Cafe Carlo

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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.
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C
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent - two of us had their special pasta dish, which was plentiful and tasty. Warm bread on a cold night was an asset. Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive.

Would go again and would recommend it. Pleasant atmosphere was warm and comfortable.

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r
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept restaurant secret in Winnipeg. Don’t tell anyone

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Love this restaurant. My wife and I celebrated our 24th anniversary there.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous!

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GB
Manitoba
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The four of us had a great time! Server was exceptional. The food is always delicious here. Have been going to this restaurant for over twenty years and have had little to no. Complaints overall.

Bruschetta is great, gnocchi with the cream pesto sauce is the best, and the fete chilli is a no fail if you like a little spice!

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DB
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every experience at Cafe Carlo is extremely positive. Tara was our server and made an already great experience even better

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DS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great service! Wonderful experience!

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DT
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, served with style by friendly people. Great portions of good food!

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h
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, delicious, inviting atmosphere, lovely room, great host

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great service and food

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Valentines Day dinner with my lovely wife of 28 years and then off to the RWB! It was a great start to a fantastic night!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to have our Valentines Day dinner. It was fantastic and we can hardly wait to go back again.

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KE
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day Dinner,... Fantastic food, service and value!... Always Great!... Never disappoints!! One of the truly genuine “Gems” of our Cities Restaurants !!

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We always love Cafe Carlos food and service. Feb 13th our bus person spilled wine all over the lady at the table, which she staterd cleaning the table prior to the person. Not Good"
The fact they "did not" replace the expensive bottle of wine was amazingly disapointing in itself.
In fairness to our great waitress, she was the only waitress on that night which was understaffed in a full house.
Then the bill came, not 1 item was discounted, again amazing. Over 320 dollars for 4.

Only After bringing it up with our waitress and complaining, was a small discount was then applied.
It barely covered the cost of the wine spilled. LOL

Too bad ... because this place has always been one of my favourite places to eat.
Just really bothers me, that we had to take the lead on this...
Robert

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LK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great dining experience. Delicious food. Very good service.

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g
Manitoba
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delightfully surprised when we went to Cafe Carlo for Dine About - not once, but twice. We hadn't been there for years, and weren't sure what to expect. But the food was amazing, and the service excellent. Saturday night it was rather noisy, but Monday night the noise level was just about right. We will definitely be returning soon, to check out the regular menu.

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M
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very excited to try this place. Loved the "downtown" feel of the restaurant. Was there for 7:45 and the place was buzzin. Seated promptly. Began to check out the decor, and wasn't too impressed with the local art on the walls....to each their own though.

Drinks were served in a reasonable time with the Jessie Street Sour being a nice take on the classic whiskey sour, and the Cosmopolitan here, did not compare to Rae & Jerry's, but was still enjoyed.

With great conversation, the time it took to get the main course was unnoticed....not to mention the bread and paprika-onion butter that was served, helped pass the time.

The server however, did apologize for the wait, and that was unexpected, but pleasant....it's a Saturday night....I understand, it's gonna be busy.

Medium rare sirloin with blue cheese was done quite nicely, but I'm not completely sold on the relationship between the two....was served with potatoes and zucchini slices along side a very sparse array of thinly sliced veggies. The one problem here was that the potatoes were cold in a number of places. I treated it like a potato salad instead, and used the very delicious, and very warm brown gravy as a way to warm up the potatoes.

The Seafood Penne was served with a number of very nice looking crab legs that just seemed to keep coming up, scallops and I believe another shellfish....the sauce however, seemed a little too thin, although that could've been a result of all the pasta that was served in the dish.

Dessert was declined on account of going elsewhere for wafer pie....

All in all it was a nice place to be, but it will be awhile before we decide to return.

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A
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are excellent. Portion sizes are plentiful and they have the city's best Caesar Salad

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress went above and beyond helping us with our friend who has difficulty walking....ambiance usually great but we chose the table close to the door,our choice so had to deal with the cold drafts...

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LM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Carlo is one of our very favourite restaurants. The food is always fantastic and the atmosphere
is lovely.

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AH
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal. The mussels in the pernod cream sauce were awesome.

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A
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy dining at Café Carlo. The food and staff are great.
R.V. & D.D.

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J
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. My partner and I were first timers at Cafe Carlo and were warmly greeted by the wait staff. The cocktails were delicious and came straight away. We shared a cesar salad to start (With house made anchovy dressing - WOWZA) and then enjoyed a half rack of lamb with mint chimichurri (done perfectly medium rare) and the pickerel (tender and excellently seasoned). The sides - spetzel and mashed potatoes - also amazing. Definitely recommend!!

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time and definitely won’t be the last! I felt well taken care of the minute I walked through the door til the moment I left! The food was over the top amazing! Ambiance was infectious...

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LM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch or dinner when getting together with the girls.

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SC
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

LOVE the poached salmon salad.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Has appetizers (six items shared by three people) it was more than enough and overall was good value. The service was excellent.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. Everything from the staff, atmosphere and food is amazing.

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SN
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for an event and needed a place for Saturday lunch. Looked up on Open Table and found this GEM, with 1,000+ reviews and a 4.5 rating I though I could not go wrong. We had a late breakfast so we split meals. I have the penne pasta w/meat and my wife and friend had a soup and salad. Great food, service and selection. I would certainly return!

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o
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pasta was amazing. Birthday cake dessert was delicious. Our server was very informative and friendly!

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JJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm, friendly, classy little restaurant
Friendly, quick service and terrific, beautifully presented food. A great choice!

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first impression. Fett chile was awesome and the service was very attentive..

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F
Manitoba
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been going there for several years love the food and its consistency of flavor. A wonderful neighborhood dining experience.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch..delicious beef sandwiches and fabulous sour cherry cheesecake. Service was excellent and we will both be back.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve always had exceptional food at Cafe Carlo, great neighbourhood gem! Always friendly and prompt service and a great ambiance.

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TJ
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Started with soup. The seafood chowder is a must order. Light, tasty, cream base with lots of seafood and potatoes. The 6 fish tacos were crunchy, delectable, and ample. The tortilla shells were fluffy, warm and filled with lettuce and tomatoes. Serving staff were attentive, mindful of our needs and we did not feel rushed. Great wine selection. Busy restaurant. You need to reserve your table.

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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CV
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!
We had a lovely birthday lunch
Thank so much

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DW
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was all delicious. Server was attentive but not too much so. It is a sure bet every time.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and quite a lovely gal in a welcoming cozy ambiance. The menu was creative and we had difficulty choosing. We took her recommendations and were not disappointed. Had the seafood pasta and was pleasantly surprised with the value and variety of seafood included in the tasty dish. As it was my Bday dinner, she delightfully brought out a decadent crime brûlée w a lit candle. Nice touches throughout the evening made this such a wonderful dinner w friends. See you again soon

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