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El Cardenal Restaurant

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Paseo Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
+34 925 22 49 00
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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almeria
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336 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not everyone will like this place but having lived in Spain for 15 years , I understand what they are trying to achieve. On a quiet night I enjoyed perfectly cooked fresh artichokes and the two oven baked meats . Both lamb and pork are milk fed babies so have a somewhat acquired taste but they are done well here... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

we orderd the roast pork, and after the long wait it arrived dry! the the waiter just ignored our complaint as he didnt do anything about it. so i wont be coming back soon disapointing!

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Seattle, Washington
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

We enjoyed a fine dinner in their upstairs dining room. Best meal — quality of food and preparation, service, atmosphere — of five weeks in Spain.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

You might want to come here just to walk on the magnificent hotel grounds. The dining room was lovely, and the service excellent. The cuisine was not memorable.

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Focus on what this straightforward restaurant does best and you'll be amply rewarded. I know it's a Spanish cuisine trope, but the roast suckling pig at El Cardenal is, indeed, succulent.... Crisp, sweet skin giving way to moist, beautiful meat, with just the right amount of fat to keep things interesting. It was the finest version I either saw or... More 

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Thank Sig79
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Charming and cozy restaurant and outstanding roasted whole suckling piglet (their specialty)! Ordered the set menu and it didn't disappoint at all. 39 euros per person...unbeatable!

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Thank Carlos M
Majorca, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, gracious waiters, food....could be better. Definitely worth having lunch here in such a special surrounding, but next time I would order a la carte from the menu. The waiters were all delightful. Not Micheline but quite correct food and service, also fair price.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

This restaurant is part of a beautiful hotel in the northern wall of the old town. It is charming and very local-looking in spite of the mostly foreign clientele. We enjoyed the gastronomic menu for two which includes four courses and a bottle of wine. The dishes were typical of the region and absolutely delicious. We took advantage of our... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

This is a great place for an al fresco dinner. The restaurant is part of the hotel's courtyard and creates a great ambience for dinner and conversation, especially at dusk, when the soft lighting of the place complements the "blue hour" of the evening. The menu is good-- I literally devoured the entire roasted pig suckling as soon as it... More 

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London
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118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This place is all about the location - which is really lovely. The food and service would, in any other circumstances, be a bit run-of-the-mill, but hey! - How often do you get to have a reasonably priced meal, served by reasonably competent staff in such a spectacular place? So, ignore the negative stuff, sure, the food isn't brilliant, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$27 - $54
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Castile-La Mancha  >  Province of Toledo  >  Toledo
  • Phone Number: +34 925 22 49 00
Description
The Hostal del Cardenal is located in an 18th century Toledo palace that has been converted into a three star hostel. The hostel���s restaurant, in an attractive setting surrounded by gardens, offers traditional Spanish cooking, featuring roast suckling pig and lamb cooked in traditional Castilian style in a wood fired oven, and Toledo-style partridge casserole. Desserts include the marzipans and ���marquesitas��� (small pastries) that are typical of the Toledo region. There is a special area set aside for children���s games and in the summer the terrace is a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends.

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