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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 #6 of 1,760 restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Sacramento, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The menu caters to every taste. from typical mexican food to international dishes. Excellent salads, guacamole and home made tortillas. The service is excellent amd so is the ambiance and drinks.

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Paris, France
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599 reviews 599 reviews
477 restaurant reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Just to make it clear: it is not Pujol nor Astrid & Gaston, so if you are looking for sophisticated and gourmet cuisine El Cardenal is not the right pick. However if you want to taste simple and delicious, traditional Mexican cuisine, often with modern twist then El Cardenal is THE place to go. delicious guacamole, very good tacos with... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

It was our first trip to Mexico City and also our first meal. It was Saturday around 3:00 and crowded, we were told a 20 min wait so we put our name on the list and took a 10 min stroll. We arrived back in 10 and in less then 10 mins we were seated. They brought us an English... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

El Cardenal was having a slow comida because the World Cup was about to kick off and Mexico was crammed into the Zocalo to watch the match. Service was attentive and our neighbours (two Mexican ladies who were curious to learn where we were from) were charming. The menu is crammed with tempting choices, no fewer than 20 of which... More

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Miami Fla.
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

It´s an excellent place, very nice. The owners are so focused on wood finishes for a sleek and refined look. I visit often for breakfast as it has variety of Mexican style dishes with a touch of Spanish and prehispanic flavors melt. It located in the center of Mexico City, but there is a branch in Avenida de las Palmas... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just finished an amazing meal with quality atmosphere, fast service, and other well dressed guests. When we went to pay and tip the waiter returned the money stating tip was already included. Food was authentic, pricier than other smaller places but full of business locals to include the cutest older Mexican ladies lunching I have ever seen. A must go!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We liked this place so much we,ate here twice. Three floors full of diners and they seem mostly affluent locals. Bustling, charming and terrific service. Lovely food, lots of choices and fresh. Didn't try the moles since we are staying in Oaxaca ! Highly recommend for a solid meal! Not cheap but not unreasonable.

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Athens, Georgia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

It is no wonder that they have four locations. The restaurant is also busy because the food and service are excellent. It is an upscale restaurant with tablecloths at very reasonable prices. I ate at two different locations during my stay. Fantastic!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is only a block off the Zocalo - had breakfast here three times - great full Mexican breakfast as well as fruit plate option. Great service too.

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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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