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“El Cardenal San Angel - beautiful location, fantastic food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante El Cardenal

Restaurante El Cardenal
Av. De la Paz No. 32 | San Angel, Mexico City, Mexico
55-50-02-93
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Ranked #40 of 1,932 Restaurants in Mexico City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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“El Cardenal San Angel - beautiful location, fantastic food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This is the only restaurant we read about in advance before our trip to Mexico City – at the time we were thinking of staying at the Hilton Reforma and it seemed that the restaurant was part of the attraction for the hotel. At the time didn't realize it's got several locations. As we ended up not staying at the Hilton we were not sure how to fit it in. However on the Saturday we were planning to go to the Frieda Khalo museum and then San Angel (for the famous Saturday market) the very helpful staff at the Hampton Inn pointed out to us that the venue in San Angel would be right on our way. And it worked out perfectly – we took a long leisurely walk from the FK museum by way of Av Francisco Sosa (eventually became Av De La Paz) and got to the restaurant at about 2:30, and were seated right away (without a reservation).

Compared to the one in the Hilton, this venue has a lot more character and better ambience, being housed in a thoroughly restored beautiful old building. Service and the food were both fantastic (there were menus in English). It was not inexpensive, but the portions were incredibly generous. Luckily we really worked up an appetite by the time we got there, otherwise there was no way we would have been able to finish all the food on our plates no matter how delicious. Only regret was, there was no room left for dessert! For anyone planning to go to San Angel a stop at this restaurant should definitely be included in the itinerary.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A must for tourist that want to taste real Mexican Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I will suggest to have breakfast and show up early since can it can get very crowded. Try the sweat bread , is just fantastic with a cup of hot chocolate. The green juice is aslo a house specialty. Huevos Motulenos , Gorditas michoacanas mmmm tasty!!!

Hope you enjoy it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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La Paz, Bolivia
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“Among the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

There are four locations for El Cardenal in Mexico City. The most traditional one is at Palma 23 in the historic centre and is worth visiting at least for a drink, however if you want to enjoy several hours of good Mexican food and tranquillity, the best El Cardenal is not at the Hilton Hotel in Alameda, or in the flashy modern building in Palmas, but at Avenida La Paz, in San Angel. An old style house has been adapted into a pleasant restaurant that seems to be "far for the mudding crowd" in spite of its location at a busy neighbourhood. My advice: sit outside at the garden, it is the "smoking section" but rarely anybody smokes. As for the food, everything is good. I ate a tasty "sopa tlaxcalteca" and a "suprema de róbalo con salsa de queso y chipotle"...

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ciudad de México, México
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“Great Mexican Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I went to the Cardenal on Av de la Paz in San Angel, in the middle of one of the oldest upscale colonial neighbourhoods in Mexico City (south), great service and great food and if they don't have it on the menu they will prepare it for you.

Visited March 2013
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“Desayuno, what a great invention!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Start your day with a breakfast at Cardenal - of course you must have a cup of chocolate with your conchas and wash it down with a freshly made juice, then after a nice fruit salad tuck into some hearthy mole dish - that will sustain you for the rest of your active day.

Great flavours, though do not expect anything adventurous. Solid, traditional, deeply flavored Mexican cuisine in a very pleasant environment.

Visited March 2013
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