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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 291
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    Very good
  • 26
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  • 3
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  • 3
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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
Among the best in town for typical Mexican food

With so many celebrity chefs preparing fusion-Mexican food El Cardenal becomes a reference for those looking for Mexican dishes prepared the traditional way. If you are in an adventurous mode you should try their Escamoles.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

With so many celebrity chefs preparing fusion-Mexican food El Cardenal becomes a reference for those looking for Mexican dishes prepared the traditional way. If you are in an adventurous mode you should try their Escamoles.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Yes, you spend more than enough tie to be seated, the breakfast food is good but not for waiting that long, the prices are high and the concha with nata is incredible.

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Frisco, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you want to know how Mexico tastes. This is the place to eat. Food is awesome. Try "Chiles en nogada". This typical dish is delicious. It's a must. I recommend "Tortilla soup" to start. Service is excellent. Oh! And you will enjoy the flavor of their bread from the basket.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great Mexican breakfast that includes the Conchas con Nata as a starter followwd by stellar mexican dishes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent Mexican food, wonderful service, and great location. If you are looking for a place with well prepared food and attentive staff, this restaurant is a great alternative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This fantastic traditional Mexican restaurant is a serious contestant with the best ones in Mexico City. Being the season of the famous Chile en Nogada, originally created for the dictator, Porfirio Diaz, I had to get one. Wethersfield it's meat, tacos, or tortilla soup, you must come to this place to taste the best of Mexico

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Nice traditional Mexican cuisine restaurant, very good service and nice food. Chiles en nogada are supposed to be one of the best in town, and they're good, however I found the nogada a tad creamy (cottage-cheese like) and not so nut-flavoured. Overall a very nice place, make sure to call ahead to book a table, because it's really busy on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Mexico City. The food is just outstanding and the service is superb. I had the gusanos de maguey and chiles en nogada. To top it off I had the best tres leches pastel in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Best breakfast in town, great service, super location, they make many different variations of mexican huevos, with diferent sauces, but their freshly baked bread is the best Try their Pan de Anis

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This restaurant is a most if you're planning on going to one of the largest cities. The family ambiance is great the food to die for and the service excellent. Love their hot chocolate and sweet bread. One of my favorite places for breakfast and brunch

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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
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
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?