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El Cardenal Restaurant

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Paseo de Recaredo 24 | Hacienda del Cardenal, 45004 Toledo, Spain
(+34) 925 22 49 00
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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Los Angeles, California
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70 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tour guide for the day Ricardo brought us here for lunch. It's connected to a hotel that I think was previously a cardinal's home. Beautiful grounds (multiple places you could be seated) and wonderful service. The server spoke English well. Definitely order the Toledo specialty here: roasted suckling pig. We ordered the combo: the pig and roasted suckling lamb.... More 

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Charente, France
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An excellent lunch in cool shade overlooking the gardens of this lovely hotel which is located just inside the old walls of the city. The starters of garlic prawns and a very fresh gazpacho with a choice of pepper, onion and crouton garnishes were first class and the main course of turbot was perfectly cooked and taken off the bone... More 

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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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86 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two nights here and had one dinner and two very good breakfasts. The hotel is set in a lovely garden which echoes the Alhambra gardens of Granada. The cardinal who built the place wished it to resemble the much bigger palace of Granada. The gardens and fountains provide that same atmosphere. Very peaceful indeed. Our room looked out... More 

Thank Leny R
sta barbara
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168 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

While staying at this great hotel we had a fine 25€ dinner off the ejecutiv menu (3 course with beverage) which you have to ask for. It was good value and the setting is sublime although the service was slow.

Thank johnStaBarbara
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We were staying in the excellent hotel of which this restaurant is a part. We had shared tapas at the hotel bar the night before and found it to be excellent. Having read the hotel's reviews my wife and I were looking forward to our meal, but we're sadly disappointed. It may well be that as they were catering for... More 

Thank Colin T
Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Good food in a lovely setting marred by shambolic, poor service. This is a beautiful building with a lovely garden eating area. It's at the expensive end for Toledo, which would be fine if the service had matched the food, but it didn't. We didn't see the same waiter twice, no-one asked how the food was or intereacted with us... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Really enjoyed eating here. As it was part of a tour there was no choice which was a shame. The food, however, was good and the wine was palatable. The setting is really atmospheric. I would consider a return under my own steam.

Thank David A
Washington, DC
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Some people might like this kind of dining, but we are not among them. The setting is quite formal and the service matches the setting. The food was not great, and certainly not worth the high prices charged (for Spain).

Thank DG_in_DC
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We walked in for lunch on what happened to be Spain's Mother's Day. There were no tables available so the host set us up in room they were not using. Our waiter spoke fluent English and was extremely friendly and helpful. The salad we ordered was huge and delicious with a lettuce we'd never had before (? oak leaf lettuce).... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

We are residents in the hotel so not pleased by the initial surly attitude that we had not reserved a table. If you like very large and tasteless food when the rest of toledo offers excellent value then this is your place. If staying in the hotel eat in the taverna downstairs from the restaurant because the food is much... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$28 - $55
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
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
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo de 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
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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