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“Fine mexican cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Cardenal

El Cardenal
Av. De Las Palmas 215, Mexico City 11000, Mexico (Centro)
2623 0402
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Ranked #15 of 2,160 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $75
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro
San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fine mexican cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Great food! Do not miss its Nata and bollería. There are tasty vegetarian dishes hidden in the menú, like the dos quesos soup.

The best: an old and charming gentleman playing nostalgic "piezas" in an old fashioned piano. You can ask him to play music from Agustin LAra (Granada) or La Violetera, remembering the great Sarita Montiel.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Busy on weekends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Its popular and crowded on the weekend brunch. The restaurant is obviously a famous spot for both tourists and locals but its a bit dated and seems mediocre compared to some of the other spots nearby.

Visited February 2013
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Ensenada, Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Good Breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

El Cardenal was recommended by 3 different friends, so we needed to go. It was a really good breakfast. The service not so good, since It was really full.

Visited March 2013
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Mexico
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Consistently good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Great breakfast food, authentic mexican, excellent service and decent prices. Fresh juices and real hot chocolate. Always a lineup so make sure you either have a reservation or arrive early. Valet parking is great, but need to collect your car underground - ask the waitstaff & they will direct you.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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“Traditional & contemporary gourmet mexican food at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

If you truly want to discover authentic Mexican food, you can't miss El Cardenal on your next visit to México City. They are open for lunch, but Mexicans tend to eat late, so go around 2 pm or it will be empty. The Lomas restaurant, on Avenida Palmas, is a nice alternative to the Zocalo original, and more convenient to the Polanco or Santa Fe Hotels. You will be sitting among businessmen and Mexico City socialites. As a nice starter, order the "molcajete" with green sauce, avocado and cheese. Don't forget to ask for Margaritas prepared from scratch with real lime juice. Do try the tortilla soup with all the trimmings, or any of the more traditional mexican dishes such as "romeritos", "chile relleno" or chicken with "mole poblano" for the main course. If you don't feel adventurous, try the more conventional fish or steak dishes also on the menu. Get "chongos zamoranos" for dessert. Service is first rate on this 44 year old establishment, you will be glad you came.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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