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Date
Tue, 6/19
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10:00 PM
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Cardinal Bistro

4.8
233 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Cardinal Bistro offers a beautiful cozy atmosphere in down beach Ventnor New Jersey. A small 38- Seat BYOB declared as one of Craig Laban's Favorite New American Byo's at the shore, will dazzle you with the stunning culinary creations of Chef Michael. From our signature menu selections like Cioppino, Shrimp and Popcorn Grits or the award winning Green Circle Chicken there is something to surely please all appetites. Started by father and son team Thomas and Michael Brennan Cardinal Bistro is like walking into our home, so come see what the talk of the town is and we will see you at the Bistro!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(609) 541-4633
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Brennan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Haven Ave
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Highly recommend this BYO. Best things were halibut and excellent service by Leonard.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

A lovely little restaurant in a lovely little town. Sunday brunch was served in a nicely spaced venue. Service was professional and informative.
The food was well prepared, good and there were many choices.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We took my husband here for Father's Day brunch and loved it. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed. The menu was creative and yet had the basics for brunch. I had the Avocado Toast with Crab which was beautifully prepared with a generous portion of crab. I also had a side of bacon which was outstanding. The others had the mushroom, onion and goat cheese omelet which was fluffy and delicious. Service was very attentive. Would definitely recommend for an excellent but not overpriced brunch.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Exciting menu, amazing waiter....will be back soon

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent and unique preparation of every course. Definitely a meal preparation and presentation that I could not get in any other restaurant. It is always enjoyable to see how the chef combines different ingredients and tastes for every item that leaves the kitchen.
The service is always outstanding. Attentive not overbearing, and the meal is never rushed. Always an outstanding dining experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food and service!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Service and food excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was amazing. Service attentive. Met with the chef - a great person.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

One of the best dinners I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The food was great and so was the atmosphere. At first I was skeptical because it is a very small place and the menu was fancy. But my boyfriend and I decided to order a bunch of things off the menu and it was amazing. Definitely going back! Also, it’s BYOB!

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food and service were not at the level of last years (3) visits.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

this little gem offers the most interesting,creative and outstanding food i have had in years.the special app of fried egg was amazing! the octopus was so tender and unique. can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The food was very good but in my opinion the menu is very limited. The service was also good. I would have rated it higher except for the waiter broke off the cork on a very nice bottle of wine we had taken with us. I know that can happen to any bottle but in this case I saw that they only put the corkscrew in about half way before trying to pull it out. And I think that this occurred because they were more interested in telling us about the food and the menu rather than paying attention to the task at hand. I will say that they did recover by decanting and I presume filtering the wine but it likely didn't have to happen.

The food was good but I don't see myself going there on a regular basis. I think they need more menu options as my wife who tends to be omnivorous had a hard time finding something she wanted to order. Not easy to do.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. The service and food were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Best French toast I've ever had... Scrumptuous chocolate cake with ice cream... Wonderful attentive service!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This was a spectacular dinner presentation well suited to the honor of the chef inducted into the Chaine des rotisseurs of which I am a chevalier as well. The service was featured by the impeccable listing of favorite menu items by the two servers who accompanied us through the meal. The sautéed crab cake with vegetable hash was amazing in both flavors temperature and deliciousness
My main course of coop pink was amazing my prepared overstuffed with scallop, mussels, clams haddock and lobster with a chorizo broth and slices of chorizo. The aromas were to die for but the tastes were multi level and multidimensional
We deferred on eating dessert and can not wait to return for the chefs menu
A 10 in my Chaine book of restaurants
Kudos

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great brunch

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

As in the past, we really enjoyed our food. The apps were good and I really enjoyed my steak. I usually get a fish dish, but went in a different direction this time. My only criticism was that our waiter was a little too touchy, feely with all of us. It is quite unprofessional for a server to kneel down when taking ones order and that is exactly what he did that evening. Love the food, but the service should be addressed by Tom.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was my third time, two for brunch, and one for dinner. The food is consistently good and imaginative. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We’ve been there several times. Love the soup, roasted cauliflower, salmon. Wait staff has always patient with a the menu selection. Ourlast waiter was Quay very professional and attentive. Will go back again soon

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Fabulous gourmet meal!! Really exciting food with incredibly fresh ingredients, perfectly prepared. You cannot do better, we will be regulars!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Everything about dinner was great, from the service to the food. Everyone was really nice, and the food was delicious. Go!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food and service are always great! We are so fortunate to have the Cardinal Bistro within walking distance of our condo!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

My wife and I had excellent meal. CIA-trained chef offers interesting and delicious fare using unusual combination of ingredients with great presentation. We both had a cream soup with kohlrabi and apple which was perfect for a cold spring night. The pasta carbonara had duck confit that my wife loved. I enjoyed the chicken entree. The multi-course prix-fixe seemed a good value but too much food for us at that time. We would definitely return if we are back in the area.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

great beignets, good food. the duck club is rumored to be outstanding, they were out of it when I went. Lobster roll is generous as is the burger but the shrimp with grits disappointed. Pleasant service. Nice place to eat. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This place is a gem.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We’ve been there a couple of times and are trying new foods each time we visit. Have not been disappointed with their selection of appetizers, entree or desserts. Definitely a gem in Ventnor!!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Creative dishes with fresh ingredients. Knowledgeable and attentive waiter.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Outstanding food and service in a delightful environment

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fantastic brunch experience! The servers were fantastic and very accommodating. There were substitutions or alterations for members of my group that are gluten free, and everything was done with a smile! High caliber service is a rarity in snj... but this place check all the boxes and then some! A week later I’m still raving about the experience and planning my next visit! Spread the word, this place is the best! (Don’t skip the truffle fries!)

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

As always our meal was over the top, a magnificent blend of fresh ingredients, deliciously prepared with a novel touch.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Michael and Tom and their staff always make dining a pleasure.
Michael is most accommodating of my need to be gluten free.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food and service

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I love the place and loved the soup, loved the shrimp and grits. Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetable but I felt these were just a tad too sweet. The service could not have been better and the place is beautiful and spotless. Would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything at Cardinal Bistro was excelllent: atmosphere, service, food, etc. We cannot wait to come again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The four of us loved everything about The Cardinal Bistro! Will be back often...our go to at the shore!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Welcoming and attentive staff. Innovative menu, artful presentation and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I am never disappointed with the food at this restaurant. They change the menu just enough to keep it interesting. Really good food from the appetizers through to desserts

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food and service was excellent. Top notch restaurant. A little pricey, but good for special occasions

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Outstanding as always. We have only had excellent meals and excellent service. Whether summer or off season it is always a well timed meal with amazing food.

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