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“Dine with the locals at El Cardenal”
Review of El Cardenal

El Cardenal
Ranked #8 of 4,512 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $75
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Graham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Dine with the locals at El Cardenal”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

The BEST octopus ceviche tostados in the whole world. Great red house wine. Spectacular machemanteles mole with chicken. Excellent white table cloth service for a reasonable price. Ask for the first floor -- one above street level.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Mexico City, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Perfect place for a traditional Mexican breakfast”
Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

El Cardenal is one of the most traditional restaurants in México, great quality and flavor in their menu. Very nice familiar place in the weekends (but try to arrive before 9am or you'll have to wait 20-30 min to get a table.
My favorites for breakfast are tortilla de escamoles (escamoles frittata), hot chocolate and huevos Veracruz (egg tacos with a beans sauce and chorizo). They make their own bread so is delicious, also the fresh made fruit juices.
In summary, one of my favorites places to have a nice family breakfast on weekends.

  • Visited October 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Fabulous Mexican Food”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you re an American and think that Mexican food consists of tacos, nachos, and refried beans boy are you in for a surprise. I was in Mexico about 25 years ago and loved the food. Came back home and was disappointed at the Mexican food in the U.S. On my return to Mexico I was so glad to find this restaurant to reaffirm my love for Mexican food. So good. I was in Mexico for a week and went there twice. It is so good that I would consider making a trip to Mexico City just to eat there.

Visited September 2013
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Toluca, Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious!!!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Love this place. A must go when in Mexico City. Don't miss it. Try the so famous conchas with nata for breakfast... You won't regret it.

Visited September 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
388 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican food”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Whether it is with visiting friends or just for the fun of it, this traditional white tablecloth restaurant is a great choice for Mexican Cuisine.
Their breakfasts and lunches are delicious; unfortunately, they are not open for dinner.

  • Visited March 2013
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