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Restaurante El Cardenal

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Centro Historico
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Calle Palma # 23 | Centro Historico, Entre 5 De Mayo y Francisco I, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
+52 55 5521 8817
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Mexicali, Mexico
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very traditional restaurant, one of the tourist and locals favorites. I tried "Mole Oaxaqueño"; Tacos de Lengua; chipotle Spaghetti, some kind of lamb, tortilla soup (which is absolutely DE-LI-CIOUS), some kind of ribs and some "Gusanos de Maguey" (fried worms from the Tequila plant) at the begining i refuse to try them, but come on! I traveled all the way... More 

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La Pine, Oregon
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are 2 Locations for this Resturaunt. One by the zocalo one in the Hilton Reforma - both are great: with excellent food, service and ambiance. Seafood was delicious.

Thank richard s
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Typical Mexican food at its best. No frills. It's a salsa and tortilla like my grandma would make. There is a reason why this is a favorite among Mexicans. There might be a wait time particularly during the weekend, but totally worth it. Breakfasts are incredible, the home made pastries and nata are on a league of their own. Service... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We chose this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews after having spend the morning walking the Tempo Mayor exhibit so we were well overdue for a quite place to site and have a good meal. Overall the meal was good but just that. Having read the reviews of this restaurant we didn't get why all the hype Certainly the food... More 

Thank Mark Y
Round Rock, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is excellent! Go! You won't regret it! Order coffee or chocolate and a waiter appears with a basket of pastries.

Thank Dottye H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere was very pleasent - the service was good even though the place was crowded. And the food was very tasty

Thank Rina F
Zurich, Switzerland
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The chain is a guarantee for good food. They also serve breakfast. In almost every place are waiting lines for breakfast. It is worth to wait.

Thank meisenring
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218 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was 3 pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was packed and many people waiting for a table. A friend had recommended trying El Cardenal. Fortunately we made a reservation and were taken almost immediately after arrival. The meal was terrific. We didn't drink but most tables had a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. The atmosphere is lively and the... More 

Thank troutbum2
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had read other reviews that suggested you would need reservations or you would have to wait up to 40 minutes, so we decided to try going for an early breakfast. We weren't the first ones at the door waiting for them to open, but we did get in with no waiting. Tip: Go early! The first floor only has... More 

Thank Gina C
Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were very pleased with our first dinner in the city. The waiters could not have been more attentive. The food selections were great and hard to choose with so many excellent items. The table side served ceviche was outstanding (a bit spicy, but delicious). I had the goat cheese stuffed chicken with mole sauce. Highly recommend this, it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Palma # 23 | Centro Historico, Entre 5 De Mayo y Francisco I, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Mexico City>  > Centro Historico
  • Neighborhood: Centro Historico
  • Phone Number: +52 55 5521 8817

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Staying in Centro Historico

Neighborhood Profile
Centro Historico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
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