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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
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Special Occasion (21)
Casual (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Cozy (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Authentic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Business Meals (18)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fun (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Tapas (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 10, 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 5, 2017

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Reserved 4 seats at the bar prior to the Flames game... fantastic cocktails from Derrick and great food! Highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Really liked the decor since the restaurant is in an old house! The food was high quality, would have liked a few more pasta options.
It was very busy and very loud, pre hockey game! Will go again on a different night.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent service, cool ambience, delicious food, and impressive wine list!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Just a little too noisy for a quite conversation, conversation had to be elevated beyond a comfort level for dinning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Loved the Gnocci. I did find it relatively dark in there and with the small writing on the menu, it was diffcult to read about what foods they were offering. I could not get my light on my cell phone to work.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The appetizers were bland but the pastas were excellent. Decent wine list and be sure to save room for house-made gelato.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great service with awesome cocktail and wine menu. Pasta is also 50% off after 9pm and was delicious.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and service. 100% will return.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great quiet little quaint restaurant. The price vs quantity and value imo was lacking. Left hungry after 2 appys and a meal.

Thanks

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Tapas
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent and very attentive service, creative and delicious dishes, with an excellent wine and cocktail list!

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was just ok, didn’t live up to the hype. Service was slow and the food was ok. It was a disappointment.

Tags: Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. The food was great. A little noisy though if you want a quiet dinner. We will definitely go again.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Tapas
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall the dinner was good but the music was really loud so it was hard to talk over it. Other than the music, the food was good, pasta was a good size for individual or share between two people if you aren't too hungry.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

I decided to bring a friend from out of town to Cardinale for supper because of the reviews. I honestly think they must have been written by friends and family of the owners and management. The service was phenomenal and we enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine advised by a helpful Sommelier. The food was good, but nothing special. However, the menu is sparse, with only two main entrées to choose from - snapper (it said halibut on the menu but was actually snapper) and veal. The prices are incredibly high, the atmosphere is very casual and they play their music quite loud. Given the limited menu, lack of ambience and high prices I would not recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I go to restaurants and try new restaurants around the city quite often. The Quality of food/wine was over priced for what it was worth. Went for a date night, don't know if I'll return.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cocktails were amazing, service was good but some of the food lacked. The POLPETTE was dry, I really enjoy the SUPPLI, and the TORTIGLIONI... salty salty salty! I don’t love a lot of salt so I may be biased. I would try this place again though.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always enjoy the food and service at Cardinale.
We will be returning soon !!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, great service and great atmosphere! Always enjoy Cardinale.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing as always! Stopped in before the Flames game...food was super fast and delicious and service was awesome! Can’t wait to go back!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great but food very delayed. Before a Hockey game.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Disappointing experience . Food was slow, other tables who arrived after us were served well before us.

Pasta was very salty. Not up to their usual standards. Wine selection was excellent.

We will give them another try......

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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Staff were very friendly, arrived early for our reservation and they were more than happy to seat us and made great conversation. Food was incredible, best italian I have has in Calgary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have visited twice now, and we have had great service and food both times! Well worth the trip!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was tasty but the portions were small. I would recommend a slightly large portion. The decor was very nice but the small rooms made it extremely loud. The staff were very nice.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food and friendly staff
Great wines brought in monthly!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We celebrated my wife's birthday with friends.
Great service and had a memorable meal, then went to the Calgary Flames.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was excellent and so was the food. We shared the salt baked prawns as and appetizer and they were stellar. We each had a pasta and both were very good and worth the price. The cocktails are also excellent. The by the glass wine is a little over priced though so I would go with a cocktail.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent dinner once again. Thanks Graham and staff for your attention to detail. We had friends with us that had never been to the new Cardinale. They loved it and can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The menu is not huge, perhaps due to an obvious focus on excelling on their execution, rather than providing too many options and being mediocre. We loved the food and service. We will be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Incredible service, thanks for taking care of us and our clients!

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Loved our experience! The food and cocktails were great but the service even better. With so many great restaurants in the city now, you have to work hard and be on top of your game, and you could tell that they were. Our server and the manager were attentive and did what they could to ensure we left satisfied.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

A quaint spot tucked between the Casino and Stampede park. Parking is available across the street. One guest's seafood was overdone on her pasta and the pasta portions are quite small (half and full sizes) but generally quite tasty. The lunch sandwich with soup or salad was good.
Not the best value for your $$ but i would try it again.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great experience from the moment we walked in the door! Hostess was welcoming, server was patient as it took us a while to decide what to have since it all looked so good. We had fun chatting with the manager and he made sure we were well looked after, and our water glasses never went empty! Definitely coming back to try different dishes, and bringing more friends!

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Overall everything was great. The food was fantastic, the service was friendly and knowledgeable, and the décor is well on it's way to becoming an extremely cozy spot (could use some warm artwork and possible some more greenery).

Music was fine, but I do wish it was a little louder so that the tables next to us couldn't hear our conversation. It was quite easy to eavesdrop without intending to, and I think most people would prefer to be able to speak without whispering and not be overheard.

Looking forward to a full plate of the pappardelle soon!

Cheers,

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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