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Carino Japanese Bistro
709 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB T2E3J5
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Carino Japanese Bistro Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Japanese, Italian, French
BYO Liquor, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
Edmonton Trail and 7th Ave North
Available daily after 5pm at Rear.
Calgary Authority Parkin LOT 10 is just across from the Edmonton Trail.
Daytime Mon-Fri 6am-6pm
$0.50 per 1/2hr to MAX $6.00
Daytime Sat, Sun & Holidays
$0.50 per 1/2 hr to MAX &2.00
Street Parking is possible (Mon-Fri)
2hrs 8am-5pm / 6Ave,7Ave between 2nd & 1st
3hrs 7am-6pm / 1st between 4Ave & 6Ave
After above hours, free to park.
(Conditions are subject to change)
A word from Carino Japanese Bistro
Japanese Geisha married to Italian man. She moved to Italy and tried to make Japanese food. But no one got interested in her food at that time. She missed Japanese food but couldn't make it. Her challenge had started to make "Japalian" food....
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The fusion of Japanese and Italian
seems unlikely, but works. The wine selection is a fit complement to the cuisine. Things got a bit noisy, and the view is less than exiting (Edmonton Trail). Would definitely return."
Dined on 4/16/2014
A quite varied and enjoyable
4-course meal with wine parings. The Japanese fusion influence to Italian cuisine offered a nice variety. Meals were nicely plated and portions were just right. A restaurant that is on my repeat list."
Dined on 4/11/2014
I love the creative unusual menu.
A lot of the dishes are a fusion between Italian and Japanese (e.g. miso cappuccino) and some of the creations sound quite adventurous, but when you try it each one of them is an amazing composition and the chef clearly knows how to blend unusual flavors. The owner also has great suggestions for wine pairings with your food. Trust his expertise! We had a wonderful evening and can highly recommend this little gem."
Dined on 4/11/2014
You simply have to try the tuna
salad. Okay that sounds boring but it's anything but. The Japanese fusion on what could have been a regular fare was outstanding. The surprise in the raw tuna and avocado is the sea asparagus. Excuse me as my mouth waters at the thought. Great date night place. The only down side is the parking as there is very limited space, so be prepared to walk a block. but its worth it. The prices aren't through the roof but they aren't cheap either. But I've never felt I've overpaid."
Dined on 4/4/2014
I love Carino's. The service is
friendly and very attentive. They have the greatest wine decanters I've ever seen. Ask for the snake. The food is wonderful. My only complaint on a cold and windy night is that when the door opens, the wind blows through the entire restaurant and we all freeze. One of the downsides of a small, intimate restaurant."
Dined on 3/30/2014
Consistently excellent food and
good value, friendly and efficient service."
Dined on 3/2/2014
Unique food flavours. Would
appreciate clean/new utensils with each course."
Dined on 2/27/2014
This place definitely blew away my
expectations. Small one room restaurant creates energetic ambiance, so you can speak without being overheard and not have to shout at each other. All the dishes were original and incredible. We had 3 different appetizers and 4 different mains. They were all amazing. You can dress up or down, the service is polite, honest, happy and professional (no bubbly earl's staff here). Each of the two Spanish wines we had were excellent and good value. You definitely leave thinking you've found a cool secret spot."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We have tried Carino twice now.
Brunch was tasty and interesting but not anything wildly out of the ordinary. Dinner was delicious. The duck confit was good but the veal was delicious. The servers are always too quiet. It is almost impossible to hear them with one person between you. Love the Riedel decanters. Food is good. Price is decent. Service is acceptable."
Dined on 2/8/2014
I've been to Carino multiple times
now. Though dinner was tasty enough, I feel the lunch menu has more interesting Japanese-Italian dishes, while the dinner menu seemed be more Italian. So I keep going back to try the various lunch menu items. So far, the highlight of every meal was the Maccha Cotta (Green tea panna cotta) for dessert. I had not tried a Japanese green tea flavoured item I had liked before this, and this was amazing...every time. As for the other menu items, I've ordered the Mentaiko Pasta, which was good, but not as unique in flavour as I'd like for a fusion dish, the Organic Fried Duck with Quinoa Waffles...very tasty, and the Miso Ramen, which was flavourful, but way too oily. The Yuzu Rare Cheesecake was also fantastic."
Dined on 1/31/2014
The food is very good here but the
last two times we have eaten here the services has been incredibly slow (and the last time was a later in the evening on a Sunday). The servers did not know the menu very well at all and had no knowledge of their cheese or wine lists. In ordering the cheese and charcuterie we were told twice that the items listed (that we had ordered) were not available but the server had no idea what to recommend that would be similar. Slow service as well made the evening too long and diminished our experience despite the food that being very good."
Dined on 1/5/2014
...I don't want it to get too busy
for me to get a reservation! :)"
Dined on 1/4/2014
We went down to Calgary from
Edmonton for a day and a half food trip, and stopped by here for lunch. The ahi tuna poke and quinoa waffles with duck were so good that we had to order a third entrée! The kobe beef on rice wasn't nearly as good as the others, but it wasn't bad at all. No complaints for the meal. Service and ambiance were good, but nothing special. Will be back for dinner."
Dined on 12/19/2013
Followed En Route's main course
recommendation paired with a lovely pinor noir and was not disappointed and neither was my companion who had the yummy wild mushroom risotto. One of the best duck plates in the city. While the atmosphere is not overly romantic, it seemed to be a dating hot spot."
Dined on 12/12/2013
We were lucky to have Carino
prepare a 7 course chef's tasting with premium wine pairings. It was absolutely amazing. Every dish was exquisitely prepared, and the pairings were meticulously chosen. Highly recommended restaurant, but if you are part of the chef's tasting scene we would highly recommend you let Carino setup a tasting for you."
Dined on 10/30/2013
After booking a few weeks in
advance & confirming my reservation for our special anniversary, we arrived very disappointed that they tried to sit us at the worst table in house. They reluctantly agreed to change us to a better table later. The restaurant was louder than most pubs and inappropriate for any conversations. The staff spoke very little English and seemed inexperienced. Maybe we got them during a busy night right after the Enroute award. The food, French Kiss (beef tongues) was good, until we discovered our dishes all followed the same formula: argula & cheese. Using seaweed or eel do not make a meal Japanese inspired. Also, where's the Italian influrence? Guess I shouldn't have expected Kyoto meets Florence."
Dined on 10/25/2013
At what is becoming one of our
favorite restaurants, we had another great meal at Carino. We love everything on the menu. It has a pretty small menu, but so much quality!"
Dined on 8/23/2013
Carino takes a simple appetizer,
vegetable sticks, and elevates it to a level I could not believe. All our meals were just fantastic, and the service is wonderful and friendly. We've been there a few times and each time we wonder why we don't go more often! Make sure you get your wine decanted in one of their wonderful vessels!"
Dined on 8/1/2013
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Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Free Corkage. Special valid Apr 8, 2014 - Jul 8, 2014 on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Offer valid April 8, 2014 - July 8, 2014
4 courses Kaiseki for $39.95
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4 courses "Omakase" of authentic Japanese dinner with Italian touch. Excludes Tax and Tip. Try the wine pairing for $20. Special valid Apr 9, 2014 - Jul 9, 2014 on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Offer valid April 9, 2014 - July 9, 2014
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