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Carino Japanese Bistro
Carino Japanese Bistro

Carino Japanese Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carinobistro.ca
  • Email: info@carinobistro.ca
  • Phone: (403) 984-7534
  • 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
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Italian, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Edmonton Trail and 7th Ave North
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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