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El Cardenal

Av. de las Palmas 215, Mexico City 11000, Mexico (Centro)
26 23 04 02
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Ranked #7 of 1,659 restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $75
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had a great lunch here and according to my colleagues, who were all Mexico City locals, this place serves some pretty authentic traditional Mexican food. They had me try all sorts of different things (some of them I rather not put in writing on here) and it was a great tasting experience. Living in Los Angeles, to me it... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great service, excellent mole poblano (and just about everything else) and a nice atmosphere. Worth every penny, and any wait you will encounter to get in. This is my third time in Mexico, but El Cardenal was one of my best meals for sure!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

El Cardenal is located in 215 Paseo de la Palmas Avenue at the corner of Monte Camerun street, Lomas de Chapultepec. When you arrived by car, the valet parking is waiting for you, is better if you do your reservation before (you can do it, via telephone) because sometimes it is busy, and you have to wait, but do not... More

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Washington DC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Having read the many great reviews of this restaurant (as well as the couple of grumpy ones), we were very much looking forward to eating there. A block or so off the Zocolo, it couldn't be more convenient when you are down in that area. Given its popularity and prominence, I thought it might be unwelcoming of nicely dressed, but... More

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Mexico Capital
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Real Mexican food, with first class ingredients. Tradicional food before the fast food. Hand made dishes, as grandmother kitchen. It's a clasic. Good level.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

I was at El Cardenal on February the 3rd, 2014, and after seeing all the outstandings reviews of the restaurant I tried it. My first impression was that the restaurant looked much more as a traditional Mexican Cantina. After waiting for a table for around 15min, my first impressions were right: I arrived at 13:15 at the restaurant and none... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We loved the barbacoa at this restaurant, we also tried several fruit juices and traditional NATAS with bread. The service was spectacular and my four year old loved it!

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This is one of the best meals we had in our 2 weeks trip of Mexico. Must try!!! But remember, they closed at 7:00pm each night, it is so early.

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Miami, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

If you want to experience a real Mexican breakfast, try this place. The wait can be a little long but it is totally worth it. They will start offering you hot chocolate or a cup of coffee. Don't skip the hot chocolate, it is amazing! They will bring you freshly made Mexican pastries. I'm a fan of pastries, so this... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The BEST octopus ceviche tostados in the whole world. Great red house wine. Spectacular machemanteles mole with chicken. Excellent white table cloth service for a reasonable price. Ask for the first floor -- one above street level.

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