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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, 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

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

All New Year's Eve Reservations are subject to a $25 per person. Deadline for cancellations is December 23rd at 9:00 pm. Cancellations prior to the deadline will be given a Gift Certificate equal in the value of the deposit. Cancellations or no shows after the deadline are non refundable.

Cafe Carlo Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for a Date (45)
Cozy (42)
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Special Occasion (40)
Creative Cuisine (39)
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Fit for Foodies (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Authentic (24)
Comfort Food (24)
Romantic (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Fun (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Business Meals (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Spicy (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great Beer (6)
Tapas (6)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
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Late-night Find (4)
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Bar Seating (3)
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Cafe Carlo remains one of our favorite places for just about every occasion. The food is consistently great and the service is excellent. The chowders (seafood, corn) are excellent, and the gnocchi with beef ragu is to die for! Also, if you haven’t tried their signature pasta dish, Fett Chile, it’s a must. Cafe Carlo will never disappoint!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The quinoa salad is delicious and you cannot go wrong with the Fette Chili pasta. Very good service. A bit loud when full, so can be hard to hear.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Although my food was above average, the other three were not as happy as the food was not as well prepared as you would expect. Lots of potential so maybe just a bad night.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was great. None of us could finish the portions. Only downside was they ran out of the special beer of the night. Seafood chowder is a must try. A little different with clams and mussels still in the shells in it. Pretty decent value for excellent food 4 people 2 drinks each $225 including tip. (I left $40 tip) ($175 before tip)

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Always Great!
Cafe Carlo never disappoints. A pasta-heavy menu. Excellent servers who know their menu and how much attention (or not) a table needs. The cafe was virtually full on a Wednesday evening —‘nuf said.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

It was so noisy we could not enjoy our delicious food. Our waiter was curt and unfriendly

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

AtTtentive and knowledgeable staff. The food was amazing. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great server.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food, a comfortable quiet ambience with lighting that is pleasant but lets you see your food. I've never had a bad experience at Cafe Carlo and this was no exception. I had the chef's special and did not feel like I was eating leftovers. My daughter had the Fett Chili and my wife the Ravioli. Both were completely satisfactory. What more could one ask?

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I enjoy coming here with friends. The food is always good, service is good and I like the ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service and a diverse menu that makes it hard to choose what to order. They are all good! Knowledgeable servers can guide your decisions, if needed. Chef's specials are a highlight, including the wine and beer. Ambiance is unique and cozy. We liked it so much that we purchased one of the paintings that were on display. Best for smaller parties/couples.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our meals were exploding with flavour, texture and balance - it was so good. Everything we had was perfect. Literally the best meal we had all year! We will be back sooner than later.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Bonnie was outstanding, and made our dining experience! She is very friendly and personable, and was genuine when inquiring about personal preferences i.e. regarding spicy heat for my husband who does not enjoy spicy./Desert sweets. She took time to inform us of the menu selections and answering any questions. Water was always provide throughout our dining. Bonnie checked on our how we were enjoying appetitizers/entrees. She ensured my husbands was a level of spice he enjoyed. Overall a wonderful delicious dining experience enjoyed by myself , husband (we had the Fantasy - loved it! Mine was spicy but really enjoyable and our friends had meaty penne and gmoochi with beef ragout, desert berry crumble Our dinner included avery creamy smooth cream bruelle . Compliments to the chef !
We will all definitely return again!
Thank you

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The lamb was wonderful and enjoyed by all how ordered it. The seafood penne had a great taste, but was a little over cooked. We are seniors and found the music a bit loud, but were pleased at our request to turn it down was met. Service was excellent and we look forward to going again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is my third time. I love this place. Every meal is always awesome.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

This place is a definite hidden gem! The food is amazing and service is exceptional! It has a great atmosphere, it's not a big restaurant so they cater to you and make sure you are well looked after!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We took our friends there for a birthday celebration. Their first time there and they really liked it. We have been there 4 times and it has been good each time. I had the cannelloni this time and didn't enjoy it quite as much as my meal other times, but still fine. The noise level was acceptable and we could hear each other without talking loudly. Ambience and atmosphere was good. Our server, Bonnie was absolutely outstanding. She was very busy but still attentive, very friendly and explained the drinks and menu beautifully. We will definitely be back again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was delicious and well presented. The service was friendly and efficient. Because it was a quiet time in restaurant we had a great meal and visit. I don't think I would like to go at a busy time because of close proximity of tables.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food and service are both amazing and they go above and beyond to make your experience a positive one. When exiting the restaurant, I managed to drop my glasses under the table and step on them. When I called the next day, one of the staff had worked at straightening the frame and put the lense back into my glasses! That's what I call, going above and beyond for your customers!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

A great place to spend an evening with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. The server, Bonnie was friendly and knowledgeable about the wine list. The appetisers, meals and dessert were all beyond our expectations. Full of flavor and visually appealing.

Definitely worth a return visit on more than one occasion.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Delicious meal prepared by a real chef! Amazing use of seasonings and combinations of ingredients.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food and really good service. Did find the cost of $12 for a small size glass Caesar a bit high.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great night, delicious food, and good times with friends!

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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always my favourite. Never had a bad meal or service in all the times I've been there.
Try the Fete Chile, it's awesome!!

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