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Cafe Carlo
Cafe Carlo

Cafe Carlo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecarlo.com
  • Email: cafcarl1@mymts.net
  • 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: Canadian, Comfort Food, Unspecified
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Hopping on a Saturday night. Reservations a must. Seafood chowder and pesto chicken delicious as was lime cheesecake. Very personable waitress. Never felt rushed. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "WE continue to go back to Café Carlo at least once a year and it never disappoints. WE will return."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This restaurant has some of the best fishes I have ever tasted. My husband and I like this place for a nicer dinner out."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Café Carlo. It is a nice bistro type place. Locals were just coming in for an evening dinner without reservations. We did make a reservation cause sometimes they are booked up. The scallops with bacon jam were very good, cooked perfectly. Want to go back and try those again. I had a veal chop which was very tasty. The others with me had the steak. Ceasar salad was excellent, and wasn't heavy with dressing. Would go back to try something else. Wine selection is very good."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Have dined at this restaurant several times over the years and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I take my daughter and her friends for mussels here occasionally. The pernod mussels are delicious. We usually have a caesar salad as well, even though I can't eat, and omit the panko crumbs (celiac disease) they are a nice alternative to the croutons. Wine selection is very good and the creme brûlée is a must each and every time! Service is fast friendly and accommodating. Only once did all 3 of us have half empty mussels shells. The staff brought out more after we told them."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Unbelievable food and our server Bonnie is the best server in any restaurant in winnipeg. I would put money on that. Had the fish tacos. Light and crispy as ever and shared mussels in Diablo sauce which was delicious as usual. Can't afford expensive wine but the house wine isn't some crumby well wine. The house red at cafe Carlo tastes like you spent more on a higher shelf."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Outstanding dining experience, I will recommend Cafe Carlo to all my friends. First class food and friendly attentive service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "She was exceptional. The mussels weren't very good."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "A group for four of ate at Cafe Carlos and all four of us have very different food preferences. We were all super pleased with every aspect of our meals and would and will return."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We were going to the Junos and didn't have a lot of time but our server assured us it would be no problem. Two of us had the seafood penne and it was scrumptious! The chicken curry was also yummy! Next time we will explore more courses, especially dessert. Food was fresh and beautifully presented! It was early evening so the restaurant was pretty quiet - just fine with us! Will be returning very soon!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "One of the nicer restaurants to enjoy a quality meal at. I quite enjoyed my meal and the menu looks very unique."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food here is always delicious, some of the best nights out have been spent here!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "What I liked also was they had baffles to absorb sound. Too many great restaurant Are too loud. This is perfect."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is a favourite restaurant I return to time after time. The food is always delicious and the service is great. This was no exception, had the seafood penne which was delicious and chocked full of crab, scallops and shrimp. The service was outstanding! Another enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "we were undecided about where to dine but the online reservation system really made it so easy. we are glad we chose cafe Carlo because the evening was very nice. we were able to get in within the hour and didn't feel rushed to leave even though the place was full. not an open table in the house. the service was attentive and knowledgeable without being cloying. the before dinner drinks and the wine served with our meal were exquisite. the entrees were done to perfection but the hilights were the sides accompanying the meal. specifically "the naked oat pilaf". have dined here before but quite a while ago so its nice to know the standard of excellence has remained."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "For the last 25 years I ahve called Cafe carlo my favourite restaurant. I need to try soemthing different than the excellent mussles, goat cheese salad and the Fett Chili Pasta!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Our dinner was pleasant but could have been better. The calamari fritti was perfectly prepared in a light breading with tzatziki sauce. My Caesar salad was smothered in bread crumbs and the lettuce was slightly wilted. My partner's shrimp salad entree was very good but my seafood pasta was OK but was disappointing because it was mushy and appeared to have been micro-waved."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Pap curry delicious. Also the fett chili. Only complaint is never room for dessert. They have recently done some renos that have reduced the noise level."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We thought the menu was quite extensive and would satisfy all. The service was very attentive and knowledgable. We did not order the Fantasy meal but would definitely get it next time! Bread is also delicious . All in all a great pace to dine. A little noisy but very vibrant"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I recently took my friend out for her birthday and we had the most amazing time at Cafe Carlo. Our server was attentive and personable and very knowledgable about the menu. The food was great and the portions were very generous. The evening was topped off by my favourite Creme Brûlée. This dessert is the best I ever had at any restaurant."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Over 20 years ago I first ate at Cafe Carlp. It just keeps getting better. The service is outstanding, the food was tasty, served hot , and the portions were generous. We will be back and we will continue to spread the word about how wonderful this restaurant is."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, I would recommend the fish tacos - crisp, fresh, tasty and with a bit of spice from the chipotle sauce - to anyone. The Fett Chile was also fantastic."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "All meals arrived as expected. Hot and very tasty and very well prepared."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Fett Chili was awesome. I would eat here three times a day if I could afford it!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was great. Excellent service. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service was great. The waitress was helpful, attentive, and great at her job. The food came fast. It was good and delicious. The ambience was romantic and the scene was trendy. My husband and I had a great time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Truly a gem of a restaurant. We had not been there for over ten years, but we will be back sooner than later!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Great service great food. Ordered the bruschetta for the appy and enjoyed a glass of the house Pino Grigio. Friend loved the tenderloin and I had the curry chicken pasta. Magnifique!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at Cafe Carlo last Thursday for a much needed date night. The atmosphere and noise level were perfect - allowed my girlfriend and I to talk at normal levels, laugh, and not worry about our voices standing out. Staff was extremely accommodating allowing us to split the four-course for one (The Fantasy) and order two appetizers on top of this. They portioned everything out so that we always had our own plates and weren't sharing a large plate of pasta or salad. Food tasted excellent and most importantly very fresh. Ordered croquettes, calamari, spring rolls, caesar salad, chile fette pasta, and creme brule. YUM! Overall the price was extremely reasonable for the quantity we ate and wine we drank. Going back March 2!!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Slow service almost walked out but if they had more staff trained in the serving would my stay might have been more enjoyable"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "A neighborhood treasure for many years. Great food, service, atmosphere. A favorite for lunch and dinner"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Cafe Carlo has always been very popular, and I've had some good meals here in the past. The food is fine, though on this night the highlight was the bread. The Caesar salad was overdressed and the lettuce was much larger than "bite sized". It wasn't something designed for elegant eating. Neither was the meaty penne, the sauce for which was a little too watery and weak in flavour. The service was friendly and patient, but I think by the end of our meal, they wanted our table (despite their being a few other empty tables), and we were never even offered a coffee refill. A disappointing meal, but I know they can do better. I would still recommend it."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great food. Excellent service without being intrusive."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Excellent food & friendly, efficient waitress service. Noise level should be lowered considerably. Could hardly hear each other across the table. Dinner music would add to ambiance especially for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We went to Café Carlo at a friend's recommendation and it was a great choice. We had an 830 sitting so it was a little quieter in there. Initially the restaurant was full! The food was fantastic and the service excellent. would definitely go there again!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always enjoy my meal and service here! Food is amazing."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Second time to cafe Carlos. Last time was for dinner and it was great then. This time for lunch and again it was great! I had fish tacos from their lunch menu and they were very good. Service was very pleasant and as other reviewers have mentioned you can actually have a normal conversation with your dining guest without shouting. A very simple baffle system hanging from the ceiling seems to deal with the noise problems that so many restaurants experience. Others could take a lesson from cafe Carlos. Will be back for sure real soon!!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Carlos. Food was delicious and service was great."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We pretty well had the place to ourselves for the first half. Comfortable atmosphere, warm and friendly. Excellent food and many gluten-free options. Great wine and fabulous service. The creme brulee was the best I've had in a long time."
    Dined on 1/27/2014