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Cafe Carlo
Cafe Carlo

Cafe Carlo Details

  • 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: 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
  • "excellent local restaurant with charm and great neighborhood feel.Beef tenderloin made 529 wellington look bad. It was excellent"
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The Kitchen performs very well. Very delicious, well prepared food."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Service and food were terrific for our lunch meeting. Couldn't help but notice an off-putting musty smell when entering."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed our evening out and will definitely go back in the future."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Once again the food and service were excellent. Had a good evening at this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and personal attention by the owner. Thanks again"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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! :)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our first visit to Cafe Carlo was exceptional. The service was superb and the food - the best. Will be revisiting this restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We all chose a different menu item and were delighted with our lunches! Kudos to the chef!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great restaurant with friendly efficient service. Appetizers, meal and dessert were very tasty and enjoyable."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Had a lovely, enjoyable evening at Cafe Carlo to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Food, service, ambience all great!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food was quite enjoyable, overall. The bread that was served was fresh and tasty."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had a great steak and fries, but the chef must have used a salt shaker with a loose top. The food was very salty. The servers have to learn that you do not pass a plate across the face of one guest to reach another guest. A few extra steps to the other side of the table would be the appropriate thing to do. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "While the food was as good as I had remembered, the service was poor and it was extremely noisy. The two of us were jammed between a table of four and the walkway so we were constantly being hit from behind from both directions. It was a busy night so I can excuse the poor service somewhat but it declined even more once we passed on dessert and just ordered coffee and tea. The service then became more focused on the tables of four or more surrounding us. We were ignored to the point that we sat with empty water glasses and no offers of coffee or tea refills and had to chase down the server to pay our bill. While the meal was good, the rest of the evening was a little disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "You can never go wrong by ordering the Cafe Carlo specialty of Fett Chile - a spicy fettuccine dish - and a glass of Parallele 45 red wine!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My husband and I have been coming to this restaurant for at least 25 years. We have enjoyed other restaurants, but have come back to Cafe Carlo and it never disappoints. I was happy to see the warm goat cheese salad still on the menu and the mussels in pernod cream sauce were divine (it's actually my husband who is the mussel lover, but they are hard to resist). I had a baked seafood penne served hot and delicious. My husband was very impressed with the swordfish, perfectly done. We had an Australian Shiraz which we loved and the baked fruit pastry dessert topped the meal off wonderfully. A great atmosphere and ambiance. I can't wait for the next time we can go there!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Was very noisy, but that would not keep me from coming back. Great food and service!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This was my second time to Cafe Carlo and yet again I was not disappointed. Fantastic Service for a group of 8! The food as amazing!! Recommended to all!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit in the last 2 weeks! I dined with my husband and son, we all enjoyed our entrees, which included cannoli, gnocchi and lemon pesto goat cheese chicken. The strawberry crumble offered that evening was delicious, presentation of all dishes was well done. The service and staff are all very friendly with prompt service. We will be making this a regular spot on our dining list."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "A great selection of appetizers and a unique drink menu - will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014