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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

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Fit for Foodies (19)
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Comfort Food (18)
Casual (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Romantic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Cozy (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tapas (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Seasonal (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great restaurant to go to before and after events on stampede park.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our first visit since the change in name/ownership (?). We found the menu to be quite limited. The focaccia bread was overly crusty when it arrived at our table - would have been nicer if it were warmer and/or softer. The pasta dishes we all ordered were ok. The service was great - friendly and prompt, ensuring we got to the hockey game in plenty of time. Not entirely sure we'll keep this as our pre-game & pre-concert go-to place, but will probably give it another try.......

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Big fans of the folks behind Cardinale and Hayden Block, they have taken my two favorite food groups (yes BBQ and italian are food groups, you are reading your Canadian food guide wrong) and executed them beautifully. Have been excited to try this place since it opened and were not disappointed. The Mezza Maniche was particularly delicious, and the cocktails and Prosseco were perfect complements to the meal. (Molotov Cocktail in particular if you can't decide between beer and whisky but want the best of both) Its a little tight and noisy if what you are looking for is old-fashioned Italian sit down, but we personally really liked the setting and the energy and found it reminded us of the local restaurants we enjoyed in Rome a few years ago. And its a fitting use of a great Calgary heritage space. Can't wait to get back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our server was knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. Nice, warm ambiance although it got very quiet towards the end of our dinner as it cleared right out. We had the Caesar salad and prawns to start which were fantastic; and split two pastas (which are half off after 9!) which were also great. Presentation was excellent. It's a quaint updated Italian option downtown - definitely worth a try.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Pasta dish was awesome but could have been a bit more on the plate

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a great time. Limited menu for mains (only 2 plus some pasta options) but the two we had were great. Went before the Flames home opener and was a great spot for a pre game dinner. Would recommend for sure.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was very disappointing. We asked for olive oil and balsamic vinegar with our ordered bread and the staff told us they don’t do that in Italy and it’s a pet peeve of the kitchen. We then ordered our meals and the pasta was so salty it took away from the flavor. We were both so turned off by this experience with the owner and waitress that we will not be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The Food and Service were both excellent. The cocktail list was unique and the drinks were well done. The waitress took time to explain the menu and her recommendations were great. The atmosphere is nice, and the location is very convenient

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Was not overly impressed with the appetizers we had. Great cocktails! But the 73 dollar bill at the end didn't seem worth it...

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great service and very interesting menu . I have a bias in favour of places with shorter menus and such is the case. We had the gamberi appetizer and the flavours and prep were original and good. The mains we had were pasta and both were very original and exceptional The wine list has excellent offerings at every price point

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Love the new interior, we used to go to La Vita e Bella all the time and loved their food. I tried the pappardelle, which I loved the version the old restaurant used to have, however I can't say I was a fan of the burnt flavour of the sauce and yes I know the menu said burnt chicken livers so it should be expected but it was a bit overpowering to the rest of the dish and left a bad after taste in my mouth. I will still go back to try something else as I do love the space and the pasta itself is made so nicely. My boss loved the dish he ordered so I still think its worth going back, and I would be curious to try out the sandwiches and such they have, as I do like the more diverse menu.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 27, 2017

amazing staff who truly put their hearts and attention into making time at the restaurant special. Amazing food. So much fun.

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food service atmosphere everything was so awesome. Decor is stunning. Love this place. Prices were reasonable too. Great wine list.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Best Restaurant choice in months! Staff was so so helpful and the food was amazing! Some of the best pasta in the city. Cocktails were a bit overwhelming but with the some help from the server we loved the choices! Will be going back soon!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We LOVED our experience here! Such great service and the food was absolutely excellent! We really enjoyed meeting the owner and we loved the ambiance. Will def return next time we're in Calgary.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Seasonal, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Amazing food and service but music choices do not suit the restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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