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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

Cafe Carlo Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (49)
Good for a Date (46)
Creative Cuisine (42)
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Special Occasion (40)
Cozy (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Casual (32)
Authentic (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Romantic (23)
Great for Lunch (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Fun (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Spicy (16)
Business Meals (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Tapas (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wife and I came for a post-anniversary dinner date. Shared the pesto chicken and beef tenderloin entrees, prawn appetizer. Food and service were excellent. A couple of preference substitutions were accommodated without issue. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was delicious, portions large ( took leftover home & was delicious the next day)

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Birthday and anniversary dinner. Our service was amazing as was the food! Can not wait to go back!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

My fiancee highly recommended Cafe Carlo, her favorite place in Winnipeg for the seafood chowder and seafood pasta. And she was right, the seafood chowder is delicious. She was telling me stories about how full the seafod chowder would be, tons of shrimp, salmon, scallops, lobster, clams. She was a bit disappointed because there was not as much seafood this time around.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Consistent high quality creative food, service like it should be... 30 plus years of leading the way... Saturday night it's full buzzing with atmosphere... I focused on my sauce on the squash ravioli... then asked our coach fir the ingredients which she provided ...they do the little things right which make all the difference between good and great... when you ask how a cocktail or meal is prepared you will experience the difference... Bon appetit... sabrosso

Tags: Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Hadn't been at Cafe Carlo for over 10 years. If anything it was better than we remembered. We were super impressed with our meal and server, Tara.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals, Great Beer
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food, and friendly atmosphere. Easy to make a reservation in advance and good service. Quite loud so not a good spot for a romantic quiet dinner, on a Friday night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Our waitress was taking care of too many tables by herself but still did an excellent job.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food and drinks were excellent, service was very good but dinner for two, 1 appetizer with 2 beer and 1 cocktail was $125 before tip. If you want a really good Italian meal and willing to pay extra then this place won't disappoint. If they brought down the prices a bit I would come back more often. The ambiance and look of the restaurant was very nice. Bruschetta and Chilli Fett was amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The restaurant never loses its charm & goodness. The food quality is exceptional and the service attentive and sensitive. The level of noise goes up as the restaurant fills up; that can't be helped and there may be quieter tables available(reason for 4 stars).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Atmosphere and food was excellent. Service quite good. We were there mid week and the restaurant was still busy. Only criticism is that cocktails are pricey. $13 is a bit excessive. Could be around $8-9. I would have had another drink if that was the case. Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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