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, 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
126 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (94)fit for foodies (80)special occasion (53)romantic (38)great for lunch (31)good for groups (25)notable wine list (22)hot spot (17)late-night find (16)great for brunch (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent meal as always
    coducol
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We have been to Cafe Carlo numerous times both as a family and a couples dinner. We have yet to be disappointed in the food or service. My wife has tried different menu items and has always enjoyed her order while I try to find a reason to deviate from the Fett Chile but have not been able to so far. The relative small size of the restaurant makes it less convienient for a large group to dine, but also adds to the ambience of the establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too rushed.
    Emma
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We felt rushed. The waitress wanted to take our food order before she had even offered us a pre-dinner drink. The food came quickly and coffee wasn't even offered. We were in and out in an hour. Too quick for the price of the meal. Also, there was nothing included with the entrees. With the addition of a salad or soup the price went up appreciably. On the positive side, the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Carlo excels as usual!
    Beth7925
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We discovered Café Carlo a few years ago and have returned at least a dozen times hence. Each time we are delighted with the food and service. Definitely try the Fett Chile if you enjoy a bit of spice - it is by far my favourite dish - and if you have the appetite enjoying it as part of the fantasy combination meal is well worth the full feeling afterwards! My husband tried the Pappardelle Curry for the first time this last visit and it was awesome too - I'm not sure they make anything badly. The service is always friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Well worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit at Cafe Carlo
    LAJ91
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had the pleasure of having our first dining experience at Café Carlo last weekend. My husband and myself went with another couple to celebrate nothing in particular and were looking for new place to try out. I had heard wonderful things about this place and had been wanting to try in out for sometime. Well, we were not disappointed! The men in the group had the meaty penne and loved it. I had the Szechuen linguine and it was lovely and my friend had the fette chile which was also raved about. The service was great- friendly and attentive but not overbearing. The food and drinks were out quickly. All in all it was a wonderful experience and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    chachacha
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had the special of the week, it came out in a reasonable amount of time and tasted great. Good thing we booked a reservation because it was packed on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night Out
    notoutoften
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were not sure what to expect as this was our first time dining there, but we were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the atmosphere was good as well. We will certainly go there again, and recommend it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sroefin
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    As always wxcellent food. knowledgeible and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, nice ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was a great place to eat. The food was good and the noise level allowed for conversation. I highly recommend the fish tacos. The only thing I didn't like is the location of the table we had. It was right at the entrance to the kitchen and bar so there was constant traffic behind my chair, many people bumping into the back of my chair as they went by.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adequate at best
    Un4tunate
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    3 people served by what can only be described as a snootty server. Veal dish exceptional Meaty Pasta dish quite tasty The special that evening was duck. It came over cooked and quite tough. When kindly discussed with the server her response was "well it's the first we've heard of it all night" and she walked away? I've been lucky enough to have eaten at some wonderful bistros and very fine restaurants...... This was neither! See no reason to return. There are way too many great places to dine in Winnipeg
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will return
    Heather
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Everything about our visit to Cafe Carlo was wonderful. Service was sensitively timed, food was delicious. I had asked for a window table and so even the noise level was not an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely Meal - as always
    Nightsky44
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Once again I visited this excellent restaurant with a friend and we had a great night. I love that it feels clean and crisp, yet comfortable and familiar. Can always rely on food quality, service, interesting seasonal specials and a lively display of local art. This time they had gorgeous large format paintings in black and white in a ' jazz' theme that really popped and dressed up the place. We stayed for hours visiting. Its noisy enough to be vibrant yet with enough buzz to feel private and without having to yell at each other to carry a good conversation. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Foodie1990
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had a great experience at cafe Carlo. The food was amazing ordered the clam chowder it was out if this world good so much seafood and so fresh and only 6 dollars for a cup. You get fresh ingrediants and you are getting what you pay for. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ByronFalkVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Some of the best Pasta Dishes I've had the privilege of experiencing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special spot!!
    Birthdayparty
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First time to Carlos Cafe and we'll definitely be back. Everyone in our group of 4 enjoyed their meal and the service was the best! Not too expensive for the caliber of the food. We'll be recommending to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A memorable dinner
    Pahsah
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Later in the day Friday, I was able to get a reservation online, which was very convenient and user friendly, as it was my first time using the on line reservation application on your page....drinks, wine, food and service were superb. Our server was especially warm and helpful plus had sincere enthusiasm for us enjoying our evening And made us feel welcome while giving us excellent service throughout the night...and tables were filled!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night out with friends, & Unknowns
    suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Cafe Carlo is a Winnipeg institution, with some of the best bistro style food in the city. Whether you love pasta, or more hearty fare, you can count on a great meal with attentive service. The nightly specials are a favourite, expanding the menu with a nightly taste of chef's creations. The little restaurant's challenge is noise level. In a small room, it takes one loud table to turn a nice dinner into a raucous affair. The people across from us, a group of four men, were uncaring about the discomfort they were causing for the other diners. We heard comments from people on both sides of us. It's too bad the middle stub wall isn't extended. That said, we've enjoyed Cafe Carlo on many occasions. We recommend the fett chile - spicy, yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was amazing, service was outstanding, atmosphere was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why didn't I come sooner
    KtGardens
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great value for the wonderful food. Excellent wine offered at under $40 which is getting harder to find. 3/4 of our group lived our meals! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Bullet Proof
    andykremax
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great meal, and always a good time. I could eat the seafood chowder everyday, and the Halibut special was a "best ever"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is definitely a neighbourhood GEM! parking is free and always available nearby. The Food is always fresh and portions are always generous. Great for any occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in the city!
    PizzaLover
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    If you want good food, this is the place to go. Their signature dish is amazing. Homemade goodness. Great for a special occasion or birthday. Amazing deserts. Great all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night
    AndreainthePeg
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Shared a number of plates with friends. All were delicious and everyone raved. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Carlo is worth the trip!
    3amigas
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My two friends and I chose Cafe Carlo for a special lunch. It was our first visit and we were extremely impressed with both the food and the atmosphere. The soup of the day and the salads were delicious, as well as friendly helpful service. We highly recommend this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food , outstanding service
    Simba
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The menu selection was fabulous, but we were also informed it's changing in a week. I see this as a sign that there are many regulars and they want them to keep coming back! The service was outstanding from door to table. The wine recommendation turned out splendid with our meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and Intimate Little Place
    Xtrykr
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a fantastic little restaurant on the corner of Corydon and Lilac. Many options for meat eaters, and a couple select dishes for vegans as well as gluten-free pasta options. It doesn't seat too many people, so it's imperative to book a reservation to ensure seating.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have eaten at Cafe Carlo many times and always enjoy it. The food is prepared in unique and thoughtful ways; always delicious. I had the Caesar salad with Prawns for lunch and the lettuce was about the crispest I have ever had... absolutely wonderful the crunch it had! My dining companion was an elderly aunt who is a bit of a complainer. When she complained her mushroom bisque was too salty, the restaurant offered her other choices and she was pleased with the salad. When she complained the omelet was too salty (it contained Feta which is a saltier cheese), they remade the omelet from scratch with cheddar cheese (even though that is not how they normally make it. The restaurant was gracious about accommodating a complaining aunt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As usual --- excellent all 'round!
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant continues to serve great food in a charming atmosphere with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    There's a reason Cafe Carlo has been around for 25 years. They never have an "off" night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great nite out
    Traveller11
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It's just what we were looking for: good food, prompt service, and a semi-private setting. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch with the girls
    food4life
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Really enjoyed our lunch. Food was great, well presented. I go to Café Carlo a few times a year. For me, the best part is they have gluten free options, as well they take very good care of several other food allergies I have. They are so accommodating and I never feel bad about asking for special consideration. Not all restaurant takes allergies seriously. Café Carlo is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first time for our anniversary
    trawi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our evening at Cafe Carlo was amazing. The service was great, the food was excellent, one of the best meals we have ever had in a restaurant. The ambience was perfect and the prices not too high. I would definitely refer friends and family to this restaurant, and we plan on going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knowledgable
    Heidi
    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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.