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Carino Japanese Bistro

110 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Located in an old wine bar building, Carino Japanese Bistro is a Japanese restaurant that serves Italian-Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is popular for its ramen served at lunch. It has an inmate dining area with east facing windows covered with drapes to provide a warm ambience and its ceiling is decorated with pressed-in tin designs. Carino Japanese Bistro offers a boutique and bar seating.

Along with a lunch and dinner menu, Carino Japanese Bistro offers a secret ramen lunch menu. Food items on the menus include soups, omelettes, waffles, pizza, pasta and risotto. Some of its popular dishes include quinoa waffles, teriyaki wagyu beef burger and the duck gnocchi. Carino Japanese Bistro was named as the 6th best ‘New Restaurant' in Air Canada's Magazine in 2013 for its food.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese, Italian, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(403) 984-7534
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Edmonton Trail and 7th Ave North
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Parking details
Available daily after 5pm at Rear.

Calgary Authority Parkin LOT 10 is just across from the Edmonton Trail.
Daytime Mon-Fri 6am-6pm
$0.50 per 1/2hr to MAX $6.00
Daytime Sat, Sun & Holidays
$0.50 per 1/2 hr to MAX &2.00

Street Parking is possible (Mon-Fri)
2hrs 8am-5pm / 6Ave,7Ave between 2nd & 1st
3hrs 7am-6pm / 1st between 4Ave & 6Ave
After above hours, free to park.

(Conditions are subject to change)

BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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hosick (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Food was delicious for sure, but we choose the restaurant based on their menu seen online...when we arrived we were told they changed the menu to a summer menu. Again still delicious but a bit disappointed I didn't get to try what I had my heart set on.

vippickyslacker (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

Tasty interesting food, will definitely go back to try other dishes. Excellent poke, ramen, and we had that evenings specials - chicken cutlets and duck - which were very good

DaleH (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

Carino is a hidden gem. Such a beautiful restaurant. Carefully restored. Beautiful food. Unique and inventive.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2016

We have been to Carino several times and it is consistently an excellent experience. The menu is innovative, made with unique, quality ingredients, and always executed brilliantly. Thanks for being so awesome!

Jimcrescentheights (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Carino's has lots of great food on the menu. I love the Poke Nachos, with tuna. In fact I have never had a bad meal there. But once I had the Wagu beef burger on a rice bun, I realized I'll never have anything else there . . . Oh maybe some appetizers. The service is friendly and fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

We always enjoy the food at this restaurant. The tastes are so interesting, yet subtle. The mozzarella agedashi appetizer was wonderful. We didn't know what to expect, but both of us loved the flavours. Service was very friendly and attentive.

vipAllOutYYC (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Invited friends and they couldn't stop raving about the food, especially the duck. Fantastic, fresh fusion food that will make you wonder why you don't go more often.

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

We had a fantastic meal here, and love the Bridgeland location . Will definately be back.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

I feel that a large portion of the price I paid goes into rent. It's a good neighborhood and the restaurant has good ambience. However, the food portion is very small for the price. The ramen has very little soup and very salty. I feel like it's not homemade noodles but instant frozen ramen from the Nissin brand... Quite disappointed...

vipJadedDiner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

This is a great spot; they make food interesting and unique. Staff is so friendly and helpfull, they are there when you need something and very accomodating . Food quality is first class and best of all - they have corkage! Never mind that on Tuesdays there is no charge - that is not the point; the point is they get it; that you may have something you wish to try from your cellar! The fact that they recognise this as a key ingredient to good dining, deserves our patronage.
[ If you are a true food and wine lover]. Give this destination a try; its much more interesting than the 4St.SW; location, as that caters to the "see and be seen crowd" of 4th street. That locations menu is less imaginative; hence less interesting .

vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Nice crisp calamari. The apple gnocchi was very flavourful. My husband said the Waygu burger was one of the best he's tasted and would go back again just for that. I had the braised short rib which was great

TimothyG (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Always enjoy the interesting fusion dishes with that Japanese - Italian mix, and this evening was terrific.
Thanks for a great food experience!

SJCE (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

It's always nice to walk down the street for an enjoyable dinner with friends. Carino Japanese Bistro can be counted on for delicious food and courteous service. We're lucky to have it in the neighbourhood.

vipOpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Great Valentines menu really enjoyed.

Bert (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Very nice evening for a Romantic Valentine's Date!

Enjoyed the ambiance and the eclectic food; especially the gnocchi with the Duck Duck Duck plate!

Very good service!

vipHappy2eat (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2016

What a delightful surprise to experience a well done fusion of Japanese and Italian flavours and presentation. Congratulations to the chef. It was a nice, quiet ambiance with soft music that made for a good, intimate conversational setting with friends.

vipcorby81 (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2016

Love both Carino locations, unique menu, delicious food!

vipJadedDiner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

What a great food/wine treat this place is. So friendly and attentive. Clever take on fusion , executed with delicious results. Love the duck, and the Octopus Carpaccio. Wine list is complementary with reasonably priced choices. Chef comes out to check on your meal AND to be hospitable. Nice touch. THIS place has a corckage policy - again what that tells me is they get it; that the restaurant should be about the diners and their experience not about liquor margins. Second location in Mission not as interesting a menu; its expected as its the 4th St. crowd, more about being seen than really knowing anything about food, wine or the "hospitality trade". BUT would still go because of the great food execution and the staff here are also welcoming, so they deserve your patronage.

Moni (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2016

Brunch assortment is superb and a Sunday morning Ceasar hits the spot.

CalgaryKarateka (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

I've never been disappointed here. Staff are attentive, atmosphere is intimate, food is unique and delicious. They offer an experience that has taken Japanese attention to detail and fused it with the best ingredients and Italian traditions. Moto the manager is the best!