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Cardinal Bistro

4.8
217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
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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

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

What better way to thank your father then treating him to Cardinal Bistro. From the wagyu beef to the Berkshire Pork Tenderloin we have what he wants. Don't forget our amazing crispy Brussel sprouts.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great brunch

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Best Chef in the area. Cutting edge recipes and presentation. Amazing service.
Try it for yourself. No need to drive to NYC, Philly or Cape May.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was Awesome!! Just love the food and the beat chef around!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Wonderful food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Everything was fantastic from start to finish. Chef Michael’s attention to detail was fantastically and every course was better than the last. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Absolutely a special dining experience! The food was outstanding and Chef Michael even came out of the kitchen to be sure we were pleased. We will definitely be returning!!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The couple we were with had eaten there a couple times before and liked it! I decided to take them up on their recommendation. We were disappointed. The best thing that the four of us had eaten were the Brussels sprouts. Delish!! The $41 Cioppino was 90% mussels, 2 shrimp, 2 scallops...as far as the salmon dish that 2 of us had, we both agreed there was nothing special about it. Thank goodness for awesome wine and friends to make up for the disappointment.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

One of my favorite, if not my favorite, restaurant. The food is outstanding. The ambiance is comfortable. The wait staff is unbelievably accomodating and friendly. The owner, Thomas, is always there to make sure you have a good dining experience. Truly worth the drive to the Jersey shore. Living there makes it even better.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Love the food the atmosphere and what a great staff.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The fixed price 3 course menu is a great value. Food was delicious. Loved the Brussels sprouts and flourless chocolate cake.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

What a great meal experience. We were the only table seated in the place. (Slow winter night) We are adventurous eaters so we opted to let the chef design a meal for us. We had smoked chef salad. It was delicious, I had never had anything smoked under a dome before. Our appetizer was a house-made fettuccine with duck confit. It was delicious and a nice departure from traditional fettuccine carbonara. The entrees we had were day scallops over couscous and the duck breast cooked perfectly medium with beets, blackberries and a beautifully reduced sauce. We also had a deconstructed clam chowder soup. A delicious potato cake clams and cream soup base poured over the side. The flourless chocolate cake was amazing. I can also not say enough good things about our server Quay who told us about all of the menu items he had sampled and made some great recommendations. Truly a professional and very helpful. I will definitely be back to eat at Cardinal Bistro.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We had an exceptional evening at Cardinal Bistro! Chef Michael was outstanding! Our server, Quay, made our experience even better. Thank you Cardinal Bistro for giving us all the ingredients for a fantastic dinner with friends.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently outstanding food as well as service. I consider this restaurant one of the best in the Atlantic City area.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The bistro was broken tonight

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2.0Dined on January 1, 2018

My boyfriend and I came in for brunch and the meal was ok. We were greeted immediately which was nice and taken to a table by the window. As we sat down we noticed crumbs on the chairs and windowsill, as well as under the table and the other tables around us. We couldn’t help but to think what the kitchen might have looked as far as cleanliness/neatness. The complimentary beignets were a nice touch, but weren’t cooked all the way, still had raw dough inside. The avocado toast was presented nicely, but was lacking with seasoning. The french toast wasn’t really anything special, it could’ve been served warmer and the mascarpone could’ve been a bit sweeter and smoother. The butter given with the dish looked like it was used by another table( barely any served and badly presented) and was given so much syrup it was overflowing from the demitasse. The ambiance was different, the server stations in view to the guests and we watched the man who greeted us sitting at one of the tables working on his laptop eating bread. Not sure if we would return.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

absolutely terrific highly recommend food is wonderful

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Incredible it’s such a wonderful treat to be able to enjoy a culinary adventure for lunch. The food and atmosphere are the best. Great value and always changing menu with locally sourced products. Love being able to enjoy either Lunch or Dinner here.

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