Cardinal Bistro

4.7
313 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Cardinal Bistro offers a beautiful cozy atmosphere in down beach Ventnor New Jersey. A small 38- Seat BYOB declared as one of Craig Laban's Favorite New American Byo's at the shore, will dazzle you with the stunning culinary creations of Chef Michael. From our signature menu selections like Cioppino, Shrimp and Popcorn Grits or the award winning Green Circle Chicken there is something to surely please all appetites. Started by father and son team Thomas and Michael Brennan Cardinal Bistro is like walking into our home, so come see what the talk of the town is and we will see you at the Bistro!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Wed–Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(609) 541-4633
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Brennan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Haven Ave
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Breakfast with Santa

Free pancake breakfast with a donation of a toy contribution to TOYS FOR TOTS

Join in the Holiday Spirit by donating to a great cause while enjoying Chef Michael’s fabulous pancakes.
Get your pictures with Santa before he makes his worldwide tour.
9am to 1pm
Reservations recommended

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 8, 2018

Ends: December 9, 2117

Availability: Mon-Thu 9:00AM-1:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We know you've heard of the Seven Fishes Dinner but how about a Seven Dishes Dinner at Cardinal Bistro! Join us as we prepare Seven dishes inspired by the different wine regions in Italy; Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Umbria, and Abruzzo.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us as we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019! Chef has created a special tasting menu for you and your loved ones. Don't miss out on a very special night at Cardinal Bistro.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 313 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was dying to try the restaurant all summer, but didn’t make it until the late fall. I’m happy to have come at a time when the shore scene was more quiet because it allowed us to enjoy the ambiance and have a personalized experience with the staff. The food was impeccable, every dish was a work of art and it was clear that the chef has been classically trained. The menu was elegant and every bite was delicious. The highlights were the Halibut and the Give me Liberty is a must try dessert for chocolate lovers. BYOB was a definite plus and I felt that all of the prices were reasonable for the quality provided. Can’t wait to return again later this year when the town is still quiet.

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JS
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t say enough good things about our experience at cardinal bistro, the restaurant itself is beautiful and clean, the food was not only delicious but insanely creative and the service blew us away, Quay and Greyson were friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely accommodating (I have a dairy allergy), they truly made for an unforgettable experience. The owner Tom also went out of his way to make every aspect of the meal as perfect as we could imagine we will 100% be going back again and highly highly recommend it!

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TC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and her husband were in town from Richland, Washington. I wanted to treat them to a wonderful experience with amazing food and Cardinal Bistro was my restaurant of choice. We had a 7 PM reservation and were graciously welcomed into the restaurant, shown to our seat, and Sage came by to introduce herself and explain the specials. We made our selections and my sister and her husband were totally focused on their choices and dug right in to enjoy themselves ! Throughout the meal, comments were, "This is the best dinner I've had here this week", "Delicious", "The Halibut is fantastic !" My brother-in-law ordered the pork chop and his eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when he saw that size of the pork chop ! But, he managed to get every single morsel of meat off the bone with a big smile on his face.

Thank you, Michael, for a wonderful evening with my sister and brother-in-law. We don't see each other too often, and they are going home with a delicious memory of our night at Cardinal Bistro ! Adding to the most enjoyable evening, was the attentiveness of your father, checking on us to make sure we were enjoying our meals. Both your father and Sage complimented our experience at Cardinal Bistro !

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RR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, well executed menu with attentive, friendly service! A favorite at the shore.

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

passion about food that goes for kitchen to wait staff. superb flavors and creative dishes

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HS
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but very overpriced. Service was spotty

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O
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal we have had at Cardinal Bistro has been outstanding. The food preparation is unique, with combinations of items and spices that always has me thinking that I could never make this meal at home. The pace of the meal and friendly professional service are also strengths of Cardinal Bistro. These are the reasons my wife and I always enjoy this restaurant.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! We booked this restaurant completely based on the reviews. We were on a friends weekend and we like to eat at BYOB spots which are rare in Atlantic City. Cardinal Bistro surpassed our expectations. This is a must try - the tasting menu . each course was a surprise and a delight. Only criticism is we wished they explained what was in the dish. This was very "TOP CHEF" artistic plating. This place is small and we were a bit rowdy after 4 bottles of wine. Great for date night, intimate occasion

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L
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time dining here.
The menu was presented with an extensive explanation of all the items!
All the servers were hands on and very pleasant we felt very cared for!
Now to the food ..... delicious
The brussels sprouts were cooked crispy
We also had foie gras that was outstanding
Seafood bouillabaisse and organic Chicken
We will be returning
Thanks for an exceptional meal

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J
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great meal and service

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BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

An absolutely great surprise. Recommended by a friend. Would highly recommend to anyone. The food is creative and the sauuces are the best ever. The serrvice was extremely friendly and attentive
Cant wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service
Exciting menu
We had a business dinner for ten people .
The experience was unique and all of my clients loved it .
Thanks for a great night .

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I've had in a very, very long time, with service to match. This restaurant would be quite successful even in a major foodie city (NY, SF, LA) and has a great brunch as well. It truly is a hidden gem amongst the beach-city restaurants in the immediate area.

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KG
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was looking forward to eating here for sometime. While it was good I was expecting something special. Ho-hum tomatoe soup, The Brussel sprouts were very good, as was the Bouillabaisse. My guests chicken and salads were nothing special.

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R
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went after mixed reviews from friends and were quite disappointed. The apps came out quickly but the escargot had no taste. We waited for our main dishes and they came after the couple next to us who had been seated after us. The risotto with crab looked like a corn soup and the replacement gnocchi was not much better. Sorry, one and done.

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C
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but pricy. Escargot was tasteless. Presented nicely but just warmed escargot over a unique celery root cake. Sous vide filet mignon was done well. (NOT OVERCOOKED. Prepared perfectly.) Gem lettuce salad was romaine lettuce with a bland dressing.
Gnocchi app was very good, nicely sauced. Crab risotto had small shreds of crab, no jumbo lumps and was barely warm. Our waitress was helpful, knowledgeable, and overworked. A busy Friday and only one waitress and one busboy. I'll go back but I'll wait for the seasonal menu to change.

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JD
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional... Small menu but you can't go wrong with the offering you have.

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BP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, personable service and top-notch cuisine!

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OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Never ever disappoints!!! Extremely talented chef.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and even better food. Will be back.

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JE
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent, high-end selections. Sophisticated preparations, with beautiful presentations. One of the best at the shore and worth a special trip. Skip the casino restaurants and come here.

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JB
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! The food was delicious and the service excellent. We will become “regulars”!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh, modern cuisine... enjoyed every bite...wanted to try everything on the menu...BYOB...better food than expensive casino restaurants just a short Uber ride away...Just do it!

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S
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoy a special evening
Every detail is taken care of by the entire staff
They really care about you
Food is absolutely delicious

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NB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food and service. We were there on a humid night and they definitely needed more air and/or fans. Other than that, great dinner.

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LS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!!

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PA
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Cardinal. The service was excellent (shout out to Grayson). The menu is not extensive but it was easy to find options we both liked. We were wishing there were more fish choices. I had the halibut and it was very fresh and cooked perfectly. Great selection of appetizers. Their signature dish, Cioppino, was pricey at over $50 as was the venison special at $65. The rest of the entrees were in the $30-35 range. We would definitely go back. Nice meal.

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FS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the 3rd time I've been to Cardinal and still very impressed with the food and the service. They forgot to give us bread or popcorn while waiting for dinner. I don't care but my guests may have. No one is perfect but this place comes pretty darn close.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit pricey and not enough choices

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YM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I love this place and bring family and friends at every opportunity. Always special. Never disappoints.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to sit outside at this quaint and always delicious bistro. Food is always spectacular, and all of the staff is friendly and attentive.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I ordered lamb chops that cost $55.00
The chops had very little meat and were fatty. There was a small vegetable with it. Very overpriced and some of the worst chops I ever had. Very average restaurant

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MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall, pretty good. Food, especially the Brussels sprouts app and the pork, was excellent. Service, though, rubbed us the wrong way. This sounds like sour grapes, but the owner was over-friendly and did not bother to “read” us (e.g. we wanted more alone time).

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HT
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had brunch. The brown butter pancakes were delicious- very light and fluffy. Omelets are stuffed full of fresh ingredients.

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YM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is always imaginative and the service is consistently attentive.

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m
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is fantastic and beautifully presented. Service is excellent and owner and staff very friendly and attentive. We’ll be back.

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g
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, creative, delicious food prepared and served by passionate foodies. Terrific!

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service.

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j
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was Good -usually very good-too many people all coming in at once-my halibut was way over cooked and I just don’t think they had enough people to warrant complaining-they did the best they could and the servers were pleasant-it was our son’s birthday and they acknowledged it when we came in but was quickly forgotten by the end of our meal...cool place -different food-and usually very good-it was just not a good experience for us that night-we will give it a rest for a while

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fantastic dinner with my husband. A gem at the shore!!

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