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Carino Japanese Bistro
Carino Japanese Bistro

Carino Japanese Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carinobistro.ca
  • Phone: (403) 984-7534
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    We take the reservation for Dinner hours. Lunch is Walk-in only.
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Extremely poor service, food rating would be mediocre at best. 1 1/2 hr. wait after appetizers dishes were cleared for the main course. Main dishes were not cleared until we asked repeatedly. Would not recommend, and will not be back."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "I had seen Carino in the EnRoute magazine last year and had been keen to try this top new resto. And it did not disappoint. We had the Tako Yaki appetizer, lovely broth to complement. Crab risotto spectacular presentation. And Rare cheesecake... delish! Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, lots of variety and creativity on the menu."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Great selection for charcuterie and cheese. The duck! duck! duck! is fab! fab! fab! Have been several times...Toshi does not disappoint!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed yet another great meal at Carino the other night. Just a short walk from our house, it's a perfect destination where we know we'll be greeted warmly and have a delicious meal. On Saturday, we shared the Ahi Tuna Poke - a perfect blend of raw tuna with avocado, green onion and hints of soy sauce and sesame oil scooped up with crispy tortilla chips. I tried the crab meat risotto - the whole soft shelled crab and pickles were a surprisingly nice compliment to the risotto. My husband, as always, toyed with the menu but ended up ordering the Teriyaki Wagyu Beef Burger with rice bun and fries. It was another great meal; we'll be back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My friends and I decided to check out Carino because it had good reviews but it was a total disappointment. We ordered 5 different dishes and not one of them tasted decent and we're usually the last ones to complain about food in general. I've never written a bad review about a restaurant before until this one. We're never going back."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Presentation of the food was great. Vibrant color of food ingredients; good plating; good portion size. Taste was great; sharp flavors and well balanced. Ambience of restaurant was good; perfect for romantic evening. Service was good, except needed to prompt to re-fill water. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for someone who is a foodie and love a romantic setting."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had the Giza, green salad, Caesar salad and mini pasta and they were all delicious!! Very tasty to say the least. Prepared a bit different than traditional but the flavour! I had been once before and thought it was very good but our menu choices this time were even better. Don't forget to look up because some of their menu is written on blackboads around the restaurant"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Your portions are a bit small. Service was good however."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Cool restaurant with great service and interesting flavours. Some of the meats were a little over cooked but still good. Overall, I would recommend others to try."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Being voted one of the best new restaurants in all of Canada had me with high hopes. Total let down. We ordered the mixed skewer platter which was average and overpriced. I had the Duck duck duck, it was rich upon rich upon rich. A veg side was desperately needed. The "carpaccio" was NOT carpaccio, it was sliced duck breast, over cooked to boot. The confit didn't have crispy skin at all. My BF had the Kobe Burger which he said was gross (I didn't try it) my GF's was the best which was the Curry Lamb. The Ahi Tuna starter wasn't cold and was under seasoned. The service lacked too, having to ask the Chef every minor question we had. Thank goodness I got this on a Groupon as it wasn't worth full price!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had reservations and were ushered to a small corner that was awkward. I can't imagine a larger person finding it comfortable sitting there for a date. There were only two waitresses despite it being a Friday night. We sat for a good while and finally had to ask for someone to bring us menus and water. When the food arrived, the presentation was exceptional. However, the food was extremely salty and lacking in flavor. I am glad we had a groupon and would not have paid full price. Overall, we were thoroughly disappointed."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Three us were treated to an in creditable evening of dinning. The owner served a five course meal, simply delicious. Our choice of wine was perfect to compliment the different tastes served. We will go back in a heart beat."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "For me, Carino's may be the best restaurant in Calgary. They certainly have the best burger, with that unbelievable rice bun for those of us avoiding gluten. But the fish, the tasting menu that changes constantly, really the whole menu is filled with wonderful food. Never a disappointment, great food and wonderful wine suggestions."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our entrees were delicious, it's a small neighbourhood gem with an interesting menu. However we ordered the "calamari fritters" and it was simply calamari as far as I could tell. Delicious but don't know where the "fritter" came in. I would go back but curious to know if other menu items are just plays on words"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As Carino is just two blocks from our home, we had a relaxed walk on a pleasant early summer evening to one of our favourite restaurants. The service, as usual, was welcoming and helpful and the food, as usual, was amazing. We started with the Assorted Skewers as an appetizer and a lovely bottle of wine, then I moved on to the Lamb Cutlet. The tomato curry sauce was a perfect compliment to the lamb and the black truffle-mash potato. My husband went with his usual Teriyaki Wagyu Beef Burger on a rice bun which was great, as usual. Stuffed and happy, we made our way home."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have been to Carino several times, and am never disappointed. Great service, great wine, great food, great time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "After a fantastic brunch with friends I decided to go back for dinner and was truly delighted. I had their 4 course meal with wine pairing and it was amazing. This restaurant is truly a little gem, the food combinations are so interesting and they truly work! I will be back soon! Great job Carino team!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First time for lunch, but have been many times for dinner. Toshi never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! There was a great selection of Japanese teas, and the wine list was well done. Excellent use of a small space."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Still like the food but the quality is not as good as before. I liked the menu before it got modified, such as the lamb an md strawberry dessert. Still like the food in general and would still recommend to friends."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Amazing food! Something different. Love the duck! Duck!! Duck!!! Picture worthy presentation. Feels like you're having dinner in new York or las Vegas! check this restaurant out."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food and wine paring were great together. Pleasantly surprised. Would return to try the other dishes"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was my second time at Carino. The first time left me unimpressed as well. The service at Carino is incredibly SLOW. Despite there being few other diners in the restaurant, our food took forever. Getting a server to your table is also not an easy feat. This time we had the skewer appetizer. Some of the skewers were less than lukewarm by the time they made it to the table, and none tasted that incredible. We had an assortment of entrees, while edible, none of them were particularly great. For the price and lack of service, there are much better options. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "duck duck duck and veal were my favourites this time. Gnocchi with pork belly was always delish..... Wasn't a fan of the chicken linguini though."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Unique food flavors with Asian/Italian overtones. Restaurant space is small. Friendly service."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This was our fourth visit, we return time and again because the menu is great and frequently evolving, and the service is top notch. There are different specials as well, on the blackboard, so don't forget to look up! This is a real dining experience. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Great food, good service. Would recommend and will definitely return. Reservations a good idea as seating is rather limited."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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