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“You won't be disappointed!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Cardenal

El Cardenal
Palma 23, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55218815
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Ranked #3 of 1,740 restaurants in Mexico City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Jocotepec, Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“You won't be disappointed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

It's easy to understand why this Centro Historico restaurant has earned such a high rating on Trip Advisor - because everything from start to finish is absolutely perfect. It's a beautiful restaurant with excellent traditional Mexican food and outstanding service - at a very reasonable price. Don't miss the wonderful breakfasts and be sure to start with the freshly baked sweet rolls made in-house with "nata" (a type of whipped cream) and their delicious Mexican hot chocolate. We'll definitely be back on our next trip to Mexico City.

  • Visited October 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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Los Angeles, California, USA
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41 restaurant reviews
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240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
“A classic institution with some of the best traditional meals.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Always a meal here while in Mexico City. Great service, food, and experience. It also won't break the bank. Suggest going to the one near the Zocolo. El Cardenal just gets it and knows how to provide that wonderful Mexican hospitality without the attitude or pretense. You could almost point blindly at the menu and not be disappointed.

  • Visited November 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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“Can't beat this gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is a restaurant of true quality and integrity I love Mexican food and make it at home and this is a special experience! The service was exceptional and the food brilliant. Highly recommended

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London, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

High end Mexican food and Mexican food with a twist. The menu is extensive and varied and the food was delicious. The service was great too. It's not the cheapest place but good value and well worth a visit.

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Milano
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“A mexican breakfast in the heart of Mexico City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

You are looking for a typical Mexican breakfast in the center of Mexico City, in the context of the true Mexican tradition? This historic restaurant is the right place.
Here in Mexico City, you can have breakfast at lunchtime... and this is what I have been invited to, in a place where, despite the modernity of the city, you can still experience true tradition: flavors and atmosphere. Very good, both the place and the dishes!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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