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Restaurante El Cardenal

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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
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A cousin that happens to be a real "know it all" for Mexico City brought me here. Take the time to read the menu, that happens to be a very good footprint of traditional Mexican dishes from all over. Just typing I am salivating for the "duck tacos", top them with green sauce add fresh chopped onions and coriander. Brave... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very traditional restaurant located in the historic downtown of Mexico City, serves one of the best breakfasts in the city. If you are doing sight seeing in downtown, it is also a good idea for lunch.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First of all, if possible, please visit early in the morning before 10am to avoid the overwhelming crowds. We were offered homemade mexican pastries which were deliciously warm and fluffy. I tried the authentic mexican hot chocolate, chilaquilles in green sauce (btw its a bit soupy but remember this dish is served very differently in different regions in Mexico). Overall... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Waiters don't speak English but they do have english menu. Food is no so good, the Margaretta I ordered is also so so. But a lot oflocal customers and it seemed a popular local restaurant.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful traditional Mexican food, nice ambiance ,helpful wait staff, and timely service. Tried escamoles (ant eggs) for the first time and surprisingly tasty. Mole also a standout. Do not miss their famous hot chocolate. Entire family thought it was a hit! Only slightly negative is that they do not accept reservations and close at 6:30 pm. Lana

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great food at a great price. Service was exceptional. The quality was excellent and the price was the perfect price point. Highly Recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great flavors from all the dishes we tried. Tacos, chicken mole, roasted veal ribs and all the dessert dishes were heart-warming and delish! Highly recommend this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located in a nice and busy business area, this is one of my favorite restaurants in Mexico City. I am specially fond of their bakery! However, all that I have tried in their menu and specials is great quality and flavor, as most of mexican food!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our various excellent walking guides and food guides (Eat Mexico Culinary Tours and Journeys Beyond the Surface) all suggested El Cardenal as the "place to go" for old world food at its best. It is, indeed. There are tame selections for the faint of heart, but if you're adventurous, definitely try the creamy and well-seasoned brain empanadas, the beef tongue... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I just came from Washington DC and the first thing that I want is my delicious REAL Mexicana food, and the best option to try the Mixiote is in this restaurant! I'm Mexican and I have been tasting good food all around the city, but a Mixiote like this one just here! Also please do not hesitate to order sweet... 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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
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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