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“New dishes, DO NOT MISS this ones!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Cardenal

El Cardenal
Ranked #7 of 3,835 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $75
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mexico City, Mexico
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“New dishes, DO NOT MISS this ones!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We tried three new dishes on our last visit, and all of them were outstanding!

Escamoles con Nopales. You are in for a treat. Please, have them and then inquire about their humble origins. This was a dish reserved for the Mexican aristocracy, and once you try it you will know why.

Lamb, two new variations. With a sweet fruit sauce (adobo) and in chile sauce (pasilla). Both great, but IMHO the adobo version was the best.

Enjoy!

  • Visited July 2013
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Lund, Sweden
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“Good food, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Very big restraunt with 4 or 5 storeys conveniently located in the city center between the shops.
Live piano music creating nice atmosphere.
Luxury service level and affordable prices.

Visited June 2013
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Mukilteo, Washington
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“Best Mexican in Mexico City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

Went here for a business lunch with one other colleague. It's on the ground floor of the Hilton. We got here early (about 1:30) to beat the rush. By 2:30 it was totally full, with about 50 people in line out the door. Mexico was playing Brazil, so they set up the game in the main room so people could watch. Nice touch!

Famous people go here, and from the food, it's easy to see why. I had the best chicken mole I've ever had in my life, along with a fantastic tortilla soup and guacamole. The prices were absurdly low. They could easily double the price, and it would still be a good value.

The service was excellent - very attentive, without being pushy. They tuned the pace to our American desires (a little faster, please) but were in no way trying to get us out the door. Nicely done!

Just go. Go early to beat the rush, and enjoy.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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“Best mexican food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

If you travel to Mexico City you must have breakfast here. Bread is fresh out if the oven and you'll find both traditional and exotic mexican dishes. The hot chocolate is delicious. Make a reservation in advance.

  • Visited June 2013
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Paris, France
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“The best breakfest in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

When you see a place with a long line of rather chic gentlemen in ties and grey suites waiting for the restaurant to open at 8:00a, it looks strange. But when at ten past 8:00 the place is full (!) of rather upscale crowd, they must be doing something right - well, it is for sur the best breakfast in town and clearly among the best breakfast full stop. You have got everything - all possible fresh fruit juices, three pages of different eggs (by the way, simple Mexican style were very good) and absolutely delicious basket of or rolls, breads and other cakes. Kind of breakfast that last full day, no need for lunch !

You need to book if you are going there early. Speaking Spanish helps a lot when ordering as well :-). Also, be careful, as there are several places with same name in town so check the address before.

  • Visited June 2013
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