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About 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.

243 Lilac Street
Winnipeg, MB R3M 2S2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Canadian, Comfort Food, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Corydon

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(204) 477-5544

Website:
http://www.cafecarlo.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant for more details.

Parking Details:
Parking is available on Lilac and surrounding streets as well as the lot across the street

Public Transit:
Corner of Corydon Avenue and Lilac Street

Executive Chef:
Dave Hyde

Private Party Facilities:
Entire restaurant can be reserved for parties of 30-45... Some restrictions apply

Private Party Contact:
Joel Boulet: (204) 477-5544

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Cafe Carlo Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (50)
Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (42)
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Cozy (39)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Casual (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Worth the Drive (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Romantic (18)
Authentic (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Business Meals (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fun (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Spicy (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 2 days ago

One of my favorite restos. Always very consistent food quality & preparation, and very attentive service. The seafood chowder (a menu constant) is fabulous.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

We always have a lovely time at cafe Carlo! Food is great. Service is wonderful!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing as always. Food is always delicious, service is on point as well.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Great birthday dinner, we were well served, taken care of and food/drinks was excellent. Thank you! We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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·Dined 7 days ago

It was my first time eating at this restaurant, i was hoping they had good coffee......and they did, it was actually really good that i had more than usual. i ordered the fish tacos which i have had on several occasions at different restaurants, but i enjoyed theirs the most, from taste to presentation, it was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 17, 2018

Cafe Carlo was an excellent experience in every aspect and I would certainly recommend it. Thank you to the owner, server, chef and staff - we will return.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fabulous as always!! Keep up the great work Cafe Carlo. The Fantasy is my long time favorite meal in the city.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Cafe Carlo is one of my go to restaurants where I know I will never be disappointed. The food and service are great and it has a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Their signature Fett Chile dish is so good that it’s hard to order anything else. But I ventured out and had the home made gnocchi with beef ragu and it was heavenly. All in all, definitely worth the trip!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, friendly staff but too crowded and loud during peak times.

Tags: Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Never disappoints! Our favorite go to restaurant!!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

What a friendly, comfy restaurant. The very best part...the food! Delightful!

Highly recommend!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food very unappetizing, warm not hot, tasteless. Food really good last time I was there. What happened? New cook?

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Cafe Carlo is always a treat. The food and service are great and the ambiance is great for a date.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We are lucky to have this cafe in our neighbourhood. They are always welcoming and kind and accommodating; just delightful. This is a sophisticated place but also a wonderful choice for families who want a special meal. Our six year old twins were on their best behavior and had a blast.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great spot for dinner! Best fried chicken around. Been going here for years and we’re impressed every visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 4, 2018

As usual the food was exquisite and the service was exceptional!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Another perfect dinner with perfect service.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Had a wonderful lunch with good friends. Carollers even entertained!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great anbience and service.
Food was flavorful.
Don't need the bread before hand but nice touch.
Excellent desserts

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I found the food to be good but not outstanding. I also found the restaurant was expensive compared to other restaurants that offered the same quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Celebrated our 35th anniversary with our son and daughter-in-law. Started with a nice glass of cabernet, followed by a goat cheese salad. I had Szechuan linguine, there was an order of the fett chile, the pappardelle, and a chicken pesto order. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was prompt and waitress was pleasant. We have eaten here a number of times and we have never been disappointed. Cost was $220 which also included 1 cosmo and a rye whiskey. We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Café Carlo has been around for a long time and it's always a pleasure to return. The menu is a good mix of old reliables and interesting innovation. It's a tad noisy, but that creates a buzz. I’ll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and service were top notch as usual. We never leave disappointed!
We enjoyed many hours luxuriously enjoying our dinners and conversation.
The "Snowtones" sponsored by the Corydon Ave. Biz even made an appearance and entertained with some Christmas season songs.
Good time had by all!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

My friends and I meet here for our annual Christmas dinner, but it's an excellent place for a lovely meal anytime. We love the relaxed feel, intimate space, local artwork adorning the walls, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the delicious food.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Took a relative out for a birthday dinner. Service was excellent; friendly and attentive. We all had a pasta dish and were all most pleased with our choices. Decent wine and drinks selection. It was very busy as it was a Saturday night so a little noisy but lots of fun. We will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A true favourite! Never disappointed. The Fett Chili is devine!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Friendly, professional, fun server, made our visit a welcoming experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Limited accessibility for people with any sort of disability.
WAY too damn loud.
Service was spotty.
But the amazing, incredible, delicious food made up for all of that, as usual.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. Especially love the veal chop and rack of lamb.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had to wait about 20 minutes passed our reservation but once we were seated the evening was perfect. Our waitress and the delicious food made us forget about the wait. Thankyou for a great evening

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent restaurant! A place to come back many times

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Cafe Carlo never disappoints. Fett Chile was mind blowing (as always) and the Chocolate Hazelnut cake was just as amazing as it sounds.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

As always, terrific. Great food and service. Everything on the menu is delicious but I can’t resist the homemade gnocchi with beef ragu which is out of this world. Great Caesar salad and terrific soaps (corn chorizo,and seafood chowder) as well. If you are a first time diner there and you like a bit of heat, the signature Fett Chile is a must!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our first time here and it was outstanding! Unique, delicious menu. Service was great and warm atmosphere
Highly recommended!!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our first time to Café Carlos but it won't be our last. We had the fish tacos as an appetizer - loved the spicy sauce. We also ordered the signature Fett Chile and it was excellent. We are looking forward to trying the rest of the menu. Service was attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Every food item was very good. Over the top was the knowledgeable waitress, Bonnie. She knew the menu inside / out and had many options for our celiac guest. Not afraid to make suggestions without dominating the decision. The beer and wine list was short but did not detract from the experience.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service and food were perfect like usual. Definitely our favourite and we go out a lot.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great meal as usual. Specials were exceptionally tasty. Always a good place to meet friends!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is tastefully prepared and the variety is great!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a great evening. Tara was an excellent knowledgeable friendly and personable server. The food and atmosphere were fantastic. We won't wait too long for our next visit.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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