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401 12 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A5, Canada
+1 403-264-6046
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“gamberi” (3 reviews)
“veal ragu” (2 reviews)
“gelato” (2 reviews)
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 12 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A5, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Group of 4 guys met there last evening for a casual Italian dinner before the hockey game nearby. Great service, crowded but not to noisy. Short but attractive menu of Italian classics, all the meals were great. Small but reasonable wine list and we all...More

Thank Sherpa1954
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are such foodies! This restaurant is a little outside the restaurant zone… But what a find! I think this will be a new favorite! Loved the selection and quality vs value!

Thank Nitina0721
Reviewed May 23, 2018

This is our first stop here since the restaurant name changed. We enjoyed great service. The pasta is superb, but a little bit pricey I felt. All seven of us really enjoyed the flavours in each pasta dish. I shared an insalata with my wife...More

Thank GPaCalgary
Reviewed April 25, 2018

We have been to Cardinale at least 3 times now. Each meal has been a great experience in presentation, taste, value and originality. The service is impeccable attentive, professional but not intrusive. Fabulous wine list and all at reasonable prices, particularly for down town. Exceptional...More

Thank pytkas2005
Reviewed April 22, 2018

I heard of this restaurant from a friend and decided to give it a try and so glad I did. The service was TOP notch without being annoying. We ordered the Gnocchi, Carbonara & a seafood pasta which was all amazing. We raved about the...More

Thank AimeePaulR
Reviewed March 24, 2018

We ate here the other day. The restaurant is a nice space, you can hear yourself and it is nicely appointed. The servers and manager are very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The menu is not huge but has good variety. The wine and beer list...More

Thank gajgmusic
Reviewed March 12, 2018

We ordered the Polpette and Gamberi as appetizers - 5 pieces in each which was perfect as were a party of 5! Delicious! All the pasta dishes were amazing so it was hard to pick, but the Pappardelle (fabulous meat sauce) and the Mezza Maniche...More

Thank GlobeGirl4EVR
Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

Everything we’ve eaten during our past four visits has been fantastic. Favourite dishes are the shrimp baked in salt, and any of the pastas, which are made in house. The wine list has something for everyone, taste and price. Cute bar for those who just...More

Thank TrevorR746
Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

The food here is simply terrific. There are lots of interesting dishes, and most have tons of flavour, especially the seafood pasta. There’s an unexpected spice to it that really elevated it! The drinks are creative and pretty interesting as well- give this place a...More

Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

We have been searching for a new favourite restaurant and this may be it! The fresh bread is to die for. We shared an antipasto appetizer. Loved the “smoked in house” olives. The seafood linguine was QUITE spicy but very delicious and the pasta is...More

Thank Rachel S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $23
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 12 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1A5, Canada
    (3rd Street SE)
  • Public Transportation: One block North-East of the Victoria Park - Stampede station.
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-264-6046
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Cardinale – an Italian joint – was named after the classic Italian cocktail, the Cardinale. Our goal as a restaurant is to bring Italian cocktail culture, and classic Italian 'red sauce joint' dishes to the public with an interesting modern perspective.
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