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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
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (53)
Good for a Date (51)
Special Occasion (44)
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Cozy (43)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Casual (31)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Comfort Food (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Business Meals (18)
Authentic (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (6)
Spicy (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Tapas (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service and food. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The restaurant is small so it’s tight but overall wonderful place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food - loved the Fett Chile. My favourite on the menu. The Jessie Street Sour cocktail was delicious and an authentic “sour”, made in the traditional way with new ingredients. Excellent service (Bonnie)

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Went to for valentine's day dinner.Loved the atmosphere.Good food and wine.
Quiet place to have some good conversation.Nice location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Last minute Valentine's Day supper. Little bit busy and noisy, but good! Would come again. Food was tasty. Wine was great! Happy to get a table! Service was very good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines Day dinner was awesome!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food and great service, had a wonderful waitress. Will definitely be returning soon!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Our server Bonnie was excellent! Food choices diverse and delicious. Highly recommend this establishment

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Manitoba)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a good experience. Because it was Valentines Day it was busy so the ascending noise level sometimes made it hard to converse. But the food was delicious and our server was charming.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 13, 2018

It is normally my favorite restaurant and I usually get the chicken fett chili. Unfortunately this time the flavor was lacking. The Caesar salad was great, as was the wine. I will go back as I'm sure that it was just an off night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 13, 2018

First time at the cafe and was very impressed.
Excellent service, tasty food and reasonable price - what more could you ask for!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We all 4 of us had a very enjoyable evening at your restaurant this past Friday evening. Service was great as was our meals.

Withhout hesitation I would recommend Cafe Carlos to friends and we would return for a meal.

My one and only comment, not a complaint, was that my pasta was under slightly cooked, but it was so tasty I carried on.

Thank you and we will see you again.

Jim G.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We tried the Dine About Menu and were pleased with our choices.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 4, 2018

was great. nice and quiet and good service. food was really good!
took my wife for her birthday and we had never been there. we will be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Since there was only two of us, we were placed on the main aisle which I was a little concerned with but the servers were very aware of you and weren't hitting your elbow each time the came past. Our server Bonnie was amazing. So attentive at all the right times and it was like we had known her for years. The menu was excellent and the taste of the food was top notch. The bathrooms were the cleanest I have seen in a long time and this just shows how attentive the staff is to everything. The restaurant was nice and warm on a cold winter night which helped when people came in or out and a cold blast of air travelled down the main aisle. It warmed up quickly each time and was actually a little refreshing. Our server ended up giving us a complementary dessert for no reason in particular. We will definitely be back. It was a date night for my wife and I and worked out perfectly. And the left overs the next day were so good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistently delicious restaurant!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food and service was amazing definitely on my list of restaurants to dine at again

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I've been here twice now, once for a birthday and once for our anniversary. The first time I had the goat cheese salad followed by the butternut squash ravioli in browned butter hazelnut sauce. The second time I had the same thing again because it was just so good. I love the texture of the hazelnuts in the sauce combined with the fresh pasta. The calamari starter is also delicious; light and crunchy with a good dipping sauce. The food portions are a BIT small; my husband commented if we hadn't gotten an appetizer and starter salads (and dessert), the main by itself wouldn't have been enough for him, and he had the gnocchi which is something you would expect to be filling. That being said the food is very tasty and we both liked everything we ordered; I would definitely go again. They have local art on the walls and overall I find it to be a nice, cosy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Exceptional!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent meal in a quiet, cozy atmosphere. So many restaurants are too loud to have a conversation in, but this one was perfect for our meeting over dinner with work colleagues. The half-rack of lamb I ordered was delicious and cooked perfectly. One of my colleagues had strict dietary requirements that the kitchen was able to accommodate.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was fabulous, as usual.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 16, 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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 13, 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 12, 2018

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Never disappoints! Our favorite go to restaurant!!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Manitoba)·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 6, 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 6, 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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 (Manitoba)·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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 4, 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 3, 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 23, 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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 20, 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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 (Manitoba)·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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