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“lived up to our expectations!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante El Cardenal

Restaurante El Cardenal
Ranked #5 of 3,542 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
Aruba
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“lived up to our expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Our lonely planet book on Mexico and reviews on various travelwebsites highly recommended this website, so it was on the very top of our restaurant list. On our last day in the city we finally managed to get to the restaurant on time (readers, mind you that this restaurant closes early; if i'm not mistaken at 6 pm! We found this out the hard way!). The atmosphere (interior of restaurant) and the reception gives you the impression that you are inside a super chic restaurant with an extremely expensive menu, but the prices are very much affordable!
We both had something of the typical mexican dishes menu list (they also serve the more standard international cuisine dishes, but I would recommend to try out the typical mexican dishes). The chicken in mole poblano is definitely worth going for (it can be spicy to some though).

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Davis, California, United States
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“Excellent service, lovely interior, fantastic croissant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We ate breakfast there after a 30 minute wait on the weekend of Mother's Day. Many tables were filled with well-dressed families with grandmothers (and an occasional grandfather). The breads are baked on site and are fabulous. My husband's carrot-orange juice (fresh) was excellent. My fruit plate was rather ordinary as was my scrambled eggs with a Spanish sausage (made on site) and some rather tasteless refried beans. The place was special because of the fantastic service and breads. We were treated like royalty by skillful, experienced wait staff.

When we left, the line outside was even longer, and even at the end of the day, this restaurant had quite a few people waiting outside.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I have eaten at El Cardenal on several occasions and have enjoyed my meal each time. The service is five-star and the presentation is beautiful. It is elegant without being stuffy. A "must see" for an experience in fine cuisine and dining. Arrive as they close around 6:00 pm as I recall. Many times there is a waiting list, but worth the time.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Donald J
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Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and such good Aguas Frescas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We ate here for a late lunch on a Sunday. They don't serve dinner on Sundays so we closed the place down. We ordered so much food for 5 people and everything we ate was terrific. Service was top notch, friendly and accurate. The restaurant was in a cool looking old building. They had nice bathrooms. Highlights were the ant eggs, tongue tacos, cactus (nopal) and the Aguas Frescas.

Visited March 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Best breakfast in DF!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Local best kept secret. Some friends took us here while visiting and it was definitely worth it. You may need a reservation and there is always a wait. You'll see people lined up outside of the building. But it's worth the wait. The food is good, as is the atmosphere. Get there early, sign up at the door, then walk around downtown a bit while you wait. Just don't wander too far or you'll lose your spot. We waited about 1 hour.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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