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El Cardenal

Palma 23, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55218815
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Ranked #5 of 1,783 restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Chihuahua, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great restaurant where you can have really nice food, beside if you are interest in traditional Mexican food (south of Mexico) this is the place, you can have worms (escamole) with fresh cheese, duck, meat, fish everything with a very traditional mexican cook. another great thing is the location is right next to the Zocalo and as... More

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Geelong
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

5 star service. very nice tradition mexican food and the menu was available in english which was a great help. Reasonable prices considering the exceptional quality.

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El Pescadero, Mexico
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant in the heart of the city. Friendly welcome at the door, friendly waiter and back waiter. Impeccable service. Food wasn't the best but was good and not expensive. I will certainly go back.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This restaurant just a block away of the Zocalo is located in a wonderful old house which serves a the setting for great eating. The menu includes traditional Mexican dishes from the center of Mexico. It is vert good quality food at great prices. Try the escamoles at lunch and for breakfast a "Concha con Nata"

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Silverton OR
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

One of the best restaurants in DF. The menu is always fresh, some classic dishes with new additions to keep us coming back. We could be happy with ordering the special hot chocolate and basket of breads, especially the sour dough rolls that must be made with a natural starter. It's our favorite breakfast place.

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Chula Vista, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in all Mexico City. Value is tops, very good quality food for laughable prices. Nothing too fancy or sophisticated but if you are looking for authentic Mexican food, this is a good option. I recommend going for breakfast and having Pan Dulce (Sweet bread), freshly made and absolutely the best I have had... More

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Sits opposite the postal palace, near Bellas artes in the Zocaloarea. Abundant staff that knows about the food they serve and how to make suggestions! Their take on different seafood such as trout, scallops and calamari is fresh and well thought out, and the presentation nice and clean! Flavours are mexican with many different types of chili, coriander and avocado,... More

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The place is crowded yet is a must if you are visiting Mexico and its 'Centro Historico'. In this place you can find some of the best Mexican food. Everything I tried was good. Highly recommendable but please be patient, waiting time can be harsh specially over the weekend.

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Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I had made a list of restaurants (based on tripadvisor reviews), with El Cardenal being right up there in the top 10 of "must eat" places. We had arrived in Mexico City only a few hours earlier and took a chance to see if we could get in to El Cardenal , Palma 23. It must have been about 3... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Located in the central historical downtown area, we dinned here for lunch. The waiter was accommodating to note a food allergy I have. The service and food was excellent. I had a mixed salad and vegetable quesadillas. If I had known the portion sizes were so big, I would of only ordered the quesadillas. If your travel plans take you... More

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