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Le Cardinal

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1 Boulevard des Italiens, 75002 Paris, France
+33 1 42 96 61 20
Today
6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Wed 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thu 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri 6:00 am - 5:00 am
Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 am
Good for:
Large groups
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 43
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
SO-SO

Nothing wrong with this place, but there are so many better places in the area. I had a good, but unexceptional, confit de canard, and I feel service was lacklustre because I was alone and therefore not a high-spender.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Richard G
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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English first
Ashford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
184 reviews 184 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Nothing wrong with this place, but there are so many better places in the area. I had a good, but unexceptional, confit de canard, and I feel service was lacklustre because I was alone and therefore not a high-spender.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

With deep reds and burgundies, an almost theatrical style, Le Cardinal has a lovely old world interior, and large well protected terrace. There are smoking and non smoking sides outside. The food is good, a little overpriced, the drinks good. But if you want to watch any major sporting event (at least, one that is of interest in France) there... More 

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Switzerland
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99 reviews 99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This corner bistro is a good place for a casual meal. As it was too cold to sit in the covered part on the sidewalk, we were seated at a miniscule table on one side of the somewhat dark room. Our waiter was happy to speak English with us and did his best to interpret the menu. We were served... More 

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London
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The 4 of us showed up at Le Cardinal just before 9 pm on the 31 Dec (yes, on New Year's eve) with no booking and very little expectations, after being let down by the restaurant of our choice, which did not honor our reservation. We were not expecting much out of this place, but when we saw the menu... More 

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The dinner started off with my one of us having to ask for a new fork as the one on the table was dirty. We all had spaghetti bolognaise. when the food arrived there were signs of the food having been put in the microwave. The portions were small with me only having a spoonful of meat. We had to... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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267 reviews 267 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Nice food but policy of owner weird. If you drink at bar it's cheaper than at table. Try the fried bone marrow. Priced well for Paris. They have happy hours like most these days.

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Figtree
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Though the staff was pleasant the food was very ordinary. I suspect that it may be one of the cafes that caters for bus groups wanting to get in and get out fast. It is what it is, but was a mistake for us. The steaks were gristly, the coffee ordinary but watching other people is always fun. It was... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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145 reviews 145 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went to this place to get some drinks and beer. On a Wednesday it was a quick service and the drinks where good. We did not eat.

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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I ordered the mixed grill (22 euro) and requested french fries instead of sauteed potatoes. The chef obviously couldn't be bothered to meet this request and I was given sauteed potatoes and told they are like fries, but round! I overlooked this initially. The mixed grill consisted of 3 small skewers, one with 2 chorizo sausages (very tasty), one with... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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242 reviews 242 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stopped in here for lunch because it was close to our hotel. Surprised at how good the for was. We had escargot, beef bourginon, French onion soup and a half carraf of red wine. Bill was 44 euros, which included service. As a side note, the bathroom was spotless, which was very impressive for such a touristy area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Boulevard des Italiens, 75002 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Opera / Bourse
  • Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 96 61 20

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 27
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 am

Questions & Answers

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

Staying in Opera / Bourse

Neighborhood Profile
Opera / Bourse
The neighborhood around Opéra and Bourse is a belle époque paradise of grand boulevards, refined arcades, and mass-market art-nouveau entertainment. Here, modern day workers continue to take advantage of the legacy that nobility and finance left in the 19th century. Brightly-lit brasseries, theaters, and cinemas sit side by side with French bistros predominating in one area and Japanese restaurants in another. The area is most famous for the Palais Garnier opera house and glamorous department stores.