and the food all perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable evening
    krispy
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Had a lovely, enjoyable evening at Cafe Carlo to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Food, service, ambience all great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aug17
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was quite enjoyable, overall. The bread that was served was fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic