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About Carino Japanese Bistro

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.

709 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB T2E3J5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Italian, French

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

Cross Street:
Edmonton Trail and 7th Ave North

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 984-7534

Website:
http://www.carinobistro.ca/

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)

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine

Carino Japanese Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (214)
Neighborhood Gem (188)
Special Occasion (105)
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Romantic (74)
Notable Wine List (60)
Great for Lunch (44)
Great for Brunch (37)
Hot Spot (36)
Good for Groups (26)
Late-night Find (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Calgary)·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.

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food5
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vip
 (Calgary)·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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 30, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Calgary)·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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on April 22, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·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...

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food2
ambience4
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vip
 (Calgary)·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 .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience3
service5
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vip
 (Calgary)·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

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food5
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 (Calgary)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Great Valentines menu really enjoyed.

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food4
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 (Calgary)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 9, 2016

Love both Carino locations, unique menu, delicious food!

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food4
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vip
 (Calgary)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 31, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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food4
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 (Calgary)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 13, 2016

We have been here several times. Each time we are very very pleased. The combination of japanese and italian is extremely well done. The quality of the food is great. The service is always very good and helpful. The wine list is very very reasonable. Happy to go anytime

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Japanese inspired Italian food, who knew?! A delightful mix of flavours is the result! The dishes we ordered were as pleasant to the palate as they were to the eye. The mozzarella agedashi appetizer was amazing, we could have had a few orders of that for dinner and have been happy. The lamb ribs with penne was cooked to perfection. The sauce on the pasta was deliciously rich and garlicky. The staff were pleasant and prompt. It's a small area, reservations are recommended ( and don't be shy about cozying up to your neighbour)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2015

Ordered the Lobster Penne, Waygu Burger, stuffed Olives and Kambucha Gnocchi all of which were cooked perfectly and impressed us both flavor wise!

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food5
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Amazing fusion experience! We have tried both their locations and loved the food and the experience. Great personal service. Highly recommend!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Worth a visit - an unusual fusion of Japanese and Italian cuisine for those who appreciate the elegance and flavour this combination offers. Our server was excellent as usual. We celebrated my husband's birthday and it was perfect from appetizer through dessert. The bistro is adorably intimate and it was jam-packed. Great vibe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 14, 2015

We have been to Carino Japanese Bistro several times and it is always a wonderful experience. The restaurant is small and my suggestion is to reserve a table, especially on the weekend. Great food with a neat twist.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Carino was a nice, small quiet restaurant. The japanese infused with italian food was an interesting concept. We had tried the calamari which was excellent, the spicy sauce it comes with was my favorite. My main dish was the carbonara which was just average, did not taste like anything out of the ordinary. The other main dish we got was the Duck Duck Duck which was a variety of foie gras, duck breast and crispy duck which my significant other loved. So if you are a fan of duck, I would suggest it! Service was good but surprisingly was not very busy for a Saturday at 6pm.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 6, 2015

didn't think you could mash Japanese and Italian....but they do a wonderful job at Carino!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 12, 2015

Always enjoy the restaurant spicing the traditional Japanese cooking and mixing it with Italian or western style details. Their menu works well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 26, 2015

Delicious food, interesting idea, worth eating at. I would go again many times. I really need to make it out for lunch to try their soup.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 19, 2015

Fantastic food as always, although the service was unusually inattentive at first. Probably the best burger in town. Our guest loved the Duck Duck Duck!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 18, 2015

I went here with my friend to catch up over lunch. This place was perfect for just that!
Awesome staff and reasonable pricing too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 11, 2015

When reading first about this restaurant we were a bit reluctant. Japanese italian fusion? Is that at all feasable? However after eating at Carino I have to say it is.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 2, 2015

This place is one of the places that I wanted to try due to rave reviews. I came prepared after reading reviews from Open Table. I knew service would be just alright. The ladies were really friendly but not attentive. They greeted, took your order, and dropped the food. When we came, there were about 9 people which I considered many due to the size of the restaurant. I like their decor. Simple yet elegant. I was a little disappointed when I saw brunch and lunch menu. I was looking forward to see a beautiful union of Japanese and Italian dishes, but I saw only Japanese dishes and a few breakfast menu. I opted for a beef wagyu rice and hubby picked a miso ramen. Though there was a distinctive taste, it does not quite sit right with my tastebuds. I will be back for dinner and hopefully I got to taste the Japanese Italian food.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 26, 2015

excellent food but quite pricey, we had the ramen dishes

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 25, 2015

very friendly service, I had the lamb dish, very tasty and tender, my husband likes the black cod and the dessert was a gem, must try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 12, 2015

The cheerful person who greeted us was also our server. Her pleasant manner continued throughout the evening. We were all haoppy with our meals. Perhaps the mozzarella balls could have been hotter. We chose Limoncello for an after dinner drink. It was one of three choices. To be told they were out of it was disappointing. All in all it was excellent. A suggestion would be to update their website menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on June 2, 2015

Definitely a change from the ordinary and has some interesting options.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 26, 2015

Great service and great food! We will go back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 23, 2015

Japanese Italian fusion cuisine. Absolutely delicious! I heard a second location opened in Mission and we will definitely check it out too. Was a great spot to share family style to try lots of their dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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