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“Great traditional feel to dining experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Cardenal Restaurant

El Cardenal Restaurant
Paseo de Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
(+34) 925 22 49 00
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Ranked #85 of 263 Restaurants in Toledo
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Hostal del Cardenal is located in an 18th century Toledo palace that has been converted into a three star hostel. The hostel���s restaurant, in an attractive setting surrounded by gardens, offers traditional Spanish cooking, featuring roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood fired oven, and Toledo-style partridge casserole. Desserts include the marzipans and ���marquesitas��� (small pastries) that are typical of the Toledo region. There is a special area set aside for children���s games and in the summer the terrace is a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends.
Los Angeles, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great traditional feel to dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Very traditional classy restaurant. Good food, hovering service. They are receptive to visitor's quirks. We sat near one table where a couple ordered the staff around and demanded that the meal be structured precisely as they expected. The staff complied with no problems. Worth seeking out. The fact that the hotel is on the edge of the old city of Toledo is an advantage if you are not staying within the walls.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 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 moment of peace in the touristic Toledo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Toledo seems to get very busy and touristic and noisy - and you so much would like to have the luxury of a good spanish meal served by professional waiters in a pleasant and peaceful garden?

Sounds like difficult to get? But if you walk down to Paseo de Recaredo 24 to the Hacienda del Cardenal, you shall get exactly that in a restaurant-hotel which is surrounded by the original citywalls from the arab-era (year 1000).

In the late April we basked in the sun in the beautiful garden of this restaurant, admiring the old trees and listening to the fountains. Good food (try the cochinillo) and nice surroundings. We were not very happy with our wine, but the maitre immediately took action to satisfy us.

And when you want to get back to the hurlum of Toledo, there is the long moving staircase right next to the restaurant to take you and your full stomach back up in a couple of minutes.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lunch in an ancient palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The suckling pig is cooked in a wood burning oven and delicious. Equally great was the sea bass and garlic soup served with egg. The hotel is an ancient palace. It is well worth seeing the garden.

Visited April 2013
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Aubonne, Switzerland
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is a fairly elegant restaurant in a charmingly renovated old building, specializing in specialties of the region, particularly suckling pig. There was no one else in the place when we were there, so we had waiters hovering all over, but it was in November after all.

Visited November 2012
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“good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Our tour guide made reservations for our group and we were not disappointed. Lovely atmosphere. The oven roasted chicken was absolutely delicious, as was the garden salad. Wine was excellent. All a bit pricey but I would go back for a special occassion. Restrooms very clean but cold. There was outside dining when weather permitted and an outside tent for events. Beautiful gardens.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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