Carino Riserva

4.3
295 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Carino Riserva is an Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant located in the Mission neighborhood in Calgary Canada.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Japanese, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 am, Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(403) 454-7668
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
22nd Ave SW
What 295 People Are Saying
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Calgary
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great meal as always... tasty and beautifully presented!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really goood foood, service was fast and nice small place

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, slow service but worth the wait. I will go back and would highly recommend.

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OT
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Different twist to Italian. Or Japanese, depending on perspective. Excellent service. Food came hot, which is how good food is to be presented.

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GC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice inventive menu with unique flavour combos in a cozy room. Friendly service.

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SW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic with great attention to detail. The food was delicious with a great selection of different cuisines.

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J
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really love the food, waitress is great but if she could smile would add the last star to the service. I will definitely visit it again.

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d
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This is a Chinese food restaurant masquerading as a Italian fusion restaurant

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KM
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. the one appetizer was still cool in middle. The online menu was very out of date and did not match their current menu

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AF
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Carina is always terrific.
Love the fusion Japanese/Italian food.
Always so creative and delish.

The waitress had a minor screw up with one of our meals but eventually it arrived.

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been a fan of the first Carino on Edmonton Trail, and like many fans were very disappointed to bid farewell to such a fine establishment.
First confession: I carried the expectation from Carino to Carino Riserva, on this inaugural visit.
Second confession: I am aware Carino Riserva does Japanese with an Italian twist (still reminiscing the Italian with a Japanese twist of Carino).
Setting: Table of 2
Ordered: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Spicy Duck Nanban, and Rack of Lamb.
How we felt: For starters, the tuna tartare was a very comforting initiation. It was what I had expected from the creator of the first Carino. However, I somewhat disagreed with the thickness of the accompaniment tortilla chips, which required a wee bit too much bite effort.
For mains:
The Spicy Duck Nanban w/ Japanese Pasta (well it's udon). It was overall a nice "gathering" of duck confit, soy-dashi broth, mushrooms, sweet peas, and noodles in a bowl. All these ingredients appeared so meaningful on the menu, but was brought together as individuals and remained individuals in a noodle soup.
Rack of Lamb: This was the biggest disappointment. Lamb chops itself were done alright. But to serve them on a Edo Japan-style (yes, I mean the fast-food chain) stir-fried cabbage, bean sprouts and peppers with Mongolian BBQ Sauce (Genghis Khan?) and avocado sushi roll. My sushi rolls soaked up the watery BBQ sauce. It was a story so confusing, assembled so awkwardly to the point I felt annoyed that I could not understand this dish at all. And, more frustrating was that it was a $30 dish of lamb chops on chop suey.

It was an anticipated night out, and we chose Carino Riserva because we miss Carino. We truly appreciated the passion, commitment to details and dining experience we had at Carino. Back then, every ingredient was meaningful, every plated item had a role. After an appetizer, and 2 main courses, and $70 short - we left still hungry for the magic of fusion cuisine that Carino once perfected.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was just ok at best and customer service was horrible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really unique, cozy, restaurant. The menu looked gimmicky at first glance, but is executed beautifully. It might not be what some people would call ‘authentic’ but it was a great meal, and I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. The best will find in Calgary

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F
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food took too long, food was nothing special and price was high for the quality. Menu did not have more than one vegetarian options.

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Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for our anniversary dinner on Friday night. Had the tasting menu and although every course was good my favourite was the sphagetti w wagu and fish tacos. Each course was good size and left very full.
Next time we go will definitely check out items from menu as a lot of them sounded pretty interesting. But as our first time there decided to try tasting menu
Only minor negative -it was pretty crowded and tables are close together. Noise level was fairly loud but not so bad we couldn't hear each other. Will definitely return to check out other dishes.

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SS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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SM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious. They really need more than one server. All the customers in the restaurant waited at every step of the dinner from arriving and waiting to be seated until waiting to pay the bill.

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D
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighbourhood but had not been here in the 4 years since it’s been open. This is fusion at its creative best - a full range of flavours. Full of appreciative customers with latecomers having to be turned away.

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OT
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food, very reasonable priced, big portions, and great service.

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LT
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and super exceptional as always! Tonight we were able to also secure us some creme brûlée for dessert which was fantastic! Fave place ever!

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VA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian/Japanese fusion food- specials always good and interesting, price good for the excellent quality

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M
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive creative fusion menu matched with great wine and hospitality. I could dine here weekly!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent meal. Server was very good given she was so busy. It was a very hot evening and no AC evident so temperature in room was regrettably uncomfortable .
None the less, I will definitely go there again

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BA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW.....we’re big on tapas and small plate dining and have hit pretty well all of them in the city. This place was a pleasant surprise and definitely the best value we’ve come across for dining. Food was excellent. Live music was a nice touch. Great service. Will definitely be back soon.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quaint restaurant with AAAAMAZINGGG food. The chef was able to adjust our meals to meet our diet restrictions. Will definitely come back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good overall

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CG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must say this place was amazing . The food was just to die for and the staff were all friendly and so warm . It makes a lovely change to have amazing food that’s not like the other chain restaurants around ! I would highly recommend dining here!

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K
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Top quality prepared by the owner and his team. Food is always consistent and the service is good. Will continue to return again and again!

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JB
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were very disappointed as the last time we went (in Bridgeland location) it was a fabulous experience. There was only one server on & although she was lovely, there is only so much one person can do with a full restaurant. Our appetizers were delicious. Our mains were just mediocre. They need to get an other server on for busy nights.

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g
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific as always. Very interesting. Great value

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s
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

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c
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely my favourite date night restaurant. The food is amazing, never been disappointed. Service is also great, it is evident they appreciate your patronage, and go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner. Superb food & Service.

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JN
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. Well deserved 'best fusion restaurant' by Avenue Magazine two years in a row. 3 of us ordered from the menu and 1 did the tasting menu. Every single dish was delicious. Lots of flavour, beautiful presentation, you can tell the effort put into creating the menu. Creative and simply just tasty. Must try, will return.

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KF
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants to visit. Intimate, warm environment with great service.

Highly recommend it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Good food, slow service

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C
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My girlfriend and I can eat quite a bit. We ordered the tasting menu for one and an extra appetizer (spicy mussels, amazing broth) and we were stuffed! The dishes were unique and delicious

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R
Macau
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The tasting menu during Calgary taste are fantastic!

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B
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

So, we liked everything about this restaurant. However... the restaurant allowed a family with two toddlers in, and these little hellions screamed and screamed (one or the other) for at least 45 minutes. My wife mentioned to me the other day "I don't think I'd go back there, probably because of the screaming kids." While this may not be logical, _nothing_ about this great restaurant suggests little kids should be in there. For the owners, I'd suggest making it an adult-only restaurant. I have four kids, so I know it can be hard to take kids out. However, I would _never_ take my kids to a cozy italian/japanese fusion restaurant. So while the Carnio may gain some business from the odd family, it pretty much lost ours. (I should note, when I say screaming kids I mean it was difficult to carry on conversation at our table of four). So the ambience would have been a 4/5 or a 5/5 if not for the background noise.

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