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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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Ithaca, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great, "practice your good behavior" kind of place. The waiters put the napkins on your lap, they come around with big trays of breads and delicious frothy hot chocolate. The omelettes were delicious. When our friends come to visit, we will definitely bring them here

Thank Marcy D
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Location: a few steps away from the Constitution plaza; setting: casual with little traditional touch, surrounding with good quality wood furnitures; service: friendly. English menu. Easy go by with little-English spoken waiters. Food: less expensive with good quality. Tortilla soup, ~ 85 paseo, 4 stars Fish soup, ~ 85 paseo, 5 stars Shrimp taco (4 pieces), ~ 150 paseo, 4... More 

Thank rosezhang2016
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Cardenal is a traditional Mexican restaurant with high quality ingredients and well documented recipes. I have had a lot of dishes and they all were excellen, from quesadillas as an appetizer to a chicken in Mole Verde. This sauce is made of pumpkin seeds and of course some chile, but at the Cardenal it wasn't very spicy (hot) so... More 

Thank Tonantzin S
San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to breakfast at the location near Las Lomas and we went to the location downtown for lunch. If you go for breakfast, you must try the freshly baked sweet bread! It is amazing! The juices for breakfast are freshly made & very delicious. I will be going back next time I am in Mexico city.

Thank coromex97
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a traditional Mexican breakfast with excellent service. Lovely setting with stained glass windows. Order the hot chocolate and the waiter will "froth" it for you at your table using the traditional molinillo.

Thank sbranGeorgia
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is just amazing (especially the freshly baked and warm "conchas", along with hot chocolate). Ive been there twice - both for breakfast- and both times has been great. The service is really good as well. The first time (Saturday) we had to wait for a little bit, which seems to be part of the experience. The second time... More 

Thank A2HC
Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several of them, one (I believe the original one next to the Museo Nacional de Arte, Marconi and Tacuba) is much better than the one on Calle Palma #23. I had green enchiladas in both places and there is no comparison in quality and presentation: the dish at Marconi 2 location was excellent while the one at Palma... More 

Thank David D
Ajijic, Mexico
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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of foodies loved this restaurant. The food and service were excellent; the menu choices were interesting. In fact, we returned two days later for a second dinner.

Thank Susan C
Houston, TX.
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch at the El Cardinal near the Zocalo and my wife and I found the food very good and the prices very reasonable. I particularly liked pollo oaxaqueno with its rich mole sauce.

Thank Frederick & Suz... R
Miami, Florida
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156 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for lunch and after waiting about half an hour to be seated we were expecting to get the best Mexican food as it was fully recommended by previous customers , we had to give it a try and not leave Mexico without it! It was half past one , lunch time and they brought us the famous chocolate... More 

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Rest_ElCardenal, Representante de El Cardenal at Restaurante El Cardenal, responded to this review

Hello, We're terribly sorry to hear about that bad experience. We'll show your review to the restaurant's manager, so we can examine the points you mention. We appreciate you've left a review and the details given. Kind regards. 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free 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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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