Cardinal Bistro

4.6
295 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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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
Wed–Sun 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
What 295 People Are Saying
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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Never ever disappoints!!! Extremely talented chef.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and even better food. Will be back.

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JE
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent, high-end selections. Sophisticated preparations, with beautiful presentations. One of the best at the shore and worth a special trip. Skip the casino restaurants and come here.

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JB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! The food was delicious and the service excellent. We will become “regulars”!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh, modern cuisine... enjoyed every bite...wanted to try everything on the menu...BYOB...better food than expensive casino restaurants just a short Uber ride away...Just do it!

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S
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoy a special evening
Every detail is taken care of by the entire staff
They really care about you
Food is absolutely delicious

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NB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food and service. We were there on a humid night and they definitely needed more air and/or fans. Other than that, great dinner.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!!

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PA
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Cardinal. The service was excellent (shout out to Grayson). The menu is not extensive but it was easy to find options we both liked. We were wishing there were more fish choices. I had the halibut and it was very fresh and cooked perfectly. Great selection of appetizers. Their signature dish, Cioppino, was pricey at over $50 as was the venison special at $65. The rest of the entrees were in the $30-35 range. We would definitely go back. Nice meal.

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FS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the 3rd time I've been to Cardinal and still very impressed with the food and the service. They forgot to give us bread or popcorn while waiting for dinner. I don't care but my guests may have. No one is perfect but this place comes pretty darn close.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit pricey and not enough choices

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YM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I love this place and bring family and friends at every opportunity. Always special. Never disappoints.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to sit outside at this quaint and always delicious bistro. Food is always spectacular, and all of the staff is friendly and attentive.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I ordered lamb chops that cost $55.00
The chops had very little meat and were fatty. There was a small vegetable with it. Very overpriced and some of the worst chops I ever had. Very average restaurant

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall, pretty good. Food, especially the Brussels sprouts app and the pork, was excellent. Service, though, rubbed us the wrong way. This sounds like sour grapes, but the owner was over-friendly and did not bother to “read” us (e.g. we wanted more alone time).

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HT
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had brunch. The brown butter pancakes were delicious- very light and fluffy. Omelets are stuffed full of fresh ingredients.

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YM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is always imaginative and the service is consistently attentive.

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m
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is fantastic and beautifully presented. Service is excellent and owner and staff very friendly and attentive. We’ll be back.

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g
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, creative, delicious food prepared and served by passionate foodies. Terrific!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service.

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j
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was Good -usually very good-too many people all coming in at once-my halibut was way over cooked and I just don’t think they had enough people to warrant complaining-they did the best they could and the servers were pleasant-it was our son’s birthday and they acknowledged it when we came in but was quickly forgotten by the end of our meal...cool place -different food-and usually very good-it was just not a good experience for us that night-we will give it a rest for a while

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fantastic dinner with my husband. A gem at the shore!!

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AO
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a fun brunch here on Sunday and it was nice to see the restaurant so busy. As always, the food was delicious and the staff very friendly.

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GS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and the service couldn’t be better!

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great waiter (Grayson). Good food. Especially liked the zucchini appetizer. Halibut was good but not totally fresh (maybe 1 day old). Would definitely go back.

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FS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a chef! The food is outstanding. My husband is a great cook and most times when we dine out, he says, "l could have made this meal better". Not this time. He loved Cardinale Bistro!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we have had in a really really long time. Staff was delightful, owner was charming and the food was absolutely delicious! Definitely coming back!!!

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s
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was amazing but the lobster was phenomenal!

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R
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great as always! Ciopinno was delicious although pricey. It would have been nice to be told that it's MP was so much more than all of the other entrees .

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Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our second time eating at Cardinal Bistro this summer. Unfortunately I have to say that the second time was nowhere close to the excellent experience we had the first time. Maybe it is August, when some of the restaurants feel that it is their last chance to “cash in” on the summer resort crowd, but the prices appeared to be at least 1/3 higher than last time. For example , the least expensive protein dish was chicken at $32. Nice portion and it was delicious, but $32? Would have loved to try the cioppino , however $56 is more expensive than the veal chop at Domenicos. Since they never seem to show the $ (mp) for this dish, maybe they should consider offering it without lobster, and then an added charge with lobster.
Most disappointing is that they just changed the menu, perhaps to raise prices (?), and two favorites, duck (my son stated that it was his best duck dish ever due to the chef’s ability to render the duck fat), and shrimp with grits are no longer offered.
Anyway, the food that we ordered was delicious but when a restaurant that has a very limited menu to start, and replaces it with fairly expensive items , even for a resort town, it does impact the experience. FYI , other tables seemed to struggle with the high price limited selection. If it wasn’t byob and I already gave them my credit card to reserve on Open Table, we probably would have left. Sorry CB, because your food is very good!

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NO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. When in Margate NJ do not miss this place.

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JF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was delicious. I was with a group of five and we all got different menu items and everyone enjoyed!

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef michael and his team at the restaurant are all fantastic! We had a sampling of dishes from his brand new menu the other day and I can say with confidence that you can not go wrong with anything on the menu (even the avocado mousse desert!)

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DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall I was very impressed with the meal. Compared to other shore point restaurants it was a breed of its own in regards to the food.
The ambience was also pleasant and homey.
The service was good and they were attentive, but nothing to write home about.
Prices were fair.

As far as I can tell the restaurant is a well oiled operation. The food came out very quickly (especially down the shore). And the servers were on top of the ball.
One critique I’d have is both the duck, and the pork loin we ordered were over cooked ever so slightly.

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H
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this new neighborhood gem and so glad I found it. All 4 of us loved our appetizers, entrees and deserts! Food was inventive, fresh and well prepared. Servers clearly enjoy being there. It was lovely to have delicious vegetarian options. I highly recommend their crispy brussel sprouts- best I’ve had. Halibut and cioppino were amazing!

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant- we have been many times. Creative cooking with wonderful personal service!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best down the shore

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H
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. So impressed for a young chef who’s dishes are incredibly creative and extremely tasty. The servers were also exceptional. They took their time to explain the dishes and share their favorites with us. I would highly recommended this restaurant. Will definitely be coming back.

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S
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We frequent this local hotspot almost weekly in the summer months. The service by Grayson and Quay is always outstanding! The owner Tom greets you upon arrival and the small but varied menu doesn’t disappoint. The brussel sprouts are always delicious and a good size appetizer to share. The beet linguine is also very tasty as is the gnocchi and the cauliflower.
My favorite “go to” dish is the shrimp and grits. The small slices of chorizo sausage add just the right amount of heat and flavor.
Overall high marks for this place plus they do a delicious Sunday brunch as well.
Hoping they switch up the dinner menu a bit as we’ve tried almost every dish . The chef seems very creative using seasonal ingredients but I would love to see some new dishes as well.

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ET
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

VERY CREATIVE AND SPECIAL CUISINE...LOVE THIS PLACE

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