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.
This is a Chinese food restaurant masquerading as a Italian fusion restaurant
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 The online menu was very out of date and did not match their current menu
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.
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.
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.
Food was just ok at best and customer service was horrible.
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.
Amazing food and service. The best will find in Calgary
Food took too long, food was nothing special and price was high for the quality. Menu did not have more than one vegetarian options.
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.
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.
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.
Great tasting food, very reasonable priced, big portions, and great service.
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!
Excellent Italian/Japanese fusion food- specials always good and interesting, price good for the excellent quality
Inventive creative fusion menu matched with great wine and hospitality. I could dine here weekly!
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
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.
Quaint restaurant with AAAAMAZINGGG food. The chef was able to adjust our meals to meet our diet restrictions. Will definitely come back!
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!
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!
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.
Food was terrific as always. Very interesting. Great value
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.
Birthday Dinner. Superb food & Service.
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.
One of our favorite restaurants to visit. Intimate, warm environment with great service.
Highly recommend it!
Good food, slow service
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
The tasting menu during Calgary taste are fantastic!
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.
My husband and I had a great date night! The staff were extremely inviting, felt like we were treated like family! The food was beyond amazing !!!
Love this place. Even when I misread the menu and got something I wasn’t expecting, it turned out to be beyond my expectations. The service was excellent as always and of course savourily wonderful. One of my favourite restaurants always that never disappoints.
The best restaurant in Calgary. Every bite was a delight for the senses. We went for Valentine's dinner and they had a special 4 course meal. Each of them was glorious, can't wait to go back.
Fabulous, creative Japanese-Italian fusion. Every bite was delicious!
2nd time i have been here. Food is amazing and the staff wonderful
This is not a traditional Italian cuisine restaurant. The dishes are a blend with Japanese and might be worth an experiment to determine if you like it. The food was not bad, just not what we like which is more true Italian. The carbonara as an example was not like any that I have ever had. The Pork was cooked perfectly, but the rest of the plate was not what I would have expected from the name.
We also ordered sushi which was wonderful and pure to the cuisine.
Again, this is a restaurant to experience and decide if it is your taste.