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“Nice restaurant to enjoy the Mexican daily life” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Cardenal

El Cardenal
Palma 23, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55218815
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Ranked #5 of 1,749 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
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Nice restaurant to enjoy the Mexican daily life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This restaurant a flavor of how is lunch time for business people in central Mexico city.

It is a kind of fancy restaurant which serves meals for mostly people who work in the offices around the Zocalo, the main square in the heart of Mexican city. I guess that it must attract as well people from other neighborhoods that wants to impress their business counterparts.

The restaurant has 3 levels in a nice building, having beautiful atoned-glass windows.

No so many tourists because prices are a bit high. Reasonable quality food and service, but if choosing now that I know both, I would stay with the nearby Cafe de Tacuba, for quality of service & food as well as value for that.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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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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“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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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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