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Restaurante El Cardenal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Centro Historico
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Calle Palma # 23 | Centro Historico, Entre 5 De Mayo y Francisco I, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
+52 55 5521 8817
08:00 - 18:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:30
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Round Rock, Texas
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is excellent! Go! You won't regret it! Order coffee or chocolate and a waiter appears with a basket of pastries.

Thank Dottye H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere was very pleasent - the service was good even though the place was crowded. And the food was very tasty

Thank Rina F
Zurich, Switzerland
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The chain is a guarantee for good food. They also serve breakfast. In almost every place are waiting lines for breakfast. It is worth to wait.

Thank meisenring
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was 3 pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was packed and many people waiting for a table. A friend had recommended trying El Cardenal. Fortunately we made a reservation and were taken almost immediately after arrival. The meal was terrific. We didn't drink but most tables had a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. The atmosphere is lively and the... More 

Thank troutbum2
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read other reviews that suggested you would need reservations or you would have to wait up to 40 minutes, so we decided to try going for an early breakfast. We weren't the first ones at the door waiting for them to open, but we did get in with no waiting. Tip: Go early! The first floor only has... More 

Thank Gina C
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very pleased with our first dinner in the city. The waiters could not have been more attentive. The food selections were great and hard to choose with so many excellent items. The table side served ceviche was outstanding (a bit spicy, but delicious). I had the goat cheese stuffed chicken with mole sauce. Highly recommend this, it was... More 

Thank krwilden
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in historic MC, El Cardinal is definitely a memorable experience. The atmosphere was classic and felt European (in a good way). The food was fantastic. We had the veal pecho, homemade bread, and avocado with queso fresco - all delicious and well priced for a fine dining restaurant. Their flan is a must. My only gripe is we felt... More 

Thank Kyle H
San Juan, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I guess it is so highly rated that it is easier to be disappointed. Service was good but could be better. The cream of zuchinni was delicious but the entree that was highly reccomended was just alright. Will only go back in a pinch.

Thank garzadsaro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is great. Mexican food taken to an upper level. Service is good and friendly. A place to go if you are down town Mexico City!

Thank Victor R
Mexico City, Mexico
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best restaurants in Mexico. The food has a Mexican trend with original creations. For breakfast you have to get early if you dont want to wait too long. For lunch and dinner it is better but anyway, get early. The variety of wines is excellent including the best mexican wines (wich are not cheap but... More 

Thank Luis T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
08:00 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Palma # 23 | Centro Historico, Entre 5 De Mayo y Francisco I, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Historico
  • Neighbourhood: Centro Historico
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5521 8817

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Staying in Centro Historico

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Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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