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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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Perkins, Oklahoma
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived as soon as they opened at 8:30 and by 9:30 the place was PACKED. We loved it. The menu was very interesting but if you aren't adventuresome it's easy enough to pick something that isn't crazy. The conchas are wonderful. Mexican chocolate devine. Service was great - again though, we arrived before the hoards!

Thank OkieSusan
santa rosa,ca
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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ate at this El Cardenal (there are 3 in the city) and had a wonderful time. It is a beautiful restaurant. Housed in a colonial building (as is almost everything in the historical center) a beautiful elevator takes you up a floor or two and opens up on a wonderfully intimate room. Lots of wood. Friendly and professional service. Incredible... More 

Thank alan k
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been in Cardenal many times. I consider it a very nice, clean,professionally run restaurant with a long tradition The food is excellent, the service is excellent, the setting is very nice . The prices are very fair. I would say that any restaurant with this quality of food and service is much more expensive This is a very... More 

Thank Elias G
Mexico City, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Authentic flavors, nice service, rich atmosphere of a typical downtown place. My wife's and mother in law's favorite!!!!

Thank Ariel C
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is very popular with the locals as evidenced by the long line waiting for a table. It has an extensive menu of dishes. I would highly recommend this to travelers for a taste of the local cuisine.

Thank Rene D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second time at el Cardenal. We have been both for lunch and breakfast. It is a well known breakfast spot because of it's signature hot chocolate and bread, both very good. I really enjoyed the lunch, but I have found better places for breakfast, namely Nico's which is one of my favorite restaurants in Mexico City. Lots... More 

Thank gabfab
Mexico City, Mexico
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favourite restaurant for Mexican traditional food. I strongly recommend their breakfast where you will find some exquisite plates. Also, don't forget to try "concha", a sweet pan with "nata" and hot chocolate... it is addictive!!!

Thank Sayuri M
Bunbury, Australia
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

High end restaurant for Mexican food. Definitely quality. Prices reflect this. Good wine selection. Go at least once.

Thank Ben W
Mexico City, Mexico
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most delicious restaurant in Mexico City! It has serveral locations around Mexico City, try them you won´t regret it It opens for breakfast, try hot chocolate with sweet bread and "natas"!

Thank Alejandra I
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

exelente food and custumer service location close to our hotel, nice atmosphere, live music playing traditional songs, the waiter staff allway strive to see what you need such supply you whith fresh water, refill your coffe cup, removing your plates, also you can get the news papers, "las natas" are the speciality serve whith sweet bread made in the permises,... 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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, 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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