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Cardinal Bistro

189 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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American, Contemporary American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm
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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Cross street
New Haven Ave
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 189 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfoodtraveler (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food and service.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

Gilbert (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

Pennyzen (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Love the food the atmosphere and what a great staff.

vipPhillyfoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined 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.

lolapies (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined 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.

Gilbert (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The bistro was broken tonight

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

absolutely terrific highly recommend food is wonderful

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

I continue to dine here on a regular basis and every time I go back I am simply amazed that they continue to surprise us with new dishes that are out of this world!!!

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful as always!

vipMikey (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

This was our 4th or 5th visit to Cardinal Bistro. As always, we received a warm greeting and were seated immediately. We ordered the beet salad and roasted butternut squash agnolotti. Both were very good. My wife had the black sea bass and I had the scallops, and both were perfectly prepared. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and look forward to returning.