Cardinale

4.5
302 reviews
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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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Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Fri 12:15PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great — service was attentive but not overbearing, food was excellent, and the atmosphere was casual-cool. The music was a touch loud for my taste, but all in all we had a great first experience at Cardinale. We will be back!

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MM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great. The atmosphere was perfect for a date and conveniently close to the saddledome.

The dessert was OK, but the mains and cocktails were the stars. Every bite and sip was rich and fantastic.

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A
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All around excellent experience.

Great salads and appetizers, great pasta dishes, good wine parring, and a generous helping of gelato at the end. Price for a plate of pasta may at first seemed like it was on the high side ($24 for a plate might take people off guard) but the quality was there to justify the cost.

Recommend for anyone looking for good Italian food. Only recommendation would be not to plan a dinner reservation at 6:45 when there is a hockey game the same night at 7:00... maybe bump it by 30 minutes and avoid the pre-game traffic.

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BN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good but service wasn't that great. Server seemed ticked off with 15 percent tip.

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SB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I loved everything about Cardinale except the noise level. Very loud. Distracted from our conversation and the culinary experience. Acoustics do not baffle anything. Suggest some ceiling baffling. I found that extremely irritating.

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WD
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was really good, service was excellent and chairs were comfortable. The music was a bit loud for conversation, we had to raise our voices a bit to hear each other. The paintings in the “back” dining room were depressing - too dark and little colour.

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M
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Cardinale a few times now, and it hasn’t disappointed yet. We’ve tried several of the appetizers and main dishes (mainly pasta, salads and appetizers) from their menu, and they were all fantastic and equally unique.

The atmosphere is well decorated, super vibey, and it’s lit nicely for dinner and drinks.

The service at all of our visits has been fantastic. Each of the individuals that have served us, between bar staff and those tending tables were always very knowledgeable about their dishes, drinks, and wine list. Did I mention the food was excellent?


Cardinale is definitely two thumbs up and in our regular rotation, now.

M&M

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TT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Carbonara is Devine , get the full size, you won’t regret it;)

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S
Calgary
171 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, great food and awesome service

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s
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and at such a great price!
Took my Dad who loves his Italian food, and he was impressed.

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S
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening...got a bit too noisy to visit by 8:30!
Service outstanding, different twist on old Italian standards plus making new dishes!

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LZ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Cardinale on New Year's Eve. The atmosphere was warm and cozy, despite a full house. We indulged in comfort food - Caesar and Insalata salads, and the Lasagna, Torchio and Pollo risotto. The salads were crisp and zesty, while the pastas were rich and flavourful. The Ricotta al Caffe was a perfect end to the meal. We also liked the chocolate gelato, although the texture was more like ice cream. Our server was charming and attentive, and made great recommendations for cocktails and wine pairing. We will be back!!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and the service. However the music was irritating and pretty loud.

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BK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall excellent experience with good food. Only drawback I found was the low lighting and small print made it difficult to read the menu (I had to use my phone's flashlight)

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BL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot after the theatre only complaint, turn music down as this is not a nightclub and was bit hard to talk amongst the three of us

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SC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance for a special occasion. Very cozy and approachable. Food and wine were fantastic.

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TF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went out for dinner with friends and did a share-style dinner. The food was good, service was excellent and the restaurant was cozy; I would recommend this restaurant.

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S
Calgary
171 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great after game dinner with friends. Food and Service were top notch

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was ok but service was slow.

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YY
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant for foodies. Gets busy so making a reservation is recommended. Great variety of dishes with options to share or have individual portions.

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SP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I had brought my mom in for her 60th birthday. The table we were sat at was perhaps the worst table in the restaurant, right outside the large party room and beside the kitchen. It was extra noisy and distracting as it felt like we were sitting in the pass through or an afterthought the rest of the restaurant. The food was average at best. Unfortunately if someone was to ask for a recommendation for a restaurant to dine at, Cardinal would not be on my list.

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JP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cardinal was an amazing spot for dinner. The room was beautiful and not crazy busy, the waiter was awesome and very educational in all the food and wine pairings. The food was EXCELLENT! My personal favourite was the chicken risotto. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family

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PM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have had two business lunches three. The location is great, good to see more developing in or near east Village. Food is excellent. It was very busy the last time I was there and service was a bit slow. We were not offered cheese or pepper for our meals. But the food is exceptional. There was very little difference between the size of the taste and the meal (which for $10 I thought there would be a bit more for the full meal). We will definitely go there again.

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Overall, a very good restaurant. However, it is very busy and noisy on game nights so if you are planning on having a nice quiet date, make sure you go to the restaurant after the game starts.

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JS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Cardinale. The cocktails were amazing and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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e
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Excellent service, great food, nice cocktails. Try the lasagna!

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s
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Poor preparation standards/controls for gluten allergies/sensitivities. Would not recommend if you have a gluten allergy/sensitivity.

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OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing service and exceptional food. Coming here before the hockey games has become our tradition.

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B
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every good overall. The portion sizes are HUGE. Service was a bit awkward, but good.

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EV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our experience at Cardinale was overall pretty good. The server was lovely and very helpful. The food was good but not outstanding. The duck Ragu was lacking in flavour but the tagliatelle and linguine were quite good.

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M
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Found the pasta overpriced . I like squid ink pasta but it was way too spicy and not much seafood in it.
Desert was mediocre .
Server had a bit of an attitude.
It was our company Xmas party and not up to par.

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I
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food. The service was wonderful as well, giving great recommendations and not upselling.
A lovely spot.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. The Linguine and Ricotta Al Caffe are a must try. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Would recommend over and over again!

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BS
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with friends. Lovely casual atmosphere and excellent food.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Generally good. Carbonara however, was not.

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d
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot. Note that there’s lots of gluten free pasta here that is amazing!

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JB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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FE
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful but they don’t like to switch pastas and sauces.

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GJ
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurant I can find it in Calgary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and experience. We will definitely be back

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