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Cardinale

4.8
4.8
1088 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Cardinale - An Italian Joint located in Victoria Park. Hand-crafted cocktail, fresh pasta, locally sourced meats & produce paired with fine wine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Friday 11:30-11:30 Saturday 4:00-11:30

  • Phone number

    (403) 264-6046

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steven Dowdell

  • Private party facilities

    Cardinale is perfect for all types of events from intimate family gatherings to weddings to corporate events of all types. Private & semi-private rooms, both indoors & outdoors, that can be laid out to accommodate parties of all sizes as well as a variety of menus to fit all tastes and budgets.

  • Private party contact

    Jared Kichula: (403) 714-2090

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Cross street

    3rd Street SE

  • Parking details

    Parking is located on the North-west corner of 12th Avenue & 3rd Street SE just kitty corner to the restaurant. We offer free parking while you dine at the restaurant. Due to parking restrictions in the area we request that you don't leave your vehicle in our spots after you leave the restaurant so our guests coming after you have somewhere to park.<br />

  • Public transit

    One block North-East of the Victoria Park - Stampede station. <br /><br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,088 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Calgary / Southern Alberta

    Italian

  • Calgary

    Italian

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  1. AM

    AdeleM

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm inviting space with exposed brick walls and warm wood, lighting at perfect level for intimate dinner, acoustics perfect in that there was a nice buzz of conversation but you could still hear those at your table. Menu was the perfect one pager with a good range of options. I had the rigatoni which was spectacular. Tried my hubbie’s squid ink pasta with seafood which was also delicious. Get the feeling that everything on the menu is amazing so definitely need to go back. Great cocktail menu with innovative options. Very impressive wine list. Service was warm and engaging with knowledgeable staff dedicated to making everyone’s experience awesome. I think I just found my new fave spot for a great dinner with friends or a date night
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Cardinale, the service is always amazing and the food is delicious! We love going here before Flames games, but are going to go next time on a Saturday night with some friends!
  3. RM

    RobM

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best pasta in the city. Always leave Cardinale happy with the dining experience.
  4. NE

    NikolayE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a date, food is fantastic! Recommend!
  5. JD

    JeanD

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The appetizers were great (burrata, focaccia and calamari), server was lovely ;Rachelle) but mains were not up to
  6. SR

    SidneeR

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great date night at Cardinale! Excellent service, a trendy ambience and food was amazing. Would go again
  7. H

    Happy123

    Calgary

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really the best date night place! My husband and I love this local spot! We love the service, the food and well, just everything about this place!
  8. C

    Cheryl

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great restaurant to visit before any event at the saddledome. Would visit again!
  9. F

    Foodyyc2023

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    What a disappointment! We booked here to celebrate our daughter’s 6 years birthday. We ordered 4 different pasta, three of them are super spicy. You don’t experience much spicy plaster some where else . The chef use fresh jalapeño. The waitress didn’t warning us any of this when we order the food. my 2 year and 6years old are crying when they eat their food.
  10. AK

    AllisonK

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! Food was fantastic, great portions! We will definitely be back!
  11. A

    Auser

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was kind of sad that I booked my reservation stating it was my birthday, which is a hard time of year to get acknowledged as it is but the table beside me got a little birthday ice cream and candle and birthday song. It made me sad. My birthday sucks.
  12. M

    Minaz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The staff were great... they switched our table right away when i told them that we were not happy with the table we were seated at. Andrea took care of us during the evening and she was great! - helpful and attentive. The service was 5* for sure. Location and ambience were also very good. Only complaint, if that, was that the menu selections were limited especially for my dining partner who is a vegetarian. Andrea tried to put something together for her but it was so-so at best. I had the lasagna and it was terrific. Will visit again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Los mejores, el mejor servicio, la mejor experiencia y el personal simplemente encantador
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. Every course was great, and the cocktails were unique and delicious. Service was friendly and fast, with the right amount of privacy. Would highly recommend.
  15. TP

    TomP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great drinks and wine list, and while food choices are limited, they do an excellent job with their offerings.
  16. D

    Doodle

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. Best calamari I have had in ages, my friends and I ended up ordering three pastas and sharing them. All were absolutely incredible and I think my favourite was the gnocchi. Can’t wait to go back for more cocktails and delicious Italian.
  17. A

    Aldwilson

    Hawaii

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, wine & service. Graham, Blake, and the team do a sensational job every time we visit for dinner.
  18. MD

    MarnieD

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thus is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. The menu is limited which means each item is made with fresh ingredients and excellent preparation. In designing the restaurant they have kept many of the features from when the building was originally built. 5 stars all the way
  19. RY

    RYAND

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent!! Great atmosphere and the wait staff were fantastic! We will be back!!
  20. EM

    EileenM

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the exposed brick, and industrial vibes. Ambiance is low lighting, and great service. The waiter came around often and spoke more than 2 words. Ordered the rigatoni with bone marrow and smoked bacon which was simply rich and creamy. Left feeling satisfied. There was no rush to leave either. Would highly recommend.
  21. LD

    LisaD

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal before a Hockey Game. Best black ink squid I have ever had. Our entire meal was excellent from starters to dessert. Service was amazing, our server accidentally hit the wrong order for myself, but it was only a 4 minute delay and they gifted me a beautiful Cocktail for the hassle. Great evening and would recommend to everyone!
  22. S

    Stevo

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding food and service . A little loud for my older ears and chairs were not comfy . I was expecting a different ambience and it was lacking but certainly can't take anything away from the great food( I had the pulled beef brisket Lasagna) and friendly , prompt and perfect service . I'd go again for sure . Location is perfect for a great meal ahead of a game at the Dome .
  23. C

    Claudia

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent price x quality. Totally recommend. Excelent cocktails and ser vice! Will come back.
  24. JC

    JulieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and such a cozy atmosphere! A total gem.
  25. D

    Dicky

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for an evening out with friends or just as a couple. Lively, up tempo, fun place to enjoy some excellent Italian food. Service was excellent. Very much enjoyed, will be back.
  26. AM

    AmberM

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always. Great pre-game Dinner spot for any event at the dome.
  27. RW

    ReneeW

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely go back again.
  28. AS

    AliS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely little restaurant was perfect before going to the saddle dome for a show we had tickets to that evening. Seafood pasta and calamari was so delicious . Bill at the end was reasonable. Our waitress was very accommodating and obviously experienced. Highly recommended!
  29. EL

    EvergreenLtd

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh ingredients in their pasta paired with unique beer and wine options that you can’t find elsewhere at other Italian Restaurants. Will be booking work functions here again 🌲
  30. BF

    BruceF

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very good overall. Only negative was a few of our main dishes were served luke warm instead of hot.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to visit! Cocktails are so yum! I had the gin raspberry beret. For starters you must try the mussels with fennel (add the focaccia to soak up all the delish sauce) the gnocchi was the perfect amount of spice and we indulged in both the tiramisu and almond chocolate cake with mint gelato. Drool worthy! Service was great, ambience was great. Perfect evening!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Started with calamari then shared 3 pasta dishes (spaghetti Nero, rigatoni carbonara and tagliatelle) with my beautiful wife. One of the best pasta dishes in Calgary. End the night with tiramisu.
  33. K

    Katey

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service - our event ended early and the gent who greeted us got us a table right away where we enjoyed our dinner even though we were booked for the counter. Thanks for an enjoyable evening at Cardinale btw the Rigatoni was delicio!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service but way too loud in the back room. They had 3 tables of 6 and one was yelling and drunk
  35. MG

    MelG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The focaccia was amazing. The homemade tonic was good in their version of G&T. We had the lasagna, gnocchi and tagliatelle. All were delicious and good size portions. Service was great. Neighborhood is quiet but restaurant is cosy. I will go back again. Note: Not a place for families.
  36. LD

    LiaD

    Calgary

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Went specifically for family sharing meals on menu, which are no longer offered. Very crammed in so also very loud. Our server was wonderful though!
  37. KH

    KathyH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is above and beyond some, truly high quality, chef crafted excellence. We shared four appetizers between two of us and although serving portions are smaller best served between 2-3 people. We walked out stuffed. The craft drinks are amazing and we even found room for dessert and it was all top notch. It is a busy, energetic noisy environment set in a really cool old building with small rooms and lovely ambiance. Servers scramble to keep things moving and patrons happy. We had a relaxed, drawn out dinner with drinks and appetizers and I'm looking forward to going back to try the pasta dishes. 5/5
  38. P

    Paul

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoy going to Cardinale as the food and service are always consistently great.
  39. A

    Atticus

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another enjoyable night - great service from Hanna and Graham.
  40. BR

    BruceR

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. A neighborhood gem!

FAQs

Cardinale does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes.

Cardinale is rated 4.8 stars by 1088 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Cardinale

401 - 12 Av SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd Street SE

  • Neighborhood

    Calgary

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Friday 11:30-11:30 Saturday 4:00-11:30

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is located on the North-west corner of 12th Avenue & 3rd Street SE just kitty corner to the restaurant. We offer free parking while you dine at the restaurant. Due to parking restrictions in the area we request that you don't leave your vehicle in our spots after you leave the restaurant so our guests coming after you have somewhere to park.<br />

  • Public transit

    One block North-East of the Victoria Park - Stampede station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steven Dowdell

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (403) 264-6046

  • Private party facilities

    Cardinale is perfect for all types of events from intimate family gatherings to weddings to corporate events of all types. Private & semi-private rooms, both indoors & outdoors, that can be laid out to accommodate parties of all sizes as well as a variety of menus to fit all tastes and budgets.

  • Private party contact

    Jared Kichula: (403) 714-2090

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