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El Cardenal

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Av. De Las Palmas 215, Mexico City 11000, Mexico
2623 0402
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8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 188
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Worth the wait

I was worried that this place was a tourist trap, especially because we had to wait about an hour for a table, but this was totally worth it. My friend and I had an incredible meal here. We had the escamole, which is really worth a try if you are not squeamish about what it is. The food here is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Max M
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I was worried that this place was a tourist trap, especially because we had to wait about an hour for a table, but this was totally worth it. My friend and I had an incredible meal here. We had the escamole, which is really worth a try if you are not squeamish about what it is. The food here is... More 

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is where the locals eat. The food is spectacular and the menu has great, very traditional food. Be adventurous when you order and you'll be rewarded with a great meal.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Absolutely one of the best places to eat, they bake the "bolillos" it's a mexican bread that you eat with anything you like. The tortillas are also made there. I love the sweet bread they give with a hot chocolate or a coffee. Almost every dish is delicious. Service is excellent !! The place is nice and very clean!

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Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Have been here for breakfast and lunch a few times. Was: Consistently good. The grilled tuna I had there this week was not good at all. And the lettuce on the salad served was not fresh. An unpleasant surprise.

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Vancouver, Canada
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235 reviews 235 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Lovely interior, 3 floors, tons of proficient staff. English is OK. Fresh baked buns, croissants, etc. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Good strong coffee. Huitlacocha enchiladas in verde sauce was just OK. Scrambled eggs OK. $677 pesos for 4 of us. Credit cards OK, washrooms large and clean. Go for the atmosphere and service at a reasonable price.

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New York, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

When we visited Mexico City, our local friend and his wife took us to the oldest one of this traditional chain in the centro. We had a blast! The decor, food and drinks were all amazing. Surprisingly, it reminded me of a high end traditional shanghai morning tea place. (I was born and raised in Shanghai). This restaurant made me... More 

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Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I was expecting this to be a good Mexican restaurant, but I was still surprised about the excellency of the food. This is a somewhat upscale Mtradituonal Mexican cuisine restaurant in the cosmopolitan Avenida de las Palmas. The prices are reasonable, tha ambiance is fun and electric and service like in most places in Mexico is outstanding, but what sets... More 

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Toronto
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I've been coming to this location of El Cardenal since it opened several years ago. The service is always outstanding and the food is reliabily good. I've also had the opportunity to see their kitchen so I know that they make everything by hand, from the bolillos in the bread basket and the tortillas to roasting and grinding their own... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

El cardenal serves mexican dishes presented in a fancy way. The menu has some strange things, but it also has soups, chiken, meat, fish, etc. The food is actually very good, very tasty. I strongly recommend the chiken breast stuffed with goat cheese with mole. I think it is expensive, but good quality and atmosphere.

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Bogota, Colombia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It's a very nice restaurant with great service! They had a season plate the "Aji Nogado" which was excellent, please try it if you're there during this time.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av. De Las Palmas 215, Mexico City 11000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 2623 0402

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 75

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?