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About Cardinale

Cardinale - An Italian Joint is located in Victoria Park. Hand-crafted cocktail, fresh pasta, locally sourced meats & produce paired with fine wine.

401 - 12 Av SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1A5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30-11:30
Saturday 4:00-11:30

Cross Street:
3rd Street SE

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 264-6046

Website:
http://cardinale.ca/menus.php

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Steven Dowdell

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For information on our private dining spaces please view our website at www.cardinale.ca or we can be reached by email at info@cardinale.ca.

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Details
Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Fri 12:15PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Cardinale Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Special Occasion (21)
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Casual (19)
Cozy (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Romantic (17)
Authentic (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Happy Hour (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tapas (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

Went for Valentine's day dinner. Good 4 course meal. At one point the music was really loud but they turned it down later in the night. Food tastes great, portions a bit small

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was mediocre. Service was attentive and prompt.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

Although the food tasted delicious, it was not served hot.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

This was my third visit to Cardinale, but the first for dinner. The ambiance is fantastic and the convenience speaks for itself if you are attending an event at Stampede Park or the Scotiabank Saddledome. The food was delicious, but I cannot get past the value question. Having visited Italy three times in the last two years, Cardinale is failing on "authentic" by charging $6 for bread. Every restaurant in Italy makes bread an essential - and included - part of the meal. At $24 for every pasta, it is definitely at the top end. While I can understand the price point for the linguine with seafood which two of my dining companions enjoyed, my noodles with tomato sauce did not warrant this level. It left me asking if the one-price-for-all concept was just for the convenience of the staff.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Overall the evening was great. Had some drunks to start and a bottle of wine with dinner. Started with a sampling of 3 starters and shared 2 pasta dishes before dessert. Service was great. Could be the best I've seen in a couple years in Calgary. Worth taking a Chance, you won't be disappointed

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and service as always. Really liked the new design. Congrats Jared, Aja, Graham and Steve!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Panacotta for dessert was the highlight! Delicious lunch, comfy tables and great service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was good but quite pricey and menu is pretty limited

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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Had a business meal here and the ingredients of the food had potential but it didn't come out hot and didn't seem fresh. It tasted bland and as if they had pre-made it the day before and slapped it together. My colleague and I were left disappointed and the restaurant offered to remove one dish off of our bill after we paid. It was awkward and we didn't accept the refund as they said for us to come back another time and have a meal on them which is super sweet but why would we come back even if free? They used to have great food here and now I am not sure I want to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Fantastic!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Wonderful service and excellent cuisine! Everyone was very knowledgeable about wines to pair with our dinner.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 30, 2018

As good as I remember

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service, food and experience were all very good. I’ll be back!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was awesome! Had a group booking there and they took great care of us! We all enjoyed our food and the cozy enviroment. Cocktails were also unique and delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Can't say enough good things about the attention to detail /service at cardinale. I was planning a suprise birthday dinner for the wife, and Graham and his team went above and beyond to accommodate the 18 person group. I had to make adjustments to the reservation, and the team was helpful every time (calling me back to verify/clarify/confirm). The service for the large group was top notch, wait time for food was minimal and well timed. They will serve and cut cakes for a fee, but the service accompanied with the fee is well worth it. Would absolutely come back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 22, 2018

My wife and I almost had the whole place to ourselves since we had an early lunch date

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on January 18, 2018

This was my third visit to Cardinale. The food has always been delicious but the other variables have had me questioning my return. My first visit was amazing, everything was great. On my second visit I had terrible service and witnessed the same server being very rude to the group next to me. Had the food not been so good, I may not have returned. On my third visit the food was great, the waitstaff was helpful and attentive. We were there for a birthday, so stayed around a while post meal to open presents and chat. It was not until when I got home later that I realized that our server took our leftovers to be packed up and never returned with them. I purposely saved half a meal for the next days' lunch, so it was quite disappointing to realize that food went to waste. I am up in the air as to whether or not I will give Cardinale another chance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was underwhelming. Pasta was overcooked, and the wrong type of sauce for a seafood pasta. Salad read differently on menu then what was served and server claimed it was guests not understanding Italian that led to confusion rather the fact that there was very little cauliflower and hazelnuts in salad as advertised. Service was slow. Overall not bad but I wouldn't go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and service. Cocktails were unique and tasty. Cozy restaurant!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I always like the cardinal for the food quality, the embiance and the wine list. What make it a great experience too is the noise level, you can hear yourself talk and have a conversation over dinner

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome food. Amazing service from Jennifer. First time dining here and it was epic. Thank you Chef! Thank you Jennifer.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was a special occasion for my daughter and her husband. They can’t stop raving about the meal and service. Thanks Graham and your team.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was my second time having supper at the Cardinale and I was impressed both times. Seated promptly, service throughout was efficient, friendly and entertaining. The cocktails and food was amazing. Great job!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved loved loved this restaurant. Went here for New Year's Eve dinner and the service was still great. The food is wonderful and the carbonara was the best I've had of the many Italian places I've tried.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We came in just after a rush so they were in recovery mode on the 31st. Took a bit to get drinks but when things got settled it was great. Food was great, specialty drinks were great and the service was great after that! Had a very nice time. Would totally recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First off, the service is exceptional. I emailed a couple of questions before hand as it was New Year’s Eve and i wanted to know if they do a set menu. I was happy to find out that they were offering their regular menu as it is a pet peeve of mine to be forced to order from a set menu. I was responded to in a very prompt and friendly manner. We were welcomed right away when we walked in and our server was amazing. Super friendly and attentive but not in an annoying way. The vibe was super energetic and a bit loud, but nothing over the top. The one thing I don’t like about the space is that you can feel the draft from outside every time the door opens (it was -30.) Not exactly sure what they are supposed to do about this though. I was definitely impressed with their wine list. The one we chose was amazing. The food was good, but slightly underwhelming. I love Italian food and I think they do a good job but for the price, I was not overly impressed if I am being honest. I would try it again though and I would maybe try it for lunch. Based on other reviews though, it may just be my opinion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We thought the whole experience was just average. Not a large selections on the menu and was unwilling to modify dishes to suit our preference.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was extremely cold in the restaurant

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was delicious and the pricing was reasonable given the good quality of the food however my issues were these:

1. SUB-ARCTIC TEMPERATURES INSIDE the restaurant. I realize it was -25 on the night we went out for dinner and our waitress explained to us that the "owner of the building sets the temperature and we are fighting with him to get it turned up" however this is NO EXCUSE to have a freezing dining room. Invest in a couple of space heaters and crank the temperature before service begins to ensure your guests are warm and don't have to sit huddled up in their parkas and scarves (which is what we did). The cold temperatures completely over took the whole experience and rather than focusing how good the food was, all I can remember is how frigid the restaurant was inside.

2. TOO MANY TABLES TOO CLOSE TOGETHER - there should have been one less 2 top table in the middle of the room. There was barely enough room to pass between tables and my husband could not hear us speaking as he had 3 tables right behind him which were so close their volume overwhelmed our conversations.

Perhaps we were trying to cram everyone into the front room to keep it warm???

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food is awesome, service not much, even if the food is perfect, service needs to find the spot between being “family” friendly and overreaching. They kind of treat you like you have to cope with them, like you are lucky of being there, and believe me the food is not that good. Time to learn

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wow, great meal, great people can't wait to come back, thank you

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 22, 2017

My friends 65 birthday

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The menu is small but everything we tried was excellent. The waiter was amazing, always there when we needed him but not intrusive, that is quite a talent. The atmosphere was great and will most certainly go again

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Restaurant was crowded. Waiter more interested in serving the large table than a table for two. Had linguini with seafood, and he didn’t bring a bowl or plate to put shells, had to put on table. Ordered bread and it came after the meal (although they did take it off the bill). Food was lukewarm and had sat too long under the heating lamp. Overall disappointing meal and service.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Went for a lunch on a Friday. Beautiful but small inside, a patio opens in the summer I presume.

Ordered a couple drinks, which were both interesting and tasty.

The food was good overall, I had the brisket meatball sandwich which was good but a bit under seasoned. My friend ordered the deli sandwich and enjoyed.

Would go back.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We had a large party of 12 that was handled very well. The food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was fantastic! The antipasto portions of polpette and suppli were very generous so the small plate for my papardelle pasta was plenty. We’ll definitely be back to try more of the menu. 👍

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious as usual! Great pasta- the gnocci is to die for!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 9, 2017

So great
Graham is such an exceptional host

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 4, 2017

There are a lot of tables in the space, quite close together.

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